Berlin - Carlo Ancelotti re-visits the scene of an
embarrassing defeat on Friday when holders Bayern Munich play minnows Carl
Zeiss Jena in the first round of the German Cup.
Back in their heyday, Jena once reached the UEFA Cup Winners'
Cup final, beating Roma, for whom Ancelotti was a player at the time, on the
Bayern's new coach had one of the worst nights of his career
on October 1, 1980, when he lost 4-0 with Roma, having netted in a 3-0 win in
the home leg in Rome.
The Italians bowed out of the first round while Jena
advanced to the 1981 final, losing 2-1 to Dinamo Tbilisi in Duesseldorf.
"I was in Jena in 1980, it wasn't good," said
Ancelotti on Thursday.
"The defeat is unforgettable.
"There are defeats in a career which linger and when I
hear 'Jena' you remember everything.
"I'm looking forward to going back there after 36
Having been a powerhouse in East German football, Jena's
fortunes dipped after reunification in 1990.
Following spells in Germany's second and third divisions,
they dropped to the fourth tier in 2012.
The visit of defending Bundesliga champions and German Cup
holders Bayern is a plum draw, especially with Jena top of their regional
league after four straight wins.
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"It's a special game because the opponents are special.
This is the dream draw -- an absolute highlight," said Jena's coach Mark
On paper, Jena's team, which includes Namibia international
midfielder Manfred Starke and Serbian defender Filip Krstic, has little chance.
But extra stands have been fitted at the Ernst Abbe
Sportfeld stadium to boost the capacity to a sell-out crowd of 18,800.
Huge demand meant the club reckon they could have sold
100,000 tickets and the hosts can count on noisy support.
Ancelotti's squad, boasting Robert Lewandowski, Thomas
Mueller and Manuel Neuer, want to avoid an embarrassing slip, seven days before
opening the new Bundesliga season at home to Werder Bremen as they chase a
fifth consecutive title.
"It's an important game for us and there are always
surprises," said Ancelotti.
"We have to concentrate because Jena is a good team who
have won their first four games."
- Bacon and eggs -
Jena want to turn the heat up on Bayern.
The club set bells ringing at the local fire station on
The frying of bacon and eggs for the first-team squad after
the morning's training session, set off a smoke alarm which saw six fire
engines hastily dispatched to their ground.
"The alarm bells rang, we have rehearsed the real
thing. The fire brigade were there, now we can get on with it," said
It has been eight years since Jena made history by storming
into the semi-finals of the German Cup.
Their 3-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund remains a record as
80,708 spectators, the highest attendance for a cup match in Germany, packed
into the ground.
"All we know is that it will be quite difficult against
Bayern," said Zimmermann.
"We must not be afraid of their world-class players,
the guys have confidence in themselves."
First-round action continues across the weekend, with last
season's runners-up Dortmund going to minnows Eintracht Trier on Monday.For
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