Bayern-luck, originally Bayern-Dusel (derived from German: Dusel, lit. undeserved luck[1]), is a widespread myth about football in Germany. According to the proverbial expression, record winning Bayern Munich often wins at the last minute. The expression has been used since the 1970s[2] and is often used as a catchphrase with regard to other teams and circumstances.[3][4]

Point of view of FC Bayern players and officials

Oliver Kahn, after a last minute win against Hannover 96, stated that there is no luck for free, you have to enforce it.[5] Bastian Schweinsteiger commented upon a narrowly won game against Hamburger SV in February 2004, saying "Bayerndusel is back! (Der Bayern-Dusel ist wieder da!)"[6]

However, when Ulrich Hoeneß was asked by a "FCB TV" reporter about the Bayern-Dusel being the reason for a last-minute win against Karlsruher SC, he reacted by threatening to sack the reporter on the spot.[7]

Theoretical background

Christian Schütte described the Bayern Dusel as being the result of cognitive bias,[8] while others presume the claimed luck to be based on a higher self-confidence and better physical training of Bayern players.[9][10]

Journalist Alex Feuerherdt postulated the Chit Chat about the Bayerndusel as a superficially harmless tirade that has nonetheless a certain background in the History of FC Bayern Munich.[11]


  1. ^ Dusel-Entry on
  2. ^ Eichler, Christian (2000). Lexikon der Fußballmythen (in German). Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn-Verlag. p. 232.
  3. ^ "Mit dem Bayern-Dusel wird Hertha sogar Meister" [Hertha to become Champion based on Bayerndusel]. Welt Online (in German). 16 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Schalke mit Bayerndusel" [Schalke with Bayerndusel]. Focus Online (in German). 15 October 2005.
  5. ^ Bark, Markus (18 April 2005). "Der FC Dusel" [Dusel F.C.]. Berliner Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  6. ^ Hoeltzenbein, Klaus (23 February 2004). "Die Schwächeren schlagen die Dümmeren" [The weaker ones beat the dumber ones]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German).
  7. ^ Vielberg, U.; J. Althoff; F. Seidel; H. Falsehr (18 October 2008). "Bayern-Dusel und Hoeneß-Zoff" [Bayern-luck and Hoeneß-trouble]. Bild (in German).
  8. ^ Schütte, Christian (2006). Matchwinner und Pechvögel: Ergebniserklärung in der Fußballberichterstattung [Match winners and jinxes: the explaining of match results in football reporting] (in German). Hamburg. pp. 376 ff.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  9. ^ Voelpel, Sven C.; Ralf Lanwehr (2009). Management für die Champions League: Was wir vom Profifußball lernen können [Management for Champions League: what we can learn from professional Football] (in German). Erlangen.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  10. ^ "Von Glückspilz Klinsmann und überschätzten Trainern" [Of Lucky Klinsmann and overrated trainers]. Der Westen (in German). February 2009.
  11. ^ Feuerherdt, Alex. ""FC Hollywood, Lackstiefelclub". "Über Deutsche und Linksdeutsche Ressentiments gegen den FC Bayern München"" ["Hollywood F.C", "Patent leather club". (On German and Leftist-German resentments against F.C. Bayern Munich)] (in German). Antifa Freiburg. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Text of a speech from 15 December 2005 about FC Bayern Munich and the German Left

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