67 Facts About Bayern Munich


FC Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by 11 football players, led by Franz John.

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Bayern Munich has won one UEFA Cup, one European Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two FIFA Club World Cups and two Intercontinental Cups, making it one of the most successful European clubs internationally and the only German club to have won both international titles.

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Bayern Munich players have accumulated five Ballon d'Or awards, two The Best FIFA Men's Player awards, four European Golden Shoe, and three UEFA Men's Player of the Year awards including UEFA Club Footballer of the Year.

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Bayern Munich are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA's main club competitions, the only German club to achieve that.

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In terms of revenue, Bayern Munich is the largest sports club in Germany and the third highest-earning football club in the world, behind FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, with a value of €634.

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In November 2019, Bayern Munich had 293,000 official members and 4,499 officially registered fan clubs with over 350,000 members.

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FC Bayern Munich was founded by members of a Munich gymnastics club.

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Bayern Munich was affected by the ruling that football players had to be full amateurs again, which led to the move of the gifted young centre-forward Oskar Rohr to Switzerland.

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Bayern Munich struggled, hiring and firing 13 coaches between 1945 and 1963.

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Bayern Munich remains as the club's president with the longest accumulated tenure.

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In 1967, Bayern Munich retained the DFB-Pokal, but slow overall progress saw Branko Zebec take over as coach.

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Bayern Munich replaced Bayern's offensive style of play with a more disciplined approach, and in doing so achieved the first league and cup double in Bundesliga history in 1969.

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Bayern Munich are one of four German clubs to win the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in the same season along with Borussia Dortmund, 1.

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Bayern Munich won the DFB-Pokal in 1984 and went on to win five Bundesliga championships in six seasons, including a double in 1986.

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European success was elusive during the decade; Bayern Munich managed to claim the runners-up spot in the European Cup in 1982 and 1987.

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The following year, in the club's centenary season, Bayern Munich won the third league and cup double in its history.

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Days later, Bayern Munich won the Champions League for the fourth time after a 25-year gap, defeating Valencia on penalties.

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Hitzfeld's reign ended in 2004, with Bayern Munich underperforming, including defeat by second division Alemannia Aachen in the DFB-Pokal.

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Bayern Munich went on to win the Bundesliga in convincing fashion, leading the standings on every single week of play, and the DFB-Pokal against Borussia Dortmund.

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However, Klinsmann was sacked even before the end of his first season as Bayern Munich trailed Wolfsburg in the league, had lost the quarterfinal of the DFB-Pokal to Bayer Leverkusen, and had been made look silly in the quarterfinal of the Champions League when FC Barcelona scored four times in the first half of the first leg and over the course of both legs Bayern Munich never looked like they could keep up.

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The Champions League final was held at the Allianz and Bayern Munich indeed reached the final in their home stadium but lost the "Finale dahoam" as they had termed it to Chelsea on penalties.

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Bayern Munich finished the Bundesliga on 91 points, only 11 points shy of a perfect season, and to date, still, the best season ever played.

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Bayern Munich fulfilled Guardiola's wish of signing Thiago Alcantara from FC Barcelona and Guardiola's first season started off well with Bayern Munich extending a streak of undefeated league matches from the last season to 53 matches.

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Bayern Munich won the cup to complete their tenth domestic double, but lost in the semi-final of the Champions League to Real Madrid.

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Under Ancelotti, Bayern Munich claimed their fifth consecutive league title, but did not win the cup or the Champions League.

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In July 2017, Bayern announced that 1860 Munich would leave the Allianz for good as the club had been relegated to the 4th division.

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Kovac's first season at the club started slowly, with Bayern Munich falling behind Dortmund in the league throughout the first half of the season.

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However, after the winter break, Bayern Munich quickly closed the distance and put themselves first-place in the league.

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On 18 May 2019, Bayern Munich won their seventh straight Bundesliga title as they finished two points above second-place Dortmund with 78 points.

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On 27 April 2021, Bayern Munich announced that Flick would be leaving at the end of the season, at his request, and that RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann would become the new manager, effective 1 July.

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From 1974 onwards, Bayern Munich has mostly worn an all-red home kit with white trim.

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Bayern Munich revived the red and blue striped colour scheme between 1995 and 1997.

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In 1999, Bayern Munich returned to a predominantly red kit, which featured blue sleeves, and in 2000 the club released a traditional all red kit with white trim to be worn for Champions League matches.

