Why do you hate the word football?

Hate soccer Then 1860 Munich is exactly your club!

Who does not know that. Hardly anyone takes the word football in their mouth, and some people switch off mentally, go for a walk with the dogs or communicate latently passively aggressively that they are not interested in football at all or that they are only watching the European Championship and World Cup. It's not that easy for a blogger to keep these readers interested when it comes to this topic. But the recent history of the traditional club TSV 1860 Munich is so broken and out of place that it still offers the best entertainment even for the greatest anti-footballer. Because it's not really about football at all. But about the most incompetent billionaire you have ever seen between Bavaria and Jordan. So: Dear football haters, don't roll your eyes, don't run away ... give TSV 1860 Munich a chance. Because there they hate football as much as you hate it.

In order to better explain the collective failure of this club, I want to go back a little further. For those who are familiar with football, this is probably old hat for now. But I also want to entertain the football haters. So…

Until almost 15 years ago, this club was a club like any other. The so-called "lions" played in the Bundesliga, boasted a long, mostly successful tradition and gathered people around them who were looking for people to identify with. That was still the case in football back then. Those who didn't know what to do with football were excellently able to simply ignore football and ignoring a gray mouse like 1860 Munich was particularly easy at the time.

Nowadays there are two ways of managing the fortunes of a club. The traditional one, as we have known it for decades - or the American model of a franchise league. There, sport is just a marketing tool, the club owners are mainly concerned with making money. The sport is marketed, placed omnipresent and it is all about the big meat pots of television income and advertising media that want to use their advertising in the media. In England in particular, these marketing-oriented investors discovered football for themselves at some point. The best-known example is probably the Russian Gazprom oligarch Roman Abramovich, who bought up the previously mediocre-talented club Chelsea FC and invested hundreds of millions of euros in order to become successful there. He has probably long since recovered the money, because the inexperienced fan can even follow the fate of the club in Inner Mongolia and jerseys and scarves don't even stop at islands like Niue or the Netherlands Antilles.

Now football is just a box with quite a tradition and correspondingly long-established association structures. For investors, this means that - even though they hardly know any taboos when it comes to making money in England - they still cannot do what they want. Above all, sporting descent is of course very bad for an investment. Which Indian or Fijian buys a jersey from a second division team that you don't even see on TV and that doesn't have any stars / status symbols? And how could it have been otherwise, in Germany it is much less interesting for investors to buy up such an association.

The reason for this is the so-called 50 + 1 rule, which prohibits a single company or person from owning more than 50% of an association. The rule is there to preserve the tradition of the clubs. The profitability of a club is particularly important to the association; accordingly, there is a tough licensing procedure that punishes clubs that live beyond their means. Ultimately, 50 + 1 is a surprisingly very fan-friendly investment brake. In Germany, the social role of a non-profit association is taken seriously. Associations are there to provide a large number of people with a foundation for social activities. Knowing that an investor who has become tired of his investment would drive the association into safe bankruptcy by resigning from office, one protects the association as an institution in the interests of its members.

Of course, there are still investors who support these associations with a lot of money. But you cannot dispose of the fate on your own, there will always be other investors, a management, a supervisory board, a presidium, etc., who could spit in the soup of an investor if they wanted to. Even if most of the football departments in professional business are outsourced companies, these are still club owned companies.

That is ultimately the reason why the Abramovichs of this world avoid the German Bundesliga. You have to have been an investor in a club for at least 20 years before you can circumvent the 50 + 1 rule and receive more shares. Of course, the investor moguls have absolutely no interest in that. It should be quick. But of course there is always an unteachable one somewhere. And that brings us - finally - to 1860 Munich.

At the beginning of this decade, the club was not doing very well. Years ago you were relegated to the second division and somehow got stuck there. The President of the Munich Club and holder of the Federal Cross of Merit, Karl Heinz Wildmoser, was sentenced to a fine of 27,000 euros for tax evasion in the course of illegal player salaries and resigned from all offices. * The association was close to bankruptcy, two points had already been deducted in the licensing process. In addition, it was not allowed to play in the home stadium on Grünwalder Strasse for several years, as the stadium was not approved for the first and second leagues. So they built a stadium together with arch rivals Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena. As a soon-to-be second division team, they unfortunately had to sell their shares to Bayern for 11 million euros and have since paid a high rent for having to play their games in front of a ghostly crowd. Ultimately, managing director Stoffers even resigned because he sued that landlord for the cost of catering costs and lost.

