TSV 1860 MÜNCHEN
Founded: May 17, 1860
Club Members: 23,295
Nickname: Die Löwen, Sechzig
Coach: Maurizio Jacobacci
Captain: Stefan Lex
German Champions / Bundesliga: 1
Tschammerpokal / DFB-Pokal: 2
Bundesliga.2 Champions: 1
Regionalliga Bavaria: 1
Bavarian Toto Cup: 1
With a football history as rich as Munich's, it's obvious which of its clubs is the biggest star; but before the ultimate "Noisy Neighbours" rose from obscurity to dominate European football there was only one club worth talking about in the city. Their name - TSV 1860 München - is in fact a bit of a misnomer, with their origins being traced back to 1848 when they were formed in the Buttlesche Brauerei zum Bayerischen Löwen pub. However, because of the 'March Revolution' that spread across Germany that year, the Bavarian monarchy banned the club for showcasing ’republican’ values. Once the fires had been put out and everyone had shaken hands, the club was re-established on the 17th May 1860 (hence the name) as a gymnastics club before a football division was created in 1899 as more and more young men jumped off their pommel horses and went outside to kick a leather ball about.
By the mid-1920s, TSV were playing in the regional Bezirksliga Bayern and beginning to establish themselves as one of Bavaria's top clubs during the inter-war years, narrowly missing out on winning the German Championship in 1931 after a 2-3 defeat to Hertha Berlin in the final. In 1933, football in Germany was restructured under the Third Reich and TSV entered the top-flight Gauliga Bayern, finishing second in 1934, 1938 and 1939 before finally winning the league title in 1941 and lifting the Tschammer-Pokal the following year with a 2-0 victory over the dominant side of the era - Schalke 04.
Following the chaos of the war years, 1860 settled down as an unspectacular mid-table side in the Oberliga Süd for most of the 1950s before managing to improve in the nick of time - becoming champions in 1962-63 just as the German FA (DFB) were deciding which sixteen teams would form the new Bundesliga which would bring all the regional Oberligas together into one professional league. The DFB were reluctant to have two clubs from the same city play in that inaugural season and so, on account of their Oberliga Süd triumph a few weeks earlier, 1860 became one of the founder members of the Bundesliga at the expense of their cross city rivals Bayern München who had to look on enviously from the regional leagues.
As Bayern were still getting changed in wooden huts on Sabenerstraße, "The Lions" won the DFB-Pokal in 1964 and made a European Cup Winners Cup final appearance in 1965 (they lost 2-0 to a Bobby Moore-led West Ham United) before reaching their high-water mark a year later by holding off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund to win the Bundesliga. Although they were only denied back-to-back titles by Eintracht Braunschweig the following year, having their name engraved on the sterling silver of the Meisterschale marked the beginning of a shift in power, cemented by Bayern's first Bundesliga title in 1969, that has since shown no sign of ever returning to what it was. Up and coming stars like Gerd Muller, Uli Hoeneß and Franz Beckenbauer all turned down the chance to turn out for the blue half of the city and by the time Bayern had won three straight European Cups (1974-76), 1860 had crashed into the amateur Regionalliga Süd.
TSV returned briefly to the Bundesliga in 1977, famously clawing back a 4-0 deficit against Arminia Bielefeld in the play-offs, before dropping back down after just a season as things began to unravel off the pitch with overextension and mismanagement bringing the club to the brink of financial ruin. They came up again for a two-season stay but, unable to provide the proof of funds needed to secure a playing licence from the DFB, they were demoted to the fourth-tier amateur Bayernliga for the 1982-83 season. Bayern's reserves also played in the league that year and, to rub salt in the wounds, Sechzig finished a distant sixth behind the Amateure.
The exile from the Bundesliga lasted 12 years before 1860's on-field fortunes steadily improved under club legend Werner Lorant with the likes of Thomas Hässler, Davor Suker and Pele (... Abedi that is) arriving in the twilight of their careers to help the club claim a fourth-place finish in 1999-2000 - a season made all the more memorable by a first ever league double over Bayern who still sailed serenely on to their 15th title anyway. The strong campaign brought with it a place in the Champions League qualifiers although 1860's hopes of joining their city rivals in the group stages were dashed with a 1-3 aggregate defeat to David O'Leary's emerging Leeds United side who went on to reach the semi-finals that year.
