Munich's Soccer Craze

Like Italy, England, and Brazil, Germany is crazed over soccer. Munich's famous soccer team (and one of Europe's most outstanding) is the Bayern München. However, it's a matter of civic pride to many Münchners, especially when they're soaked with beer, to root enthusiastically for a less-well-rated local team, T.S.V. 1860 München. This team was around about 40 years before Bayern München was founded, and it still arouses local loyalty -- something like the Chicago White Sox as opposed to the much beloved and beleaguered Chicago Cubs. Both teams call the Olympic Stadium in Olympiapark their home.

If you want to attend a match, chances are good there'll be one in Munich's enormous Olympic Stadium. For more information, visit the Bundesliga at To get tickets for any sports event, call tel. 089/54-81-81-81, Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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