5 facts and figures ahead of the DFB Cup game at Holstein Kiel
On Wednesday, FC Bayern will fight for a place in the last 16 of the DFB Cup at second division side Holstein Kiel. fcbayern.com have put together some facts and figures ahead of the game.
1. First competitive match in Kiel
FC Bayern and Kiel will face off for the very first time in a competitive game. However, the current Bundesliga 2 team have met the record champions' reserves twice. In the 2009/10 third division, the two side fought out two closely contested games - a 2-2 draw in Kiel and a 2-1 win for the home team in Munich. Current FCB star David Alaba played in both games.
2. Two friendlies this millennium
However, the Storks are not entirely unknown to Bayern. In 2003 and 2005, the two clubs met in friendly matches at the Holstein-Stadion at the end of the season. Bayern won the first 6-2 (FCB goals: Giovane Élber (2), Claudio Pizarro (2), Mehmet Scholl, Bastian Schweinsteiger), and the second 4-1 (Pizarro, Roque Santa Cruz, Alexander Zickler, Michael Molata (og)). Current sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić and board member Oliver Kahn featured in both games.
3. DFB Cup winning streak for Bayern
The holder from Munich have won their last 13 games in this competition. The last time Bayern bettered this figure in the cup was when they won 15 games in a row from 2012 to 2015.
4. FCB with last 16 'subscription'
Bayern have reached the DFB Cup last 16 for 19 seasons in a row. The last time they failed to reach that round was in the 2000/01 season, losing on penalties in the second round at Magdeburg. The record cup winners have not been eliminated by a lower division side since the 2-1 defeat to second-tier Alemannia Aachen in the last 16 in 2003/04. Since then, FCB have prevailed in 38 straight games against the underdogs.
5. Darmstadt await in the last 16
The duel against the Storks was postponed till January due to the record cup winners' busy schedule. This means Bayern already know they will face SV Darmstadt 98 at home in the last 16 if they progress.