Those wins at the turn of the millennium remain their last over Bayern and since Die Löwen were relegated from the top-flight in 2004, the only meeting between the two sides came in the DFB-Pokal in 2008 when a re-taken penalty from Franck Ribéry in the 120th minute proved the difference in a 1-0 Bayern win. In the absence of Bundesliga derbies, the so-called Amateure Derbies between 1860's reserves and Bayern Munich II took on an increased importance with tensions often boiling over between the two sets of fans.
In 2005, both Munich clubs bid farewell to the cobweb roofed Olympiastadion and took up permanent residency at the Allianz Arena which had been built ahead of the following summer's World Cup. Originally Bayern and 1860 each owned 50% of the stadium but it wasn't long before its running costs were putting strain on 1860's beleaguered finances and in 2006 Bayern bought their destitute neighbours' shares for €11 million. In the process, TSV became tenants in what had been their own stadium and were obliged to pay their rivals a yearly rent of €3.5 million - an amount that couldn't be offset in Bundesliga.2. 1860's financial problems have continued to cut deep and despite their reputation for producing young talent - most recently, Kevin Volland, the Benders (Lars and Sven) and Julian Weigl - the club's parlous financial state has continually forced them to sell at a pittance, just to stay afloat.
By 2011, Sechzig were facing bankruptcy for the second time in five years and, concerned that they would lose out on about €50 million in rent, Bayern offered to pay the €8 million needed to walk 1860 back from the brink - much to the disgust of both sets of fans. In the end, Jordanian billionaire Hasan Abdullah Ismaik appeared on the scene and bought 60% of the club's shares for €18 million becoming the first foreign investor in German football - although his voting rights were restricted due to the 50+1 Rule that ensures German clubs remain in the control of members and not high net-worth individuals or corporations as seen elsewhere in European football. Announcing his arrival with hubris, Ismaik promised to lead 1860 back to the Bundesliga and Champions League within a few seasons; and while some fans viewed him as a saviour, many others were worried that his increasingly dictatorial behaviour (removing media accreditations, excluding St Pauli's directors from a VIP area when they celebrated goals for their team against 1860; and making his financial support dependent on conditions that would have enabled him to circumvent the vaunted 50+1 Rule) would be the final nail in their club's coffin.
On the field, the crisis continued and TSV only avoided relegation to 3.Liga in 2015 when centre-back Kai Bülow scored an injury-time winner in a play-off against Holstein Kiel in front of 60,000 in the Allianz. Things hadn't hit rock bottom yet however and despite the appointment of former Porto coach Vitor Pereira and heavy investment in the team by Ismaik, the rollercoaster became one permanent dip in 2017 when the relegation play-off against SSV Jahn Regensburg in Munich descended into anarchy. With their team trailing 1-3 on aggregate and facing life in the third-tier, 1860's Nordkurve started ripping out seats and throwing them onto the pitch forcing Regensburg's keeper Philipp Pentke to dodge the missiles as his side defended a corner. And to add further insult to injury, a catering mishap before the game meant that 1860's fans were served beer in FC Bayern München glasses !
Managing director Ian Ayre and club president Peter Cassalette resigned amidst rumours that the players hadn't been paid and that the club's bank accounts were empty. And to sum up the sorry state of a once great football club, Ismaik refused to transfer the €10 million needed to secure a playing licence for the following season and 1860 were demoted to the amateur Regionalliga Bayern - effectively their second relegation in just four days ! Ismaik then sent an ominous message to a Munich newspaper that read "RB Leipzig started in division five, right ?"
After one of the blackest days in the club's long history, 1860 returned to the venerable Grünwalder Stadion where Peter Grosser had lifted their only Bundesliga title in 1966, and the fans - delighted to be back in their spiritual home - packed out each home match as the Regionalliga Bayern title and promotion to the 3.Liga was won in 2018. Despite the upturn in on-field fortunes however, confidence in their unpredictable owner is irrevocably shattered and Lions fans have had to watch their club struggle on and off the pitch as their cross city rivals have become part of European football royalty.
The club motto is "Einmal Löwe, Immer Löwe !" ("Once a Lion, always a Lion!") and, although they may not be the noisiest of neighbours at the moment, 1860's passionate following will hope that it isn't too long before Die Löwen roar back to life and prove to everyone that Munich is very much a two-club city.