(* If Wildmoser had suspected that a few years later the president of the competing club Bayern Munich, a certain Uli Hoeneß, also had to jail for three and a half years for tax evasion and an additional 30 million euros back to the state, just a whopping one and a half years later to be back in office and dignity, complaining that he was not acquitted ... Wildmoser would have thought carefully about his resignation ... So you can say - and for this sentence I will probably go straight to hell - that Karl Heinz Wildmoser had at least a little more integrity than Uli Hoeneß ...)

But there she was. The rescue. A major investor from Jordan. Hasan Ismaik, the man with the used car dealer charm. He became a billionaire through oil deals through his company HAM International Limited in Dubai, opened his investment box and paid 18.4 million euros as well as a loan of 5.4 million euros to save the association from bankruptcy. As a result, he even owned 60% of the club, but because of the 50 + 1 rule he only had the well-known voting right of 49% in the club. At this point it should be mentioned that the whole deal was only approved by the DFL licensing authority at the third attempt.

But Ismaik knew exactly that the club was now dependent on him. And the 18.4 million should be an investment in the future, in order to get the money back at some point through advertising and jersey sales on Vanuatu or the St. Kitts & Nevis Islands. Shortly afterwards, it was announced happily that he wanted to bring the club back into the Bundesliga within three years and, ideally, into the Champions League right away.

But the first problems soon arose. Ismaik wanted to have a say. All over. Also in the sporting area. And if Ismaik didn't have the slightest idea of ​​one thing ... then it was football. So he opened the wallet time and time again for long-serving, big names in football, without paying attention to whether they fit the club or this league at all. On the other hand, the club fired any coach at the slightest sign of failure. And the management also changed constantly. Above all with President Schneider, he is engaged in a guerrilla war and wants to get rid of it at all costs. In terms of sport, the team got worse and worse because the constant unrest in the club somehow got to the players' heads.

The best example from 2014, when four players were relegated to the second team at the beginning of the season because they threw themselves into Munich's nightlife after a 3-0 defeat against Leipzig and blasphemed the club a lot. One of them was a certain Julian Weigl, now a national player and a fixture in the Champions League participant Borussia Dortmund. Whereby one has to say to Ismaik's defense that the coaching job in 1860 already presented itself badly suspect of being thrown out of the seat. In 2004, for example, Vice President Hans Zehetmair announced the dismissal of Coach Falko Götz without having spoken to the coach, President Karl Auer or the management, which resulted in Zehetmair's resignation.

In 2015, the club came down by a hair to the third division, they had to play two relegation games against Holstein Kiel and won the second game more than Glücklich with an undeserved goal similar to a pinball machine in stoppage time.

Two years later the situation had not improved. Ismaik had meanwhile increased his investment to allegedly up to 60 million euros. In the 6 years of the Jordanian's work, the coaches were changed 15 times, and the team was to be trained by two coaches for a short time, because Ismaik really wanted to have the coaching star Sven Göran Eriksson with him. However, this canceled a short time later. In addition to the 15 dismissed coaches, there are two managing directors, four presidents, four vice-presidents, a sports director, four managing directors and five sports directors! In autumn, the DFL investigated the Lions for possible violations of the 50 + 1 rule and Ismaik blocked any press because it was obviously publishing fake news. In fact, the word "campaign of lies" was used. In the meantime, the club was again in dire straits and had therefore hired a world start coach and a new world star manager. Neither of them had any experience with the second division, nor were they able to speak German, but Ismaik really wanted to have it. Since the Jordanian was not at all satisfied with the team's performance, he already announced a radical cut. Most of the players therefore received no contract for the following season.

The worst-case scenario followed. On the last day of the match, the lions drop to 16th place and must be relegated to Jahn Regensburg. The first leg dominates Regensburg and should actually win big, but somehow another goal cheats in 1860 and so it goes with a 1-1 second leg. Now a 0-0 goal would even be enough for the lions to stay in the league.

