Fab Franck – Franck Ribery has been a key player in Bayern Munich's domestic and European success. The France international winger, who was shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or, attracted the attention of major rivals after his first season in Germany.
Man with a plan – Executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Bayern's ability to keep hold of its best players has helped the Bundesliga champion to become one of the most successful clubs in Europe.
Pep talk – Pep Guardiola, who won 14 trophies with Barcelona between 2008-12, was the man charged with taking Bayern to the next step after Jupp Heynckes' treble-winning exploits last season.
Unstoppable force – Bayern is on course to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League following the first-leg 2-0 win over Arsenal. It is unbeaten in 47 Bundesliga matches and sits 19 points clear at the top of the table.
Fresh talent – Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will join Bayern at the end of this season. The Poland international is one of the most prolific finishers in the game and follows in the footsteps of former teammate Mario Gotze, who made the same move last year.
Fans backing – In Germany, the "50 + 1" rule means the association or club has to have a controlling stake, so commercial interests can't gain control. While Audi and Adidas own 9% each in Bayern, its 225,000 members have the remaining 82%.
Champions – No team has ever successfully defended the UEFA Champions League title, but Bayern -- which beat Dortmund in last year's all-German final in London -- is a big favorite to become the first.
Home comforts – Bayern's 71,000-capacity Allianz Arena hosted the 2012 Champions League final, where Heynckes' team lost to Chelsea on penalties -- completing a hat-trick of runner-up finishes that season.