Ground Name: Grünwalder Stadion
Year Opened: 1911
Renovations: 1925 - 1926, 1938, 1951, 1959, 1978 - 1979, 2012 - 2013
Capacity: 15,000 (9,059 standing)
Record Attendance: 58,200 (1948)
Executive Boxes: 1
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Running Track: No
Floodlights: 1,200 lux
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Sportplatz an der Grünwalder Straße (1911 - 1926)
Grünwalder Stadion (1926 - 1927)
Heinrich Zisch Stadion (1927 - 1939)
Sportplatz an der Grünwalder Straße (1939 - 1941)
Hanns-Braun-Kampfbahn (1941 - 1945)
Grünwalder Stadion (1945 - 1972)
Olympiastadion (1972 - 1982)
Grünwalder Stadion (1982 - 1995)
Olympiastadion (1995 - 2005)
Allianz Arena (2005 - 2017)
Grünwalder Stadion (2017 - )
Built in 1911 in the working class Munich suburb of Giesing, the municipal Städtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße - variously known as Grünwalder Stadion, Auf Geisings Höhen (on Geising Heights) Sechzgerstadion (60's stadium) or simply Das Sechzger - used to be the main football venue in Munich, playing host to both 1860 and Bayern before they moved to the cob-web roofed Olympiastadion in 1972.
1860 made a number of brief returns to the stadium post-1972, but after the deal for both Munich clubs to play at the Allianz Arena was agreed the city actually planned to demolish Das Sechzger triggering a flood of protests. Fans showed up in their thousands to the reserve team matches which continued to be played here in support of the "Baut das Sechzger aus!'" (Rebuild the Sixties' Stadium) campaign in order to keep the ground alive and eventually the city authorities relented - putting €10 million towards refurbishment works that were completed in 2013.
Following a period of well-publicised financial problems during which they had to sell their 50% share of the Allianz Arena to Bayern who became their landlords in the process; relegation to the Regionalliga Bayern in 2017 saw 1860 end their tenancy and move back to the Grünwalder Stadion. Lions fans, many of whom never felt at home in the Allianz - seeing it as too big and (more to the point) too 'red' - celebrated a return to the club's spiritual home. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was less sentimental about the decision to stop illuminating the Allianz Arena in sky blue however, saying "Playing Regionalliga games in a stadium with a 75,000 capacity would be absurd".
Today, TSV 1860 München are a down-to-earth, no-nonsense club and the Grünwalder Stadion reflects its working class roots. There are no brave new world stadia amenities here, just an old-school venue with two covered stands on each side of the pitch (the main stand being the smaller of the two) and open terraces behind each goal. Capacity stands at 15,000 - a far cry from the glory days when crowds of 45,000 weren't unheard of on Geising's heights; and given it's inner-city neighbourhood location, lack of car parking and difficult crowd control around the stadium, it's only licenced to host 3.Liga matches. 1860's home end is the Westkurve (Blocks F,G, H and J), whilst the away fans are given the Ostkurve terrace (Blocks P and Q) as well as a few seats in part of the main stand (Block A).
In addition to 1860 München's home matches, local Regionalliga sides FC Bayern München II and Türkgücü München also play here.
The stadium was also where Monty Python's Flying Circus filmed their famous 'Philosophers' Football Match' sketch in 1972 which depicted a match refereed by Confucius between the philosophers of Germany and Greece ... although the German XI contained “surprise inclusion” Franz Beckenbauer.
Telephone: +49 (0) 180 5601860
2021-2022: 8,222 (3.Liga) *
2020-2021: N/A *
2019-2020: 10,211 (3.Liga) *
2018-2019: 14,953 (3.Liga)
2017-2018: 11,778 (Regionalliga Bayern)
* Season affected by COVID pandemic
Expected Ticket Availability
Despite kicking about in 3.Liga, 1860 attract good attendances and many matches sell out with most tickets being hoovered up by season ticket holders and club members well before going on open sale. If tickets are available, then you're going to have to act fast!
Unlike their world-famous neighbours on the other side of Munich though, there's nothing international about Sechzig and the club website and online ticket shop are both in German only. Fortunately for non-German speakers, Google Chrome’s translation feature makes booking tickets a very straightforward process.
