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THE WEB home of Manchester United's European Cup final opponents has a section called "Foundation", which reads, rather tantalisingly: "Is that what Franz John imagined when he founded FC Bayern 97 years ago on 27 February 1900 in the Restaurant Gisela, together with eleven friends - that he was creating what was to be Germany's most successful football club! And just because in the 1879 Munich MTV club the main emphasis was on gymnastics, rather than on the then despised `kicking around.'" Head to this site for extensive news and features, including "Neudecker era" and "From Heynckes to Hitzfeld." There's also information on the Olympic Stadium in Munich and the players, as well as a fairly comprehensive statistics package.

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