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Bayern Munich history- All about the club

Sat 10 April 2021 | 16:30

What is your favorite football team? There are many clubs in the world of football with a few to be known as the best ones, and Bayern Munich is with no doubt one of the bests with many fans including us!

As a fan of football, we all should know a bit about every famous football team, knowing much more about our favorite ones. Bayern is one of the most notable teams in the world of football with a long and interesting history behind it.

As one of the greatest clubs in the world of football,

Bayern Munich

, was founded back in 1900 with 11 players along with their leader Franz John. Having this much background, there is no doubt that the club has one of the richest and most incredible histories to be told. But how much do we know about it and how much is left to know? In this article today, we are going to take a look at

Bayern Munich history

, going through everything including the club’s badge history, trophies, honors, mascots, and so on.

Commonly known as FC Bayern München or Bayern Munich, Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. is the most successful club in German football history, as it has the record of 30 national titles, including eight consecutives since 2013, and 20 national cups, along with numerous European honors.

As we have mentioned before, it all began in 1900, with members of a Munich gymnastics club. Interestingly after it was announced that footballers from the team are not allowed to join the German Football Association (DFB), 11 of them decided to leave. These people are the ones who have to thank today whenever we enjoy watching Bayern Munich perform on the pitch.

The club continued to achieve victories and got more reputation every day. Bayern won its first national championship in 1932, but despite its victory, the club was not selected for the

Bundesliga

until 1963.

The mid-1970s was the time of great success for the team as they achieved a lot, including winning the European Cup three consecutive times (1974–1976) under the captaincy of Franz Beckenbauer.

In total, the club has reached eleven European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals of which they have won 6 times. Their sixth title came in 2020. To know more about Bayern Munich honors, join us in our article on Bayern Munich history in which we will also take a look at the clubs logo, kits, stadiums, and managers’ history.

All you need to know about Bayern Munich history

Are you ready to know more about

Bayern Munich history

? If yes, then let’s dig in. 

Bayern Munich kit history

To start with the history, let’s take a look at

Bayern Munich jersey history

.

Meaning “Bavaria”, in the beginning, Bayern wanted to use the Bavarian white and blue colors; however, they were not able to purchase blue shorts, and so they started using black shorts. Later in 1906, Bayern was merged with Munchner SC. And as a result, Bayern’s name and white shirts lived on, but the color of the shorts changed to a dark shade of red. As a bitter fact, you must know that the club was ridiculed by the rivals because of the red shorts, as the players were mocked about menstruating.

Later on, Bayern Munich decided to use red shirts and red shorts with white trims. Since 1974, Bayern Munich has mostly stayed committed to the same colors.

Interestingly the club used its old red and blue colors between 1995 and 1997. But after a few changes in the upcoming years, they went back to choose red kits as in 2000 the club released a traditional all red kit with white trim to be worn for Champions League matches.

Bayern Munich badge history

What do you know about

Bayern Munich logo history

? Well, if your answer is not much, then to start you must know that since 1923, the club’s logo has changed several times. There have been logos extremely similar to each other, while there also have been times when the logos have been completely different from each other.

Originally the club’s logo was blue, consisting of F, C, B, M letters w.

But what is the story behind the current

Bayern Munich badge history

? Well, the club’s 1954 logo is what we assume to be the ancestor of Bayern Munich’s modern logo.

In fact, though the logo consisted of a single red color back in that time, it later changed to be designed with the three red, blue, and white colors. We all know that these are the three colors in the logo today.

Bayern Munich’s current logo has the colors of Bavaria in the center of a circle. The colors are surrounded by a red ring, with the name of FC Bayern München being written on the ring.

Bayern Munich champions league history

Next in our article, we are going to talk about

Bayern Munich Champions league history

. The club has been one of the most successful ones in this competition, winning the title six times so far. This is while they have finished the competition as the runners-up five times.

They first went against

Atletico Madrid

back in the tournament’s 1973-74 finals, winning with a 4-0 result. The next two years they kept being the champions as they defeated

Leeds United

in 1974-75 and Saint-Étienne in 1975–76. However they weren’t much successful in the next 25 years, but finally, they won the cup again back in 2000-01, winning the final over

Valencia

.

After winning the champions league in 2012-13 against

Dortmund

, Bayern faced

Paris Saint-Germain

in the 2019-20 final and won the match to win all the six titles available. That includes the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, the DFB-Pokal, and the DFL-Supercup.

Bayern Munich honors

Now that we know all about the club’s champions league history, it’s time to talk about Bayern Munich trophies and their honors. We all know that the club is one of the bests in the world and to achieve this much greatness they have achieved so much so far with no doubt. Time to take a look at

Bayern Munich trophies history

.

