A quiz question to Start: when was the last and only Time that FC Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt in DFB Pokal-met in the semi-finals?

Na? A tricky task. 1974 was’s, more precisely on the 13. April. Bayern lost at the time, in spite of goals from Uli Hoeness and Paul Breitner, and a 2:1 lead at the end with 2:3 in Frankfurt, Eintracht drew in the finals and crowned by the 3:1 victory against Hamburger SV for the first time to the Cup winners ‘ Cup.

a Long time ago, and for the present time not really relevant. However, two of the most sensitive of the financial failures of the recent history of FC Bayern suffered against Eintracht, several times the eagles, as the Team is called, have played a pioneering role for the near future of the Munich. The eagle’s destiny, so to speak.

Frankfurt warns of Bavaria “Übermannschaft”

this time, in the semi-final this Wednesday. “It will be very difficult,” said Frankfurt’s sporting Director Bruno Hübner, “Bayern is currently a Übermannschaft. Nevertheless, it is just a game, it is all or nothing. We will try to be so good to do it.”

Cup final of 2018: Ante Rebic (middle) taken in the 1:0 Mats Hummels (l)and Niklas Süle. Photo: dpa Cup final of 2018: Ante Rebic (middle) taken in the 1:0 Mats Hummels (l)and Niklas Süle

So as you have already several times lately. The a-z looks back on pioneering duels: DFB-Cup final in 2018 (FC Bayern – Eintracht 1:3): The Bayern-fright on this day, Ante Rebic was called. The massive striker, who now plays for AC Milan, scored the 1:0 (11. Minute) and the 2:1 (82.), Mijat Gacinovic put into the empty goal the 3:1 (90.). For Bayern, Robert Lewandowski for the interim 1:1 (53, met in the Berlin Olympic stadium only.). It was one of only four Cup final defeats for Bayern were 19 Wins.

Kovacs first Title against Eintracht

Dramaturgically interesting: It was the last game as Eintracht coach Niko Kovac, the became Cup winners strengthened in the final of the loser FC Bayern. “I now have the first notch in the Colt,” said Cowboy Kovac at that time, “I hope that some more will be added.”

Supercup 2018 (Eintracht – Bayern 0:5): 85 days to the Cup-shame Kovac Bayern led himself to the impressive revenge. In a one-sided Supercup final was won by Bayern with 5:0, Lewandowski struck three times (21., 26., 54.), this Kingsley Coman (63.) and Thiago (85.). Kovacs first Title, the first notch in the Colt with Bayern and a perfect Start to his tenure.

Flick inherited Kovac after the 1:5 debacle

Bundesliga-first half of 2019 (Eintracht – Bayern 5:1): After Kovac had also won his first two Bundesliga games with Bayern scores against Frankfurt (3:0 and 5:1), between champion and Cup winner, was sealed ironically, the harmony of the fate in Munich. Kovac, after previously very moderate performances, and the Almost-embarrassment in the Cup at the second-Bochum-tier hit hard, and went on 2. November 2019 with his master-team 1:5 in the Commerzbank-Arena. The bosses had had enough, withdrawn from the Croats, the trust and installed Co-Trainer Hansi Flick as the chief.

Eintracht Frankfurt 5:1 in the first half of the season meant the end Of Kovac. Photo: dpa Eintracht Frankfurt 5:1 in the first half of the season for Kovac

that meant A re-twist of fate. Flicks balance sheet since: 23 wins in 26 games, his contract has since been extended to 2023. And this time? For the Bavarians in the semi-finals, for the moment, the most important of the outstanding games in this season, the Chance to Triple on the game. given the comfortable lead in the League and the still uncertain future of the Champions League In the League they won ahead of two and a half weeks with 5:2.

All a matter of form, then? Not quite. The Frankfurt are a Cupmannschaft, achieved, in addition to the Cup victory in 2017, the final (1:2 against Borussia Dortmund), to the semi-finals of the Europa League in the previous year, you can push for a single knockout game to a higher Level. Just like the eagles would play again destiny.

This article was written by Simon Stuhlfelner

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