Berlin in the cup? A good omen!
What do Borussia Dortmund and Union Berlin have in common? They are the only two German professional clubs that are still undefeated so far this season. BVB are on a run of 13 competitive matches, while the Iron Ones, who lie third in Germany's second division, have gone twelve games without losing.
The two clubs face each other in the second round of the DFB Cup. Kick-off is at 18:30 CET. Fans are kindly asked to arrive early. Tickets are available here.
Facts on Borussia Dortmund
- BVB go up against a team from Germany's capital city for the seventh time, and for the fourth time in the previous two and a half years. Hitherto, the Black & Yellows have managed to prevail in every duel with a Berlin club, whether Tennis Borussia Berlin, Hertha BSC or Union.
- Borussia Dortmund have only lost one of their last 13 home matches in the DFB Cup. Their last defeat in front of a home crowd came on 28 January 2009, when they were defeated 1-2 by Werder Bremen.
Facts on Union Berlin
- The capital city team progressed to the second round after defeating Carl Zeiss Jena 4-2 away thanks to a goal apiece from Andersson and Kroos and a brace from Hedlund. They have only progressed from the second round once in the last decade, only to be ejected from the competition away at FC Kaiserslautern in the round of 16 in 2013. An early exit has become something of a tradition, with Bayern Munich II, Werder Bremen, Hallescher FC and Red White Essen dumping them out of the first round between 2008 and 2011. Offenbach ended their run in the second round in 2012.
- The club, which was founded in 1906 as FC Olympia Oberschöneweide, made for headlines in the 2000/01 season. Playing in the Regionalliga at the time, they made it all the way to the final after defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach 6-4 on penalties. Only then did they lose, as Schalke won the match 0-2. Since the Royal Blues had already automatically qualified for the Champions League as runners up in the league, Union were allowed to participate in European competition the following the year despite their loss, becoming the first, and until now only, third division German side to qualify for the UEFA Cup. There they reached the second round by drawing 1-1 with Finnish representatives Haka Valkeakoski and beating them 3-0, after which they went out of the competition to Bulgarian outfit Litex Lowetsch. Other successes in the club's history include winning the FDGB Cup in 1968 (the Free German Trade Union Federation Cup, held in the former East Germany), placing as runners up in the league in 1923, and winning the Intertoto Cup in 1986.