Bayern Munchen (aka Bayern Munich) is a German football club from Bavaria. It’s one of the oldest clubs in the country, and simultaneously amongst the most successful to grace Bundesliga with its presence. Aside from that, they are also incredibly popular outside of their home League.
Who owns Bayern Munchen? About 80% of the stock is owned by the fans. The rest belongs to Allianz, Adidas and Audi.
The team was established in 1900 in Munich, Bavaria. As such, it’s one of the oldest still-existing clubs in this country. Since the very beginning, the team posed as the national club of Bavaria, using a lot of Bavarian elements for their branding. Because of their prestige, no other team can now dispute this title.
1900 – 1901
The initial logo pictured a white-and-blue flag on a blue flagpole. It’s one of the many variations of the Bavarian flag, and all the colors on the emblem are taken directly from it. Moreover, there’s also a smaller emblem of the club in the middle of the flag, and it also uses Bavarian colors exclusively.
1901 – 1906
This time, they simply used that central emblem from the previous logo. What it depicts is the first letters of each word from the club’s full name – ‘Fussball-Club Bayern Munchen. They are all arranged haphazardly into one space, and you can somewhat discern most of these letters, but not clearly.
1906 – 1919
In 1906, they actually made the emblem clearer by making these characters surround one another in a decreasing order. The shapes were still mismatched, but you could now distinguish the letters clearly. Moreover, the color blue was replaced with red.
1919 – 1923
In 1919 they opted instead for a green octagon shape with yellow outlined and minor details. That included the lettering inside, which said ‘Bayern FA’ (‘Bavaria Football Association). In the free space in the lower part of this octagon, there also was a square red-with-white shape.
1923 – 1954
This time, they mostly reused the 1901 logo, with some minor alterations. Both the color, the layout and the idea stayed the same, they slightly changed positioning and texture.
1954 – 1961
This emblem is instead a simple red circle with a white ring along the edges and the writing in the middle, which says ‘F.C. Bayern’ in the ordinary sans-serif white letters.
1961 – 1965
The 1961 logo used a tall red oval with the Bavarian checkered pattern inside much of it, except for the top, where there was a ‘Bayern’ writing in yellow variably sized letters. The edges were also mostly red, with a smaller inscription saying ‘Munchen’ below.
1965 – 1970
It was the same idea, except with a bigger pattern, thinner edges, an additional white layer along these edges, white letters instead of yellow and a darker color red.
1970 – 1979
In 1970, they rearranged the logo into a circle, where the pattern occupied the central area, surrounded by a red frame. There, they wrote ‘F.C. Bayern Munchen E.V.’ in two parts, both colored white.
1979 – 1996
In this following emblem, they basically bleached the color palette, making all the coloring paler. The letters also grew thicker, and there were now several more outlines around the red frame.
1996 – 2002
In 1996, they bleached the logo further, emboldened the letters even more, got rid of the dots between them and replaced the outermost red outline with blue.
2002 – 2017
This time, they barely changed anything. The notable development happened to the color blue throughout the logo. They made it brighter like before to fit the usual look of their beloved flag.
2017 – today
In 2017, they finally added more saturation to the logo, and it was now brighter than even in the original design of 1979.
Many of their historic uniforms used red with occasional white additions. It wasn’t until the 90s that they started introducing dark blue for their home designs. And it was certainly not until recently that their dark & blue striped shirts became a norm. Apart from that, they also prefer black and grey when it comes to away uniforms.
Bayern Munchen Colors
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PANTONE: PMS 185 C
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