Is the Kane curse real? That’s the question both the England captain and the fans of Germany’s most successful team must be asking themselves in the early weeks of the 2023/24 season. The usually dominant Bavarians are struggling on a number of fronts, despite making the biggest marquee signing of the summer in the form of the England talisman.
Thomas Tuchel’s team lost the DFC Super Cup in the season’s curtain raiser, stumbling to a shocking 3-0 defeat at home to RB Leipzig. To make matters worse, they have also been dumped out of the DFB Pokal in just the second round. They traveled to third-tier outfit Saarbrücken on November 1st and were stunned as their lowly opponents netted a 96th-minute winner to send the German heavyweights packing.
The Current Season
For most football fans, BayernMunich’s dominance in the German league is a familiar sight. The Allianz Arena side have won the league title in each of the 11 previous seasons, and it’s hard to remember the last time they didn’t lift the trophy at the end of the campaign. This season, despite being two points adrift of early pace-setters Bayer Leverkusen, sports betting sites have made Thomas Tuchel’s men the huge favourites for the Meisterschale this term.
But it’s been over a decade since they didn’t win the league. Back in 2012, Barack Obama was still in his first term as president of the United States and Felix Baumgartner was about to jump to planet Earth from space. With all of those feeling like a lifetime ago, it’s worth looking back and seeing how things played out the last time the German giants weren’t the champions of Germany.
Borussia Dortmund Reign Supreme
The 2010/11 season was a watershed moment for German football. Borussia Dortmund, a sleeping giant of German football, woke up from their slumber and clinched the title in style. Under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, Die Schwarzgelben played swashbuckling football that had the rest of Europe sit up and take notice. They finished the season with a nine-point lead over second-placed Leverkusen, with Stern des Südens only good enough to secure third place.
But the Bavarians weren’t going to take the defeat lying down. They spent big money in the summer of 2011 to rebuild the squad and regain their crown. They brought in the likes of Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng and looked to be the favorites going into the 2011/12 season. However, things didn’t go according to plan for the Bavarians.
Bayern got off to a decent start, winning seven of their first nine games. But BVB were once again in top form, winning their first eight games to take an early lead in the table. Bayern’s form dropped alarmingly, losing back-to-back games including a 1-0 reverse against Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Der Klassiker in late November. But while the hosts were faltering, Klopp’s side were in the form of their lives.
Dortmund lost three of their first six games however, they wouldn’t lose another. They went 32 games unbeaten, romping to the title for a second consecutive season and sending their Bavarian rivals back to the drawing board.