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Long-running cup rivalry

Werder with just one win in five meetings

Cup clashes between Bayern and Werder Bremen have popped up regularly down the years. The sides have met twice in the final, and five times altogether in the competition. Bayern, the most successful club in cup history, have won four of the five ties, with the northerners victorious on just one occasion. The sides meet for the sixth time in the cup at the Berlin Olympic stadium this Saturday. tells the story so far.

Round of sixteen, 1973-4
The first cup clash took place on 15 December 1973, when an FCB line-up including Beckenbauer, Breitner, Hoeneß, Müller and Co travelled to the Weserstadion and won 2-1 with goals from Schwarzenbeck und Conny Torstensson, Werner Görts replying for the men in green. Bayern would go on to lose 3-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis.

Quarter-finals, 1981-2
The sides next met in the last eight, some eight years later. Munich were again obliged to travel north, and again won 2-1, although extra-time was needed on this occasion. Uwe Reinders handed the home team a half-time lead, but Paul Breitner struck a brace to seal it for Bayern, who went on to win the cup for the sixth time.

Round of sixteen, 1996-7
Bremen visited Munich in the cup for the first time on 12 November 1996, FCB winning 3-1 and progressing to the next round, where they were knocked out 1-0 by Karlsruhe. Werder took an early lead through Marco Bode, but Jürgen Klinsmann (2) and Christian Ziege sealed the spoils for Bayern, whose line-up featured current director of sport Christian Nerlinger.