If the situation is seemingly hopeless, a look at history can be motivating. In 1979, something extraordinary happened for Arminia Bielefeld in Munich – almost also last February.
Better not to watch: Bayern coach Pal Csernai and the scoreboard. imago / Horstmüller
In fact an impossible task – or is it? Next Saturday there will be the Bundesliga match of the evening, in which the Arminia de Bielefeld will be the guest of record-breaking German champions FC Bayern Munich in front of a decimated number of spectators. The situation could hardly be clearer: Bavaria’s offensive force with 41 goals (maximum league value) achieved comparatively “miserable” nine goals in twelve games in East Westphalia (only Fürth with eight goals scored even less) . Robert Lewandowski alone has already scored 14 goals this season, five more than all Armines put together. In addition the situation of the table: first against penultimate.
It seems that the 15 of the previous season had no hope of counting. Or maybe a look at history motivates you? On March 10, 1979, Matchday 22 of the season, Bielefeld celebrated a 4-0 victory in Munich. It was only against Schalke that Bayern lost more at home – 0: 7 on Matchday 9 of 1976/77. But never since the “clap” against Arminia almost 43 years ago, the FCB has lost so much in its own stadium.
A long time ago, Arminia became a horror of Bayern. Bielefeld players may remember the events that took place at the Allianz Arena on February 15 this year more strongly than events long before they were born. In the last guest appearance there, the DSC scored a respectable 3: 3 victory. Meanwhile, there was even a victory in the air, Arminia led 2-0 and 3-1, but finally had to settle for a point.
Only central defender Amos Pieper returned this time from the scorers of the time, Michel Vlap (now FC Twente) and Christian Gebauer (FC Ingolstadt), on the other hand, changed clubs. The guests should therefore bet on new heroes – or hope for another statistic: at least, Bayern does not seem to bring luck to 13. By the 13th day of the match, FCB had already suffered 15 defeats, and no other day of match in 56 years of the Bundesliga has not been any more.