FC Bayern Munich comes off a historic 2013-14 season in which it became the team to beat in German basketball and was impressively competitive against the best squads in Europe. Bayern made the most out of its invitation to play the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, surviving the regular season and winning five of its first 10 Top 16 games to challenge for a spot in the playoffs. Bayern lost its last four games, but bounced back in the German League, getting the first spot at the end of the regular season and downing MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Alba Berlin to win its first domestic crown since 1955. Coach Svetislav Pesic and German League MVP Malcolm Delaney were the club's most visible faces all season. The basketball team’s roots go back to 1946 and the club was a powerful one early on with national championships in 1954 and 1955 and a German Cup in 1968. The team even made its European debut in the early rounds of the 1968-69 Cup Winners’ Cup, but slipped over the next few years and was relegated to the German second division in 1974. After that the team all but disappeared and spent just three seasons in the top German League over the next three-and-a-half decades, while often playing in the regional leagues. In 2008, following the success of the club’s junior team, Bayern purchased the license from Dusseldorf Magics to return to the competitive Pro A league. With basketball becoming more and more popular in Germany, it was time for Bayern to build a big European club in Munich. Great investment and fan interest followed and in 2010 German national team head coach Dirk Bauermann was handed the reins to lead the club to the Bundesliga. With national team stalwarts Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene joining the charge, Bayern dominated the second division and clinched its return to the German elite with seven games remaining. Granted a Eurocup wildcard in its first season in the German top level, Bayern won two of its three home games with big men Chevy Troutman and Jared Homan playing big roles. And Bayern got to the playoffs in the German League too. Coach Pesic, a former Euroleague winner and German basketball legend, stepped in before the start of the 2012-13 season. The guard tandem of Tyrese Rice and Yotam Halperin joined and helped Bayern finish the regular season in fourth place, sweep Euroleague side Alba Berlin in the quarterfinals and take defending champ Brose Baskets the distance before bowing out in the semis. Munich also reached the German Cup semis before falling to Berlin. Now that the team – and its many fans – got a taste of the Euroleague last season, Bayern promises to be even stronger with the goal of challenging for silverware in all competitions. Already with a strong fan base to fill the intimidating Audi Dome, Bayern Munich has plenty to offer and figures to add plenty of excitement to German and European basketball for years to come.
German National League: 1953-54, 1954-55, 2013-14
German National Cup: 1968