FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria (MÃ¼nchen, Bayern). In English the name should literally be Bavaria Munich but is usually referred to as Bayern Munich. It is best known for its professional football team, which is the most successful club in German football, having won 21 German titles and 14 cups.
The club was founded in 1900 by eleven football players led by Franz John. Although Bayern won its first national championship in 1932, the club was not selected for the Bundesliga at its inception in 1963. In the middle of the 1970s, the club had its period of greatest success, when the famous team led by Franz Beckenbauer won the European Cup three times in row (1974-76). In recent years they have been by far the most successful team in German football, winning seven of the last ten championships. The club's last international title was the Intercontinental Cup in 2001.
Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Munich plays its home games in the Allianz Arena. Previously the team had played for 33 years in the Olympic Stadium. The team colours are red and white, and the team crest shows the colours of Bavaria.
Bayern is a membership-based club and with more than 142,500 members. There are also more than 2,000 officially-registered fan clubs with about 132,000 members. The club has other departments for chess, handball, basketball, gymnastics, bowling, table tennis, referees, and senior football with more than 1100 active members.