We’re down to the last 16 clubs competing in the DFB-Pokal, the annual German cup competition that features Sixty-four teams from the Bundesliga and the 2 Bundesliga. It is considered the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. The most eagerly anticipated match this round is Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund which will be shown on ESPN2 Wednesday, December 12 at 2:45pm EST.
While the two German giants are used to seeing each other much later in the tournament, the luck of the draw has them squared up in the third round. Bayern will be seeking revenge on Wednesday, after losing to Dortmund in last year’s DFB-Pokal semi-finals 2-3 at home. Back in April this year, it was Ousmane Dembélé who scored the game-winner in the 74th minute in the Alliance Arena. Dortmund will surely be wishing they still had Dembélé in their ranks on Wednesday. However, others will be poised to leave their mark on the game. Shortly after being crowned U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, youngster Christian Pulisic lifted Dortmund to a late victory in a crucial game against TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday. The 19-year old will look to continue his ascend in Germany and within a talented Dortmund squad. What better opportunity could you have then knocking out the 18-time DFB-Pokal Champions, Bayern, in their own stadium.
Wednesday’s match will be the 7th DFB-Pokal matchup between Dortmund and Bayern in the past 7 seasons. The last 6 duels have been split evenly, with both teams winning 3 of those games. This season, it was Bayern who had the upper hand when they travelled to Dortmund and left with 3 points in their bag, following a 3:1 victory. However, back in early November, when that game was played, Peter Bosz was still Dortmund’s coach. The loss to Bayern was part of an awful Dortmund run in which they went 9 games without a win. Ultimately, Peter Bosz was sacked last weekend. Since then, former Cologne boss Peter Stöger has been in charge; and the move seems to be paying off. Dortmund have won their two games with Stöger, most recently thanks to Pulisic’s sensational game-winning goal. A third win in a row will certainly be a challenging task for Stöger’s squad. However, they have proven in the past that they travel to Munich and shock Bayern. With a chance to make history, Dortmund will have a little extra motivation on Wednesday. The last time that Bayern has failed to reach at least the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal was in the 2000/01 season. Can Dortmund spoil the party? We will see on Wednesday.
Author: Felix Dalstein