Zinedine Zidane will lead his Real Madrid team out against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi final on Wednesday, knowing that trips to Germany have often meant continental glory for Real Madrid.
The team has been on a run since 1998 where each of their triumphs in the Champions League has seen Los Blancos eliminate a German team en route to the trophy.
Jupp Heynckes’ side are the first German side the club has met in the knockout stages this season, and the Spanish giants are hopeful of continuing this run by eliminating the Bavarian giants.
In the 1999/2000 season, Vicente del Bosque’s charges defeated Bayern in the semi final stage before overcoming Valencia in the final.
In 2001/02 it was to be the Munich club again who fell by the wayside as Los Blancos marched towards Hampden Park, this time at the quarter final stage.
That very same season actually saw Real Madrid defeat a German team in the final when Zidane’s incredible volley downed Bayer Leverkusen.
A 12 year drought then followed before Carlo Ancelotti delivered the famed ‘Decima.-
In that season Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich were all eliminated as Los Blancos completed a clean sweep of the German teams in the competition before beating Atletico Madrid in the final.
Zidane represented the club in a Champions League final once more (2016), only this time as a coach, after eliminating Wolfsburg in the quarters.
His team won a penalty shootout against Los Colchoneros in the final.
Around 4,000 fans will be in the Allianz Arena to support the Spanish giants, and they will be hoping that this superstition will help them to another Champions League triumph.