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Jupp Heynckes' Bayern Munich once again have the domestic double in their sights but must overcome Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal.
Leverkusen v Bayern, Schalke v Eintracht in DFL-Pokal semis
Jupp Heynckes' Bayern Munich once again have the domestic double in their sights but must overcome Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal.
<p>Bayern Munich is the runaway leader in the Bundesliga, but it meets one of its toughest opponents when it welcomes Schalke to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.</p><p>Schalke is one of five teams in the thick of the hunt for second place and is hoping to play its way into a Champions League place before its star midfielder, Leon Goretzka, departs for Bayern. The two parties agreed to a pre-contract in the winter, meaning Bayern will poach another Bundesliga talent for no transfer fee come July.</p><p>Before Goretzka makes the rich richer, he&#39;ll look to slow down his future team&#39;s title romp.</p><p>Both teams are coming off midweek triumphs in the DFB Pokal, with the two making up half of the semifinal field.</p><p>Here&#39;s how to watch the match:</p><p><strong>Time</strong>: 12:30 p.m. ET</p><p><strong>TV</strong>: Fox Sports 2</p><p><strong>Live Stream</strong>: You can watch the match live via FuboTV. <a href="https://www.fubo.tv/lp/planet-futbol/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sign up here for a free seven-day trial" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sign up here for a free seven-day trial</a>.</p>
How to Watch Bayern Munich vs. Schalke: Live Stream, TV Channel, Game Info

Bayern Munich is the runaway leader in the Bundesliga, but it meets one of its toughest opponents when it welcomes Schalke to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Schalke is one of five teams in the thick of the hunt for second place and is hoping to play its way into a Champions League place before its star midfielder, Leon Goretzka, departs for Bayern. The two parties agreed to a pre-contract in the winter, meaning Bayern will poach another Bundesliga talent for no transfer fee come July.

Before Goretzka makes the rich richer, he'll look to slow down his future team's title romp.

Both teams are coming off midweek triumphs in the DFB Pokal, with the two making up half of the semifinal field.

Here's how to watch the match:

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports 2

Live Stream: You can watch the match live via FuboTV. Sign up here for a free seven-day trial.

Football Soccer - Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund - DFB-Pokal Final - Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany - 27/5/17 Borussia Dortmund&#39;s Marco Reus reacts after sustaining an injury Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts after sustaining an injury
Football Soccer - Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund - DFB-Pokal Final - Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany - 27/5/17 Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts after sustaining an injury Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic
Mainz give away two dreadful goals as they go out of the DFB Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz comedy clangers in Cup exit
Mainz give away two dreadful goals as they go out of the DFB Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz give away two dreadful goals as they go out of the DFB Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz comedy clangers in Cup exit
Mainz give away two dreadful goals as they go out of the DFB Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz give away two dreadful goals as they go out of the DFB Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz comedy clangers in Cup exit
Mainz give away two dreadful goals as they go out of the DFB Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt
<p>Schalke and Wolfsburg both have hopes of lifting domestic silverware this season, but only one will advance to the DFB Pokal semifinals when they clash on Wednesday.</p><p>Both clubs eked their way into the quarterfinals, with Schalke edging Koln 1-0 and Wolfsburg requiring extra time to put away Nurnberg, eventually winning 2-0. In their one Bundesliga meeting this season, Schalke and Wolfsburg drew at the Veltins Arena, which is the site of Wednesday&#39;s match.</p><p>The winner will join Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen in the final four along with the winner of Eintracht Frankfurt&#39;s clash vs. Mainz.</p><p>Here&#39;s how to watch the match:</p><p><strong>Time</strong>: 2:45 p.m. ET</p><p><strong>TV</strong>: None in USA</p><p><strong>Live Stream</strong>: You can watch the match via WatchESPN.</p>
How to Watch Schalke vs. Wolfsburg: DFB Pokal Live Stream, Game Info

Schalke and Wolfsburg both have hopes of lifting domestic silverware this season, but only one will advance to the DFB Pokal semifinals when they clash on Wednesday.

Both clubs eked their way into the quarterfinals, with Schalke edging Koln 1-0 and Wolfsburg requiring extra time to put away Nurnberg, eventually winning 2-0. In their one Bundesliga meeting this season, Schalke and Wolfsburg drew at the Veltins Arena, which is the site of Wednesday's match.

