A German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Bayern Munich is the most successful club in the history of German football with 26 national titles and 18 national cups.
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The club was founded by a congregation of members from the Munich gymnastics club (MTV), and is one of the most popular football brands worldwide. Due to a dispute about restriction on players to join German Football Association the players led by Franz John took the reins of the club.
The club won its first national championship in 1932 and went through a golden period during the middle of 1970s under the captainship of Franz Beckenbauer when it won the European Cup thrice in a row from 1974 to 76. Overall, Bayern has won 1 UEFA Cup, 1 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup and 2 Intercontinental Cups. In Bundesliga, Bayern has dominated German football by winning a total of 26 titles out of which 8 have been won in the last 12 years. Amongst German rivals, only Borussia Dortmund and FC Nürnberg come close to giving Bayern a tough competition.
Bayern is not a professionally run club and is still led by former club players. Karl Hopfner is the current president of the club taking over the reins from Uli Hoeneß after the former was convicted of tax frauds. With a total value of $2.7Bn, the Forbes Magazine has ranked Bayern Munich as the 4th most valuable club of the world.
Bayern Munich won the German Championship and DFB - Pokal in the 2015-16 season and is one of the only four clubs which have won all of the three major European competitions. Its current squad consists of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer as the key players.