In fact, 60,000 spectators watch this second leg in the Allianz Arena. And they experience what is perhaps the bloodiest appearance of a football team since the ball was invented. The Upper Palatinate win 2-0 and the lion players don't care. The fans riot, shouting sentences like "Fight, you shitty loser" into TV microphones with megaphones and interrupt the game for 15 minutes because they throw seats and metal bars at the opposing goalkeeper ... and the players don't care. The only means of reassurance is a note on the display board that reads "Get tough". And so it continues. The manager announced his resignation the morning before the game, and the president announced his resignation via text message at the final whistle. The manager fled 8 weeks after being hired and has not yet been replaced. The association is completely leaderless. At the end of the game, the players are in the dressing room and no one is there. They say goodbye for two minutes and go home knowing that they are now unemployed. And are still well served if you compare it with the usual practice of the president to see his people off. A few years ago, when a lady from the secretariat went on strike, the President forbade employees from eating cakes, as this would only cost superfluous working time ...

However, the club from the Munich district of Giesing doesn't need any sport or players to write incredible stories. Since Ismaik was still talking about playing in the Champions League in September, nobody really thought about the third division. In the course of the licensing for the third division, it soon became clear that the club would somehow have to raise 15 to 20 million euros in order to be able to play in the third division. A clear case for the oil multi. This, however, links the payment of such a sum to (even) more powers in the club. Powers that clearly violate the 50 + 1 rule and accordingly cannot be accepted by the association. Ismaik coldly refuses to pay and so it goes down two leagues for 1860. The Jordanian then even has the balls to pose as a lion fan via Facebook, who blames the club for this decision and calls on all lion fans to support him. At the same time, Ismaik announces that he now wants to sue the 50 + 1 rule in order to abolish it. The lions even snub the DFB by announcing that they cannot fulfill the licensing for the 3rd league and so SC Paderborn will remain in the league. A message that is usually issued by the DFB, not the club. And especially not two weeks before the deadline for such announcements.

In fact, this 50 + 1 rule also applies to the fourth league, to which the Lions now have to relegate. But Ismaik doesn't want to just throw his investment in the bin, which is what he (above all) publicly announces. Only, the club seems to have had enough of Ismaik. They elect a new interim president, precisely the man who previously told Ismaik in the talks that they did not want to comply with his wish for more power in the club. The same new president Robert Reisinger also has a new managing director elected. This will be Markus Fauser, an expert in insolvency proceedings. And thus exactly the person Ismaik previously described as an absolute no-go. His suggestions for the new managing director are all rejected. Ismaik reacts with caustic announcements on Facebook and tries again to get the lion fans on his side, they should overthrow this club management ...

In fact, there are many indications that the club now somehow wants to get rid of Ismaik and Ismaik of course sees his millions of euros that he has invested without getting even one euro back. Of course, he announces in the press that he has no plans to sell his shares. But since 1860 has now made a trained insolvency administrator as managing director, the idea is of course natural that they are now trying to get hold of this Jordanian's insolvency for good. One could almost guess that this blog comes almost a little early. Because an association that is so poorly run that various websites already offer an 1860 quiz, where you can guess what and what did not happen in 1860, has the potential for even more stories. But as you can see from the length of this blog, that's enough to fill many pages of text. And it was not even mentioned that Imsaik had considered building a new stadium with an enclosed zoo for the lions. A zoo that would only have been home to different species of lions. Now there is fourth division football in front of probably around 2000 spectators in a stadium for 75,000 spectators. Because Allianz Arena AG has already made it clear that the leases from the 60s up to the C-Class are valid.

In conclusion, for the time being, it can be said that there is actually only one loser in this whole story. The real lion fan. Its club, the cup winners from 1942 and 1964, the finalist in the European Cup from 1965 and the German champions from 1966, became the pawn of a major investor and so now disappears into absolute insignificance. That already before, but now has definitely become a mockery of the whole world of football. However, my pity is limited. You bought the devilish sheikh, now you just have to pay the price for the sale of your soul. And actually it's nice to see that an investment game like this can go very badly in your pants.Maybe it will happen to a few others and at some point you suddenly have your sport back ... but then we come back to Daniel's utopia. So let's come to the end. 😉
Until next time.
Your Dannimax.