The start of the football season in Germany begins with the First Round fixtures of the DFB-Pokal, otherwise known as the German Cup. Defending Champions RB Leipzig have been drawn to Teutonia Ottensen. At the same time, Bayern Munich will tackle Viktoria Köln.
The German Cup consists of sixty-four teams, including all teams from the previous year’s Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. It is often considered the second most important football trophy in the country.
Bayern Munich is the most successful team in the DFB-Pokal, with twenty trophies. RB Leipzig won their first ever German Cup last season following the defeat of SC Freiburg on penalties.
RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich will contest the German Super Cup Final at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig. As a result, matches involving the two teams have been moved to the end of August.
DFB-Pokal 2022/23 First Round fixtures
TSG Neustrelitz vs Karlsruher SC Neustrelitz
- FC Kaan-Marienborn vs 1. FC Nürnberg
Dynamo Dresden vs VfB Stuttgart
1860 Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Munich
Viktoria Berlin vs VfL Bochum Berlin
SV Straelen vs FC St. Pauli Duisburg
SV Elversberg vs Bayer Leverkusen
Jahn Regensburg vs 1. FC Köln
FV Illertissen vs 1. FC Heidenheim Illertissen
VfB Lübeck vs Hansa Rostock Lübeck
SpVgg Bayreuth vs Hamburger SV Bayreuth
Einheit Wernigerode vs SC Paderborn
Stuttgarter Kickers vs Greuther Fürth
Kickers Offenbach vs Fortuna Düsseldorf
Carl Zeiss Jena vs VfL Wolfsburg
Schwarz-Weiß Rehden vs SV Sandhausen
Bremer SV vs Schalke 04
- FC Kaiserslautern vs SC Freiburg
SV Oberachern vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Blau-Weiß Lohne vs FC Augsburg
Schott Mainz vs Hannover 96
FV Engers vs Arminia Bielefeld
SV Rödinghausen vs 1899 Hoffenheim
Eintracht Braunschweig vs Hertha BSC
Erzgebirge Aue vs Mainz 05
Waldhof Mannheim vs Holstein Kiel
Chemnitzer FC vs Union Berlin
Energie Cottbus vs Werder Bremen
FC Ingolstadt vs Darmstadt 98
- FC Magdeburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt
30 August 2022
Teutonia Ottensen vs RB Leipzig
Viktoria Köln vs Bayern Munich
How important is the DFB-Pokal?
The DFB-Pokal is the traditional German trophy played across the country by clubs from different level. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
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