Bayern Munich begin the defence of their trophy at Carl Zeiss Jena on Friday August 19. Borussia Dortmund travel to fourth division outsiders Eintracht Trier on Monday August 22.

Mark Zimmermann's side finished seventh in their division last season, and should play to a packed house of 18,500 on Friday.

Now Jena have invited the Welsh to play them in Germany to help mark their 110th anniversary and rekindle the friendship between the clubs.

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The club's link with Jena was forged when the teams met in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1981.

The team also won the Thuringia Cup in 1993. The latter allowed the club qualification to the 1993–94 DFB-Pokal where it lost 2–0 to Bayern Munich.

"Going to Carl Zeiss Jena will bring back so many memories," said County director of football Tim Harries.

Newport earned a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Jena in 1981, but a 1-0 defeat at Somerton Park in the second leg saw the German team advance to the semi final.

"I was in Jena in 1980, it wasn't good," the Italian told reporters at a press conference in Munich on Thursday. "The defeat is unforgettable. There are defeats in a career which linger and when I hear 'Jena' I remember everything. I'm looking forward to going back there after 36 years."

"This is quite a special game for us and for our fans. It is something very emotional."

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In 1933, 1. SV Jena joined the Gauliga Mitte, one of 16 top-flight divisions formed in the reorganization of German football under the Third Reich. The team captured division titles in 1935, 1936, 1940, and 1941. This earned Jena entry to the national finals, but they performed poorly and were never able to advance out of preliminary-round group play. After the 1943–44 season, the Gauliga Mitte broke up into a collection of city-based leagues as World War II overtook the area.

Another notable player is former Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke, who started his career at the club and then went on to play for clubs such as Hannover 96, FC Barcelona and S.L. Benfica.

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The club was founded in May 1903 by workers at the Carl Zeiss AG optics factory as the company-sponsored Fussball-Club der Firma Carl Zeiss. The club underwent name changes in 1911 to Fussball Club Carl Zeiss Jena e.V. and in March 1917 to 1. Sportverein Jena e.V.

Manager Justin Edinburgh guided Newport back into the Football League for the first time since 1988 with a 2-0 win over Wrexham at Wembley on 6 May.

The club's reserve team, FC Carl Zeiss Jena II, currently plays in the tier five NOFV-Oberliga Süd. It first played at this level from 1994 to 1999, and again since 2006 with a third place in 1996 and 2010 as its best results.[8][11]

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The clubs last met in the quarter final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1981 when Jena won 3-2 on aggregate.

Newport return to the Football League after a 25-year absence next season after winning the Conference play-off.

Ancelotti ruled out further signings as his side prepares to kick off the Bundesliga season at home to Werder Bremen on August 26.

The club was relegated from the 3. Liga in 2012 at has been playing in the tier four Regionalliga Nordost as an upper table side, finishing second in 2013 and third in 2014.

At that time Newport County were Welsh Cup holders and were in the old Division Three of the Football League.

FCC sent 33 players to the DDR (East German) national side.

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In the immediate aftermath of the war, associations of all types (including sports and football clubs) were banned in Germany by the occupying Allied authorities. Jena was reconstituted in June 1946 as SG Ernst Abbe Jena and, like many other clubs in East Germany, would undergo a number of name changes: SG Stadion Jena (October 1948), SG Carl Zeiss Jena (March 1949), BSG Mechanik Jena (January 1951), BSG Motor Jena (May 1951) and SC Motor Jena (November 1954).

"It's a special game because the opponents are special. This is the dream draw - an absolute highlight," the Jena coach said. "We must not be afraid of their world-class players; the guys have confidence in themselves."

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Robert Lewandowski was red hot against lower-league Carl Zeiss Jena in the first round match, bagging his hat trick before the half time whistle in a 5-0 romp. In the other matches, Augsburg and St. Pauli avoided upsets.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena is a German football club based in Jena, Thuringia.

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American defender, Brian Bliss, played at the club from 1992–1996 and received regular calls to the United States men's national soccer team. He went on to play for MLS side Columbus Crew SC and would later serve as technical director in the club's front office.

By the mid-1970s the club had become one of the dominant forces in the Oberliga, the top flight in the former East Germany. But the pinnacle of Jena's glory years was the 1980-81 season when they reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, losing 2-1 to Dinamo Tbilisi in Düsseldorf.

German Cup holders Bayern were 3-0 up at half-time before Lewandowski set up Arturo Vidal for their fourth.