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Burghausen cherish dream of Cup upset

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Burghausen cherish dream of Cup upset

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:08 am


Tourists flock to see Burghausen’s picture-postcard medieval old town, but only the die-hards among the 19,000 inhabitants ever regularly visit the town’s football ground. Local club Wacker, named for a nearby chemicals concern, managed five seasons in the second division until the shock of relegation last term, with dire financial consequences as a result.

The drop will cost the club some two-thirds of its previous income, according to Managing Director Dr. Wolfgang Grellner, but Monday evening’s DFB German Cup first round tie at home to Bayern, and particularly the sale of the live TV rights, will provide what the official described as “a significant boost.”

<b>Expanded capacity</b>

Relegation prompted the removal of temporary stands at the Wacker Arena, but after the German FA denied the club permission to switch the tie to the Allianz Arena, the structures are back for Monday, raising the ground capacity from 7,750 to 11,138. The Cup fixture has also helped Wacker sell 1,750 season tickets for the coming season, each with an option on tickets for the Bayern clash. The club boasted 2,198 season ticket holders for last term’s campaign in the higher division.

On the playing side, no fewer than 16 of last season’s squad left at the end of 2006-7, but the new coach is a bigger name than any of the host of replacements. Ingo Anderbrügge, a UEFA Cup winner in 1997 with Schalke, has taken the reins from former Munich man Markus Schupp in a first coaching appointment at the upper end of the professional game.

<b>Aggressive tactics</b>

Burghausen must finish at least tenth in the third division south to seal a berth in the national third tier planned for 2008-9, “but we’ve had so many changes, there’s no way we’ll bounce straight back to the second division,” Anderbrügge commented.

“We intend to make it very, very hard for Bayern,” he continued, “we’d like to make sure they need new shinpads after the match at the very least.” Director of Sport Peter Assion chose slightly less tub-thumping language. “Ideally, we’d win 1-0 and make the next round. That’s our dream,“ he smiled, acknowledging that the simple fact of drawing Bayern was “a totally positive thing.” And no-one has forgotten that fourth division 1. FC Magdeburg knocked the 13-times winners out of the Cup in the first round seven years ago.

<b>Party time, win or lose</b>

Keeper Manuel Riemann, standing in for injured number one Jens Kern on Monday, was confidence personified. “I have a good feeling about the Bayern match,” the 18-year-old declared, “anything can happen in the Cup. I don’t think we’ll lose.“ Even if the game ends in defeat, the town is set to celebrate, as the council has laid on a live broadcast and post-match party in the civic centre.
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