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It's Been An Absolutely Shite Year For 1860 Munich

It's Been An Absolutely Shite Year For 1860 Munich
By David Kent
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Most clubs only know the heartbreak of relegation. It's fairly standard stuff.

So spare a thought for 1860 Munich. The club share a ground with their far more successful city rivals Bayern, and were last seen in the top division in 2004.

Since then, they've flirted with insolvency twice - first being rescued by Bayern, secondly by a Jordanian investor. They survived a relegation playoff in 2.Bundesliga last season, but found themselves in the same situation this year.

Jahn Regensburg stood between them and survival. After a 1-1 draw away from home they were in a pretty good position. All they needed to do was avoid defeat in front of a 60,000-plus crowd at home in the Allianz Arena.

They couldn't. A 2-0 loss confined them to the third tier of German football, both confirming a bizarre statistic and completing a rotten year for the club.

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A truly rotten year, in fact: 1860's under-19s finished second from bottom in their table on 28 points, closing the season with a 7-2 thumping from Hoffenheim's 19s in the A Junioren Bundesliga. They've gone down.

The feat was repeated for the club's under-17s, who were eight points from safety in the B Junioren Bundesliga, and have now fallen a further tier.

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It gets worse. Anthony Wood, a German football analyst, has popped up with the following fantastic/horrible statistic, depending on what side you're on.

The senior side's relegation did not go down well with the fans at the game. Police had to be called in to prevent a pitch invasion, with debris raining down onto the pitch.

So now, when your mate that for some reason supports Hull complains about going back to the Championship, you can have your retort prepared:

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Could be worse, mate. You could be an 1860 Munich fan.

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