Bayern Munich honors

are listed below:

  • 30 times Bundesliga winners in 1932, 68–69, 71–72, 72–73, 73–74, 79–80, 80–81, 84–85, 85–86, 86–87, 88–89, 89–90, 93–94, 96–97, 98–99, 99–2000, 2000–01, 02–03, 04–05, 05–06, 07–08, 09–10, 12–13, 13–14, 14–15, 15–16, 16–17, 17–18, 18–19, and 19–20.

  • 20 times DFB-Pokal winners in 1956–57, 65–66, 66–67, 68–69, 70–71, 81–82, 83–84, 85–86, 97–98, 99–2000, 2002–03, 2004–05, 05–06, 07–08, 09–10, 12–13, 13–14, 15–16, 18–19, and 19–20.

  • 8 times DFB/DFL-Supercup winners in 1987, 1990, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020.

  • 6 times DFL-Ligapokal winners in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2007.

  • 6 times UEFA Champions League / European Cup winners in 1973–74, 74–75, 75–76, 2000–01, 12–13, and 19–20.

  • The UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup winner in 1995–96.

  • The UEFA/European Cup Winners' Cup winner in 1966–67.

  • The UEFA/European Super Cup winner in 2013 and 2020.

  • The Intercontinental Cup winner in 1976 and 2001.

  • The FIFA Club World Cup winner in 2013 and 2020.

It also has to be mentioned that Bayern has completed all available Trebles.

They achieve their Continental treble (Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Champions League) in 2012–13, and 2019–20. The

Their European treble (UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, European Cup, UEFA Cup) goes back to 1966–67 when they won the European Cup Winners' Cup. In 1973–74 they won the European Cup, and then in 1995–96 achieved the UEFA Cup.

Later in 1999–2000 Bayern also achieved their Domestic treble which includes winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and DFL-Ligapokal.

We also have to mention that Bayern Munich is only the second European club to achieve the continental treble twice.

Bayern Munich managers history

Next in our article on Bayern Munich History, we want to talk about the club’s managers. As we have mentioned before, all about Bayern started back in 1900. Their first coach was Dr. Willem Hesselink who coached the team from 1902 to 1905. Before 1963 and during the pre-Bundesliga era, the club had 32 more coaches.

Bayern Munich’s first Bundesliga manager was Zlatko Čajkovski who manager the team for 5 years. The clubs next managers were as listed below:

  • Zlatko Čajkovski: 1 July 1963 to 30 June 1968

  • Branko Zebec: 1 July 1968 to 13 March 1970

  • Udo Lattek: 14 March 1970 to 2 January 1975

  • Dettmar Cramer: 16 January 1975 to 30 November 1977

  • Gyula Lorant: 2 December 1977 to 28 February 1979

  • Pal Csernai: 1 March 1979 to 16 May 1983

  • Reinhard Saftig (caretaker): 17 May 1983 to 30 June 1983

  • Udo Lattek: 1 July 1983  to 30 June 1987

  • Jupp Heynckes: 1 July 1987 to 8 October 1991

  • Søren Lerby: 9 October 1991 to 10 March 1992

  • Erich Ribbeck: 11 March 1992 to 27 December 1993

  • Franz Beckenbauer: 28 December 1993 to 30 June 1994

  • Giovanni Trapattoni: 1 July 1994 to 30 June 1995

  • Otto Rehhagel: 1 July 1995 to 27 April 1996

  • Franz Beckenbauer (caretaker): 29 April 1996 to 15 May 1996

  • Klaus Augenthaler (caretaker): 16 May 1996 to 30 June 1996

  • Giovanni Trapattoni: 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1998

  • Ottmar Hitzfeld: 1 July 1998 to 30 June 2004

  • Felix Magath: 1 July 2004 to 31 January 2007

  • Ottmar Hitzfeld: 1 February 2007  to 30 June 2008

  • Jürgen Klinsmann: 1 July 2008 to 27 April 2009

  • Jupp Heynckes (caretaker): 28 April 2009 to 30 June 2009

  • Louis van Gaal: 1 July 2009 to 9 April 2011

  • Andries Jonker (caretaker): 10 April 2011 to 30 June 2011

  • Jupp Heynckes: 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013

  • Guardiola: 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016

  • Carlo Ancelotti: 1 July 2016 to 28 September 2017

  • Willy Sagnol (caretaker): 28 September 2017 to 8 October 2017

  • Jupp Heynckes: 9 October 2017 to 30 June 2018

  • Niko Kovač: 1 July 2018 to 3 November 2019      

  • Hans-Dieter Flick: 4 November 2019- Present

Now that you know about all these managers, you must also know that 5 of the club’s coaches were awarded Germany's Football Manager of the Year title for their work at Bayern. These people were Felix Magath in 2005, Ottmar Hitzfeld in 2008, Louis van Gaal in 2010, Jupp Heynckes in 2013 and also 2018 and the team’s current coach Hans-Dieter Flick in 2020. This is while Hitzfeld and Flick were also awarded the UEFA Coach of the Year and the IFFHS World's Best Club Coach, while Heynckes won both the FIFA World Coach of the Year and the IFFHS World's Best Club Coach title in 2013. Is there any other thing you would like to know about

Bayern Munich coaches history

? If yes, let us know in the comment section.

