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Bayern Munich draw Real Sociedad in Women’s Champions League qualifying

The FC Bayern Frauen will face the Spanish side over two legs in late September — with a spot in the Champions League group stage on the line.

Klara Bühl scans upfield as she dribbles away from a Turbine Potsdam defender.
Klara Bühl in action last May.
Photo by Mark Wieland/Getty Images

Bayern Munich have been drawn against Real Sociedad in the qualification play-off for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Per

This is the first time FC Bayern Women have had to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League in a qualifying round, in which they play a first and second leg as runners-up in the pre-season standings.

The games will take place on September 20th or 21st (in San Sebastián) and September 28/29 (in Munich).

From, Bayern head coach Alexander Straus: “Real Sociedad is a good team, they were second last season, so it will be a good challenge for us. It will be an interesting game, but I think we have a good chance to qualify. That’s where we are optimistic and positive.”

Bayern sporting director Bianca Rech: “We are looking forward to the first encounter between FC Bayern and Real Sociedad. We expect, as with many Spanish teams, a team with a strong game that should not be underestimated.”

The Champions League draw for the group stage will comprise twelve teams, with eight having to qualify through this play-off round and four already seeded: defending champions Olympique Lyon and top league finishers FC Barcelona, VfL Wolfsburg, and Chelsea FC from Spain, Germany, and England, respectively.

Bayern’s competitive season will predate the Champions League play-off legs; Straus will be able to use the September 12 DFB-Pokal game against FC Ingolstadt as well as the Bundesliga season opener against Eintracht Frankfurt as tune-ups.

Last season, Bayern advanced to the quarter-finals before losing narrowly over two legs to Paris Saint-German. This year, Lea Schüller, Klara Bühl, Lina Magull, Giulia Gwinn and friends will be hoping to go much further — but they’ll have to get through Real Sociedad first to qualify.

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