Which player holds a DFB-Pokal final record? Which goalkeeper has the best save percentage in the cup? How have this year’s two finalists fared against each other in the past? DFB.de has assembled all the most important statistics ahead of this Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final.
Undefeated: FC Bayern are unbeaten in their last 14 games against Frankfurt, with four of those being draws. A streak of this magnitude has already happened once before: Bayern went 18 games undefeated against them between 1983 and 1991.
Ineffective: Frankfurt have not managed to score a goal in ten of their last twelve games against Bayern. They’ve scored three in total - all in the Bundesliga.
Rematch: This is the second time these two teams have met each other in the DFB-Pokal final. Bayern beat Eintracht previously in 2006 1-0 thanks to a goal from Claudio Pizarro.
Goal of the decade: The two sides also squared off in the first round of the 1989 DFB-Pokal. With the only goal of the game, Klaus Augenthaler wrote history. The Bayern man saw that Eintracht keeper Uli Stein had wandered far off his line and so tried his luck from the halfway line. The shot took Stein off guard and will live on as one of the best goals In the competition’s history. Not only was this goal voted as German TV magazine Sportschau’s goal of the year, but also as its goal of the decade.
A battle of the best: FC Bayern’s 20 goals in five games means that they have been the most effective attacking side in the competition this year. However, they will going up against its best defence. Eintracht have not conceded a goal in four of their five games.
Record goalscorers: Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski have both scored three goals in DFB-Pokal finals, meaning they are just one goal off the record held by Uwe Seeler and Gerd Müller (4).
Deadly in finals: While Lewandowski scored all three of his goals in a Dortmund shirt in their 5-2 win over Bayern in 2012, Robben has scored one goal in three different finals. His goals in 2010, 2012 and 2014 mean that he has scored in the most finals out of any player in the competition’s history.
Defensively strong: Frankfurt have conceded just one goal on their way to the final, which came against Hoffenheim in their 2-1 win in the Last 16. They still haven’t conceded a goal in regular time yet either. The last team to make it to the final after conceding just one goal was Wolfsburg in the 2014/15 season. The Wolves won in the final against Borussia Dortmund 3-1.
Unmatched: Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky has played in all of Frankfurt’s 480 minutes so far in the cup this year. He has maintained a 93 percent save percentage, which is the best in the competition out of the goalkeepers that have made at least two appearances.
Previous successes: Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has won the DFB-Pokal as a player in 1973 and as a coach in 2013. Niko Kovac also has a winner’s medal for being a part of the Bayern side that won the competition in 2003. He’s now looking to lift the trophy as a coach.
Head in the game: Bayern have scored four headed goals in the cup this year - more than any other side. Frankfurt have scored once through a header.
Fast starters: The record champions have scored six times in the first 30 minutes in the cup this season. It’s more than any other team have managed, including Frankfurt, who have only scored twice within the first half-an-hour.