Record German champion BAYERN MUNICH are back at their regular training ground on Saebener Strasse to prepare for the five pre-season exhibition matches to be played on German soil between now and the first day of August, when the competitive matches begin with a first round tie in the DFB Pokal.
The first Testspiel for the Bavarian club will take place this Thursday as Bayern Munich travel north to face FC CARL ZEISS JENA, a once-proud East German Oberliga outfit who figure to offer little resistance having finished 15th out of twenty teams in the 3.Bundesliga last season.
The trip to Jena represents a return to old stomping grounds for one of Bayern Munich’s newest players; former Germany U-21 international striker NILS PETERSEN, the reigning 2.Bundesliga goal-scoring champion who was bought by Bayern Munich from Energie Cottbus for a transfer fee of 2.8 million Euros this summer, originally signed with FC Carl Zeiss Jena as a youth and cut his professional teeth with the Thuringia club.
Germany youth international striker NILS PETERSEN made his professional debut for FC Carl Zeiss Jena against 1.FC Koeln in the 2.Bundesliga in February of 2007; after scoring four goals in 41 games for the former D.D.R. Oberliga club in both the German second and third divisions, Petersen made the switch to then-Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus during the Winterpause of the 2008-09 football season.
FC CARL ZEISS JENA contest their home matches at the modest ERNST ABBE SPORTFELD, which orginally opened almost nine decades ago back in 1924 and now has an official capacity of 12,990 … according to legend, the attendance record was set in March of 1962 when an estimated 27,500 fans jammed into the stadium (which had an official capacity of 16,000 at the time) to watch SC Motor Jena oppose Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final tie.