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TSV 1860 Munich
TSV 1860 Munchen.svg
Full nameTurn- und Sportverein München von 1860
Nickname(s)Die Löwen (The Lions)
Sechzig (Sixty)
(Die) Sechzger ((The) Sixties)
Founded17 May 1860;159 years ago (1860-05-17),
football on 6 March 1899
Ground Grünwalder Stadion,
Munich, Germany
PresidentRobert Reisinger
Manager Michael Köllner
League 3. Liga
2018–19 12th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860, commonly known as TSV 1860 München (German pronunciation: [teː ʔɛs faʊ ˈʔaxtseːnˈhʊndɐt ˈzɛçtsɪç ˈmʏnçn̩] ) or 1860 Munich, is a sports club based in Munich. After the 2016–17 season the club's football team was relegated from the 2. Bundesliga. 1860 Munich was one of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1963, becoming West German champions in 1966, and has played a total of 20 seasons in the top flight. From 2005 to 2017, 1860 Munich's stadium had been the Allianz Arena. Since their relegation from 2. Bundesliga, the Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße is once again home to 1860 Munich.



Origins of the club

The roots of the TSV's founding as a physical fitness and gymnastics association go back to a meeting held 15 July 1848 in a local pub, Buttlesche Brauerei zum Bayerischen Löwen. It was a time of revolutionary ferment due to the 1848 Revolutions, and the club was banned in 1849 by the Bavarian monarchy for "republican activities". The club was formally reestablished on 17 May 1860 and after mergers with a number of other local associations in 1862 was known as Turnverein München. A football department was created on 6 March 1899 and played its first matches against other squads three years later.


In 1911, the team adopted the familiar lion to their crest and in 1919 was renamed TSV München 1860. By the mid-1920s, they were playing competitive football in the country's upper leagues, like the Bezirksliga Bayern, making a national semi-final appearance in 1927. Die Löwen challenged for the championship in 1931 but dropped a 2–3 decision to Hertha BSC. Two years later, they made another semi-final appearance which they lost to Schalke 04 who were on their way to becoming the dominant side in German football through the 1930s and 1940s.

In 1933, German football was re-organized under the Third Reich into 16 top-flight divisions known as Gauligen. TSV joined the Gauliga Bayern where they earned second-place finishes in 1934, 1938 and 1939 before finally capturing a division championship in 1941. Their subsequent play-off appearance saw them finish second in their pool to finalist Rapid Wien. The following season they failed to advance to the national play-off rounds, but did go on to earn their first major honours by defeating Schalke 04 to capture the Tschammerpokal, known today as the DFB-Pokal. TSV returned to the national play-offs again in 1943, progressing to the quarter-finals.

Post war

After World War II, 1860 played in the top flight Oberliga Süd as a mid-table side, suffering relegation for a period of three years in the mid-1950s. However, they delivered when it mattered most in 1963 by winning the league championship and with it automatic entry into Germany's new professional league, the Bundesliga, ahead of rivals Bayern Munich, who would have to wait two seasons for their own top flight debut since the German Football Association (DFB) did not want two teams from the same city in the new league. 1860 continued to perform well through the mid-1960s: they captured their second DFB-Pokal in 1964, played the 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup final against West Ham United  – losing 0–2. In 1966, they came away as Bundesliga champions and qualified to 1966–67 European Cup, but losing 2–3 on aggregate against Real Madrid in second round. On 3 June 1967, they finished as runners up in Bundesliga.

The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

Those performances were followed by poor showings in three consecutive seasons leading to relegation in 1970 to the Regionalliga Süd (II). It took 1860 seven years to make their way back to the first division, through a three-game play-off contest with Arminia Bielefeld, only to be immediately relegated again. One year later they were back, this time for a two-year stay, then in 1982 they were relegated once again and then forced into the tier III Amateur Oberliga Bayern when financial problems led to the club being denied a licence.

The club's exile from the Bundesliga would last a dozen years. They were promoted to the top flight in 1994, but found themselves in immediate danger being sent back down again. President Karl-Heinz Wildmoser and manager Werner Lorant, however, made several shrewd purchases including striker Olaf Bodden, winger Harald Cerny, attacking midfielder Daniel Borimirov, playmaker Peter Nowak and defensive stoppers Miroslav Stević, Jens Jeremies and Manfred Schwabl. Stars like Abedi Pele, Thomas Häßler and Davor Šuker played for 1860 as their careers were winding down, becoming crowd favourites and making important contributions.[ citation needed ]


Under the leadership of Wildmoser and Lorant, the combination of proven veterans and young talent helped the club avoid relegation and become a decent mid-table side. 1860 earned a fourth-place Bundesliga finish in 2000 and were entered into the UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round, where they faced Leeds United. A 3–1 aggregate defeat, however, saw them play in the UEFA Cup that season, advancing to the third round where they were eliminated by Parma. The club, however, was unable to build on this success and after some mediocre performances by the team, manager Lorant was fired.

