The hunt for the coveted DFB Pokal will kick off this weekend with 64 teams starting the contest. The competition permits clubs in lower and amateur leagues to compete against professional teams in both the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. The competition will be played starting Friday the 17th August through to August 20th, one week ahead of the Bundesliga's start of a new season.
For the past two years Borussia Dortmund has come out on top. Bayern Munich defeated Dortmund in the DFB Supercup, which matches the Bundesliga winner against the winner of the DFB Cup. Last season Dortmund took both as a result the second place club, Bayern Munich competed in the Super Cup.
The matchup for the DFB Cup is decided by a draw, by placing Bundesliga clubs in one pot, while the lower leagues are drawn from another pot. The amateur clubs get the home team advantage.
In the first round Bundesliga clubs are matched as follows:
17 Aug SV Wilhemshaven vs FC Augsburg
18 Aug FC Oberneuland vs Borussia Dortmund
18 Aug SV Falkensee-Finkenburg vs VFB Stuttgart
18 Aug SV Viktoria Hamburg vs SC Freiburg
18 Aug Alemannia Aachen vs Bourussia MoenchenGladbach
18 Aug Carl Zeiss Jena vs Bayer Leverkusen
18 Aug Berliner AK07 vs 1899 Hoffenheim
18 Aug FC Schoenenberg 95 vs VFL Wolfsburg
18 Aug Kickers Offenbach vs SpVgg Greuther Fuerth
19 Aug FC Noettingen vs Hanover 96
19 Aug Karlsruher SC vs Hamburger SV
19 Aug TV Havelse vs 1.FC Nuernberg
19 Aug 1. FC Saarbruecken vs Schalke 04
19 Aug FC Erzgebirge Aue vs Eintracht Frankfurt
19 Aug Preussen Muenster vs Werder Bremen
19 Aug Wacker Burghausesn vs Fortuna Duesseldorf
19 Aug SV Rosscheid/Verscheid vs Mainz 05
20 Aug SSV Jahn Regensburg vs Bayern Muenchen
For the complete schedule check DFB.de
In the past it has not been uncommon that Bundesliga clubs have been eliminated in the first round. What will the surprises be this year?
All games have to be decided with a winner. Should there be a draw after regulation time, two 15 minute halves will be added. Should there still be a draw the match will be decided with penalty kicks.