Was Bayern Munich’s throwback equipment accountable for his or her shock DFB Pokal exit?

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Bayern Munich appeared resplendent on Wednesday evening as they turned out within the German Cup sporting their particular “hand-painted” retro equipment, designed by none apart from singer, songwriter, document producer, dressmaker and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams.

The fashionable strip is a part of a capsule unveiled by Pharrell and his “Humanrace” inventive ensemble final 12 months which featured a number of equally reworked nostalgia-infused shirts for a number of of the largest golf equipment in Europe, together with Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Juventus.

It is maybe unlucky then that Bayern went and misplaced on the evening, and towards lower-tier opposition into the discount.

Certainly, the Bavarian giants had been despatched packing from the second spherical by second-tier Holstein Kiel of the two. Bundesliga, who twice fought again from a aim down to assert a 2-2 attract regular time earlier than ultimately knocking their high flight visitors out on penalties.

The omens weren’t good for Bayern from the off, with their designer throwback equipment impressed by the membership’s 1991-93 residence equipment — a shirt by which the membership infamously received nothing.

They could have appeared good, however historical past was fast to repeat itself as misfortune as soon as once more befell the blocky crimson and blue jersey, with Holstein Kiel holding their nerve to emerge victorious within the shootout, burying each single one among their spot kicks previous Manuel Neuer to win 6-5.

Within the 1992-93 season, Bayern completed second within the Bundesliga as Werder Bremen snatched the title by a single level. Somewhat fittingly, Bayern additionally crashed out of the German Cup within the second spherical after dropping to Dortmund on penalties.

The 1991-92 marketing campaign was pretty dismal for Bayern too, ending 10th within the league and seeing their cup run come to an finish after only one sport — as soon as once more dropping within the second spherical, this time falling to an embarrassing 4-2 residence defeat towards second-tier minnows Homburg.

“Shedding prefer it’s 1992,” crowed the Der Spiegel headlines on Thursday morning.

“Jerseys in retro stylish, aim choices like earlier than the introduction of the video referee, Bayern suffered a sensational cup defeat at Holstein Kiel within the fashion of the early 1990s.”

Simply to make issues worse, Bayern — whose first-team squad is valued at €891 million ($980m), whereas Kiel’s is simply €17.6m ($19.3m), in keeping with Transfermarkt — had been truly main 2-1 because the tie ticked over into the 95th minute of regular time on the Wunderino Area.

They then in some way conspired to concede when 26-year-old Kiel captain Hauke Wahl plundered a dramatic equaliser with 94:12 minutes on the clock.

Wahl’s header was the most recent aim conceded by Bayern in any competitors for the reason that 2017-18 German Cup last, when Eintracht Frankfurt (95:23 minutes) struck late to place the icing on their emphatic 3-1 victory.

However the late aim wasn’t the final of the drama as each side then transformed all 5 spot kicks earlier than Bayern’s Marc Roca had his effort saved and Fin Bartels slotted within the profitable penalty to ship Bayern out.

Bayern are going by way of one thing of a tough patch in the meanwhile … at the least by their exceedingly excessive requirements.

Defeat towards Borussia Monchengladbach within the league adopted by Wednesday evening’s cup upset implies that Hansi Flick’s facet have already misplaced twice in 2021 (by 13 January) having solely misplaced one solitary sport throughout the entire of 2020.

It is also the primary time Bayern have been eradicated from the German Cup on the second spherical stage for over 20 years, the earlier occasion coming in 2000 once they had been knocked out by third division outfit FC Magdeburg, additionally on penalties.

Here is hoping they honest a little bit higher towards Freiburg on Sunday afternoon. Maybe reverting again to their conventional standard-issue residence equipment ought to be the primary order of enterprise?

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