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In 2013 two German sides completely and utterly dominated European football

German trebles are like London busses.

You wait half an hour for one to come along only to find you’ve not got enough money on your oyster card to board.

Apologies, we’re talking nonsense. But the old adage about waiting ages only for three to come along did ring true for Germany in 2013.

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German trebles in a photo

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German trebles in a photo

Time for a little history lesson.

Heading into the 2012/13 season, Bayern Munich had never managed to complete a prestigious league, domestic cup and Champions League treble.

They came close in 1999, only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bundle it back to Manchester and ensure he’ll never have to buy another drink in Deansgate for as long as he walks this earth.

Two years later Bayern did manage to get their hands on the Champions League trophy and Bundesliga title, only to fall in both domestic cup competitions.

But, come the end of the 2012/13 campaign, Germany had not one but two treble winners to boast about.

Raimond van der Gouw should be front and centre

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Raimond van der Gouw should be front and centre

Jupp Heynckes side are rightly lauded as one of the most dominant club sides in modern football.

Mario Mandzukic was a bully up front, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben whirred behind the Croatian with Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger setting tempo in midfield.

FC Hollywood won 29 out of 34 Bundesliga matches to set a league record, while also lifting the DFB-Pokal and the DFL Supercup.

Robben’s 89th minute goal against Borussia Dortmund secured a fifth Champions League trophy and completed a treble for the first time in Bayern’s history.

Nutmeg incoming

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Nutmeg incoming

Now for part two of the tale.

Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., also known as Wolfsburg women’s side, were similarly dominant during the course of the 2012/13 season.

Two weeks after wrapping up the Frauen-Bundesliga title, and with a DFB-Pokal already in the bag, Wolfsburg beat Lyon 1-0 in the Women’s Champions League final to wrap up a treble.

All the more impressive given they were only promoted to the Frauen-Bundesliga in 2007.

Three of the best

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Three of the best

Wolfsburg weren’t the first side in women’s football to complete a treble.

FFC Frankfurt hold that honour after their feats in 2008. However Wolfsburg’s achievements did set one record, which is still to be matched.

Bayern and Wolfsburg’s accomplishments were the first time sides from one nation in men’s and women’s football had won the treble in the same season.

Wolfsburg have since gone on to win two league titles and three DFB-Pokals, while Bayern have lifted five consecutive league titles and two DFB-Pokals.

High fives all around

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High fives all around

A year later seven Bayern Munich players helped Germany lift the 2014 World Cup and crown 18 months of pure success.

Germany women’s weren’t as lucky in 2015 a 1-0 defeat at the hands of England consigned them to fourth place at the Women’s World Cup.

A good ending to a great story.

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It’s coming home

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