Widely regarded as the most successful German soccer (football) team, FC Bayern Munich has a knack for winning. Since the club was formed in 1900, the team has earned five European Champions League titles, one UEFA Cup title, 23 national championships and 16 German Cups. Bayern Munich’s fame is a relatively recent phenomenon. Outside of Bavaria, most Germans have a love-hate relationship with Bayern Munich. If you happen to be a Bayern Munich fan, then you really have something to cheer about. "Your" team has proven to be nearly unbeatable since the mid-1980s. If you are not a Bayern Munich fan, then there isn’t a better team to hate. Such is the intoxicating paradox of soccer-mania in Germany. During your stay in Munich, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see them live at the 340-million-euro Allianz Arena, one of the world’s most modern stadiums.
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The "other" and much older team in Munich currently has been relegated to play in Germany’s Second League. It wasn’t always so. Over the last 100 years the team has had its share of glory days. It won the national championship in 1966 and the German Cup in 1964. Since then, the team has faced several relegations into Germany’s lower-tiered division. The most recent was in 2004 and the club has yet to revive itself. The club portion of the organization has been a bit more successful. The 20,000 active members in the Munich area pursue every sport imaginable. And while it may not seem like much, TSV 1860 Munich’s crested lion mascot is much more iconic than Bayern Munich’s blue and white emblem. As the saying goes, “Einmal Löwe, Immer Löwe!” (Once a lion, always a lion!)