Latest instalment in long-running clash
Bayern against Dortmund, Bundesliga champions against DFB Cup winners – the year ends with another instalment of German football’s most glamorous fixture. 20 of the last 24 league titles have gone to either Munich (15) or Dortmund (5), while the name on the DFB Cup trophy has been either FCB (3) or BVB (2) in five of the last six years. Ahead of Wednesday evening’s last 16 clash at the Allianz Arena, fcbayern.com has rounded up some other facts and figures on the match.
Seeing in the New Year
One thing is certain: for one of these two clubs, their 2017/18 DFB Cup journey will not last into the New Year. The last time that happened to Bayern was exactly 11 years ago, when they lost 4-2 to Alemannia Aachen on 20 December 2006. FCB have always made it to at least the quarter-finals every season since then, reaching at least the semi-finals in eight of those years. The last time Dortmund were knocked out during the first half of the season was 2010, when they were beaten in extra-time by Kickers Offenbach at the second round stage.
90 minutes or more
Will the match be decided in extra-time? Or maybe even penalties? Half of the last ten cup ties between Bayern and Dortmund have been decided after the normal 90 minutes, with three of them going to penalties.
Dortmund’s cup run
Dortmund travel to the Allianz Arena looking to extend their run of 17 wins in DFB Cup away matches. That is a club record. However their last cup defeat on the road was against Bayern: a 1-0 defeat in the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 campaign. The FCB coach at the time? Jupp Heynckes.
Each other’s worst enemies
Borussia Dortmund have been knocked out of the DFB Cup by Bayern more times (6) than any other club. Conversely, the Reds have lost to Dortmund more times (4) in the competition than any other side.
Robben’s favourite opponents
If Bayern are Dortmund’s bogey team, then Arjen Robben is their bogey player. The Dutch star has scored 11 goals in his last 21 competitive games against the Black and Yellows, including the winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final. Robben has not scored more goals against any other club.
Sascha Stegemann is the referee for Bayern’s final match of 2017. The 33 year-old public administration graduate from Niederkassel will take charge of his ninth game involving the German record champions. He’ll be assisted by Mike Pickel and Rafael Foltyn, with Markus Schmidt as fourth official. Video assistant technology will not be used in the DFB Cup until the quarter-finals.