Category Archives: 1860 Munich

Sven jilts the Jordanian

Sven-Göran Eriksson has turned down the opportunity to join second division TSV 1860 Munich, reports Mark Lovell.

There has been much speculation linking the 64-year-old Swede with the Lions since he attended three games before the winter break, as a friend and advisor of Jordanian investor Hasan Ismaik. After a compromise, a deal was hammered out on Monday, Eriksson was expected to join forces with current head coach Alexander Schmidt as soon as the small-print was finalised with CEO Robert Schäfer.

However, after meeting Schäfer in London, the former England coach asked for more time to ponder the offer.
“We discussed the club and the second division at length and in detail. In addition, we considered how he could be best integrated into the current coaching team”, said Schäfer. However, Eriksson telephoned Schäfer a day later to advise him that he would not be taking up a coaching role at the club.

“Since the first contact with the club last November, a fair bit of time has passed and all of us know how fast-moving the professional football business is”, said Eriksson in a statement. “I therefore ask all concerned to respect my decision. I wish my friend Hasan Ismaik and TSV 1860 Munich every success for the future.”

Since the announcement Schäfer has given reassurances that Eriksson’s change of heart will not affect Monday’s agreement or the club’s three year plan to regain Bundesliga status. Whether Mr Ismaik feels the same way remains to be seen and Sven’s decision is just another in a long list of chaotic occurrences surrounding the club.

Alexander Schmidt will remain as 1860′s head coach.

This piece was originally published in the Munich Eye.

Let’s all meet up in the year 2000

Mark Lovell (twitter @LovellLowdown) recalls a Champions League clash between German and English sides – both with an extremely passionate and loyal following.

Both TSV 1860 Munich and Leeds United currently languish in the second tier of their respective country’s leagues after suffering the humiliation of financial implosion.

Back in August 2000, the ‘Lions’ of Munich and the ‘Peacocks’ from Leeds met in a two- legged qualifier, with the winners guaranteed a sum in the region of £25m for simply reaching the group stages – so long ago that the Deutschmark (and not the Euro) was still in circulation.

1860 Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions in 1966 before their ‘noisy neighbours’ Bayern Munich had a lot to shout about. However, 1860 had never beaten English opposition, most famously losing to West Ham in the 1965 Cup Winners Cup final at Wembley. As recently as 1991, the Lions were plying their trade in the regional Bavarian leagues, after being denied a licence to play top-flight football, before rising up the league pyramid to the brink of Champions League qualification under brusque coach Werner Lorant.

Under the tutelage of Don Revie, Leeds United were the dominant side of the late 60s and early 70s in England. Between 1965 and 1974, Revie’s side never finished outside of the top four, winning two League Championships (1968-69; 1973-74), the FA Cup (1972), the League Cup (1968) and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups (1968 and 1971).

A host of famous names from Leeds’ illustrious past made the trip to the Bavarian capital, gracing the media entourage. Johnny Giles, Joe Jordan and Peter Lorimer, as well as assistant Eddie Gray, were a reminder of the club’s glory days.

Leeds did have bitter memories of a previous clash with a Munich side after losing to Bayern in the 1975 European Cup final. On that night in Paris, Leeds considered themselves very hard done by. Bayern won 2-0, but not before the French referee had disallowed Lorimer’s seemingly valid goal and denied Leeds two clear-cut penalties. These decisions and the dismal defeat had sparked riots in the crowd, resulting in a European ban and a slump in the English club’s fortunes.

The Leeds side of 2000 was about to embark on some massive spending under Chairman Peter Risdale’s regime. The Yorkshire giants had every intention of “living the dream”, to ensure footballing success.

The English side travelled to Munich holding a slender 2-1 advantage from the first leg at Elland Road. Ex-Bristol City striker Paul Agostino grabbed a lifeline for the Lions with a precious late goal in Yorkshire, after the home side had been reduced to nine men with both Olivier Dacourt and Erik Bakke seeing red.

Leeds manager David O’Leary felt that the luck of the Irish had deserted him.

“I thought all the sendings off were wrong,” he said. “I thought they were a joke, unbelievable.”

As a result Leeds were reduced to a skeleton squad, with O’Leary bemoaning his fate ahead of the big-money game in Munich’s Olympic Stadium.

“I don’t mean this as a joke, but I don’t know what side I can field for that game,” O’Leary complained.

“I’m not very confident about going through. I’m not being defeatist, I’m just being realistic, it’s no way to be going into the biggest game this club has had without nine players.”

As the hotly anticipated second-leg clash loomed, the Lions’ (now deceased) President Karl-Heinz Wildmoser viewed it as his club’s “most important game in three decades”.

Yours truly was amongst the 56,000 crowd that turned up on a balmy summer night in the historic stadium, built for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Around 2500 travelling supporters were in fine voice after the customary pre-match lubrication with the local Munich product.

I can vividly recall the fiery Lorant prowling his technical area – a thick mop of grey hair, gesticulating wildly through a haze of cigarette smoke, trying to motivate his charges.

The standout 1860 player was undoubtedly the diminutive German midfielder Thomas ‘Icke’ Hässler, a 1990 World Cup and Euro 96 winner.

Hässler, 34 at the time, was coming to the end of an illustrious career but still ran the show in the middle of the park as the Lions pressed for a vital goal.

