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Bayern Munich Fanzone: Getting to know Germany's most successful football club

Fancy heading to Bavaria to take in a Bayern Munich match first-hand but you're not sure where to begin? Never fear, bundesliga.com has you covered.

History

Germany’s most successful team on both the national and international stage, Bayern Munich are a footballing powerhouse. With a record 29 German titles and 19 DFB Cups to their name, plus five UEFA Champions League/European Cup trophies - including three in a row during the 1970s. The Munich club remain the only German team in history to win the treble of league, cup and Champions League in the same season, which they achieved under legendary coach Jupp Heynckes in 2012/13.

Bayern has played home to some of football’s biggest names down the years. Three of Germany’s four World Cup-winning captains (Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus and Philipp Lahm) have worn the Red of FC Bayern, while fellow legends of the German game such as Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Sepp Maier, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Bastian Schweinsteiger – to name but a few – have also turned out for the Bavarians during their distinguished careers.

Franz Beckenbauer, known as "Der Kaiser", captained Bayern to three consecutive European Cups in the 70s to kick-start their rise to the pinnacle of world football. - imago sportfotodienst

Honours

29x German champions (1932, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 - record)
19x DFB Cup (1957, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019 - record)
7x German Supercup (1987, 1990, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018 - record)
6x German League Cup (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007 - record)
5x Champions League/European Cup (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013)
1x UEFA Cup (1996)
1x UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1967)
1x UEFA Super Cup (2013)
2x Intercontinental Cup (1976, 2001)
1x FIFA Club World Cup (2013)

Coach

The current man in the Bayern hotseat is Niko Kovac. The former Croatia and Eintracht Frankfurt boss succeeded Heynckes following his retirement at the end of 2017/18, and arrived in Munich as a DFB Cup winner after beating Bayern in the final. Kovac previously spent two seasons as a player at Bayern, claiming a league and cup double in 2002/03 alongside his brother Robert, who is also his assistant on the touchline, before repeating the feat in his first year in charge as coach. He is the first person ever to claim the double as both a player and coach with the record champions.

Niko Kovac took over from Heynckes as Bayern coach for 2018/19 and won the domestic double in his first season. - 2018 DFL

Star man

In a galaxy of star players, Poland international Robert Lewandowski shines brightly from the front. The Bundesliga's top scorer in three of the last four season, the 30-year-old has scored more goals in the league than any other non-German in history. In 2018/19 he helped Bayern claim a seventh straight Bundesliga title with 22 goals, as well as seven assists, in his 33 appearances.

Watch: All of Lewandowski's goals in 2018/19

Last season

Bayern’s start to 2018/19 under Kovac was ominous. Seven consecutive wins in all competitions to start the campaign saw them thrash Frankfurt 5-0 in the season-opening Supercup and take an early lead at the top of the Bundesliga table as a 29th league title looked almost inevitable. However, there followed an unusual autumnal wobble as the record champions dropped as low as sixth. Defeat to leaders Borussia Dortmund and a dramatic 3-3 draw at home to promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf left Bayern a seemingly unassailable nine points off BVB and their six-year title reign on a cliff edge.

That was enough for the record champions and they began the charge. After their Matchday 11 defeat in Dortmund, Bayern lost just once more domestically as they reeled in and eventually overtook BVB with a 5-0 thrashing at the Allianz Arena. There was no catching the juggernaut after that as the Munich club pipped their arch-rivals by two points before claiming an 11th domestic double with their DFB Cup final victory over RB Leipzig. A very successful season in the end perhaps only blighted by their Champions League exit in the last 16 to eventual winners Liverpool.

The stadium

Bayern’s Allianz Arena is one of the most modern and technologically advanced football stadiums in the world. Opened for the start of the 2005/06 season to replace the former Olympiastadion in Munich, it hosted the opening game of the 2006 World Cup in Germany with Bayern’s own Philipp Lahm scoring the tournament’s first goal.

Watch: Inside the Allianz Arena

Boasting space for 75,000 spectators in domestic fixtures, the Allianz Arena is just as famous for its exterior as what happens on the pitch inside. An architectural masterpiece, 2,784 diamond-shaped ‘cushions’ form the façade of the Arena and can be illuminated in any colour depending on the event – Red for Bayern matches, white for Germany and green for St. Patrick’s Day each year. Rising up in the distance as you make the 875 yard walk from the station to the stadium itself, the Allianz Arena can appear like a spaceship on the horizon with its red glow lighting the way for spectators.

The city

Football and beer – it’s a combination that Germany does so well, but perhaps none more than the city of Munich. The Bavarian capital is home to two of Germany’s most famous establishments: Bayern Munich and the annual Oktoberfest. Despite its name, the beer festival actually takes place mostly in September but is of course a must for any visitor to the city and Bayern are typically guaranteed at least one home game during the celebrations. Besides the Oktoberfest (known locally as the Wiesn), Munich is home to some of the largest beer gardens in the world, which are open throughout the year, including the Augustiner Keller, the 8,000-seater Hirschgarten and the 7,000-seater Chinesischer Turm in the city’s Englischer Garten – a park larger than New York’s Central Park. These are ideal places to sample the local food and drink delicacies, such as Weißwurst sausages and Schweinehaxe (pork knuckle).

Every year the Bayern stars dress in their finest Lederhosen for a day at the Oktoberfest. - 2017 Getty Images

There is, of course, more to Munich than beer and football. The city has been the regional powerhouse for over 800 years, but became famous in the last century as the home of the Nazi movement. That has left its mark on the city and provides the ideal location for those wishing to discover more about the rise of National Socialism in Germany. The former concentration camp at Dachau is also only a short train journey away from the city centre.

As well as numerous galleries and theatres, Munich is also home to the world’s largest science museum – the Deutsches Museum, which has also hosted concerts by musicians such as Elton John. It is home to around 28,000 exhibitions and the best way to describe the museum is “if a German built it, it’s in there.” There are, of course, exhibits from throughout the world and history. Many museums and galleries also offer free or substantially reduced prices for entry on Sundays, when it must be noted that most shops are closed.

Getting there

Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport is the second largest in Germany serves almost 250 destinations worldwide, including both coasts of the United States with frequent direct flights to New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and more. The airport is about a 40-minute train ride (using suburban lines S1 and S8) from the city centre, from where visitors can reach their final destination with ease using the city’s comprehensive transport network.

Getting to the Allianz Arena

The simplest and most immersive way to reach the Allianz Arena is to take the U6 underground line to Fröttmaning on the northern edge of the city, with trains running every couple of minutes on matchdays. From the station it’s about a 5-10 minute walk up the esplanade to the Allianz Arena as you join in the throng of fans in their Bayern colours making their way to watch the German record champions.

The closest public transport stop to the Allianz Arena is Fröttmaning at the northern end of the U6 underground line. - DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga

Buying tickets

Bayern matches are almost always sold out, but tickets can still be bought via the official club website HERE.

Watch on TV

If you can’t make it to the stadium, Bundesliga matches are broadcast around the world. FOX Sports and Univision provide coverage in the United States, while BT Sports are the exclusive broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In Germany, Sky Sports show the majority of matches, with Eurosport hosting one match per week.

Buying the kit

You can get your own Bayern jersey from the official club shop.

The Bayern Munich home kit for 2019/20. - FC Bayern München

Stateside fan clubs

Bayern have more than 4,000 official fan clubs throughout the world, with over 100 of them in the US and Canada alone. That is more than any other European football club and makes it easy for you to meet up with other North American Bayern fans. That includes a number in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and Los Angeles. Head here to find your nearest FCB fan club.