Bundesliga In Bavaria
Hello there, Bundesliga fans. Today we start here in Bundesliga Chat a series of articles about the particularities of some club’s regions in Germany. Our first entry will be about Bavaria, a state that holds a great part of Bundesliga best clubs in its history, such as Bayern Munchen, FC Augsburg, and FC Nürnberg.
The main idea for those articles is to talk about each state culture and history. There will be briefs paragraphs about many aspects of that region, and of course, we will try to show how that can connect to football and the Bundesliga in some way, as it is a great part of the culture of some people, and understanding it better is another way this sport can improve our view of the world.
Brief History and Geography
Located in the southeast corner of Germany, Bavaria is one its 16 federal states. On the continent, they have borders with Austria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland, all open. Inside Germany, their neighbors are the states of Badden-Wuttemberg, Hesse, Thuringia, and Saxony. Main cities of Bavaria include Munich, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Ingolstadt, and Fürth.
Bavarians have a history much attached to Catholicism. This perception sometimes makes them feel a bit different from the general German conception, creating the phrase “Bavarian first, German second”. In recent times, however, this (mis)conception has fallen apart and Bavaria culture has embraced parts of Germany’s, while also maintaining their traditions.
Bavaria is one of Germany’s most prominent states, with a very influential economy. According to data from 2015, if induced as an independent country, the state rank would be seventh or eighth among the EU members. Due to the huge brands and prominent factories located there are BMW, Audi, Allianz, Siemens, Amazon, Puma, and Adidas.
Culture and Traditions
Bavarians have a very recognisable cultural tradition regarding their food and drinks, many of which are only found in that region. The biggest example of their food is the white sausage. Regarding drinks, Bavarians have an immense tradition on beers, which is represented in their breweries, as they stick to follow a rule that the beer ingredients can only be water, barley, and hops.
Although they like to keep their tradition, Bavarians are very sociable with other cultures. The biggest example is the Oktoberfest, a beer festival that welcomes around 6 million people per year, from many places around the world. Other cultures commemorate in their own version, around the globe, in places where they appreciate German culture and the festival.
Bavaria, out of curiosity, have three distinct dialects: Austro-Bavarian, Swabian German and East Franconian German. They belong to the tradition of only certain parts of the region, as the Standard German is still the most used dialect.
So, here we get into the boring part. Jokes aside, mainly two parties dominate the politic portion of Bavaria: the CSU (Christian Social Union of Bavaria) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP), with the majority of the parliament being composed of members of the first, reflection of the Catholicism present in their culture. Attention! The next elections are to going to be in October 2018, so check it out if you are interested.
Also for curiosity, of the 180 members of the Bundestag, 101 are of the CSU, 42 of the SDP, 19 of the FW and 18 of The Greens. Numbers probably will change due to elections.
Bavarian Football and Persons of Interest
German football has a very strong participation in Bavaria. Just to say, the biggest winners of the Bundesliga are from there: Bayern Munich and FC. Nürnberg, with 27 and 9 German titles respectively. Other influential members of this include Greuther Fürth, with 3 titles, and 1860 München, with the one Bundesliga title.
In the continent, Bayern is also the biggest representant, with five Champions League titles. Unfortunately for the rest of the sides in Bavaria, neither of them have managed to win a Champions League title themselves, meaning Bayern Munich are the only Bavarian outfit to do so.
As of the beginning of the 2018/19 season, the teams who represent this region in the top flight are:
- Bayern Munich
- FC Augsburg
- FC Nürnberg
There are many famous personalities of the History were born in Bavaria including:
Pope Benedict XVI, musicians Mozart and Richard Wagner, scientists Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg. As well as Levi Strauss and Rudolf Diesel.
Among footballers in this list, Bavaria has a roll of Champions: Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Gerd Müller, Lothar Matthaus, Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Holger Badstuber, Thomas Müller and Mario Götze all came from Bavaria, just to name a few.
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