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365 days of FC Bayern München

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Bayern Munich crowned Champions League winners for the fourth time in their history:

The Bavarians clinched the win over Valencia in San Siro - Milan on Wednesday May 23, 2001. This game was an all-penalty game in which Valencia took an early lead with a penalty from Gaizka Mendieta in the 3rd minute. A few moments later Bayern were awarded a penalty which Mehmet Scholl shot but it was saved by Valencia’s Goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares. On the 50th minute however Bayern managed to equalize with yet another penalty shot by Captain Stefan Effenberg. The result remained 1-1 all through the normal and extra time of the game which led in the end to penalties.

The Bavarians won 5-4 when Oliver Kahn managed to save the last decisive penalty kick

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From the archives: Gaizka Mendieta showing his tekkers for Valencia in the 1999 Copa del Rey final against Atlético Madrid.

A lot of people see Lionel Messi as a talent, I don’t think a lot of people see Messi as a hardworker. But he had to work so hard during his childhood, he had to leave his home when he was 13. I think a lot of people see him as a talented footballer came from Argentina but, no, he had a really though life; his family went back to Argentina so he was alone in Barcelona for a really long time, his growth problems and everything.
—  Gaizka Mendieta 
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16 years ago, Mendieta scored this amazing goal and Valencia won their 6th Copa del Rey