After a decade in the top division, 1860 burnt out in the 2003–04 season with a 17th-place finish that returned the club to the 2. Bundesliga. Wildmoser made the controversial decision to groundshare with hated rivals Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena, a move that outraged fans and led to accusations of a sell-out.[ citation needed ] His downfall came when he and his son Karl-Heinz Wildmoser Jr. were caught in a bribery scandal around the awarding procedure for the contract to build the stadium.[ citation needed ]

In addition to closely being relegated to the Regionalliga Süd (III) in the 2005–06 season, 1860 experienced severe financial difficulties. Stadium partner Bayern Munich bought out TSV's 50% interest in the Allianz Arena in late April 2006 for €11 million, providing the club some immediate financial relief. Following this move, the DFB was satisfied with the financial health of the club and duly issued 1860 a licence to play in the 2. Bundesliga for the 2006–07 season.

TSV hired several new managers during its 2. Bundesliga period. The first was Rudi Bommer, followed by Reiner Maurer, Walter Schachner, Marco Kurz and Uwe Wolf. Also, former Germany national team player Stefan Reuter as a general manager. None of the new managers, however, could lead the squad back to the top-flight Bundesliga. Ewald Lienen coached the team from 13 May 2009 to the end of the 2009–10 season.


Reiner Maurer was hired as manager of 1860 at the start of the 2010–11 season.

1860 came close to insolvency for a second time in five years in 2011 when it needed €8 million to survive. Help was offered to the club by local rival Bayern Munich, to the disgust of the supporters of each club, since Bayern was to lose €50 million in future stadium rent if the club defaulted on its rental contract obligations until 2025.[ citation needed ] Eventually, the club was rescued by Jordanian investor Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, who, for €18 million, purchased 60% of the club's professional team's operating company, 1860 GmbH & Co. KGaA'. However his voting rights being restricted to 49% due to regulations governing German football, which is based around membership-led clubs and not entrepreneurial. H. I. Squared International, a company controlled by Ismaik, took over the marketing of the club from IMG. [1] [2]

The 2014–15 season saw the club finish 16th in the 2. Bundesliga. It was forced to participate in the relegation play-offs against Holstein Kiel where it retained its league place with a 2–1 home win after a 0–0 draw in the first leg. 1860 survived courtesy to an injury time goal by defender Kai Bülow in front of 57,000 spectators in Munich. [3]

In 2016–17, the team finished 16th in the 2. Bundesliga after a 1–2 defeat against 1. FC Heidenheim in the last game of the season. They played 1–1 and 0–2 respectively in the following relegation play-off against Jahn Regensburg and were therefore officially relegated. Managing director Ian Ayre and President Peter Cassalette resigned from their positions the following day. [4] [5] On 2 June 2017, it was announced that 1860 were unable to obtain a 3. Liga license for the 2017–18 season as a result of investor Hassan Ismaik's unwillingness to pay the necessary fees. As a result, the club was relegated to the Regionalliga Bayern for the 2017–18 season. [6]

Reserve team

The TSV 1860 München II, or, previous to 2005, the TSV 1860 München Amateure, have been historically quite successful at the Bavarian level.

The second eleven struggled during the club's years outside professional football, but rose through the ranks again after the club's revival in the early 1990s and returned to the Bayernliga in 1996, winning the title in its first season there and promotion to the third-tier Regionalliga Süd. The team was relegated to the Bayernliga in 2001, and returned to the Regionalliga Süd in 2004. TSV 1860 München II missed out on 3. Liga qualification in the 2007–08 season, and again in the 2012–13 season when it won the newly formed Regionalliga Bayern but lost to SV Elversberg in the promotion round. Because the first team was relegated to Regionalliga Bayern for the 2017–18 season, the reserve team was relegated to the fifth-tier Bayernliga Süd.

The club is the only one in Bavaria to have won the Bayernliga with its first and second team.


Grunwalder Stadion (1911-1995, 2004-2005, 2017-present) Obergiesing-3.jpg
Grünwalder Stadion (1911–1995, 2004–2005, 2017–present)
Olympiastadion (1972-2005) Olympiastadion Muenchen.jpg
Olympiastadion (1972–2005)
Allianz Arena (2005-2017) AllianzArena.jpg
Allianz Arena (2005–2017)

Through the 2016–17 season, 1860 Munich played their home matches in the Allianz Arena, which they shared with city rivals Bayern Munich. The arena's skin color lighting is changed to 1860s blue when the team plays. The club's inaugural game at the Allianz Arena was a friendly played against 1. FC Nürnberg on 30 May 2005. The stadium hosted the opening match of the 2006 World Cup between Germany and Costa Rica and three other first round contests, a Round of 16 match between Germany and Sweden, and a semi-final between France and Portugal.

