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UEFA Champions League opponents: Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich

City will take on German Champions and five time European Cup winners Bayern Munich in Group E.

Club name: Bayern Munich

Country: Germany

City: Munich

Stadium: Allianz Arena

League and 2013/14 final position: Bundesliga, 1st

Head coach: Pep Guardiola

Star players: Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller

UEFA Cup/European Cup/Champions League history: Five-time European Cup winners (1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 2000–01, 2012–13). Have also won the Europa League, European Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Qualification record: Achieved automatic qualification for the upcoming edition of the Champions League thanks to a first place Bundesliga finish.

Recent form: The Bavarian outfit followed up their German Super cup defeat to Dortmund with a 4-1 win over Preußen Münster in the DFB Pokal, and more recently a narrow 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

City links: City met Bayern in their very first Champions League campaign in 2011/12. 

In Munich, City lost 2-0 but the Blues got their revenge at the Etihad Stadium in December 2011 thanks to a 2-0 win, courtesy of goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure.

The teams also met in the final of the 2013/14 Audi Cup at the Allianz Arena. Alvaro Negredo put City 1-0 up but goals from Muller and Mandzukic turned the game around in the second half.

Last season, both teams were drawn in Group D, with Bayern securing a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium before City came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Allianz Arena.

Former City midfielder Didi Hamann spent the first years of his senior career at Bayern Munich. Left-back Michael Tarnat left the German club on a free transfer in 2003, signing for Kevin Keegan's newly promoted City side. 

Jerome Boateng joined the Munich side from City in summer 2011, while Martin Demichelis, who played for Bayern for seven years, made the move to the Etihad Stadium in 2013.

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