Tickets can also be bought by visiting the box office at the training ground near the stadium (Grünwalder Straße 114, 81547 München; 9am-5pm, Wed-Fri). Or, for an extra €1.50, you can arrange collection at the box office at the training ground on a matchday - just remember to bring proof of purchase and valid photo ID.
There's no ABC-tiered approach to ticketing and prices are determined by where in the ground you want to watch the action from - rather than the quality of opposition facing Die Löwen. Advance ticket prices for full-paying adults are a rather steep €27-37 for seats and it's €17.50 to watch the action from the terraces.
PLEASE NOTE: All information in this section is subject to change due to COVID regulations. Please refer to the club website for the latest ticket information.
GETTING THERE & AWAY
Grünwalder Straße 4
If you're in your car, there are a number of different directions you can come so the simplest advice is to put the stadium address in your Sat-Nav and follow it's guidance. Be warned though, there are no official car parks available for fans at the ground and only limited parking in the surrounding area. If you can, park up somewhere near a U-Bahn station and take public transport from there.
Match tickets include the cost of travel to and from the stadium on matchday anywhere within the Münchner Verkehrsverbund (MVV) transport area. From Munich Hauptbahnhof, take U1 (Direction: Mangfallplatz), jump out at Wettersteinplatz and walk the 5 minutes along Grünwalder Straße to the ground. Although it's the closest station to the ground, Wettersteinplatz is used by away fans as it's only 100 metres to the away end (OstKurve). If you've a ticket for the home end (Westkurve) then get off a stop earlier at Candidplatz and it's a 10 minute walk to the ground from here. Coming from the city centre, you can catch the U1 (Direction: Mangfallplatz) to the Candidplatz or Wettersteinplatz stops from the Hauptbahnhof or Sendlinger Tor stations; or the U2 (Direction: Messestadt Ost) to Silberhornstraße and jump on either Tram 15 (Direction: Großhesseloher Brücke) or 25 (Direction: Grünwald) to the Wettersteinplatz stop.
The Grünwalder Stadion is about 3 miles from Marienplatz in the centre of Munich, so unless you have plenty of time on your hands then catching a bus, or even shelling out for a taxi is a better option. If you fancy the walk though, the route through the tight streets of Munich's old town is quite complicated to describe here so let Google Maps guide the way.
FAN SHOP, MUSEUM & STADIUM TOURS
The main fan shop can be found at the club's training ground a 15-minute walk along Grünwalder Straße from the stadium or, to save your legs, catch either Tram 15 (Direction: Großhesseloher Brücke) or Tram 25 (Direction: Grünwald/Derbolfinger Platz) and jump off at Südtiroler Straße (9am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-2pm, Sat; and 10am-5pm on Saturday home matches).
There's also a more conveniently located branch in the centre of Munich next to the Hofbräuhaus where you can head to after stocking up on your Löwen fanartikels (Orlandost 8, 80331 Munich; 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat).
Not a tour as such but you can give yourself motion sickness by spinning around the Grünwalder on a 360° Virtual Tour here.
FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS
Many fans take advantage of the wider choice of options available in the centre of Munich, before making their way to the ground but there are of course plenty of food and drink outlets in and around the stadium offering the usual German football fayre of beer, chips, rostbratwurst etc. There's no stadium card scheme in operation but bring plenty of cash with you because, as well as having the highest ticket prices in the 3.Liga, 1860 are also 'top of the league' when it comes to the cost of buying beer and bratwurst - €9.50! There isn't a huge amount of space under the stands either and so, on top of paying a premium for your stadium sausage, you're going to find the area around the food counters becomes crowded - especially at half-time.
In addition, there are a number of bars along Tegernseer Landstraße (just around the corner from Silberhornstraße U-Bahn station on the U2 line) on the way to the ground. Giesinger Braustuberl on Martin-Luther-Straße, around the corner from the Silberhornstraße U-Bahn station gets good reviews.
OTHER CLUBS IN THE AREA
BUNDESLIGA: FC Augsburg, FC Bayern München
BUNDESLIGA 2: 1.FC Nürnberg, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, SSV Jahn Regensburg
3.LIGA: FC Ingolstadt 04, SpVgg Bayreuth