Created on 03-10-2008 at 00:00 AM
Every year, when the cry of O’zapft is! marks the tapping of the first barrel, and the foaming beer flows at the Oktoberfest, the goals have traditionally rained in for Bayern. Germany’s most successful club and the world’s greatest popular festival have historically proved a successful combination. The Bavarians are almost invincible on home turf during the revelry at the Oktoberfest, as the record books clearly show:
Bayern and the Oktoberfest:
- Bayern have played 72 home matches during the Oktoberfest since joining the Bundesliga in 1965, recording 47 wins, 18 draws and just seven defeats (goals for 196, goals against 84).?
- Bayern’s biggest Bundesliga victories during the Oktoberfest in Munich: 1977 v Schalke (7-1), 1983 v SV Waldhof (6-0), 1978 v Braunschweig (6-1), 2007 v Cottbus (5-0), 1965 v KSC (5-1) and 1989 v Bochum (5-1).?
- 3,708,000 fans have turned out for the 72 matches in question, for a sensational average attendance of 51,500. The top crowds were: 1976 v 1.FC Köln (4-1) and 1980 v HSV (5-1), each drawing 78,000 spectators to the Olympic stadium.?
- Bayern’s first Oktoberfest home fixture took place on 18 September 1965 at the Grünwald stadium. Bayern defeated KSC 5-1.?
- Last season’s Oktoberfest fixtures produced a hatful of goals: FCB thrashed Energie Cottbus 5-0 (scorers: Klose (3), Demichelis, Toni), while Luca Toni (2) and Zé Roberto ensured a 3-0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg. There were plenty of goals in this season’s first festival game, but at the wrong end from a Bayern point of view: Werder Bremen beat the men in red 5-2 a couple of weeks ago.
- The top goalscorer in Oktoberfest home fixtures is Gerd Müller: Der Bomber struck a total of 21 times, followed by Uli Hoeneß (13) and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (11).?
- Home fixtures during the Oktoberfest have produced an average of 2.72 goals for and just 1.16 goals against. If the statistic is any guide, Toni and Co. should beat Bochum 3-1 on Saturday.