August 2010: “Germanen” against Bayern: Windeck at home to cup holders Munich

They call themselves the “Germanen” which can be roughly translated as the “ancient Germans”. But they also know they go into their upcoming cup game as a tiny David. The Goliath is Bayern Munich, the reigning German league champions and cup holders. Nevertheless a whole village, indeed a whole region, are praying for a sensational giant killing act in the first round proper of the DFB Cup. Dattenfeld, a village in Germany’s Bergisches Land region with a population of 2,200, is going nuts. Two years back, Germania Dattenfeld took on a new name. Now called TSV Germania Windeck, it has been renamed after the town on the River Sieg that has been created from six villages, one of which is Dattenfeld. One of the strongest clubs in the North Rhine Westphalia League, the fifth highest league in Germany, the “Germanen” have set their sights on getting promotion to the so-called “Regionalliga West”.

Heinz-Georg Willmeroth, chairman of Bayern’s opponents Germania Windeck, standing in front of a poster of the “game of the century” against Schalke in 2009. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)

But the “Deutschen Fußball Bunde’s (DFB – the German Football Federation) cup competition is far more important to the club. The match against Bayern, which has captured the imagination of the whole region, is scheduled to kick-off at 6.00 pm on Monday, 16 August. As their own ground is far too small, the club will stage the game 80 kilometres away in Cologne’s World Cup stadium in Müngersdorf. It is also where the “Germanen” played last year’s encounter with FC Schalke 04. Dattenfeld, alias Windeck, lost the first round match 4-0. Even so, coach Michael Boris made such a good impression that Schalke immediately handed him the job as the coach of their second team. And a crowd of almost 20,000 enjoyed, in spite of the defeat, a great afternoon. This year though the cup draw has even topped the previous year’s excitement. “The game against Schalke was a match of the century for us. But the encounter against Bayern is the match of the millennium. Schalke was planetic but Bayern is simply galactic,” said Windeck’s chairman, Heinz-Georg Willmeroth.

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With a week to go to kick-off, 29,500 tickets have already been sold. The Germanen have studied the record books and have discovered that the first round game between Rot-Weiß Erfurt and Bayern in the 2008/2009 season attracted 24,500 spectators. Last year a 30,017 crowd saw SpVgg Neckarelz take on Bayern. Will Windeck break the record for a first round match against Bayern by improving on the 35,500 fans that turned up to watch DJK Waldburg take on Germany’s top club in 1997? As Munich has lots of fans spread all over the country, it means the record may well go. Germania’s own following is easier to put a figure to as Windeck, only totals a population of 20,000. “The Deutsche Bahn AG is putting on an extra train service for fans wanting to travel to and from the cup game in the RheinEnergieStadion.

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Philipp Lahm and the DFB cup after Bayern’s 4-0 win against Werder Bremen on 15 May 2010. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)

The train (RB 11179) will also stop at Dattenfeld Station”, states the club’s website.

Upsets belong to the cup like goals to football

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Twelve days before the minnows do battle with the big boys, Windeck held 1. FC Cologne to a goalless draw in a pre-season friendly. The team’s ranks include several former professionals. Sebastian Schoof (30) once played for Leverkusen, the former Polish international Mariusz Kukielka (33) turned out until only recently for Cottbus, Markus Kurth (37) and Thorsten Nehrbauer (32) have been on the books of half-a-dozen top clubs. The team’s coach can also look back on a career in the professional game. Görlitz born Heiko Scholz, who won one international cap for Germany back in 1992, is chuffed that Bayern are taking his team seriously. He is officially able to spy on Munich. In order for him to take a look at Bayern, he has been sent four tickets for the match against Real Madrid three days before the cup game.

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The big prize: the trophy, which has been awarded ever since 1965, for the winners of the DFB‘s cup competition. The competition started in 1935. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)

“It’s a great gesture,” said Scholz who obviously knows all about a club that used to go by the name of TSV Vestenbergsgreuth. It was the little club that caused a major cup upset by sensationally beating Bayern 1-0 to knock them out in the first round in 1994. The third division club became famous and merged later with SpVgg Fürth to become SpVgg Greuther Fürth. “If we give 120 per cent and if the referee, the crossbar and the posts are all on our side then we might perhaps have a slight chance,” said Scholz. But realistically the aim is, in his own words, “not to let in more than ten goals.”

Other clubs from the lower divisions have higher expectations. They hope to go a long way in a competition to which upsets belong like goals do to football. There’s VfB Lübeck for example. Their match, along with five others, will start proceedings this coming Friday (13 August).One year ago, they beat the Bundesliga club Mainz 05, and they will be looking to do the same against MSV Duisburg, a second division club. Eintracht Trier will be trying on Sunday to knock out 1. FC Nuremberg and in doing so get past a Bundesliga club for the second year running after beating Hanover at the same stage last year. The top two divisions’ clubs know they have to be wary of ones in the division immediately below as the latter already have some league matches behind them and they automatically have a home game against opponents who are often tired after undergoing some tough pre-season training. Rot-Weiß Ahlen, who were relegated last year from the second division, reckon they are in with a chance of causing an upset against 2010’s cup finalists, Werder Bremen. VfR Aalen will even be appearing on television as the national ZDF channel will show their match against Schalke live. Last year’s televised cup match between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Hamburg SV turned out to be a real appetiser for the rest of the cup. 3-3 after extra time, Hamburg only scraped through after a penalty shoot-out.

Fixture list - DFB Cup 1st Round:

Friday, 13 August, 19:00:
SV Wilhelmshaven - Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Ingolstadt - Karlsruher SC
VfB Lübeck - MSV Duisburg
FSV Frankfurt - SC Paderborn
VfL Osnabrück - 1. FC Kaiserslautern
SSV Jahn Regensburg - Arminia Bielefeld

Saturday, 14 August, 15.30:
FK Pirmasens - Bayer Leverkusen
Wacker Burghausen - Borussia Dortmund
SV Babelsberg 03 - VfB Stuttgart
FC Oberneuland - SC Freiburg
SC Pfullendorf - Hertha BSC Berlin
Rot Weiss Ahlen - Werder Bremen
SC Verl - 1860 Munich
Hansa Rostock - 1899 Hoffenheim
Chemnitzer FC - FC St. Pauli

Saturday, 14 August, 19.30:
SV Sandhausen - FC Augsburg
SV Elversberg - Hanover 96
Eintracht Braunschweig - SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Erzgebirge Aue - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Sunday, 15 August, 14.30:
Schwarz-Weiß Essen - Alemannia Aachen
TuS Koblenz - Fortuna Düsseldorf
SC Victoria Hamburg - Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
ZFC Meuselwitz - 1.
FC Cologne
TuS Heeslingen - Energie Cottbus

Sunday, 15 August, 16:00:
Eintracht Trier - 1. FC Nuremberg
Berliner AK - FSV Mainz 05

Sunday, 15 August, 17.30:
Hallescher FC - 1. FC Union Berlin
Torgelower SV Greif - Hamburger SV
Preußen Münster - VfL Wolfsburg
Kickers Offenbach - VfL Bochum

Monday, 16 August, 18:00:
Germania Windeck - Bayern Munich
Monday, 16 August, 20.30:
VfR Aalen - Schalke 04 (live in ZDF)