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It began with 11 rebels

FC Bayern: 116 years old today

Saturday is a special day for the FC Bayern family, as the club was founded 116 years ago on 27 February 1900. A group of eleven young footballers met at café Gisela in the Munich district of Schwabing, severing their ties with their previous club Männer-Turn-Verein (MTV; Men's Gymnastics Club) and establishing a dedicated football club, FC Bayern. Their leader was Franz John, who would later become FCB’s first president. It was a minor rebellion with undreamed-of consequences.

The club which came into life in a side room at café Gisela is currently the world's biggest sports club. FC Bayern has over 270,000 members, and more than 4,000 fan clubs from all around the globe support the German record champions, who have amassed an impressive trophy collection over the last 116 years: 25 German championships, 17 DFB Cup triumphs, five Champions League/European Cup titles, two Intercontinental Cups, the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Supercup.

For more information on the club's history and honours visit the FCB Erlebniswelt website.

The FCB Fan Shop is marking the 116th birthday with a special sale.

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