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The crest from 1919 to 1924 denotes "Bayern FA", whereby "FA" stands for Fußball-Abteilung, i e, Football Department; Bayern then was integrated into TSV Jahn Munich and constituted its football department.

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In 1901, Bayern Munich moved to a field of its own, located in Schwabing at the Clemensstraße.

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Until World War II, the stadium was owned by 1860 Bayern Munich, and is still colloquially known as Sechz'ger Stadium.

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In May 2012, Bayern Munich opened a museum about its history, FC Bayern Munich Erlebniswelt, inside the Allianz Arena.

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At the 2018 annual general meeting, the Bayern Munich board reported that the club had 291,000 official members and there are 4,433 officially registered fan clubs with over 390,000 members.

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The ultras scene of Bayern Munich Munch has been recognised for certain groups taking stance against right-wing extremism, racism and homophobia, and in 2014 the group Schickeria Munchen received the Julius Hirsch Award by the DFB for its commitment against antisemitism and discrimination.

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FC Bayern Munich are the world's largest football club in terms of members.

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The Bayern Munich derby is still a much-anticipated event, getting much extra attention from supporters of both clubs.

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Bayern Munich is considered the establishment club, which is reflected by many board members being business leaders and including the former Bavarian minister-president, Edmund Stoiber.

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Bayern Munich took over the title more than sixty years later, when they won their tenth championship in 1987, thereby surpassing the number of championships won by Nurnberg.

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AG is short for Aktiengesellschaft, and Bayern Munich is run like a joint stock company, a company whose stock are not listed on the public stock exchange, but is privately owned.

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Classic sponsors are Apple Music, Bayern Munich 3, Beats Electronics, EA Sports, Gigaset, Hugo Boss, Courtyard by Marriott, Veuve Clicquot, and Adelholzener.

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Bayern Munich is an exception in professional football, having generated profits for 27 consecutive years.

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Bayern Munich had the second-highest commercial revenue in the 2019 Deloitte Football Money League, behind only Real Madrid.

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In recent years Bayern Munich have started to focus their marketing more on Asia and the United States.

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Bayern Munich made summer tours to the United States in 2014 and 2016.

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Bayern Munich went to China in the summer of 2015 and returned in the summer of 2017 where they played games in Singapore.

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In March 2017, Bayern Munich was the first foreign football club to open an office in mainland China.

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In 2013, Bayern Munich overtook Manchester United to take first place in brand valuation.

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In 2022, FC Bayern Munich announced the opening of an international office in Bangkok; marking their third such branch office.

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Bayern Munich has been involved with charitable ventures for a long time, helping other football clubs in financial disarray as well as ordinary people in misery.

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Also when St Pauli threatened to lose its licence for professional football due to financial problems, Bayern Munich met the club for a friendly game free of any charge, giving all revenues to St Pauli.

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On 14 July 2013, Bayern Munich played a charity game against financially threatened third division Hansa Rostock.

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On 30 August 2017, Bayern Munich played a benefit match against financial troubled Kickers Offenbach.

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In mid 2013, Bayern Munich was the first club to give financial support to the Magnus Hirschfeld National Foundation.

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In 2016, FC Bayern Munich received the Nine Values Cup, an award of the international children's social programme Football for Friendship.

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In 2006, Bayern Munich purchased land near the Allianz Arena with the purpose of building a new youth academy.

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The Allianz FC Bayern Akademie is located on the campus site, and the academy has 35 apartments for young talents who don't live in the Greater Munich area.

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Bayern Munich is historically the most successful team in German football, as they have won the most championships and the most cups.

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Bayern Munich is the only club to have won all three major European competitions, have won three consecutive European Cups and won the treble twice, one of which was part of the larger and more elusive "sextuple".

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Bayern Munich has had 19 coaches since its promotion to the Bundesliga in 1965.

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FC Bayern Munich AllStars were founded in summer 2006, and consists of former Bayern Munich players, including Klaus Augenthaler, Raimond Aumann, Andreas Brehme, Paul Breitner, Hans Pflugler, Stefan Reuter, Paulo Sergio, and Olaf Thon.

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From 1966 to 1969, Bayern Munich had an ice hockey team, which completed two seasons in the Eishockey-Bundesliga.

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The following season Bayern Munich achieved promotion to the Bundesliga where the club stayed for two seasons.

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