5 facts on the DFB Cup first-round tie at Bremer SV
Bayern kick off their 2021/22 DFB Cup campaign away at Bremer SV on Wednesday. It's the first competitive meeting with the amateur club from the fifth tier. Find out what else there is to know about this David vs. Goliath encounter here.
1. Passing the first hurdle
Bayern have always passed the first hurdle in the cup pretty easily in recent years -- in fact, in each of the last 26. FCB have progressed to the next round every time since a 1-0 loss at third-tier Vestenbergsgreuth in August 1994. No other team can boast such a run right now.
2. Bremer's poor recent cup form
Bremer are competing in the DFB Cup for the 10th time in their history. Their most recent participation was five years ago when they were beaten 7-0 by Darmstadt. The only time the northern club have progressed beyond the first round was in 1986/87 when they beat Hessen Kassel on penalties in a replay. Since then, they have gone out in the first round and failed to score, losing by an aggregate score of 21-0.
3. FCB not ones for a cupset
The record winners have prevailed in 22 out of 23 DFB Cup games against teams from below the top three divisions. The only exception was in November 2000 when FCB were beaten on penalties by Magdeburg of the fourth tier.
4. Bayern always score
The Munich club have found the back of the net in each of their last 25 cup fixtures, netting on average 2.9 goals per game. The last time they drew a blank was in the 2016 final against Borussia Dortmund, but the now 20-time champions did still win that one on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.
5. Milestone for Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski is in line to make his 50th DFB Cup appearance in the game against Bremer. He's been the competition's top scorer in a record five different seasons and has 39 career cup goals to his name. The only people with more are Manfred Burgsmüller (40), Klaus Fischer (46), Dieter Müller (48) and the late Gerd Müller (78).
Bayern want to further extend their European scoring record in Bremen: