All you need to know ahead of the Wolves’ Bundesliga match at home to Arminia Bielefeld.
It has been a while since the Green-and-Whites have got to face newly promoted Bielefeld, who will be the visitors to the Volkswagen Arena on Sunday at 15:30 CET. Nevertheless, VfL have still faced Arminia more often than the likes of FC Augsburg, with 24 meetings between the two clubs in the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the second division. Arminia have won six of those, another half-a-dozen were draws, leaving 12 victories for VfL to look back fondly on.
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The last two matches against Arminia were memorable ones from a VfL point of view. When the team won the Bundesliga in 2008/09, they secured a 3-0 win in Bielefeld en route to the title.
The most recent meeting between the two clubs was in 2015, with VfL winning 4-0 in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup which they then went on to win. Two players from back then are still with the club, namely Josuha Guilavogui and Maximilian Arnold.
VfL’s first ever goal against Bielefeld came back in August 1974, when Manfred Mattes scored for Imre Farkaszinski’s side in the 77th minute in a 1-1 draw.
The Green-and-Whites got their first win over DSC some 23 years later. After going six matches in Bundesliga 2 without getting the better of Arminia, they finally ground out a 2-0 win in October 1997 courtesy of goals from Dragan Stevanovic and Frank Greiner.
With their latest promotion, Bielefeld have drawn level with 1. FC Nürnberg in terms of the record number of returns to the top flight (eight each).
Although he has gone on to become part of the furniture in Bielefeld, Fabian Klos was born in Gifhorn and spent two years playing for the Wolves’ reserve team.