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FCB rise to third in annual money league

Winning the treble in 2012/13 not only brought Bayern three glittering trophies but also sent them third in the annual Football Money League. In the 17th edition of the ranking compiled by accountancy giants Deloitte, measuring the world’s biggest football clubs by turnover, Bayern’s record figure of €431.2 million (turnover minus transfer dealings) saw the Reds leapfrog Manchester United (€423.8 million) and take third place. As in the past nine seasons the list is headed by Real Madrid (€518.9 million) and Barcelona (€482.6 million). “Given the unequal distribution of revenues due to decentralised TV rights marketing in Spain this represents an enormous success for FC Bayern,“ commented Karsten Hollasch, partner and director of the Sport Business Group at Deloitte. Bayern are the only German club in the top ten. Dortmund ranked 11th (€256.2 million), Schalke 14th (€198.2 million) and Hamburg 17th (€135.4 million).

Always tough in Gladbach

In the history of Bayern’s league visits to Mönchengladbach, Germany’s biggest club have ten wins, 17 draws and 18 defeats. The win ratio of 22 percent in Mönchengladbach is FCB’s lowest against any Bundesliga team they have played away from home a minimum of five times. The stats over the last couple of decades also suggest Pep Guardiola and his team will need to be on peak form in Friday’s Bundesliga restart clash: only three of FCB’s last 23 Bundesliga trips to face Borussia ended in a Munich win (13 draws, seven defeats). However, the Reds will take heart from the corresponding fixture last season when Franck Ribéry excelled in a thrilling 4–3 victory on the final day of the campaign.

Top keepers head-to-head

Gladbach versus Bayern is also a clash between the Bundesliga’s best goalkeepers, at least from a statistical point of view. Gladbach’s Marc-André ter Stegen has conceded a career average of only 1.0 goals per league appearance and has kept a clean sheet in 37 percent of his games. The only better shot-stopper is the newly-crowned world’s best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The Bayern keeper’s career average is just 0.9 goals conceded per game, and he has let in no goals in 45 percent of his appearances.

Gagelmann in charge

Peter Gagelmann from Bremen is the referee for Friday’s restart fixture. It will be the third time the 45-year-old events manager has taken charge of a match involving FCB this term. The Reds won both previous games, 1-0 in Frankfurt and 3-0 at home to Augsburg. Gagelmann’s assistants are Matthias Anklam (Buchholz) and Thomas Gorniak (Bremen), and the fourth official is Bibiana Steinhaus (Hannover).