A closer look at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Football in Munich

Red vs blue: Munich and football

FC Bayern Munich is one of the most famous football teams in the world. Not quite as successful is Munich's second club, TSV 1860 Munich. Nevertheless, the rivalry in the city is huge.

Munich and its teams! Football has a long history in the Bavarian capital: At the beginning of the 20th century TSV 1860 Munich (also known as the “60s”) used to play back in Holzapfelkreuth near the Waldfriedhof woodland cemetery. Meanwhile, FC Bayern was playing in straw hats in Schwabing, not far from Leopoldstrasse. Under Kurt Landauer, who is still the longest serving FCB President, the team found itself the subject of harassment by the National Socialists.

The stadium on Grünwalder Strasse was completed in 1925. It survived the Second World War, an arson attack in 1971 and a windstorm in 1972. In 2012, a 225 kg aircraft bomb was even discovered just 1.5 metres below the grass in the penalty box. The first game under artificial lights took place over 60 years ago, when the team borrowed spotlights from the Bavaria Film company.

The 1972 Olympic Games turned out to be a huge stroke of luck for Munich’s football teams. The Olympic stadium built especially for the Games became the home of FC Bayern for over thirty years – though they did have to put up with a few niggles. A wind that seemed to blow through the stadium but nowhere else left the crowd shivering and swept away journalists’ notes. Nevertheless – but quite rightly – respondents in a survey conducted in 2000 selected the stadium as one of the five most important buildings built in Germany after the Second World War. Real grass has been growing in the Olympic stadium again since May 2017 though it is now only used for small-scale football tournaments.

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In the next ten years, these two footballing meccas will turn 100 and 50 years old respectively. If you feel like reminiscing about the days when pro footballers would tread the pitch here, then it's definitely worth a visit. Regular guided tours of the Olympic Park have been available for a long time.

Although once iconic teams like FC Wacker Munich, Spielvereinigung Unterhaching and TSV 1860 Munich have failed to maintain their former glories, there’s no doubt that football is thriving in Munich! So often repeated that they are practically tradition, FC Bayern’s championship celebrations on Marienplatz attract crowds of over 15,000.

The Allianz Arena can hold up to 75,000 spectators. It is normally lit up in red, the team colour of FC Bayern. On special occasions, however, its 300,000 LEDs are also used to create a wide array of motifs and effects, ranging from rainbow colours to black, red and gold.

Fans can learn more exciting facts all year round with a look behind the scenes: Guided arena tours with insights into the team cabin or the players' tunnel and a visit to the FC Bayern museum are always a special experience. Unlike a classic football museum, that of FC Bayern not only focuses on numerous outstanding exhibits such as trophies, shoes and jerseys of the great Bayern stars of the past and present. The moving and significant moments of the club's history can also be relived emotionally thanks to state-of-the-art presentation techniques.

The Arena Bistro, the Paulaner Fantreff Süd and several kiosks offer a wide range of food and drink.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: istock/ferar, Olympiapark München, Frank Stolle, Dominik Morbitzer, Markus Dlouhy, Fabian Luwig

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Chinese football fans are standing on the promenade in front of the Allianz Arena in Munich.

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Massage table in the Allianz Arena in Munich.

A look behind the scenes

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Three trophies in the Erlebniswelt FC Bayern München.

Football museum at its best

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The Allianz Arena in Munich illuminated in red at sunset.

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A closer look at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Munich and football

Munich and its teams: the Reds are a global brand, the Blues have already had better days - but the hearts of the people of Munich are still fairly evenly distributed.

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Blue sky above the Neues Rathaus and the Frauenkirche in Munich.

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Panoramic view from the Olympiaberg with Olympic Lake, Olympic Tower and the headquarter of BMW in Munich in the background.

The key to success in 1972

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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

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Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

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