Germany international first choice MANUEL NEUER, who intentionally sat out the recent friendly with Argentina in Frankfurt, and the rest of the BAYERN MUNICH traveling party will need to be on upset alert or suffer the same fate that six other unfortunate (if not unprepared) Bundesliga clubs already have at the hands of upstart teams from the lower divisions in the first round of the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal.
Having already gotten off to a positive start to the 2012/13 season by defeating rival Borussia Dortmund to win the German Super Cup, traditional Bavarian juggernaut BAYERN MUNICH will begin the program of regularly-scheduled competitions in earnest with a first round Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal derby tie against intra-state opponent SSV JAHN REGENSBURG.
The Sportdirektor (general manager) for the Regensburg club is none other than FRANZ GERBER, the one-time Bayern Munich striker who made a solitary appearance as a 18-year-old with the 1971/72 Bundesliga champions before embarking on a long professional career which included time in the West German first division with SV Wuppertal, FC St. Pauli, TSV 1860 Munich and Hannover 96 as well as a tour in the old North American Soccer League with the since-departed Calgary Boomers, Tulsa Roughnecks and Tampa Bay Rowdies.
TOBIAS SCHWEINSTEIGER, the older brother of Germany international and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian, actually topped SSV Jahn Regensburg by scoring 14 goals in the 3.Bundesliga last season. By finishing third in the league standings, SSV Jahn Regensburg earned the right to face 2.Bundesliga side SC Karlsruhe in a promotion / relegation tussle that saw the underdogs triumph on the strength of the away goals rule. The elder Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, has moved on and already made eight appearances (two goals scored) this summer for Bayern Munich II, the reserve side that competes in the Regionalliga Sued (fourth division).
SSV Jahn Regensburg considered relocating the first round Cup tie to the Frankenstadion (48,548 capacity) in Nuremberg for obvious financial purposes. But it was decided that the historic D.F.B. derby match with mighty Bayern Munich should, first and foremost, be shared with the club’s loyal supporters that normally visit the little Jahnstadion. And so, a sell-out crowd of 12,500 in Regensburg on Monday night is absolutely assured.
One new recruit for SSV Jahn Regensburg this season is experienced defender CHRISTIAN RAHN, the 33-year-old former SV Hamburg midfielder who was capped five times by the senior national team of Germany between 2002 and 2004. Rahn, who started his professional career with FC St.Pauli but has spent the last four seasons not playing so much while with SpVgg Greuther Fuerth, netted the very first goal for the newly-promoted Bavarian club this term when trainer OSCAR CORROCHANO’s side downed visiting 2-0 MSV Duisburg in front of an audience of 7,818 fans at the Jahnstadion a week or so ago. SVV Jahn Regensburg, of course, dropped its first match in the 2.Bundesliga since the 2003/04 season by the minimum scoreline to TSV 1860 Munich in that Bavarian derby contested at the Allianz Arena earlier this August.
One interesting player to watch for SSV Jahn Regensburg in the upcoming Bavarian derby with traditional giant Bayern Munich will be Republic of Congo international FRANCKY SEMBOLO, the 27-year-old striker who signed in Bavaria this summer after bagging 17 goals in 27 Regionalliga Nord matches for SV Wilhelmshaven last term. One extremely pivotal man for the home side figures to be 39-year-old goalkeeper MICHAEL HOFMANN, a veteran professional who has been first choice between the sticks for SSV Jahn Regensburg since arriving from TSV 1860 Munich at the start of the 2010/11 campaign. The aging Hofmann does have 82 games of Bundesliga experience under his belt and had made more than 30 appearances in a single top flight season on behalf of TSV 1860 Munich twice before in his career (1998/99 and 2003/04 seasons).
Republic of Congo international striker FRANCKY SEMBOLO (12), who appeared for his nation in qualifying matches for both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup, celebrates his 60th minute strike for SSV Jahn Regensburg against visting MSV Duisburg along with youthful midfielder JONATAN KOTZKE (8) during the 2.Bundesliga match at the little Jahnstadion in Regensburg, Bavaria.