The club previously co-owned the facility with Bayern Munich, but sold its 50% share on 28 April 2006 to help resolve a serious financial crisis that saw TSV facing bankruptcy. On 12 July 2017, Bayern Munich announced the termination of 1860 Munich's rental agreement for Allianz Arena. 1860 Munich will return to their previous ground for the 2017–2018 season. [7]

Originally TSV played in the Stadion an der Grünwalderstraße (commonly known as Sechzgerstadion, which means "60er Stadium"). Built in 1911, they also shared with Bayern Munich between 1925 and 1972. Both clubs then moved to the new Olympiastadion built for the 1972 Olympic Games. TSV moved back to the old ground several times from 1972 on, with the years between 1982 and 1995 being the longest period. In the 2004 season "TSV" spent one last year at Sechzger as the Allianz was being readied. TSV 1860 München have not been able to meet the capacity standards of the Allianz Arena and returned to their old stadium, the Grünwalder Stadion.

Season-by-season performance

References: [8] [9] [10]

Historical chart of 1860 Munchen league performance since 1945 1860 Munchen Performance Chart.png
Historical chart of 1860 München league performance since 1945
YearDivisionPositionAverage Home Attendance
1963–641. Bundesliga (I)7th31,949
1964–651. Bundesliga (I)4th26,765
1965–661. Bundesliga (I)1st29,316
1966–671. Bundesliga (I)2nd23,621
1967–681. Bundesliga (I)12th19,611
1968–691. Bundesliga (I)10th16,012
1969–701. Bundesliga (I)17th ↓14,923
1977–781. Bundesliga (I)16th ↓28,904
1979–801. Bundesliga (I)13th28,067
1980–811. Bundesliga (I)16th ↓23,805
1988–89 Bayernliga (III)5thNA
1990–91Bayernliga1st ↑NA
1991–92 2. Bundesliga (II)10th ↓15,968
1992–93Bayernliga (III)1st ↑NA
1993–942. Bundesliga (II)3rd ↑19,184
1994–95 Bundesliga (I)14th23,140
2003–04Bundesliga17th ↓28,331
2004–05 2. Bundesliga (II)4th20,140
2005–062. Bundesliga13th41,720
2006–072. Bundesliga8th35,688
2007–082. Bundesliga11th35,071
2008–092. Bundesliga12th28,135
2009–102. Bundesliga8th22,515
2010–112. Bundesliga9th19,768
2011–122. Bundesliga6th22,898
2012–132. Bundesliga6th22,682
2013–142. Bundesliga7th19,312
2014–152. Bundesliga16th21,917
2015–162. Bundesliga15th23,186
2016–172. Bundesliga16th ↓↓25,900
2017–18 Regionalliga Bayern (IV)1st ↑12,471
2018–19 3. Liga (III)12th14,593
Promoted Relegated






Reserve team


Current squad

As of 2 September 2019 [13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 Flag of Germany.svg GK Marco Hiller
2 Flag of Germany.svg DF Eric Weeger
3 Flag of Germany.svg DF Niklas Lang
4 Flag of Germany.svg DF Felix Weber
5 Flag of Germany.svg MF Quirin Moll
6 Flag of Italy.svg DF Marco Raimondo-Metzger
7 Flag of Germany.svg FW Stefan Lex
8 Flag of Germany.svg MF Simon Seferings
9 Flag of Germany.svg FW Sascha Mölders
10 Flag of Germany.svg MF Timo Gebhart
11 Flag of Germany.svg MF Fabian Greilinger
13 Flag of Germany.svg DF Dennis Erdmann
14 Flag of Germany.svg MF Dennis Dressel
16 Flag of Germany.svg MF Benjamin Kindsvater
17 Flag of Germany.svg DF Daniel Wein
18 Flag of Germany.svg FW Nico Karger
19 Flag of Germany.svg MF Noel Niemann
20 Flag of Turkey.svg MF Efkan Bekiroğlu
21 Flag of Germany.svg FW Prince Osei Owusu (on loan from Arminia Bielefeld)
22 Flag of Germany.svg DF Aaron Berzel
23 Flag of Germany.svg DF Tim Rieder (on loan from FC Augsburg)
24 Flag of Germany.svg FW Markus Ziereis
25 Flag of Germany.svg MF Marius Willsch
27 Flag of Tunisia.svg DF Semi Belkahia
28 Flag of Germany.svg DF Herbert Paul
33 Flag of Russia.svg DF Leon Klassen
34 Flag of Germany.svg MF Kristian Böhnlein
36 Flag of Germany.svg DF Phillipp Steinhart
39 Flag of Germany.svg GK Hendrik Bonmann
40 Flag of Germany.svg GK Tom Kretzschmar

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


TSV 1860 Munich II squad



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Coordinates: 48°6′7.1″N11°33′55.1″E / 48.101972°N 11.565306°E / 48.101972; 11.565306