The winner will join Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen in the final four along with the winner of Eintracht Frankfurt's clash vs. Mainz.

Here's how to watch the match:

Time: 2:45 p.m. ET

TV: None in USA

Live Stream: You can watch the match via WatchESPN.

Joshua Kimmich said that he is desperate to make it to the final of the DFB Pokal, after Bayern Munich&#39;s 6-0 demolition of Paderborn sent them through to the last four.
Kimmich's 'hunger' for Bayern to reach another DFB-Pokal final
Joshua Kimmich said that he is desperate to make it to the final of the DFB Pokal, after Bayern Munich's 6-0 demolition of Paderborn sent them through to the last four.
Joshua Kimmich said that he is desperate to make it to the final of the DFB Pokal, after Bayern Munich&#39;s 6-0 demolition of Paderborn sent them through to the last four.
Kimmich's 'hunger' for Bayern to reach another DFB-Pokal final
Joshua Kimmich said that he is desperate to make it to the final of the DFB Pokal, after Bayern Munich's 6-0 demolition of Paderborn sent them through to the last four.
Joshua Kimmich said that he is desperate to make it to the final of the DFB Pokal, after Bayern Munich&#39;s 6-0 demolition of Paderborn sent them through to the last four.
Kimmich's 'hunger' for Bayern to reach another DFB-Pokal final
Joshua Kimmich said that he is desperate to make it to the final of the DFB Pokal, after Bayern Munich's 6-0 demolition of Paderborn sent them through to the last four.
Julian Brandt helped Bayer Leverkusen come back from a two goal defecit, with the help of a wonderful second goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
Julian Brandt scores a stunner for Leverkusen
Julian Brandt helped Bayer Leverkusen come back from a two goal defecit, with the help of a wonderful second goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
Julian Brandt helped Bayer Leverkusen come back from a two goal defecit, with the help of a wonderful second goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
Julian Brandt scores a stunner for Leverkusen
Julian Brandt helped Bayer Leverkusen come back from a two goal defecit, with the help of a wonderful second goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
Julian Brandt helped Bayer Leverkusen come back from a two goal defecit, with the help of a wonderful second goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
Julian Brandt scores a stunner for Leverkusen
Julian Brandt helped Bayer Leverkusen come back from a two goal defecit, with the help of a wonderful second goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
The Germany international was withdrawn early during Bayern&#39;s 6-0 DFB-Pokal victory and his manager has confirmed the problem
Muller suffers thigh injury in Paderborn thrashing
The Germany international was withdrawn early during Bayern's 6-0 DFB-Pokal victory and his manager has confirmed the problem
Bayern Munich&#39;s Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben cheers at the end of the German football Cup DFB Pokal quarter-final match SC Paderborn versus Bayern Munich (AFP Photo/Patrik STOLLARZ)
Celebration time
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben cheers at the end of the German football Cup DFB Pokal quarter-final match SC Paderborn versus Bayern Munich (AFP Photo/Patrik STOLLARZ)
<p>BERLIN (AP) – Bayern Munich booked its place in the German Cup semifinals with a 6-0 win at third-division leader Paderborn on Tuesday.</p><p>Jupp Heynckes&#39; 19th victory from 20 games since returning as coach keeps his side on track to repeat the 2013 treble of his previous stint in charge. Bayern is 18 points clear in the Bundesliga and likely to wrap up the title in record time, next faces Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League, and has only two more games to win to reclaim the German Cup.</p><p>Paderborn made a bright start and defender Sebastian Schonlau thought he&#39;d scored early on, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.</p><p>It was a wake-up call for Bayern, which scored some 10 minutes later through Kingsley Coman. Robert Lewandowski played Thomas Mueller through and Arjen Robben then mishit the ball, but it fell kindly for Coman to blast past goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak.</p><p>Coman crossed for Lewandowski to take the ball on his chest and score with an acrobatic finish a few minutes later, and Joshua Kimmich made it 3-0 before the break, when he looked to play in a teammate before beating Ratajczak at his near post.</p><p>Corentin Tolisso, who came on for the injured Mueller in the first half, added the next with a header from James Rodriguez&#39; corner less than 10 minutes into the second half.</p><p>Robben wrapped it up with two goals in the final five minutes.</p>
Bayern Munich Routs Paderborn 6-0 to Book Place in DFB Pokal Semifinal

BERLIN (AP) – Bayern Munich booked its place in the German Cup semifinals with a 6-0 win at third-division leader Paderborn on Tuesday.

