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DFB Pokal

  • June 1, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 75420

Bayern Munich-Stuttgart Preview: Bavarians looking to complete treble

Bayern Munich-Stuttgart Preview: Bavarians looking to complete treble


Jupp Heynckes will be eager to bow out with a flourish as die Roten's coach as his side stand on the brink of making German football history

Bayern Munich have been dealt a blow with the news that Dante and Luiz Gustavo will miss the DFB-Pokal final due to their involvement in the Confederations Cup late in June.

While the latter would have started from the bench, the former will be replaced by Daniel Van Buyten at the heart of defence.

Meanwhile, Toni Kroos is sidelined until the start of next season and Holger Badstuber will miss the rest of 2013.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart have an almost full-strength squad to pick from. Daniel Didavi has a knee problem, but was unlikely to play anyway.

Ibrahima Traore will replace Shinji Okazaki from the team who drew 2-2 with Mainz on the final day of the Bundesliga season, but they should be unchanged otherwise, with Alexandru Maxim keeping his place in the XI.

  • The Pokal final will be Bayern Munich boss' Jupp Heynckes' final game in German football. He represented Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover as a player before coaching the Foals, the Bavarians, Frankfurt, Schalke and Leverkusen.
  • Bayern have won the Pokal 15 times, more than any other club.
  • Captain Philipp Lahm (pictured, right) spent time on loan at Stuttgart as a youngster, while striker Mario Gomez started his career at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
  • Stuttgart lost to Bavarian opposition last time they reached the DFB-Pokal final, slipping to a 3-2 defeat to Nurnberg in extra time.
  • The Swabians won two of the first six editions of the competition in its current incarnation, but have only won it once since 1997.
  • Coach Bruno Labbadia spent three years at the Allianz Arena during his playing days.


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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
26Diego ContentoDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
14Claudio PizarroStriker
1Sven UlreichGoalkeeper
5Serdar TasciDefender
6Georg NiedermeierDefender
15Arthur BokaDefender
3Cristian MolinaroDefender
-Antonio RüdigerDefender
-Ibrahima TraoreMidfielder
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
44Alexandru Iulian MaximMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
2Gotoku SakaiDefender
-Benedikt RöckerDefender
4William Kvist JörgensenMidfielder
26Raphael HolzhauserMidfielder
23Shinji OkazakiStriker
Players to Watch
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Schweinsteiger was a muted presence in the Champions League final against Dortmund, but few will understand the rivalry between Bayern and Stuttgart better than him. With history in the making, his experience will certainly come in handy.
Vedad Ibisevic
Vedad Ibisevic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Ibisevic started his Stuttgart career fairly well but, since the turn of the year, the goals have dried up. He started to regain some of his form in the final few games of the season and will fancy his chances of upsetting Bayern's makeshift central defence.
Bayern will certainly feel the absence of Dante, who has been the mainstay of the side's defence, but should end up on top nonetheless. They have recorded two comprehensive victories over their southern rivals this term and should encounter no serious problems on Saturday.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 3

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