May 27, 2017

A Bavarian David vs. Goliath Preview: Tale Of The Tape

Bundesliga matchday 16 sees the first ever Bundesliga clash between Bavarian neighbours Bayern Munich and FC Ingolstadt. The difference in stature between the two is immense leading to the obvious labelling of this fixture as a classic “David vs. Goliath” match-up.

Bayern (left) vs. Ingolstadt (right). Who you got?
Bayern (left) vs. Ingolstadt (right). Who you got?

While the use of the sling-shot is not permitted according to FIFA regulations, there will be plenty of onlookers keen to see a shock akin to the hero of the Israelites knocking out the best warrior the Philistines had to offer back in biblical times.

In the red corner we have Bayern Munich, and err? in the red and black corner we have FC Ingolstadt. Let’s take a look at the tale of the tape between the two contenders.

Weight

Home side Bayern Munich are the heavy hitters and have to come in at the highest weight division- Heavyweight. The official weigh-in hasn’t taken place yet, but the away side Ingolstadt have surprised a few people by not arriving at the Allianz Arena at the lowest weight possible Atomweight. This season has seen them put on a few pounds since promotion and I’d put them in at around the Featherweight or possibly Lightweight division. However they tip the scales, in boxing terms, it’s going to be a clear case of the ‘big fella punching the little fella.’

Age

Bayern are 115 years old having been formed way back in February 1900. In 1900 a certain James J. Jeffries from America was boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world.

Jim Jefferies boxing

Since 1900, Bayern have been an ever-present in the Bundesliga since their promotion to the top flight back in 1965. Visitors Ingolstadt are rather more youthful (11 years old) having only been formed in 2004. This is their first season playing in Germany’s top division.

Size

Arguably the biggest club in Germany, Forbes has ranked Bayern the 11th richest club in football. Despite Bayern’s commercial revenue of $396 last year, (only being topped by Paris St.Germain), the huge TV revenues from the Premier League drop the Bavarians out of the top bracket (Oh woe is me is the cry from Ingolstadt). The Allianz Arena holds 75,000 fans, while there are more than 4,034 FC Bayern Fan Clubs worldwide as well as the club having 2.47 million Twitter followers.

Bayern wins the Twitter battle.
Bayern wins the Twitter battle.

Ingolstadt were by no means anywhere near even being one of the biggest club’s in last season’s Bundesliga II and can only dream of a bank balance like Bayern’s. Their Audi-Sportpark holds just under 16,000 while I’ve been hard pushed to find any Ingolstadt fan clubs beyond the clubs geographical boundaries. Twitter-wise, die Schanzer have a mere 35,300 followers.

Record

Bayern lost their unbeaten record this season last weekend at Borussia Mönchengladbach meaning they have a 13-1-1 record so far this season with a massive 43/8 goal difference.

On the other hand, their opponents from the Audi-Sportpark have a respectable 5-5-5 record with a goal differential of 11/15.

Honours

As for Bayern, they’re not called the Rekordmeister for nothing. Die Roten have notched up 25 Bundesliga titles, 18 DFB Pokal wins as well as five European Cups/Champions League titles. They’ve been Intercontinental champions twice and won the World Club Cup back in 2013.

The custodial staff at the Audi-Sportpark, however, have lots of extra time on their hands as polishing the trophies is not a big part of the daily routine. The only silverware that comes into contact with the duster are the 2006 Bayernliga IV trophy and last year’s Bundesliga II award. That industrial-sized can of polish is going to last a while!

Squad

The biggest club in Germany also boasts the most expensive squad. Collectively, the Bayern squad has an estimated net worth of some €617 million. The most expensive player in their ranks at the moment is Thomas Müller who has a market value of around €75 million.

The Ingolstadt first-team squad is valued at a fraction of that. If you had a spare €27 million, then you could buy the entire squad. Or if you’d rather, you could just sign one Bayern player- Javi Martinez and be done with it. Pascal Groß is probably their player with the highest market value of €3 million.

Trainer

Pep Guardiola has enjoyed massive success as both a player and a coach. As a midfielder with Barcelona he won six La Liga titles and the Champions League and he’s carried on that success as a coach winning another three Spanish league crowns and the Champions League twice with the Blaugrana. Already at Bayern he’s racked up two Bundesliga Meisterschale, the DFB Pokal and the FIFA Club World Cup.

FCI boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, on the other hand, has a very much shorter coaching CV. After playing for a variety of sides in Austria and Belgium, he had a rather unproductive spell with Köln before finishing his playing days with Bayern Munich II.

ralph-hasenhuettl
Ralph Hasenhüttl is only against football’s most glam and successful coach this weekend. No biggie.

His nascent career as a coach has seen him take VfR Aalen into the Bundesliga II and then lead Ingolstadt to promotion to the Bundesliga.

It’s hard to get more David vs. Goliath than this, Bavarian-style.

Let’s get ready to rumble!

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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