There’s no question that the biggest rivalry in German football over the past decade has been between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who have claimed the last seven domestic titles between them, as well as five of the last seven DFB Pokals. There’s a reason it’s called “Der Klassiker”, the Teutonic equivalent of Spain’s “El Classico”. But, are football fans about to experience Klassiker-overload?
As expected, Dortmund dispatched the huge underdogs, 3rd division side Sportfreunde Lotte, in today’s rescheduled DFB Pokal quarterfinal match by a score of 3-0, which set up a semifinal clash against Bayern at the Allianz Arena on April 25th or 26th. The winner will advance to Berlin for the final on May 27th.
Before that happens, FCB and BVB will square off on April 8th in a highly anticipated Bundesliga fixture (also in Munich).
But this coming Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), UEFA might add more games to the mix. Since there are no restrictions on teams from the same country meeting each other in the upcoming draw that will determine the quarterfinal matchups of the Champions League competition, there is a one in seven chance that Bayern and Dortmund will face off against each other in the next round.
So, in a span of two and a half weeks in April, Bayern and Dortmund could meet a total of four times: April 8th (Bundesliga), April 11/12th (first leg, CL), April 18/19th (second leg, CL) and April 25/26th (DFB Pokal). Even the biggest fan of this rivalry is sure to get burned out on four Klassiker in such a short amount of time.
Come on UEFA, don’t screw this up for us. May I respectfully request, oh, I don’t know, Leicester City, please?