Carl Zeiss Jena to host Reds in first round

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Holders FC Bayern will open their defence of the DFB Cup in Thuringia. The Munich men will travel to face fourth-division FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the first round. The draw was made live on German national TV on Saturday evening by European U-17 champion Caroline Siems. The cup tie kicks off between 19 and 22 August, one week before the Bundesliga restart.

FC Bayern have never encountered the first team of the three-time GDR champions, who finished seventh in the most recent fourth-tier season. The Munich men took on the Jena reserves in the second round of the 1993/94 DFB Cup. Jan Wouters and Christian Nerlinger scored in Jena, sending Bayern through to the next round.

DFB Cup regulars

Mark Zimmermann played for Carl Zeiss back then, and he will be the Thuringians' head coach for the coming season. The 42-year-old coached the Jena U-19s in the Bundesliga in the last five years. In the 2008/09 season Zimmermann lead Jena to the second DFB Cup round as interim coach.

Carl Zeiss Jena qualified for the first DFB Cup round for the third time in a row after winning the Thuringian Cup. Last season Jena beat Hamburger SV 3-2 after extra-time in the first round before losing 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart in the second round.

Ancelotti familiar with Jena

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who will make his DFB Cup debut in Jena, encountered the Thuringian outfit twice. In the 1980 European Cup Winners' Cup he scored in AS Roma's 3-0 home victory against Carl Zeiss before being knocked out 4-0 in the return at Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld.


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