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Founded by Adolf Hitler in 1938 as Stadt des KdF-Wagens bei Fallersleben (KdF Car City in Fallersleben), Wolfsburg acquired its current name just after World War II. A city of industrial conception that since its birth has lived around Volkswagen. The well-known automotive brand is in fact the owner of its football club, one of the few teams that has managed to discuss the hegemony of Bayern and Dortmund during the last times. In 2009, Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga under the legendary Felix Magath.

Los Lobos take flight after two seasons in which they flirted with relegation, 16-17 (playoff not to go down) and 17-18. The Austrian coach Oliver Glasner managed last season to return him to the Champions League, which is now enjoyed by another coach, Mark van Bommel. Four wins, two losses and two draws, one of them on the first day of this group G against Lille, adorn the Dutchman’s remarkable start on the Low-Saxon bench, although they have not won in the last two games of their league.

A needy Seville gets hooked on that bad streak (follow today’s game live on As.com). It could be worse the setback of the first day against Red Bull Salzburg, at Sánchez Pizjuán with three penalties against and the expulsion of En-Nesyri. Sevilla kept at least the draw but lost the Moroccan striker, injured anyway against Espanyol last Saturday. Rafa Mir will play at the top, silver medal in Tokyo and double-scorer in the not too many minutes he has played so far.

It is presumed that Lopetegui will bet on the physical against a team of athletes and giants crowned by Weghorst, a 1.97 tall Dutch striker. The hell of Germany is that, the intensity, more than an audience decimated today by the pandemic, around 13,000 of the 30,000 that fit into the Volkswagen Arena will enter. The Devil, this is how he celebrates the goals, is brought by Sevilla: Rafa Mir.

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