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Sixth cup clash with Braunschweig

Wednesday evening’s FC Bayern versus Eintracht Braunschweig clash will be the sixth DFB Cup meeting between the teams. Of the five matches to date, the Bavarians have won three to the Lower Saxony side’s one, with the other match, a Round of 16 tie in 1972/73, finishing in a draw – FCB won the replay after extra time. Braunschweig also lost 3-2 to FC Bayern II in the last sixteen in 2004/05.

Eintracht winless in Munich

Eintracht Braunschweig’s previous visits to face FC Bayern in Munich have yielded little by way of success for the men in yellow and blue. Since the launch of the Bundesliga in 1963, the side currently in the second division have not won a single away match in the Bavarian capital. In 21 games in the Bundesliga and DFB Cup, Eintracht have lost 17 and drawn four, scoring 16 goals but conceding 59.

Drees to take charge

Dr Jochen Drees has been appointed to referee Wednesday’s cup clash. The 44-year-old from Münster-Sarmsheim takes charge of a contest involving FC Bayern for the second time this term; he was previously the match official for FCB’s 2-0 home win over SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga. Drees’ assistants are Marin Petersen and Christian Gittelmann, with Thorsten Schiffner as the fourth official.

New national team boss for Pizza

New Peru national coach Ricardo Gareca is set to retain the services of 36-year-old Bayern striker Claudio Pizarro. The door is open to every eligible player, the Argentine supremo said at his unveiling on Monday. Gareca’s contract at the Peru helm runs through to the end of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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