Jupp Heynckes' 19th victory from 20 games since returning as coach keeps his side on track to repeat the 2013 treble of his previous stint in charge. Bayern is 18 points clear in the Bundesliga and likely to wrap up the title in record time, next faces Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League, and has only two more games to win to reclaim the German Cup.

Paderborn made a bright start and defender Sebastian Schonlau thought he'd scored early on, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

It was a wake-up call for Bayern, which scored some 10 minutes later through Kingsley Coman. Robert Lewandowski played Thomas Mueller through and Arjen Robben then mishit the ball, but it fell kindly for Coman to blast past goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak.

Coman crossed for Lewandowski to take the ball on his chest and score with an acrobatic finish a few minutes later, and Joshua Kimmich made it 3-0 before the break, when he looked to play in a teammate before beating Ratajczak at his near post.

Corentin Tolisso, who came on for the injured Mueller in the first half, added the next with a header from James Rodriguez' corner less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Robben wrapped it up with two goals in the final five minutes.

The Germany international was withdrawn early during Bayern&#39;s 6-0 DFB-Pokal victory and his manager has confirmed the problem
Muller suffers thigh injury in Paderborn thrashing
The Germany international was withdrawn early during Bayern's 6-0 DFB-Pokal victory and his manager has confirmed the problem
Bayern hit Paderborn for six in the DFB quarter finals on Tuesday with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoswki both on the scoresheet.
Bayern thrash Paderborn in DFB-Pokal
Bayern hit Paderborn for six in the DFB quarter finals on Tuesday with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoswki both on the scoresheet.
Bayern hit Paderborn for six in the DFB quarter finals on Tuesday with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoswki both on the scoresheet.
Bayern thrash Paderborn in DFB-Pokal
Bayern hit Paderborn for six in the DFB quarter finals on Tuesday with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoswki both on the scoresheet.
Bayern hit Paderborn for six in the DFB quarter finals on Tuesday with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoswki both on the scoresheet.
Bayern thrash Paderborn in DFB-Pokal
Bayern hit Paderborn for six in the DFB quarter finals on Tuesday with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoswki both on the scoresheet.
<p>U.S. men&#39;s national team forward Aron Johannsson has endured a rough couple of seasons with Werder Bremen, combating injuries and a lack of playing time, but he&#39;s fit again and featuring for the squad now and finally back on the scoreboard.</p><p>Johannsson scored in Bremen&#39;s DFB Pokal quarterfinal against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, chipping the goalkeeper in the seventh minute to double his sides early lead. Johannsson had last scored in any competition on Sept. 11, 2016, against Augsburg.</p><p>Bremen wound up blowing the lead, conceding four unanswered in a 4-2 extra-time loss to bow out of the competition, and Johannsson wound up being subbed off at halftime.</p><p>Johannsson, 27, has 19 caps and four goals for the USA in an international career that dates back to 2013 and includes a place at the 2014 World Cup, but he hasn&#39;t played for the national team since making an appearance off the bench in a September 2015 friendly against Brazil.</p>
WATCH: USA's Aron Johannsson Scores First Goal in Over a Year for Werder Bremen

U.S. men's national team forward Aron Johannsson has endured a rough couple of seasons with Werder Bremen, combating injuries and a lack of playing time, but he's fit again and featuring for the squad now and finally back on the scoreboard.

Johannsson scored in Bremen's DFB Pokal quarterfinal against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, chipping the goalkeeper in the seventh minute to double his sides early lead. Johannsson had last scored in any competition on Sept. 11, 2016, against Augsburg.

Bremen wound up blowing the lead, conceding four unanswered in a 4-2 extra-time loss to bow out of the competition, and Johannsson wound up being subbed off at halftime.

Johannsson, 27, has 19 caps and four goals for the USA in an international career that dates back to 2013 and includes a place at the 2014 World Cup, but he hasn't played for the national team since making an appearance off the bench in a September 2015 friendly against Brazil.

