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Bayern Cruises to 'Autumn Championship'
ESPN Soccernet, November 29th, 2012 12:28PM

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Bayern Munich has become the first Bundesliga team in history to clinch the so-called “Herbstmeisterschaft,” or autumn championship, after just 14 games. The Bavarian giant moved 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table after beating SC Frieburg, 2-0, on Wednesday. Bayern now has 37 points and an astonishing goal difference of 35. Second-place Bayer Leverkusen has 27 points and a goal difference of 8.

The Herbstmeisterschaft is the unofficial title handed to the league leaders after the first half of the season. Out of the 49 winter champions so far, 32 went on to win the league title. Despite the record-breaking achievement, Bayern players sounded cautious, particularly ahead of the German “clasico” against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (GolTV, 11:30 am ET).

>"This means nothing," midfielder Toni Kroos said. "Just remember last year!" Bayern also won the autumn championship last year, three points ahead of Dortmund and Schalke 04 before beginning the second half of the season, but Dortmund eventually went on to win the Bundesliga title. In fact, in the Bundesliga, Bayern has lost the last four games against Dortmund. "It is time to finally beat Dortmund again," said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

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