FC Bayern München: Eroberung Europas
FC Bayern München is a house hold name across the globe. It is with no doubt, Germany’s biggest and most successful club, and one of the biggest in Europe. World class players pull on the Munich jersey - week in, week out - and have done since the clubs formation in 1900. Players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge turned out for ‘FC Hollywood‘ in their golden age in the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently, the likes of Lothar Matthäus - Germany’s most capped player - Oliver Kahn and Bixente Lizarazu have played for the club. The current squad is also littered with players that will be considered legends when they hang up their boots, with the likes of Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben, Philip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger. However, it’s not all about the past with Bayern, the future looks very bright too. The young talents of Thiago Alcântara, Gianluca Gaudino, Mario Götze and David Alaba look promising for Bayern, and will no doubt have a big part to play in the clubs future. Led by master Pep Guardiola, arguably one of the best coaches of all time, more trophies on top of the record 24 national titles and 17 national cups looks very likely.
Legend and Rising Star: Arjen Robben and David Alaba celebrate a goal together
The Bundesliga looks a certainty now for Bayern, having won it comfortably the last few seasons, and the competition not looking that strong on paper, the priority for Die Bayern must be claiming the most prized trophy, the UEFA Champions League, for the sixth time in their history, but will have to battle with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona for that particular piece of silverware, a much tougher task than most people think.
However, one thing is certain. The beautiful Allianz-Arena will be rocking each time the team plays there – as Bayern have one of the biggest fan bases in the world. According to a study by Sport+Markt Bayern is the fifth-most popular football club in Europe with 20.7 million supporters, and the most popular football club in Germany with 10 million supporters, and home and away games regularly sell out.
The 2014/15 campaign for Bayern Munich will really show what the club from Bavaria are made from, as their competition for Europe’s top prize have strengthened significantly – Chelsea signing Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Real Madrid bringing in the likes of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos and Barcelona snapping up Luis Suarez – and Bayern only have one notable signing this year – Robert Lewandowski. Whether the lack of strengthening will affect the clubs performance for the upcoming season, it remains to be seen, but the side will remain competitive none the less.