The Bayern game was one of the evening’s early kick-offs and we head back into town to watch the later matches at Stadion an der Schleißheimer Straße (Schleißheimerstraße 82; U-bahn stop Josephsplatz). This football bar is small and covered from top to bottom in shirts, scarves, pennants and pictures. The ceiling itself is decked out in astroturf, with pictures of players comprising two Germany XIs: one a line-up of all-time legends, the other a bad-boys team of rebels who have worn the famous white jersey.
On a wall dedicated to famous derbies are a pair of Bayern and 1860 München denim jackets complete with sewn-on patches – a unique symbol of German fan culture. In fact, this is one of the few pieces of Bayern memorabilia on display in a bar where the ethos is friendship and equality, so no club is given preferential treatment. Along another wall, an improvised stand with VIP stadium seating offers an uninterrupted view over proceedings. There are comedy and quiz nights, plus Q&As with famous names, and bookings are recommended on match nights – this place gets busy.
As in the beer halls, the tables are shared and we’re soon chatting to the Leverkusen fans across from us. Well, for as long as they can keep their eyes off the TV screen, their team holding on to beat Atlético Madrid and complete a successful night for Germany’s clubs.
Adress: Schleißheimer Straße 82, 80797 München
Bayern dominate the Bavarian football scene, having won the European Cup five times and appeared in ten finals. They weren’t, however, the first team from the Bavarian capital to participate in the competition. That honour went to 1860 München, the 1965/66 Bundesliga champions. The Lions already had European pedigree by then, having reached the 1965 Cup Winners’ Cup final, only to lose to West Ham at Wembley. They opened their 1966/67 European Cup campaign with a resounding 8-0 win against Omonia Nicosia, advancing 10-1 on aggregate. They even gave Real Madrid a scare in the second round, winning 1-0 at their Grünwalder Stadion before losing the second leg 3-1, despite Rudolf Brunnenmeier giving them an early lead. It’s been all Bayern in Munich since then.