More records in sight as Bayern go to Hoffenheim

2013-11-01 10:16

Berlin – Bayern Munich have their eyes set on equalling a 30-year-old record for the German Bundesliga’s longest unbeaten run as they prepare to go to Hoffenheim tomorrow.

Following their treble-winning 2012/13 campaign in which they broke one record after another, the outgoing Jupp Heynckes appeared to have left his successor Pep Guardiola with a thankless task.

But Guardiola has picked up where Heynckes left off and has already equalled Bayern’s longest-ever unbeaten start to a Bundesliga season, set in 1968/69.

As a result, the reigning champions are now undefeated in their domestic league in 35 games in more than a year, and a draw or a win at the Rhein-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim tomorrow will see them match the previous best mark set by Hamburg between January 1982 and January 1983.

“Our target and ambition is to take all three points in Hoffenheim,” left back David Alaba said this week.

“But obviously, we know Hoffenheim will make it as hard as they can for us in front of their home crowd. Hoffenheim are much stronger compared to last season and they’re playing well as a team.”

Games involving Hoffenheim have tended to be entertaining affairs this season, with Markus Gisdol’s side the joint top scorers in the division alongside Borussia Dortmund.

And their last home game was the now infamous 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago in which Stefan Kiessling’s “phantom goal” ultimately proved to be the decisive counter.

Hoffenheim have since learnt that the result of that match will stand, but their confidence was lifted by a 4-1 win at Hannover last week and Gisdol is looking forward to welcoming the champions.

“It’s a special game for us – for Bayern not so much,” said Gisdol this week, perhaps forgetting the record that is in sight for the visitors in Sinsheim.

Bayern have won eight and drawn two of their opening 10 games to sit a point clear of Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the standings, and that trio have already opened up a gap on the pack below that looks unlikely to be closed again.

It has been an excellent week for Dortmund, who followed up wins at Arsenal in the Champions League and at Schalke in the Ruhr derby with the announcement that sought-after coach Jurgen Klopp had extended his contract until the summer of 2018.

“We’re all so pleased that we can help this team, which is still a long way from reaching its peak, to develop. We want to shape the future of this wonderful club together,” Klopp told the Bundesliga’s official website.

Dortmund entertain Stuttgart today looking to beat the Swabians at home for the first time since September 2008.

Klopp – who was born in Stuttgart – knows to expect another tough test against a side who are unbeaten in seven league games since Thomas Schneider replaced Bruno Labbadia in the dugout.

“I assume it will be a closely fought game, but I also believe that we will win,” said Klopp, who could have Sebastian Kehl back after injury.

Like Bayern, Leverkusen have records in sight this weekend, as a win at struggling Eintracht Braunschweig will make this their best ever start to a season in 34 years in the Bundesliga.

Sami Hyypia’s side, who saw Germany midfielder Lars Bender sign a contract extension this week tying him to the club until 2019, should prove too strong for Braunschweig, who have won just once so far in what is their first top-flight campaign in more than quarter of a century.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.


You won't want to miss...

10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.