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The first national championship

FCB Erlebniswelt honours the heroes of 1932

More than 80 years ago, on 12 June 1932, Bayern realised a decades-old dream, winning their first German championship with a 2–0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Nuremberg. The FC Bayern Erlebniswelt incorporates a special section devoted to this milestone achievement.

The architect of the triumph was president Kurt Landauer, who had steadfastly pursued the goal of the German championship since his first period in office from 1913. Just like his successors in the following decades, he placed special emphasis on bringing on the club’s junior talent. Apart from Rhineland born Conny Heidkamp and centre-forward Ossi Rohr from Mannheim, the title-winning team was exclusively drawn from the club's youth section.

Heidkamp, who is also a Hall of Famer at the Erlebniswelt, was “the backbone of the team thanks to his commanding presence and outstanding ability," according to the club journal from July 1932. He was also a crucial link man between the team, the coach and the club management.

From 1930 onwards, the players were supervised by one of Europe's leading coaches, Richard “Little" Dombi. The Austrian, whose previous appointments included a spell with Barcelona, also filled the roles of managing director and masseur at FCB. Alongside his technical expertise, his closeness to his players and genuine concern for their well-being was a major contribution to the 1932 triumph. He generously heaped gifts on his beloved charges, including gold watches for winning the championship.

Why not leaf through Heidkamp’s personal photo album in digital form, and discover how Bayern's recession-hit fans still made it to the final in Nuremberg in their thousands.

At the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt, this 80-year-old milestone achievement has colourfully and imaginatively been brought back to life. Visitors will be fascinated by the information and enthralled by the images and mementos from a lost era.

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