Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Werder Bremen and Bayern Munchen face each other at Weserstadion in the DFB Pokal semis in what is expected to be yet another entertaining game. The two teams meet for the second time in only four days and, no doubt, the hosts are eager to get their revenge on the Bundesliga giants for a 1-0 loss at Allianz Arena. Die Werderaner have been in a fine form in the second half of the season, but seeing that FCB do not suit them, we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs.
Niko Kovac’s troops, on the other hand, failed to win the German Cup trophy last term and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. The mighty Bavarians enjoy playing against Werder Bremen and seeing that they emerged triumphant in each of their previous 19 meetings with die Werderaner, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Yuya Osako):
Born in Kaseda, Kagoshima, Japan on May 18, 1990, Yuya Osako is a pacey attacker who plays for Bundesliga side Koln. Osako began his senior career at Kashima Antlers and he scored 40 goals in 139 appearances in the league for the club.
The 182-cm-tall attacker then moved to Germany, signing a deal with 1860 Munchen and it has to be noted that he netted six goals in 15 appearances for the Lions. At the end of the 2013/2014 season Yuya Osako joined Koln and he has been playing for the Billy Goats ever since. The Japanese footballer scored seven goals in 30 appearances for Koln in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and he provided eight assists for his teammates in the process as well.
Speaking of his international career, Yuya Osako made his debut for Japan national football team on September 10, 2013 in a 3-1 win over Ghana. Osako’s main position is a secondary striker, but he is capable of playing as both right winger and a centre-forward as well.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times.
The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005.
Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.