Gerry Farrell has recently written an article looking at the journey that Bayern have made over the years, going from the second choice club in their home city, to one of the current footballing monsters of our time. With Bayern having secured a record breaking 4th consecutive Bundesliga title last season, many fans feel that the club should have been eyeing a triple which they fell short on in their Champions League efforts. So, how has the club managed to create such high expectations of itself when previously they were no bigger than most German clubs?
Following the formation of Bayern in 1900, the club had enjoyed some successes relatively early on in the 1920s, winning some regional titles before winning he last national title of 1931-32 as the Third Reich took over the German sports system. Following this it was a whole 35 years before Bayern won anything else, spending most of this time in the shadow of fellow Munich side TSV 1860 München. In fact, the now much smaller club had actually been Bayern’s landlords up until the second world war before the stadium was badly damaged in the conflict.
Over the years that followed, Bayern struggled in the German footballing world, eventually being promoted to the top flight of their domestic strife in 1965. In this season, however, the side won the German cup as well as finishing 3rd place in the league – respectable, but still behind Munich rival TSV 1860 München who won the competition that year.
It was not until the Beckenbauer years that Bayern really made a name for themselves.
It was really some fantastic transfer moves by the club that made them who they are today, with the likes of the German legend and many other club hero’s who were also part of the World Cup winning squad of 1974 that went on to achieve great success with Bayern.
To find out more on this transition, the rest is in Farrell’s article in more detail. It’s really a great summary of the history of the club for those looking to brush up on their knowledge.