A dominant DFB-Pokal triumph kept alive Bayern Munich&#39;s hopes of a treble this season.
Paderborn 0 Bayern Munich 6: Heynckes' treble quest rolls on
A dominant DFB-Pokal triumph kept alive Bayern Munich's hopes of a treble this season.
<p>A place in the DFB Pokal semifinals is on the line when Paderborn hosts Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Tuesday.</p><p>Bayern has won the domestic cup competition a record 18 times and is seeking its fourth title in six years, but it will have to come away with a result on the road against an upstart opponent in order to keep its hopes of another trophy alive. </p><p>Paderborn currently leads Germany&#39;s third-tier 3. Liga and has achieved wins over St. Pauli, Bochum and Ingolstadt in its unlikely run to the quarterfinals. Naturally, a fourth straight triumph and one over Bayern would be its biggest shock yet. </p><p>Here&#39;s how to watch the match:</p><p><strong>Time</strong>: 12:30 p.m. ET</p><p><strong>TV</strong>: ESPN Deportes</p><p><strong>Live Stream</strong>: You can watch the match <a href="http://www.espn.com/watch/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:via WatchESPN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">via WatchESPN</a>.</p>
How to Watch Paderborn vs. Bayern Munich: DFB Pokal Live Stream, TV Channel

A place in the DFB Pokal semifinals is on the line when Paderborn hosts Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Bayern has won the domestic cup competition a record 18 times and is seeking its fourth title in six years, but it will have to come away with a result on the road against an upstart opponent in order to keep its hopes of another trophy alive.

Paderborn currently leads Germany's third-tier 3. Liga and has achieved wins over St. Pauli, Bochum and Ingolstadt in its unlikely run to the quarterfinals. Naturally, a fourth straight triumph and one over Bayern would be its biggest shock yet.

Here's how to watch the match:

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: You can watch the match via WatchESPN.

