Written by Alex Day, CNN
A group of five Bayern Munich fans took home the first cup haul in the Munich club’s long history as they scooped up five Bundesliga trophies with their supporters club, DFB-Pokal.
They lifted the cup for the second consecutive year by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in a match at Bayern’s Allianz Arena on Saturday.
During the match, three fans were struck by lightning in the grounds which forced the match to be abandoned before the completion of the match.
Bayern has been part of DFB-Pokal for 82 years, but is the first time this year that five supporters won all five trophies.
The slogan “FC Bayern Disentanglement” was displayed on banners throughout the grounds on Saturday, reflecting the club’s dropping grip on the Bundesliga table.
The “disentanglement” was further underscored by the result of a poll published on Tuesday by bookmaker Betfred, which showed that two thirds of people in Germany supported the BDS.
Initiated in 1883, the BDS is a “club of fanhood active citizens from all over Germany who wish to defend Bayern Munich’s sporting autonomy” according to its website.
Since 1947, all successful Bundesliga teams have been DFB-Pokal members, including Bayern, which has dominated German football for the last 25 years.
According to the BDS, more than 110,000 people have attended its events and 2,500 have been members of the club.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard and Arjen Robben’s goals got current leader D.C. United on the winning path in the US Open Cup on Wednesday, but the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, meaning a playoff will be needed for the trophy.
The Belgian internationals’ two goals were the difference as D.C. United defeated Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1. The sides battled back and forth in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,500 fans at Maryland’s Audi Field, before both teams scored a late goal.
While in football, it’s now known as “calabasas,” in basketball, the same term refers to a large construction project in Southern California where the team’s home court, the Forum, is being redeveloped.
This changes not only its city reputation — a California-based construction site was in Los Angeles — but the city’s own basketball tournament, The Pauley Pavilion, which was named after its former owner, the late Walt Disney, who died in 1966.