Mir ham koa Angst vor Bayern

Posted by Susie Schaaf

SSV Jahn Regensburg and FC Bayern Muenchen are the last two teams to match up in this first round of DFB-Pokal matches. There have been a surprising amount of upsets thus far: Newly promoted Bundesliga squad (and Bayern's opening opponents next weekend) SpVgg Greuther Fuerth were taken down 2-0 by third-division Kickers Offenbach. Thomas Rathgeber (28th min., penalty) and Lars Bender (90+ min, and no, not that one) completed the scoring for OFC.

As I'm writing this, the best squad name ever, Wormatia Worms beat Hertha Berlin 2-1. Fourth-tier side TSV Havelse beat Nuremberg 3-2. Marc Vucinovic scored in the first half of extra time to seal the win for a side I've never heard of. Third-division club Karlsruher SC came from behind to beat Bundesliga's Hamburg, 4-2.

But, the biggest surprise was fourth-division Berliner AK's mauling of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 4-0. Metin Cakmak celebrated his brace Mario Balotelli-style, with Justin Gerlach and Kevin Kruschke rounding off the incredible win for the 07's.

Now, back to our Bavarian derby. Tobi Schweinstieger, Bastian's older brother, gave an interview about Regensburg- his old club. But, there wasn't much to be gleaned, tactically, from what he said. And as far as I can see, the only problems the Bayern players will have will be the showers and dressing rooms in the 12 thousand-seat Jahnstadion.

Jahn's trainer Oscar Corrochano will do without long-term injury Thomas Short (ankle fracture). Denis-Danso Weidlich, who picked up a knee-knock in training on Thursday, is currently questionable. Jimi Mueller would deputize on the right for him.

Jupp Heynckes is dealing without the services of David Alaba, Diego Contento, and Mario Gomez. Daniel van Buyten was scratched after a strain. Rafinha and Dante should both be available. Although we'll only see Rafinha as a sub, Dante returned to team training and should be given the start. Schweinstieger-the-Younger is available as well, though I've got a feeling he won't start until our opening Bundesliga match next weekend.

The DFB-Pokal is a tricky competition, noted by all the upsets that have happened in this opening round, and Bayern has had a few near misses in its history: Wacker Burghausen in 2007, and Rot-Weiss Erfurt in 2008. But, the unfamiliarity of the competition is what makes the tournament so fun. You never know what you're going to get.

Regensburg new signing Francky Sembolo has said about this match, "Mir ham koa Angst vor Bayern". Bayrisch to English translation: "I have no fear of Bayern". Let's see what he has to say on Tuesday.

I've got my kniebundhosen airing out, and my kit is washed and ready to go. The season starts now. Auf geht's, die Roten!

ESPN Conversations