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History & Development of Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is one of the most successful football clubs in Europe. It is also the first German team to win a European Cup with a non-German coach.

Bayern Munich was founded on 27 February 1900 by eleven football players led by Franz John. The team was originally called “Munich Football Club”. They renamed themselves as “FC Bayern München” in the 1920s, and eventually became “Bayern Munich” in 1957.

The team’s name derives from their origin on the Isar river, which is where “Munich” comes from. The word “Munich” means “by the monks” or “monks’ place.”

Bayern Munich is the only German team to have won the European Cup three times and also the first German team to win a European Cup since 1973. They are also one of the most successful clubs in international competitions, having won five European Cups and 18 domestic titles.

Bayern currently play their home games at the Allianz Arena which has a capacity of 75,000 people.

Bayern’s Legacy

Bayern Munich is undeniably one of the best football teams in not only Europe, but the world. In 2013, Bayern Bayern won their third UEFA Champions League title. They have been ranked by Forbes as the most valuable football team in Europe for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2018.

In 2017, FC Barcelona were ranked as the second-most valuable football team in the world, while Manchester United were ranked at number three. This just shows how big Bayern really are.

Bayern Munich Best Players

Unsuprissingly for a team with so much history there have been an array of fantastic players pass though its ranks over the years. The list of players worth mentioning is extremely long so we’ll keep it short and simple looking at the top players of the last 20 years and the current best players at Bayern.

2002-2022 Notable names

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Ajern Robben
  • Franck Ribéry
  • Oliver Kahn
  • Philipp Lahm

Current Notable Names

  • Manuel Neuer
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Joshua Kimmich
  • Thomas Muller
  • Alphonso Davies

Which players are Bayern Munich Currently linked with?

Although already a force in both the Bundesliga and European cup competitions, Bayern are constantly looking to improve their already strong side. For this season there are 4 men currently on the top of the wish list for the German contingent. Most of the players are forwards as they look ahead to the future as their star man Lewandowski begins to enter the final years of his prolific career.

Let’s take a look at some of the names currently being thrown into the mixer.

Erling Haaland

It’s no surprise that the Norwegian international is on Bayern’s Radar. He’s been tearing it up in the Bundesliga since signing for Dortmund a few years back. He’s one of the top young talents in the world right now and Bayern will have to compete with a range of other offers from a variety of clubs in order to acquire his signature.

However, if they do they’ll have a player that has bags of potential to be one of the best players in the world for years to come.

Ousmane Dembele

Dembele has suffered from injuries during his time at Barcelona, and with his contract due to expire next summer, he’s reportedly seeking a new challenge.

The Frenchman is no stranger to the Bundesliga. In fact, it’s where he arguably played his best football.

Dembele’s spell at Dortmund earned himself the big money move to Barca back in 2017.

Newcastle has also been linked with Dembele in recent weeks and could face losing the battle against the German side for his signature. A move back to the Bundesliga could see Dembele return to previous form however reoccurring injuries could be a concern.

Federico Chiesa

Chiesa has drawn interest from a host of Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Man Utd after his standout performances for Italy at Euro 2020.

The Juventus winger would come at a cost though. Juve could look to pick up a fee north of £80m to secure Chiesa’s signature.

And Bayern already have the likes of Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane who can play in the wide areas making Chiesa a luxury that might be one for the long term.

Dusan Vlahovic

The Fiorentina frontman has rejected a bumper new contract.

The club’s chief exec Joe Barone told Repubblica: “We’ve offered Vlahovic the highest contract ever in the history of Fiorentina, several times.

“Both Dusan and his agent made us realise that they do not want to accept. Our bid is still on the table.”

Vlahovic has been scoring goals for fun this season, he has currently netted 15 goals in 17 league appearances.

The 21-year-old, like Haaland, could be the ideal long-term replacement for Lewandowski.

But he would cost upwards of £70m and Bayern aren’t a club that looks to make big money signings instead opting for free transfers or lower fees to clubs within the Bundesliga.