'Soccer In Your Area' (March 2010) Issue 3 : Page 28

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, having won 21 German titles and 14 cups. The club was founded in 1900 by eleven football players led by Franz John. Although Bayern won its first national championship 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 European Cup three times in a row (1974–76). In re‐ cent years they have been by far the most successful team in German football, winning seven of the last ten championships. The club's last international title was the Inter‐ continental Cup in 2001. Since the beginning of the 2005–06 season, Munich plays its home games in the Allianz Arena. Previously the team had played 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 with more than 152,000 members. There are also more than 2,500 officially‐registered fan clubs with about 181,700 members. The club has other departments for chess, handball, basketball, gymnastics, bowling, table ten‐ nis, referees, and senior football with more than 1,100 active members. 28. ‘Soccer In Your Area’ E‐Magazine ‐ March 2010

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