The DFB-Pokal first round draw took place today, and Bayern Munich have been matched with 5th division side Bremer SV. This is set to be Julian Nagelsmann’s first game in the Pokal since losing the final with RB Leipzig last season, and his first competitive game at his new club depending on when the DFL-Supercup ends up being scheduled.
Here’s the official confirmation of the draw:
First-round draw— The DFB-Pokal (@DFBPokal_EN) July 4, 2021
⚽ Tie 5: @BremerSV vs @FCBayernEN#DFBPokal pic.twitter.com/VTSzEe6Y7E
Here’s what I can tell you about Bremer SV, based on a cursory look at their Wikipedia and transfermarkt pages:
- They play in the city of Bremen, at a stadium which seats 8,000 people.
- They won the Bremen-Liga in 2019.
- They don’t have any market value numbers on Transfermarkt, which is to be expected since their players probably aren’t professionals.
So basically, this is another David meets Goliath scenario in the Pokal, but the teams are so lopsided that it would take quite a catastrophe for Bayern to not go through at this juncture. Nagelsmann won’t even need to call all of his international players to win this game, so it should give guys like Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller an extended rest on top of their early exit at the Euros.
Let’s hope we see some new names on the roster for this game. Guys like Michael Cuisance, Tanguy Nianzou, and Christopher Scott could use this as an opportunity to get some valuable minutes in the first team.