How Bayern Munich's rejection of Jurgen Klopp changed the course of football history

At the height of the rivalry, FC Hollywood were the James Bond villain. If that made Jurgen Klopp 007, this was a rare instance when there was no happy ending for the intrepid hero. It was the 2013 Champions League Final and Bayern Munich, having discovered Klopp’s capacity to produce compelling teams and conjure memorable phrases, exacted revenge. Perhaps aided by what Klopp deemed underhand methods, they beat his Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

Now the most successful German club ever, and the most significant German club manager of his generation, reconvene for the first time in the Champions League since then. Long before Sergio Ramos dislocated Mohamed Salah’s shoulder, Bayern denied Klopp the ultimate vindication for his methods and management. Yet if there is the sense that the evil empire put the eccentric upstart in his place, their history is more complicated.

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