Lothar Matthäus exclusive: "When discussing Bayern’s rivals, you always start with Borussia Dortmund"

Der Klassiker
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Even this early in a Bundesliga campaign, it's rare when a Klassiker doesn't pit first against second. It's rarer still when neither Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund occupy the top two spots. 

But after eight matches of the new season, that's precisely what football fans will be treated to this weekend. Sunday's Klassiker sees third travel to face fourth at Dotmund's Westfalonstadion. Above Germany's footballing giants sit Union Berlin and Freiburg - first and second respectively. While neither minnow will harbour genuine hopes of ending Bayern's run of 10 consecutive league titles, they're proving irksome to the establishment. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.