Jupp Heynckes confirms that Jerome Boateng will miss Bayern Munich&#39;s DFB Pokal quarter final tie against Paderborn on Tuesday due to illness.
Heynckes confirms Boateng will miss Paderborn tie with illness
Jupp Heynckes confirms that Jerome Boateng will miss Bayern Munich's DFB Pokal quarter final tie against Paderborn on Tuesday due to illness.
Jupp Heynckes confirms that Jerome Boateng will miss Bayern Munich&#39;s DFB Pokal quarter final tie against Paderborn on Tuesday due to illness.
Heynckes confirms Boateng will miss Paderborn tie with illness
Jupp Heynckes confirms that Jerome Boateng will miss Bayern Munich's DFB Pokal quarter final tie against Paderborn on Tuesday due to illness.
Jupp Heynckes confirms that Jerome Boateng will miss Bayern Munich&#39;s DFB Pokal quarter final tie against Paderborn on Tuesday due to illness.
Heynckes confirms Boateng will miss Paderborn tie with illness
Jupp Heynckes confirms that Jerome Boateng will miss Bayern Munich's DFB Pokal quarter final tie against Paderborn on Tuesday due to illness.
Jupp Heynckes reveals he spent much of Sunday watching Paderborn&#39;s recent games, in order to prepare for Bayern Munich&#39;s DFB-Pokal quarter-final game on Tuesday.
Gym, music and football - Heynckes describes his perfect Sunday
Jupp Heynckes reveals he spent much of Sunday watching Paderborn's recent games, in order to prepare for Bayern Munich's DFB-Pokal quarter-final game on Tuesday.
Jupp Heynckes reveals he spent much of Sunday watching Paderborn&#39;s recent games, in order to prepare for Bayern Munich&#39;s DFB-Pokal quarter-final game on Tuesday.
Gym, music and football - Heynckes describes his perfect Sunday
Jupp Heynckes reveals he spent much of Sunday watching Paderborn's recent games, in order to prepare for Bayern Munich's DFB-Pokal quarter-final game on Tuesday.
Jupp Heynckes reveals he spent much of Sunday watching Paderborn&#39;s recent games, in order to prepare for Bayern Munich&#39;s DFB-Pokal quarter-final game on Tuesday.
Gym, music and football - Heynckes describes his perfect Sunday
Jupp Heynckes reveals he spent much of Sunday watching Paderborn's recent games, in order to prepare for Bayern Munich's DFB-Pokal quarter-final game on Tuesday.
When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the &#39;Cod Army&#39; he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. &quot;They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues,&quot; said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl&#39;s father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football&#39;s lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”
Markus Schwabl: 'I had to Google Fleetwood Town when I was asked to come here'
When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the 'Cod Army' he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. "They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues," said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl's father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football's lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”
When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the &#39;Cod Army&#39; he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. &quot;They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues,&quot; said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl&#39;s father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football&#39;s lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”
Markus Schwabl: 'I had to Google Fleetwood Town when I was asked to come here'
When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the 'Cod Army' he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. "They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues," said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl's father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football's lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”
When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the &#39;Cod Army&#39; he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. &quot;They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues,&quot; said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl&#39;s father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football&#39;s lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”
Markus Schwabl: 'I had to Google Fleetwood Town when I was asked to come here'
When Fleetwood Town’s German midfielder Markus Schwabl was asked to join the 'Cod Army' he knew so little of the club he rushed to the internet to study its history. Should he and his team mates win at Leicester City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay he will be enshrining his place in it. Midfielder Schwabl, once of 1860 Munich, was convinced to make the move by compatriot Uwe Rosler. Fleetwood manager Rosler was a colleague of Schwabl’s father, ex-West German international Manfred, at Nurnberg in the early 90s. "They had not spoken much in 30 years but Uwe followed my career in the German leagues," said Schwabl. The transition from his picture postcard home town of Tegernsee just outside Munich to the blustery north west coast has been a culture shock. “To be honest I had never heard of Fleetwood when I was asked to sign around this time last year. I had to Google it,” says Schwabl. “As soon as I got here Steve Curwood (the club’s chief executive) took me on a two-hour tour, not just of the training ground and the club but of the whole area. We went all around, to Blackpool and around Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler played with Schwabl's father in Germany Credit: Getty images “My first impressions were very positive. I have spent most of my life in an area near Munich where there are many lakes. Maybe I like living near the water, but the only problem here is the weather. I am not used to the wind and rain so much. It was a big change but I like it.” A player representing a club whose existence he was previously unaware of will doubtless stir the blood of the cup romanticists craving another shock at the King Power Stadium. Rosler’s reputation as a progressive coach, allied to the evolution of a young squad, ensures that despite last season’s disappointment of losing in the play-off semi-final, the ex-Bundesliga player believes Fleetwood can continue their rise up the divisions since their Jamie Vardy-inspired promotion from the National League in 2012. “When I came to see the club I thought the stadium and the training ground was good, and it was a young team and interesting,” said Schawbl, once a right-back but now in midfield where he jokes ‘you need someone to smash a few people’. “The main point was Uwe explained how he wanted to play football and he had a young side he wanted to develop. That was most important to me. It was not a team already born, but something he can grow. That convinced me.” English cup football has also been a readjustment for Schwabl, who after a brief stint in the Bundesliga spent most of his career in German football's lower divisions. “I played some second and third round cup games in Germany, but you can not compare it to the FA Cup – especially not when you are going to play a side like Leicester. The whole atmosphere around the FA Cup is much different to the DFB – Pokal (German Cup). The FA Cup rates higher. I have watched English football all my life, although German TV tends to focus on the Premier League more than the FA Cup. Fleetwood Town still believe they can go through Credit: Getty images “But every footballer in Germany knows how important the FA Cup is and how important it to English fans. We all know the history and how special it is. “This is definitely one of the biggest games I have been involved with, along with the play-off games with Brentford last season.” After a valiant draw in their first meeting, Fleetwood face Claude Puel’s side in encouraging form. A 2-1 weekend win at Southend was Rosler’s side’s fourth successive away win in League One. There is no sense of Rosler’s side feeling they missed their chance in their first meeting. “We 100 per cent believe we can win. If we did not think this we would stay at home,” said Schwabl. “After the first game the supporters felt we had a real chance to move to the next round. You never know what can happen. Everyone thinks we have a chance so we go to Leicester with confidence, although we know how difficult it is. We are going there to get a result and put them under pressure. We have nothing to lose so it is a comfortable position for us. “We do not have the pressure to run the game. One of our biggest strengths is counter-attack.”
(From L) Bayern Munich&#39;s Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich&#39;s Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich&#39;s Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Tobias Hase)
(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017
(From L) Bayern Munich's Niklas Suele, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Franck Ribery react at the end of their German Cup DFB Pokal match against Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, on December 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Tobias Hase)
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