Bayern to play against…

FC Zürich!

Some information about that club after the jump.

FC Zürich won the Swiss league 12 times so far (last title: 08/09), only the at the moment most famous Swiss club FC Basel, Servette Genf and local rival Grasshopper Zürich have been more successful. One season after the so far last title, 2009/10, was the first and yet only time they made it to the group stage of the Champions League. They surprised Europe by beating AC Milan 1-0 in San Siro but in the end didn’t stand a chance in a tough group (Real Madrid, Olympique Marseille and the aforementioned AC Milan) and were eliminated.

Bundesliga fans will recognize some of the players: First, there’s the French center back Mathieu Beda who played over 100 matches for Kaiserslautern and 1860. Then we have Ludovic Magnin, the left-back with over 200 appearances for Stuttgart and Bremen. The third and last former Bundesliga player is someone many probably won’t remember anymore: Amine Chermiti, the striker who played a handful of games for Hertha BSC (due to injuries).

Zürich's Preferred Starting Lineup

Gladbach’s current coach, Lucien Favre, spent 4 years as a coach in Zürich before he left for Berlin in 2007 (Zürich also had to let some well-known players go that year: Raffael followed Favre and still plays for Hertha BSC, Blerim Dzemaili and Gökhan Inler who both just joined Napoli.

Zürich’s stars are the Swedish midfield allrounder Dusan Djuric and the young, up-and-coming attacker Admir Mehmedi. Urs Fischer, FCZ coach, prefers to let his team play in the classic 4-4-2 system. Bayern certainly had some luck of the draw but that doesn’t mean those two matches (August 17 in Munich’s Allianz Arena and August 23 in Zürich’s Letzigrund) are against some pushover club. FC Zürich is a respectable team and just eliminated Standard Liege.

Other pairings:

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  • FC Twente v SL Benfica
  • Arsenal FC v Udinese Calcio
  • Olympique Lyonnais v Rubin Kazan

 

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