Bayern Munich are one of the biggest clubs in world football. A star-studded squad, a 75,000 seater capacity stadium, five European Cups and 28 German titles to date. The most successful team in Germany.
Tonight they take on Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League clash, following a 0-0 draw at Anfield. If the Reds can do what Hearts did 30 years ago, then they’ll advance to the next round.
In 1989, Hearts recorded their biggest ever victory in Europe against Bayern Munich.
The Scots met the Bavarians in the 1988-89 UEFA Cup quarter finals. The Jambos were 66-1 to lift the trophy, even at the quarter final stage. But these odds flew in, quicker than Iain Ferguson’s free kick which handed them a 1-0 victory in the first leg.
Route to the quarter-finals
Hearts had defeated St Pat’s Athletic, FK Austria Wien and FK Velež Mostar in previous rounds. Bayern had got past Legia Warsaw, FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda and Inter Milan prior to meeting Hearts in Gorgie.
A packed-out Tynecastle welcomed one of the biggest clubs in world football.
A foul on Kenny Black meant Tosh McKinlay laid off a free kick towards Ferguson who blasted a powerful drive inside the right hand post after 55 minutes. A Hearts defence including current manager Craig Levein did well to keep Bayern at bay for over half an hour after taking the lead.
Hearts carried a 1-0 lead over to Germany but a 2-0 defeat at the Olympiastadion in Munich saw the Jambos eliminated at the last eight.
Some good teams remained in the tournament, most notably Diego Maradona’s Napoli.
The Germans would go on and be beaten by the Italians in the semi-finals.
Hearts fans are left to wonder what could have been but there’s certainly no shame in losing out to such a European powerhouse. Particularly after registering a win over them.