One of the biggest dates of the year in European football, and all I can do is grumble. Ever since UEFA awarded Munich the Champion's League Final, a crushing feeling of inevitability existed that the other 'little' club over on Säbener Straße would ultimately be represented in the big game. You know who I am talking about, right?
If you were new to Munich, you might think all the locals loved FC Bayern, a club that exudes confidence and is steeped in tradition. Well, there are certainly people in the city that could care less about football, and such a huge event for them is something merely to be tolerated. But there is another group of people here in the Bavarian capital for whom this weekend is infinitely more painful, infinitely more difficult to endure.
These people are the supporters of the other football club in Munich. The working man's club. The Traditionsverein (traditional club) that has the courageous lion as its mascot. 1860 Munich had its heyday in the mid 1960s, and has had to live in the shadow of its local rivals ever since (except for a few bright blips on the radar here and there). You cannot even call them cross-town rivals - they both call Munich's Untergiesing-Harlaching neighbourhood home.
It is anything but a peaceful coexistence. And while you might think that a true German football fan could put aside his provincial differences and root against the English side Chelsea, you clearly do not know anything about this rivalry.
Einmal Löwe, Immer Löwe
|Great article and 100% true Greets, Hubi der Löwe|
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