I know that Bavaria is well known worldwide. But the state Bavaria consists not only of the bavarian region. A big part of Bavaria is Franconia. Nürnberg is a franconian city. So the 1.FC Nürnberg is a Club with mainly franconian Fans. There’s a longtime rivalry between Franconians and Bavarians. Some say, it’s just sort of a game. But some franconians say, that the money spending of the state Bavaria goes mainly in the bavarian region instead of the franconian part and they want a franconian state.
I know personally three pensioners, who were big fans of the 1.FC Nürnberg in their 20es and 30es. All of them are now big FC Bayern supporters. I think, it’s easy to support a successful team, but it needs a strong character to support a team in decline. You’re welcome and maybe we all support not only a team in decline but a kind of evolving phoenix, too.