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Cup history favours Bayern over Stuttgart

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:45 pm

The clash for south German bragging rights between Bayern and VfB Stuttgart has been one of the country's most emotionally-charged fixtures for many years now. The teams met just six weeks ago on the last Bundesliga weekend before the winter break, when Sami Khedira's blistering last-minute strike for VfB robbed FCB of two points as the match finished 2-2.

Tuesday's first game after the mid-season interval is a re-run of the fixture, as Jürgen Klinsmann and his men return to Stuttgart for a DFB Cup Round of 16 tie, in which a repeat of the draw six weeks ago is not a possibility. The sides have met six times in the competition to date, with FCB leaving the field as winners on five occasions. reviews the rivals' previous cup meetings.

1974-5, First round
The first cup clash came in the 1974-5 season. Boasting six freshly-crowned World Cup winners in their ranks, FCB squeezed past their Swabian rivals 3-2 at the Olympic stadium. New signing Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (16th minute) opened the scoring, but "Buffy" Ettmayer (58) and Heinz Stickel (61) turned the game on its head after half-time. However, a quickfire double from Gerd Müller (76) and Uli Hoeneß (80) saw Munich through to the second round.

1985-6, Final
Eleven years passed before the next cup clash - and this time it was the final in Berlin. Just a few weeks ahead of the World Cup in Mexico, newly-crowned champions FCB headed for the capital in search of a second league and cup double to go with the triumph of 1969. Roland Wohlfahrt (34, 40, 77) and Michael Rummenigge (65, 72) handed Bayern an unassailable lead, before VfB gave the final score an air of respectability through Guido Buchwald (75) and current Munich boss Klinsmann (85).

1989-90, Round of 16
Bayer's sole cup defeat to Stuttgart came in the 1989-90 edition of the competition. A 67,750 crowd at the Neckar stadium saw Fritz Walter (43, 77) and Jürgen Hartmann (64) fire the home side to a 3-0 triumph, although they were to be dumped out of the cup in the next round by Werder Bremen.

1997-8, Semi-final
The 1997-8 semi-final saw Bayern drawn to play at their home Olympic stadium. Dietmar Hamann (14), Mehmet Scholl (21) and Carsten Jancker (21) all but wrapped up the win by midway through the first half, sealing Bayern's place in the final. FCB then defeated MSV Duisburg 2-1 in Berlin, bringing Giovanni Trapattoni's two seasons at the Säbener Strasse to a successful conclusion.

1998-9, Quarter-final
FCB met VfB again just ten months later, also on the same ground but at the quarter-final stage. The game produced an identical result as the home side cruised to a 3-0 victory. Carsten Jancker (26), Mario Basler (71) and Alexander Zickler (78) netted for FCB, who eventually went on to lose the final 6-5 on penalties to Werder Bremen.

2004-5, Round of 16
The sides' most recent DFB Cup meeting was a the last sixteen tie in 2004-5. Yet again, and for the third time in a row, Bayern won the match 3-0 thanks to goals from Owen Hargreaves (35), Michael Ballack (69) and Roy Makaay (79). The Stuttgart side featured both Philipp Lahm and current VfB head coach Markus Babbel. Beating Stuttgart again proved a stepping stone en route to the final for Bayern, who claimed the cup for the 12th time with a 2-1 victory over Schalke 04.

Since then, Bayern have won the cup on two further occasions, whereas VfB failed to complete a domestic double of their own in 2006-7 when they lost the final to Nürnberg 3-2 after extra-time. Tuesday's encounter promises a wealth of action and excitement, with Munich fans everywhere hoping Bayern again come out on top.
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