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Welcome to the refreshed Bavarian Football Works! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [Contest Rules]. (I’m sorry to the non-Americans here. Truly.) We’re collecting all of the stories here Why We Are Fans and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us!


Hi. I’m Phillip. You may know me as your fearless (right?) leader here at Bavarian Football Works. How are you today? I hope you’re doing well.

Oh yeah.

SURPRISE!

Today, SB Nation released the new look for all of the websites under the company umbrella. You have have seen the refreshed look over the last couple of weeks over at SBNation.com, and we finally have it here at BFW, too! It’s pretty nifty, right?

As part of the refresh campaign, we were asked to write a “Why I’m a fan of (team)” article and to encourage you to do the same. So, with that said, why did I become a fan of Bayern Munich?

More than a decade and a half ago, the younger version of me sat in my bedroom with the FIFA video game inserted into my Playstation 2. I ended up picking Bayern, and the rest is history.

How did I stumble upon Bayern, though? Well, my grandmother was born and raised in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland) during the 1920s and 1930s. I could remember her telling child-me stories of her travels to this fabled land of “Bavaria” and it’s capital “Munich”. Was this even a real place?

Of course, it was. (As a young child, I confirmed this. Don’t you dare laugh at me.)

When I began flipping through the Bundesliga teams, I finally stumbled upon a team from Munich. They wore my favorite color and had an interesting name. However, something said to me, “Don’t pick this team. There is another.” I look at my screen and scrolled away from 1860 Munich to find my destiny.

Then, there it was in front me. BAYERN. MUNICH.

I picked them and played the game. I had a lot of fun, and it honestly just grew from there. Eventually, I was able to stream Bayern games on my computer, and now I’m blessed that I get to watch them on my TV. Years later, I would find myself here, but that’s a story for another day.

My adoration for the team has continued to grow over the years, and I’m proud to say that I am a Bayern Munich fan.

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