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Klose warns Bayern about Lautern’s cauldron

Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose has warned his younger team-mates to expect a baptism of fire at Kaiserslautern on Friday as the home side attempt to upstage their illustrious Bundesliga rivals.

Klose warns Bayern about Lautern's cauldron
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Kaiserslautern are back in the Bundesliga after a four-year absence and for Bayern’s youngsters Thomas Müller, Holger Badstuber and Diego Contento, this will be their first trip to the notorious Betzenberg stadium.

Known locally as the Betze, it is far more than just Kaiserslautern’s ground and the home fans amongst the capacity 48,500 supporters will be baying for Bayern’s blood.

“It’ll be very intimidating,” said Klose, who played for Kaiserslautern from 1999 to 2004. “The Friday evening matches are the best occasions at the Betze, and there’s a very fierce and long-term rivalry between the two sets of fans.”

He said he expected an immensely hostile reception.

“We’ll be playing against twelve men,” Klose said. “I’ve been telling the other players about it. I’m assuming the Betze will be seething.”

Bayern’s other big-name stars are also expecting fireworks.

“Their fans don’t like Bayern very much, and they support their team even more as a result,” said Bayern’s Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger.

“There’s a real edge to the fixture. And there’s something special about climbing the hill to get there.”

Kaiserslautern have received 130,000 ticket applications for the 48,500 available seats. Both sides began their Bundesliga campaign last weekend with a win on the opening day.

While defending champions Bayern left it late to beat Wolfsburg 2-1, Kaiserslautern inflicted a 3-1 defeat on 10-man Cologne to announce their arrival back into the Bundesliga after winning the second division.

Both sides are almost at full strength and Bayern coach Louis van Gaal may bring striker Ivica Olic, who has taken part in light training this week, off the bench as he recovers from a painful knee injury.

Defender Martin Demichelis remains out of the squad after his protest at being left out of the starting side against Wolfsburg.

Early league leaders Hoffenheim are at Bundesliga new boys St Pauli on Saturday night looking to build on their 4-1 hammering of Werder Bremen last weekend.

St Pauli pulled off a great escape last weekend in their opening Bundesliga match when they conceded a 78th-minute goal to go 1-0 down, only to stage a grandstand finish with three goals in eight minutes to win 3-1.

Fresh from their opening day defeat, Wolfsburg under new manager, former England coach Steve McClaren, host Mainz.

Wolfsburg are chasing the signature of Brazilian midfielder Diego from Juventus as they look to bolster their midfield and the deal is expected to be finalised on Friday.

Last season’s runners-up Schalke 04 are home to Hannover and will be without defender Benedikt Höwedes who was sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Hamburg for a

second yellow card.

Bremen, who earned a Champions League place with their 3-2 second-leg defeat at Sampdoria on Tuesday, are likely to hand a debut to Brazilian midfielder Wesley when they host Cologne.

Friday

Kaiserslautern v Bayern Munich

Saturday

Schalke 04 v Hannover 96

Werder Bremen v Cologne

VfL Wolfsburg v Mainz 05

Eintracht Frankfurt v Hamburg

Nuremberg v Freiburg

St. Pauli v 1899 Hoffenheim (late kick-off)

Sunday

Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia M’gladbach

VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund

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MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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