Munich - August 29, 1970 is a date etched indelibly in the Kickers Offenbach history books and one which their players are bound to hear plenty about as they prepare to face VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening (kick-off 20:30 CET).
On that day, the then-Regionalliga club caused one of the greatest upsets in DFB Cup history with a 2-1 victory over a legendary 1.FC Köln in the final in Hanover, clinching the only major trophy in their history.
After years of yo-yoing between the top three tiers of German football, they currently find themselves in the third flight plotting a repeat of that historic feat. Standing in their way of a place in the last four, however, are Wolfsburg, whose coach Dieter Hecking is planning on more than simply ending Offenbach's cup dreams.
"My team want to win the cup," he said. "That is our aim and we want to make that clear. We have a huge chance in the DFB Cup to win a title and that means we have to win every game, whether it’s against Offenbach, Bayern or Stuttgart."
It is no coincidence that Hecking names those three clubs in the same breath, however. While Bayern are arguably the side everybody wants to avoid in any competition these days, facing a potential banana-skin of a tie in a compact, third-division ground is no less of a challenge.
"These guys are certainly capable of causing concern, and they've shown that already this season in the cup," warned the leader of the Wolves' pack. "I don’t need to stress that this is their game of the year. I hope it’s our game of the year, though, since we want to go through and there are two more rounds."
Offenbach: Endres - Ahlschwede, Kleineheismann, Stadel, Stein - Feldhahn - Schwarz, Reinhardt, Fetsch, Bäcker - Vogler
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Hasebe, Naldo, Madlung, Schäfer - Polak, Josué - Olic, Diego, Vieirinha - Helmes