Bundesliga Betting: Bayern Munich

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Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. is a German professional sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. It is commonly known as FC Bayern München, FCB, Bayern Munich, or FC Bayern, and the team plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. 

Bayern has reached eleven European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals recently winning their sixth title in 2020 as part of a continental treble. Since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1962, Bayern has been the dominant club in German football history. Its record is 30 titles (eight consecutively since 2013), and 20 national cups, along with numerous European honors.

With 293.000 members, Bayern Munich is the football club with the highest number of members in the world.

Bayern’s home ground is the impressive Allianz Arena, which can accommodate up to 75,000 fans. The Stadium opened in 2005 and is known for its impressive facade made of panels that change color depending on who is playing.

The Bavarian club is currently the most valuable team in the German Bundesliga, with a total market value of € 826,50 million. The second most valued is Borussia Dortmund, with € 592,95 million.

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The Bavarian Giant

The Bavarian club was Founded in 1900 by eleven football players of MTV 1879 Munich, led by Franz John. Tired of the conditions under which they had to play, Franz John and ten of his teammates resigned one day from their team and formed a new club called F. C. Bayern.

Bayern entered the Bundesliga for the first time in the 1965-66 season. In their debut, the Bavarian club finished third and won their second German Cup, qualifying for the following season’s European Cup. The next season 1966/67 they won their third German Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

The team´s most successful period was in the middle of the 1970s when they won the European Cup three times in a row (1974-1976), under the captaincy of Franz Beckenbauer, with Sepp Maier and Gerd Müller. This trio formed the backbone that brought FC Bayern to world fame. 

In the 1980s, the team’s home dominance was overwhelming, winning a total of six more German championships. At the end of the decade, in 1988, Jupp Heynckes initiated a restructuring of the squad as the departure of brilliant players required a profound and significant change.

In the 1990s, with Franz Beckenbauer in the coaching and management positions, he was a major influence in helping to restructure the club in the high-pressure times of this period. As a result, Bayern won four more domestic championships, two German Cups, and a UEFA Cup.

The decade from 2010 to 2020 has been extremely successful for Bayern. The Bavarians have not stopped scoring victories and points in the Bundesliga. At present, the team is among the best in Europe.

Prominent Players in Bayern

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Throughout their history, the Bavarian club has had, not only the best players in the Bundesliga, but the best stars from all over the world. Some of them are Oliver Kahn, Gerd Müller, Philipp Lahm, Klaus Augenthaler, Robert Lewandowski, Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Lothar Matthäus, Arjen Robben, Bixente Lizarazu, Giovane Elber, Thomas Müller, Franz Roth, Stefan Effenberg, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Uli Hoeness, Mehmet Scholl, Bastian Scheweinsteiger, Klaus Augenthaler, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franck Ribery…among others good players, all have contributed to increasing the club’s trophy cabinet.


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Rivalries and Derbys

Bayern Munich has various rivalries with German and European clubs, some of them long-standing.

When it comes to German clubs, the Bavarians were rivaled with 1860 Munich, their neighbors, and oldest rivals. They play against each other in the Munich Derby.

Bayern also have a rivalry with VfB Stuttgart. This is due to the long-standing feud over who is the better South German region, Bavaria or Swabia. There is also a city rivalry between Munich and Stuttgart. The derby between the two teams is the Südderby. Bayern also had rivalries with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1970s, with Hamburg in the 1980s, and with Werder Bremen in the 1990s.

However, it is Borussia Dortmund with whom Bayern currently has the biggest rivalry. They are the two most successful teams in German football, so they share most of the titles during the season. Their rivalry was established as a classic in 1997 when Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League at Bayern Munich’s stadium. They face each other in Der Klassiker derby. 

And at the European level, Bayern’s eternal rival is Real Madrid. The derby, known as the European Classic, is the most frequently repeated football match between two European clubs. Since official European competitions began, in the 1955-56 season with the birth of the European Cup, the two rivals have met in a European derby a total of twenty-six times. Real Madrid won 12 times, Bayern 11, and tying on three occasions.

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