A return to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and its confirmation as the team to beat in German basketball are enough achievements to consider this past one as a great season for FC Bayern Munich. After two and a half seasons in the 7DAYS EuroCup, Bayern played the new round-robin regular season for the first time and was competitive right away. Led by Derrick Williams, Vladimir Lucic and Petteri Koponen, Bayern reached the halfway mark with an 8-7 record. The German powerhouse kept its playoffs chances alive most of the way, but a late three-game losing streak ended its hopes to reach the next round. Even so, Bayern placed 11th with a 14-16 record, just one victory behind the final playoff contestant. Bayern lost against ALBA Berlin in the German Cup quarterfinals, but when those same teams met again in the German League finals, it was a completely different story. Bayern swept the best-of-five series to successfully defend its German League title. Bayern had not won back-to-back German League titles since 1955. Fully established as a EuroLeague team, this is just the start for Bayern, a world-class sporting powerhouse.
FC Bayern Munich is one of the best-known sports clubs in the world. Its basketball team's roots go back to 1946 and the club was powerful in those early years 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, Bayern all but disappeared and spent just three seasons in the top German League over the next three-and-a-half decades. In 2008, following the success of the club’s junior team, Bayern purchased the license of the Dusseldorf Magics to return to the German second division. With national team stalwarts Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene signing up and head coach Dirk Bauermann leading the charge, Bayern dominated the second division and clinched its promotion to the German elite in 2011. Bayern received a wild card to play the 2011-12 EuroCup and reached the German League playoffs that season, too. Coach Svetislav Pesic stepped in before the start of the 2012-13 season as the guard tandem of Tyrese Rice and Yotam Halperin helped Bayern finish the regular season in fourth place and reach the German League semifinals. Everything clicked in the 2013-14 season, as Bayern made the most out of its EuroLeague debut by reaching the Top 16. It was first at the end of the German League regular season and took out MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and ALBA Berlin to win its first domestic crown since 1955. Coach Pesic and German League MVP Malcolm Delaney were the club's most visible faces all season. Bayern was eliminated at the end of the EuroLeague regular season in each of the next two years, but moved on to finish first in its EuroCup Last 32 groups before losing against Valencia Basket in the eighthfinals in 2015 and falling against Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in 2016. Bayern returned to the German League finals in 2015, but Brose Bamberg triumphed there and did the same in the 2016 semifinals. The club also reached the German Cup final a year later, before capturing silverware in 2018 by taking the German title with a thrilling 3-2 finals series victory over ALBA. Bayern reached the EuroCup Semifinals that season, too. Bayern was one win away from the EuroLeague Playoffs last season and successfully defended its German crown. Bayern looks forward to a bright future after a defining season in which the team took an important step forward.
|German National League: 1953-54, 1954-55, 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19
|German National Cup: 1968, 2018