Match: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Date: August 13, 2014
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund (Germany)
Kickoff time: 6 PM (CEST, UTC/GMT +2, local time)
Borussia Dortmund will meet Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. As You probably know, Bayern are the reigning champions in Bundesliga, while Dortmund won the cup trophy. There is a big rivalry between the two clubs, and between the fans. The temperature is raised after Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been recorded singing an insulting song about rivals Borussia Dortmund at a party. It's a parody of many Dortmund's club songs, but the lyrics are altered to say "BVB, sons of bitches".
"Games against Bayern are always very special. They're one of the best teams in the world, but we're taking the Supercup very seriously. We're desperate to win." - said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
Borussia had good preparations in the pre-season, but they have lost the last friendly match against Liverpool quite easily. The coach said that the match against Liverpool was against the wrong opponent at wrong time. Here are the results of the last three friendly matches:
10.08.2014. Liverpool - Dortmund 4:0
06.08.2014. Slask Wroclaw - Dortmund 0:3
03.08.2014. Rapperswil - Dortmund 0:10
Klopp won't count on several players ahead of this match. Dortmund's new captain, the defender Mats Hummels, misses out due to a muscular injury, while midfielders Marco Reus, Nuri Sahin, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ilkay Gundogan are also sidelined.
Probable starting eleven: Langerak - Großkreutz, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer - Jojic, Kirch, S. Bender, H. Mkhitaryan - Aubameyang, Ramos
Bayern are small favorites in this match against Dortmund. They were the best team in the German league last season. Bayern have strengthen their squad with the signings of striker Robert Lewandowski, who came exactly from the actual opponent. Also, the Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina is a new addition to the team. The club left two good players like Mario Mandzukic and Tony Kross which were first team players in the last season.
Bayern played two friendly matches. They have won one and lost one. Here are the results:
07.08.2014. MLS All Stars - Bayern Munich 2:1
01.08.2014. Guadalajara - Bayern Munich 0:1
The coach Josep Guardiola also has injury problems ahead of this match. Defender Rafinha and midfielder Thiago Alcantara are injured. Also midfielder Frank Ribery is doubtfull. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, attacker Thomas Muller, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Philipp Lahm were on the bench on the last matches against MLS All Stars, but they are into contention for this match.
Probable starting eleven: Starke - Javi Martinez, Badstuber, Alaba - Höjbjerg, Rode, Gaudino, Juan Bernat - Shaqiri, Pizarro - Lewandowski.
These two teams played three mutual matches in the last season. Both teams won the away matches in the Bundesliga and Bayern won in the final of the DFB Pokal after Extra time. Here are the results:
17.05.2014. Dortmund - Bayern Munich 0:2 ET
12.04.2014. Bayern Munich - Dortmund 0:3
23.11.2013. Dortmund - Bayern Munich 0:3
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