Dortmund held sway for two years in a row, winning the Bundesliga twice as well as the German Cup.
This season however, Bayern have wrenched control of German football. They dethroned Dortmund easily in the league, and remain in contention to win a Treble.
Four matches have been played between the teams this season, and Dortmund are yet to record a victory, leaving them cast as underdogs ahead of tomorrow night’s mouth-watering Champions League final at Wembley.
But Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says that history will count for nothing when his team confronts Bayern in London.
He says that Dortmund are confident that they have the tools to dismantle Bayern, and that Bayern certainly will not be taking victory for granted.
"The last two years don't really matter when it comes to this final," Klopp said ahead of the final.
"If you look at the results of Bayern Munich this season, they basically destroyed anyone in a heartbeat, anyone but us.
"We've always fought back, even if we weren't in the best shape in some matches. When we are in our best condition - and this is the only thing we really need to talk about - we can beat Bayern Munich.
"We know this, and so do they. But we have to make it come true now. We know we will play against probably the best team in the world at this moment in time, but we also know we are the only ones who have the weapons to be an actual threat to them. And this is exactly what we want to capitalise on."
Bayern and Dortmund can both be proud of the swathes they cut on their way to the final. They are undoubtedly THE teams of this season’s Champions League, and have mesmerised fans with their dynamic brands of swashbuckling football.
Everything is set up for a crunching final, but Klopp admits that both Dortmund and Bayern will have to counter the jitters before they can serve up the entertaining slugfest the world wants to see.
"Ahead of the match both teams will feel the pressure and everyone will go there with the feeling that this might be a unique opportunity," Klopp said.
"What counts is how to shut out this pressure and to get into the match and focus on what is needed and expected.
"As long you can see that bright light at the end of the tunnel, that shiny Champions League trophy, it is also easier to approach the task with a positive attitude and not get carried away with a feeling of anxiety. We will take on this challenge in a happy, joyful and free way and then we will see what happens."