TSV 1860 Munich

The traditional football club TSV 1860 Munich looks back at a changeful history marked by championships, relegations and scandals. Nicknamed “Lions” after their heraldic animal it is passionately loved by its fans even through troubled times. “Einmal Löwe, Immer Löwe!” (“Once a lion, always a lion!”) is the supporters' motto.

The TSV 1860 Munich was first founded as a gymnastics and physics association in 1848, but due to issues with Bavarian monarchy already prohibited the following year. On 17th May 1860 the club founded itself anew. Football was not played until 1899, when the Football Department was introduced.

First successes

Since 1926 the Lions played in the newly built Grünwalder Stadion. In 1942 the TSV won its first supraregional title by claiming the German Football Association Cup. In 1964 the club managed to repeat this success and in 1965 even reached the European Cup final against West Ham United, where it lost 0-2. Unlike FC Bayern, the TSV 1860 Munich was a founder member of the German Football League in 1963.

German champions

The third German League season brought the greatest achievement of the club's long history when TSV 1860 Munich claimed the championship in 1966. Even today 1860's supporters reminisce about that year's legendary team with players as Petar Radenkovic, Timo Konietzka and Rudolf Brunnenmeier. After barely missing out on defending the title in the next season, however, a long period of drought set in for the club.

Difficult years

In 1970 the TSV was relegated to the second division and remained there for seven years. The following years turned out to be an emotional roller coaster for the Lions' fans. After several promotions and relegations between first and second division at the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s, the German Football Association withdrew the club's license and 1860 descended to the Bavarian amateur league (Oberliga) in 1982. Nine seasons in the third division followed. A promotion with trainer Karsten Wettberg in 1991 proved to be only temporary; after only one season 1860 found itself in third division again.

New hope

The era of President Karl-Heinz Wildmoser began in 1992. 1860 stormed to 1st division under team manager Werner Lorant and established itself in the highest class. Wildmoser put an end to old tradition by moving to the Olympic Stadium: it was no longer possible to finance successful professional football while playing in the small stadium in Grünwald. Subsequently the Lions even played in the 3rd qualifying round for the Champions League in 2000 where they lost to Leeds United. In 2004 Wildmoser hat to resign because of charges of defalcation and corruption. A few months later the TSV went down to the second division again.

The Allianz Arena

Still under Wildmoser, the TSV 1860 shared in the building of the new Munich football stadium. The traditionally-minded fans found it difficult to adapt when 1860 had to move into the Allianz Arena in Fröttmaning together with the eternal city's rivals, FC Bayern Munich. The Grünwalder Stadion since then has been used as the home of the regional league team and the women's football team of Bayern Munich.