Bayern-luck, originally Bayern-Dusel (derived from German: Dusel, lit. undeserved luck[1]) is a widespread myth about soccer in Germany. According to the proverbial expression, the record winning FC Bayern Munich often wins at the last minute. The expression has been used since the 1970s[2] and is often used as a winged word 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).
  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.
  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.
  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 2011-07-18. Text of a speech from 15 December 2005 about FC Bayern Munich and the German Left

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