FC Bayern Munich
Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V.
Der FCB (The FCB)
Die Bayern (The Bavarians)
Die Roten (The Reds)
27 February 1900
FC Bayern Munich (German: Fußball-Club
Bayern München) is a German sports club
based in Munich, Bavaria. It is best known
for its professional football team, which is the
most successful club in German football, hav-
ing won 21 German titles and 14 cups.
The club was founded in 1900 by eleven
football players led by Franz John. Al-
though Bayern won its first national champi-
onship in 1932, the club was not selected
for the Bundesliga at its inception in 1963.
In the middle of the 1970s, the club had its
period of greatest success, when the famous
team led by Franz Beckenbauer won the
(1974–76). In recent years they have been by
far the most successful team in German foot-
ball, winning seven of the last ten champion-
ships. The club’s last international title was
the Intercontinental Cup in 2001.
Since the beginning of the 2005–06 sea-
son, Munich plays its home games in the Al-
lianz Arena. Previously the team had played
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FC Bayern Munich
for 33 years in the Olympic Stadium. The
team colours are red and white, and the team
crest shows the colours of Bavaria.
Bayern is a membership-based club and
with more than 147,000 members. There
are also more than 2,400 officially-registered
fan clubs with about 177,000 members.
The club has other departments for chess,
handball, basketball, gymnastics, bowling,
table tennis, referees, and senior football
with more than 1,100 active members.
FC Bayern premises
Early years (1900–65)
FC Bayern Munich was founded by members
of a Munich gymnastics club (MTV 1879).
When a congregation of members of M