Bayern München

Founded In
München, Germany

About Bayern München

FC Bayern München was founded in 1900 by members of the Münchner TurnVerein 1879 gymnastics club. Historically Germany's most successful football club, Bayern München have won 22 league titles, 15 DFB Cups, 4 European Cups, 1 UEFA Cup and 2 Intercontinental Cups.

During the early years, Bayern competed in several regional leagues, achieving reasonable success. After the First World War, the club pushed on, winning their first South German Football Champioship in 1926. In 1932, under the management of Richard Kohn, the club won its first national title. The Second World War severely halted the club's growth and when the Bundesliga was formed in 1963, Bayern were not included. Two seasons later, however, they gained promotion to the Bundesliga.

What followed was a period of huge success for the club. Bayern won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1967 and the Bundesliga for the first time in 1968-69. Building upon these successes, the club moved into the 1970s, which is commonly viewed as the team's golden era. From 1971 to 1974, Bayern won three successive Bundesliga titles and in 1974, 1975 and 1976, the club won three consecutive European Cups. Another golden generation began at the turn of the millennium and from 1999-00 to 2009-10, Bayern won 7 league titles and their fourth European Cup.

Legendary players to represent the club through the years include some of German football's biggest names. Examples include: Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Gerd Müller, Lothar Matthäus, Stefan Effenberg, Oliver Kahn and current club captain, Philipp Lahm.

Having previously played their home matches at the Munich Olympic Stadium, Bayern München moved to the Allianz Arena in 2005. The ground, which is shared with city rivals 1860 München, has a capacity of 71,137 and its exterior is illuminated in red during Bayern's matches and blue when 1860 München play.   

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