A group of FC Bayern München fans have successfully managed to reconstruct the first FC Bayern anthem. Originally written in 1907, the song had been lost for decades, but now you can hear it once more.
The first-ever FCB songs were found in the club’s history chronicles, but only the lyrics for ’Rot und Weiß' (Red and White - 1905) and 'Bayernlied' (Bayern Song - 1907) were only documented, with no accompanying music. These two songs were created just years after Bayern’s founding in 1900, composed by H.P. Blame and Siegfried Herrmann respectively. Not much more is known about the composers, but it is known that 'Bayernlied' was the first official anthem of FC Bayern and was often sung by the players on the train to away games. In modern terms, that would be like Uli Hoeneß writing 'Stern des Süden' and Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller then belting it out on a plane.
Watch: The first-ever FC Bayern anthem has been reconstructed from scratch and is now ready for FCB fans to sing along.
Reconstructing the music to this song has been a painstaking process for those involved. The group tried their luck in the FCB archive, but without success. It’s also not known whether any living Bayern fans have previously heard the song and would now recognise it. However, the determined group did not give up and they turned to any resources available in an attempt to put some music to the century-old words. They wanted fans to be able to sing along, so turned to numerous local choirs for help but were turned down almost every time.
Much to their credit, the group never gave in and have now created a video to be shown at the Allianz Arena ahead of the Bundesliga tie against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
When asked about what’s possible for the newly recovered song and whether it could replace 'Stern des Südens' at Bayern, the trio of fans could only laugh and say, 'We’d have nothing against that’.