Current 1860 player Daniel Bierofka was a mere 21-year-old youngster making his way in the game on this heady night in Munich, whilst two-time Bundesliga top scorer Martin Max provided the goal threat in a lively Lions side.

Hässler almost broke the deadlock in the final seconds of the first half with a rasping free-kick from the edge of the box. Nigel Martyn was beaten all ends up in the Leeds goal, but the ball smacked against the woodwork to safety.

The game was decided immediately after the interval. Martyn punted long, aiming for the imposing figure of Leeds striker Mark Viduka, signed that summer from Celtic. The Aussie Viduka caused havoc in the box against 1860 Captain Marco Kurz, who later went on to manage the club. The loose ball fell nicely to Alan Smith, a Leeds-born striker, who was just 19 at the time. Smith dispatched with aplomb to seal a 3-1 aggregate win over the Lions, who had to make do with UEFA Cup football.

Man of the match was undoubtedly English international goalkeeper Martyn. The Cornishman made a string of fine saves to deny the hosts and keep the makeshift Leeds side ahead.

Ironically, the Lions’ “noisy neighbours” Bayern Munich later lifted the trophy, beating Valencia 5–4 on penalties after a 1–1 draw after extra time. The Spanish side had overcome a full-strength Leeds side in the semi-finals.

This was as good as it got for Leeds as living the dream proved unsustainable. Leeds slipped into administration in 2007, dropping all the way to the third tier of English football, whilst 1860 have managed only mid-table mediocrity in the German second
division since 2004.

Competition: Champions League, 3rd Qualifying Round, Second Leg

Score: TSV 1860 Munich 0 Leeds United 1 (Alan Smith)

1860 Munich: Hoffmann, Passlack (Winkler 63′), Puerk, Max, Hässler, Cerny, Mykland,
Stranzl, Borimirov (Beierle 78′), Agostino, Bierofka (Tyce 73′)

Unused subs: Greilich, Riedl, Pfudere, Jentsch (gk)

Leeds United: Martyn, Kelly, Harte, Radebe, Woodgate, Viduka, Bowyer, Smith, Mills,
Jones (G. Evans 73′), Duberry

Unused subs: Bridges, Huckerby, McMaster, Molenaar, Hackworth, Robinson (gk)

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany

From England’s Three Lions to Munich’s Lions – Sven-Göran Eriksson joins 1860

TSV 1860 Munich’s investor Hasan Ismaik has had his special New Year’s wish granted – former England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson will join the Bundesliga 2nd division club. Mark Lovell brings you the lowdown on what has been happening at the Lions.

, via Wikimedia Commons”]

By Doha Stadium Plus Qatar (Flickr: Sven Goran Eriksson) [CC-BY-2.0 (

Last week, banker Hamada Iraki, a trusted advisor of Jordanian businessman Ismaik, was trying to act as a peace-maker to bring the two ‘warring’ fractions back to the negotiation table again, in an attempt to find some common ground. After hammering out a compromise deal deep into the early hours, President Dieter Schneider and his vice Otto Steiner spoke to the press at 3am this morning to reveal the 64-year-old Swede’s appointment.
“It was a good night”, said Steiner. “We’ve agreed that Sven-Göran Eriksson will join our coaching staff. Alexander Schmidt will remain as coach.”
Eriksson has been strongly linked with the Lions since attending three games in Berlin and Munich before the winter break.
Exact details of the experienced coach’s role are still unclear but he is expected to start his job in “one to two weeks” after finalising the small-print with CEO Robert Schäfer.

Eriksson has lifted 17 major trophies as a manager, with a host of clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy. He was the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three different countries. He later took charge of national sides in England, Mexico and Ivory Coast, as well coaching in the Premier League with Manchester City, before dropping down the divisions with Leicester City and Notts County.

However, he is perhaps best remembered for his spell as England coach. Eriksson turned England’s bid for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification around, including a memorable 5-1 rout of old foe Germany in 2001. Later the relationship turned a little sour, and the Swede often found himself in the headlines more for alleged off-the-pitch (s)exploits than for success with the ‘Three Lions’.
Current ‘caretaker’ manager Alexander Schmidt will stay at the club, working in tandem with Eriksson. “He’s doing a super job”, added Steiner, who is convinced that the duo can work together in complete harmony.

6th placed 1860 could propel themselves into a promotion play-off position with a decent run in the second half of the season. The Lions are just five points from that prized spot, currently occupied by Kaiserslautern, who they meet in the first game after the winter break on February 4th at the Allianz Arena.

Originally written for, and reproduced with kind permission of the Munich Eye.

For more information on the state of 1860 Munich listen to this edition of the Bundesliga Show with Mark Lovell:

The Bundesliga Show Episode 85 – The Prodigal Son Returns

The Bundesliga is almost back from the winter break, as is the Bundesliga Show. Jon Hartley and Matt Hermann are joined by Mark Lovell to talk about the big transfers so far in the transfer window, including Nuri Sahin, Ivan Perisic and the defensive bolstering at Hannover 96.

In addition, there is a chat about the state of affairs at 2.Bundesliga club 1860 Munich. All that, and a look at the up-coming fixtures at the start of the rückrunde.

Enjoy the show!