Bayern Munich’s Derby Deal


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For the benefit of those still learning proper football speak in English, either here in America or elsewhere around the globe, the term “Derby” refers to a good ole’ fashioned rivalry (read, grudge) match match revolving around a certain region of any given country, if not any particular specific city.

In the case of BAYERN MUNICH, the intense, intra-city clash involves TSV 1860 Munich but a Muenchener Derby has always been somewhat rare for quite some time as, typically since the start of the 1970s aside from a ten-year stretch ending in 2004, TSV 1860 Munich compete in the German second division. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have not been demoted from the Bundesliga since their initial arrival in the top flight to start the 1965-66 campaign.

The last encounter between Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich took place at the quartefinal stage of the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal in February of 2008. A penalty kick in the 120th minute by France international winger FRANCK RIBERY tipped the scale in Bayern’s favor. Since the start of Bundesliga play in the 1960s, Bayern Munich hold a 23-8 advantage over TSV 1860 Munich with seven drawn matches in all competitions.

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Bayern Munich midfielder TONI KROOS, still uncapped for Germany and only 18 years of age at the time, is taken down by the tackle of TSV 1860 Munich midfielder FABIAN JOHNSON, who plays his club football these days in the Bundesliga for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, during the last Muenchener Derby, a 1-0 Bayern victory in at the quarterfinal stage of the D.F.B. Pokal, in late February of 2008 at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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Traditionally, the annual Derby that attracts the most attention in Bavaria is the intra-state Bavaria duel between Bayern Munich and 1.FC Nuremberg in the Bundesliga. Although often called the Bayrisches Derby, the rather fussy 1.FC Nuremberg supporters refer to the contest at the Frankisch-Bairisches Derby. This translates to Franconian-Old Bavarian Derby and is an overt sign from the 1.FC Nuremberg fans that neither they nor their club regard themselves as non-Bavarian.

1.FC Nuremberg, who are sometimes called der Altmeister (literally: old master) proudly boast nine German division domestic championships but five of those were back in the 1920s and der Club have just one title (1968) since the formation of the Bundesliga earlier that decade.

As is the case with their intra-city rivals, the four-time kings of Europe generally impose their will on their intra-state foe to the north, as well, as of late; including all Bundesliga as well as D.F.B. Pokal matches, Bayern Munich have won 39 matches while losing just 13 with 11 draws in the Bayrisches Derby with 1.FC Nuremberg.

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United States international recruit TIMMY CHANDER (26) of 1.FC Nueremberg, the 21-year-old defender who was born and raised in Deutschland, fends off the challenge of Bayern Munich’s France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY during the Bundesliga Bayrisches Derby match last April at the Frankenstadion in Bavaria.
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With the second round D.F.B. Pokal tie opposite FC Ingolstadt followed up by the Bundesliga Bayrisches Derby match with 1.Nuremberg a few days later, Bayern Munich had the unusual occurance of two intra-state Bavarian battles inside of the very same week; newly promoted FC Augsburg, who have yet to face trainer Jupp Heynckes’s side this season, are the other football club from Bavaria in the Bundesliga this season.

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