That is correct; Munich has a second major football club, and not everybody in this towering city support the team that play in red. TSV 1860 Munich is the second illustrious club that play football in this fantastic town, and are one that don’t seem to get much advertisement.
They share ground with their hated rivals Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and have forever been in their shadow for many years. This account is going to explore the season TSV 1860 Munich have had so far and whether they can push 1. FC Kaiserslautern to the very end for a season play-off finale to gain a place in the Bundesliga.
1860 München is a club with a strong history and a football team that is well supported around the city. The club has just over 20,000 members, and their average attendance in 2006 was just over 41,000, however this has seemingly dropped since then, with their average attendance last season being nearly half that figure.
Die Löwen (The Lions) have won the DFB Pokal on two occasions and won the German Bundesliga once in 1966, making them the third team in Germany to be crowned champions.
They also made an appearance in the 1965 Cup Winners’ Cup Final against West Ham United, but were beaten 2-0. This great club has also made an attendance in the UEFA Champions League in 2000, but didn’t advance far, as they were defeated by Leeds United and then were knocked out by AC Parma in the UEFA Cup the same season.
This club has also inherited some great players such as Rüdi Voller, Martin Max, Jens Jeremies, and Sven Bender. Since 2012, 1860 Munich have had Alexander Schmidt in charge, who was appointed after Reiner Maurer was sacked in November 2012. Schmidt is a man that knows the club well, as he managed 1860 München II for a year before being appointed.
This season, however, has been a frustrating one for the fans of 1860 Munich. They have a squad that has huge potential to challenge teams like Hertha BSC, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, and Eintracht Braunchweig at the top, but their inconsistent form has cost them.
The Lions currently sit in sixth place with 42 points from the games they have played this campaign, and they are seven points off the end of season play-off place. So is the play-off place a realistic target for 1860 Munich?
There were many signs that Die Löwen would kick on from their years of disappointment at being in 2. Bundesliga for so long. They started the season very well, as they were unbeaten in their first eight games, scoring thirteen and only conceding three. They presented impressive performances against SV Sandhausen 1916, MSV Duisburg, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, and VfL Bochum 1848.
It only took a terrible performance away to Hertha BSC to knock their confidence, and this is when the inconsistent form began. They struggled to get a hold of their performances, only winning two more games until the winter break. The games leading up to the break saw them draw five games and lose three.
Since the winter break, the form of 1860 Munich has been a lot better, with huge potential to kick on. Since Christmas, they have won four, lost three, and drew three. They have put up some impressive wins against Eintracht Braunchweig, MSV Duisburg, and FC Erzgebirge Ave.
At this moment in time, 1860 Munich have 42 points, scoring 31 goals and conceding only 26, resulting in a goal difference of +5. The obstacle that has been stopping them, however, has been the amount of games they have drew, which is twelve all season, and transforming some of these games into wins could have made their season read differently.
The poor form of their strikers has not helped 1860 Munich, with only one player hitting some type of good form. Benjamin Lauth has played 2211 minutes in the league this season, scoring nine goals, making him 1860 Munich’s highest goal scorer.
Their midfield maestro Moritz Stoppelkamp has played 2410 minutes in the league this year, scoring five goals and gaining five assists. Another influential is Daniel Halfar, who has played 1689 minutes in the league, scoring two goals but gaining five assists, making him a valuable player to 1860 Munich.
So do 1860 Munich have the nerve to kick on and challenge until the final minute of the season for the play-off place? You’d like to think so as the statistics show they have the potential to do just that with their settled defense and their promising manager, Alexander Schmidt.
But it seems to be scoring goals that is their problem, and they cannot keep relying on Benjamin Lauth to carry the responsibility of doing it all himself. They lost in their last game to St. Pauli 3-1, which was a huge stumbling block in their season target.
With a huge game at home to FSV Frankfurt next, they cannot afford to dwell in their last defeat. Their next game seems like it may decide the season for 1860 Munich, as there are only five games left.
So can 1860 Munich be back in the big time? Who knows?! This is why we love the beautiful game!
Written by James Williams