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Football in Munich: TSV 1860 München and FC Bayern München

Trade mark 30424361, applied for on 27 April 2004 for the Allianz SE, still registered

“Stern des Südens” (southern star) versus “Einmal Löwe – immer Löwe” (once a lion – always a lion)

Whether football fan or not, almost everyone can sing along to “Stern des Südens” (southern star). In 1997, the Munich singer-songwriter and cabaret artist Willy Astor wrote this football anthem. The title can be found in the trade mark register as word mark DE 302010002641 and DE 302014023894, just like the slogan “Einmal Löwe, immer Löwe” (once a lion – always a lion) (DE 302012017153) of the football club TSV 1860 München. Many other trade marks of the two major Munich football clubs can be found in the trade mark register and testify to rivalry, success and defeat, rise and fall, continuation and how the tide is turning again and again.

TSV 1860 München

Registered figurative mark 2009166

In 1848, the TSV 1860 was founded for the first time, but it was already banned again in 1849. It was not until 17 May 1860 that the club was newly founded, and 1899 saw the establishment of its football department. Since 1926, the Löwen (lions) played in the new stadium on Grünwalder Strasse. In 1942, the TSV 1860 won the DFB Cup, its first national title. In 1964, it was able to repeat this success once again. In contrast to the FC Bayern, the TSV 1860 was even a founding member of the Bundesliga (German football league) in 1963.

Winner of the German championship in the 60s

Registered word/figurative mark 302008053329

In 1966, the TSV 1860 Munich won the German championship with legendary players such as Petar Radenkovic, Timo Konietzka and Rudolf Brunnenmeier. After narrowly missing out on defending their title, the club went through a long period of ups and downs. In 1970, the TSV 1860 was relegated to the second division, and in 1982, when their licence was withdrawn, they were relegated to the Bavarian upper league.

In 1992, the era of President Karl-Heinz Wildmoser began with the team marching from the third to the first division under coach Werner Lorant. Wildmoser put an end to old traditions by moving to the Olympic Stadium. In 2000, the Löwen even managed to qualify for the Champions League. In 2004, Wildmoser had to leave, a few months later the TSV 1860 was relegated to the second division.

From the “Allianz Arena” back to the “Grünwalder” stadium

Still under Wildmoser, the TSV 1860 participated in the construction of the new Munich “Allianz Arena”, after plans for an extension of the Grünwalder stadium as “Löwenarena” (trade mark DE 30148514, applied on 7 August 2001) had failed. In 2005, the TSV 1860 moved into the new stadium in Fröttmaning together with FC Bayern.

Temporarily the “Grünwalder” stadium was a thing of the past. However, in 2017, after the relegation from the second division and the withdrawal of their licence for the third division, the Löwen have been playing once again in their old home stadium, in the regional league of Bavaria, since the 2017/18 season. In the very first year in the regional league of Bavaria, the TSV 1860 under coach Daniel Bierofka managed to be promoted to the third league.

FC Bayern München

Registered trade mark DE 2073755

In 1900, the FC Bayern’s success story began. The FC Bayern (FCB) quickly gained a leading role first in the Munich and then in the Bavarian football region. By 1920, the club had over 700 members. In 1932, the FCB team won the German championship for the first time. In 1963, when the German Football Bundesliga was founded, the FC Bayern was initially only a spectator – despite winning the DFB Cup in 1957. But just two years later, the “Roten” (reds) under the legendary coach Tschik Cajkovski also kicked in the top division.

Beginning of a myth

Trade mark 30419967 shows FC Bayern mascot “Berni”

The 1970s were the “golden decade” of the club. From 1972, the FCB played in the Olympic Stadium. Although the club won only four national titles in this decade, the myth of the FC Bayern München began. Under coach Udo Lattek, the team achieved an almost unsurpassed triumph at international level, winning a series of European Champion Clubs’ Cup titles (predecessor of the Champions League), from 1974 to 1976, and the International Cup. Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeneß, Gerd Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge still stand for the successes of that time.

But these should be the last major international titles for the record champion until the turn of the millennium. It was only under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld that the FC Bayern again started to compete in the upper echelons of the Champions League. After the unfortunate defeat in the final against Manchester United in 1999, the time had finally come on 23 May 2001: After 25 years, the FC Bayern again won the Champions League.

We are treble

In the 2012/2013 season, the FC Bayern finally managed to bring the German title back to Munich. And in the first all-German Champions League final, the FCB won 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund in London’s Wembley Stadium. The FC Bayern was the first German and seventh European club to win the “treble”.

Since then, the FC Bayern have dominated the Bundesliga – and, in 2019, they won the German championship for the seventh time in a row and for the 29th time in total.

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Pictures: DPMAregister

Last updated: 8 May 2020