Bayern Munich Stadiums

As the next item in our article about Bayern Munich history, we want to take a look at the club’s stadiums.

Though we all know that since the beginning of the 2005–06 season the club plays its home games at the Allianz Arena, we also know that it hasn’t always been the same. To know more, let’s go back in time to the 1900s.

Schyrenplatz was the first place for Bayern Munich to do their training games, however, the club performed their first official games on the Theresienwiese.

In 1901 and after one year, Bayern moved to its own field at the Clemensstraße. In 1907 the club moved to MSC's ground. Interestingly the club’s popularity was the reason for them in the 1920s to switch to different locations, due to the increasing number of their audience. 

Grünwalder Stadion was their next destination which they shared with 1860 Munich after 1925. Bayern's record crowd at the stadium is reported to be more than 50,000 the club’s match against 1. FC Nürnberg in the 1961–62 season. Unfortunately, the stadium was destroyed during the Second World War, and the efforts to rebuild it were not that successful. Today the second teams of both clubs play in the stadium.

You wonder where did they go next? Well, the Olympiastadion was Bayern’s next stadium where they stayed from 1972 to 2005.

Being famous for its architecture, it hosted numerous major finals, such as that of the 1974 FIFA World Cup in its early days.

Despite many changes in the future, eventually Bayern moved to a new stadium as there were several complaints about the cold weather in the stadium during the winter and the distance between the spectators and the pitch.

As their next destination, the team moved to Allianz Arena. It might be interesting to know that the stadium didn’t exist before, but after so many discussions, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich decided to build a new stadium at the end of 2000 together. The Allianz Arena is located on the northern outskirts of Munich and has been in use since the beginning of the 2005–06 season. In the beginning, it had a capacity of 66,000 people, but today it has a capacity of 75,000.

It is also interesting to know that Red lighting is used for Bayern home games and white for German national team home games.

You must also know that there is a museum about Bayern history located in the stadium since May 2012.

Bayern Munich Rivalries history

Next on our article about Bayern Munich history, we want to take a look at

Bayern Munich rivalries history

.

1860 Munich

The club has traditional local rivalries with 1860 Munich and 1. FC Nürnberg, as well as Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig.

The club’s first rivals were 1860 Munich as they were the team’s local rivals. Initially,

1860 Munich

was a more successful club during the 1950s. However, during the 1970s and 1980, the team wasn’t that successful, moving between the first and the third division.

Knowing all these facts, the Munich derby is still very important to the supporters of both clubs.

It is also interesting to know that despite the rivalry, Bayern has repeatedly supported 1860 in financial cases as the club is a working-class one.

FC Nürnberg

The next team on the list of Bayern Munich rivals is FC

Nürnberg

. The two teams’ rivalry, which is often referred to as the Bavarian Derby, goes back to the 1920s, when FC Nürnberg was a more successful team, winning five championships in the 1920s. It took Bayern 60 more years to take over the team’s title.

Borussia Dortmund

And here is Bayern’s main rival in recent years! In fact, when we talk about Bayern Munich rivals, Dortmund is the first name to be remembered.

The two teams have faced each other on many occasions including many Bundesliga titles and also the DFB-Pokal final in 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Bayern has experienced one of its worst defeats facing Dortmund on the DFB-Pokal 2012 final, where they lost the match 2–5 loss against the BVB.

They have also competed in the 1989, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020 DFL-Supercup.

However, Bayern has proved its superiority against Dortmund many times, including when they faced each other in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League on 25 May 2013, winning the match 2-1 against their rivals.

Leipzig

While Dortmund has been considered as Bayern’s most important rival in recent years, there also has been another team to challenge the Bavarians here and there. Want to know who they are? Well, they are the Red Bulls.

Leipzig

has been recently an important rival for Bayern. The two finished the 2019-20 season as the first and third on the Bundesliga table. This is while Dortmund also finished the season as the second.

Bayern Munich mascot history

Time to talk about

Bayern Munich mascot history

and its beloved Mascot. Well, like every other club, Bayern has its own mascot; a very adorable character named Berni. Berni has his own nationality, birth date, and even height and weight. He is Bavarian and was born in 2004. He weighs 99 kg and is 2 meters tall. So cute; isn’t he?

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Bayern Munich history

? Which part did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comment section.

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