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It is literally the least important game of the season—between first and last place—but Bayern and Köln both have some incentive to see what their youngsters can do.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: A detail view of a Bayern Munich fan jeans jacket is seen during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Bayern Munich at the RheinEnergie stadium on September 13, 2008 in Cologne, Germany. Photo by Vladimir Rys/DFL via Getty Images

Well, here we are. It's the second-to-last game of the Bundesliga season, and Bayern Munich happen to be the opponent FC Köln have to play in their farewell game before their home fans. The outcome of the game is completely meaningless: Bayern enjoy a 24-point lead over second place Schalke 04, and Köln is doomed to relegation.

It's hard to hate Köln. Köln is cult. They have been locked in last place for months, and their fans still come to cheer them on. Four of Köln's starters—left-back Jonas Hector, who plays for the German national team, goalkeeper Timo Horn, and midfielders Marco Höger and Marcel Risse—have declined to make use of the exit clauses in their contracts in the case of relegation. They will play in the 2. Liga for Köln next season and help the club win promotion right back to the top flight. That's the kind of loyalty Köln inspires.

For Bayern Munich, it's time to recover from the trials of Madrid and play solid soccer again. Perhaps we'll see some of the youngsters who starred against Frankfurt again. Let's do it! Enjoy the show.

It’s Bayern time.

Location: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany

Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST

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