Bayern Munich on cloud No 22

Bayern Munich on cloud No 22

Football: Bundesliga: Dutchman Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic strike for Bavarians; Schalke finish second

Bayern Munich on cloud No 22

Champions: Bayern Munich players in an ecstatic mood after winning the Bundesliga title. AP

Arjen Robben, the champions' best player this season, struck twice after Ivica Olic had put them in the lead in the 20th minute and Adrian Ramos had equalised for the Berliners on the hour.

Bayern, who finished on 70 points, five ahead of second-placed Schalke 04, are still in the running for a treble that has never been won by a German team. They play in the German Cup final on May 15 and the Champions League final a week later.

Dutchman Mark van Bommel became the club's first foreign captain to lift the Bundesliga trophy, in front of 75,000 spectators in the Olympic stadium, before he and his team mates chased coach Louis van Gaal around the pitch to pour beer on him.

Van Gaal, a renowned disciplinarian, tried to outsprint them, then gladly obliged and waved to the fans.

In a contrast of emotions, Hertha players quickly left the pitch after a woeful season, with several of them set to leave and with fans in no mood to bid them farewell.

Schalke drew 0-0 at Mainz but had already secured the second spot and will compete in next season's Champions League.

Werder Bremen clinched the Champions League qualification spot after drawing 1-1 with Hamburg SV to finish third on 61 points.

Claudio Pizarro scored the only Werder goal and equalled Brazilian Giovane Elber's 133 Bundesliga goals, making them the leading foreign goal scorers of all time.

The result left a frustrated Hamburg in seventh place and outside the European spots.
VfB Stuttgart, in sixth place, grabbed the last available place. Hosts VfL Bochum slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Hanover 96 and will join Hertha on the way down, as a few dozen angry Bochum fans tried to storm the pitch.

Nuremberg finished third from bottom and will play a relegation playoff with the third-best second division team.

Meanwhile, former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's illustrious 22-year career came to a close with VfB Stuttgart's final league match of the season, a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim.

The 40-year-old, who played a total of 394 Bundesliga matches, started his professional career with Schalke 04 in 1988 and won the UEFA Cup with them in 1997.

The controversial keeper, who had his run-ins with referees, team mates and even ball boys, briefly moved to AC Milan before returning to Germany and Borussia Dortmund to win the Bundesliga in 2002 and then move to Arsenal.

Lehmann, who won the English Premier League title while playing for Arsenal from 2003 to 2008, returned to Germany to play for Stuttgart two seasons ago.

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