DFB Cup: 63 of the 64 teams now known
63 of the 64 teams are now certain, so the starting field is almost complete for the DFB Cup, with the first round beginning after Germany’s friendly against the USA on 10th June. Oberliga side FSV Salmrohr booked their place in the first round of the DFB Cup with victory over Burgbrohl in the Rhineland Cup final on 3rd June, winning 6-4 on penalties. DFB.de introduces you to the teams vying for cup glory.
How does qualification work? As well as the professional clubs from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, the top four teams from the third division are also awarded places in the DFB Cup. The line-up is completed by the 21 regional cup winners. Special provisions are, however, applied in Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Westphalia.
Due to the particular set-up of the competition, there can sometimes be big and small special cases. For example, VfB Lübeck from Schleswig-Holstein qualified for the DFB Cup. The reason for this is that Holstein Kiel finished in the top four of the third division, and made it to the Schleswig-Holstein Cup final, so Lübeck now find themselves in the first round.
In Lower Saxony, both finalists normally qualify for the DFB Cup because of the size of the association. For that reason SV Meppen as well as VfL Osnabrück had already secured their tickets to the first round of the DFB Cup, even before Osnabrück won the shootout 5-4 on 13th May.
There is only one final result still pending. The Schleswig-Holstein Cup final was meant to take place between VfB Lübeck and Holstein Kiel on 29th May, with both teams already qualified for the DFB Cup. Kiel, however, qualified for the promotion playoffs to the 2. Bundesliga, and so the cup final was postponed, with a new date yet to be confirmed. The last participant for the DFB Cup will therefore be sourced from the Oberliga Westphalia. Current leaders TuS Erndtebrück need one more win to earn promotion to the Regionalliga West and, with that, their place in the DFB Cup. Erndtebrück play their final game against Westfalia Herne on Sunday, and then the list of participating teams in the DFB Cup 2015/2016 will be complete. The lowest-ranked sides come from as low as the fifth tier.
Confirmed first-round participants:
Bundesliga: FC Bayern München, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Augsburg, FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt, SV Werder Bremen, 1. FSV Mainz 05, 1. FC Köln, Hannover 96, VfB Stuttgart, Hertha BSC Berlin, Hamburger SV, FC Ingolstadt*, SV Darmstadt 98*
2. Bundesliga: SC Freiburg*, SC Paderborn*, Karlsruher SC, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, RB Leipzig, Eintracht Braunschweig, 1. FC Union Berlin, 1. FC Heidenheim, 1. FC Nürnberg, Fortuna Düsseldorf, VfL Bochum, SV Sandhausen, FSV Frankfurt, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, FC St. Pauli, TSV 1860 München, Arminia Bielefeld*, MSV Duisburg*
Third division: Erzgebirge Aue*, VfR Aalen*, Holstein Kiel, Stuttgarter Kickers, Energie Cottbus (Brandenburg Cup winners), VfL Osnabrück (Lower Saxony Cup winners), Hallescher FC (Sachsen-Anhalt Cup winners), Hansa Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Cup winners), Chemnitzer FC (Saxony Cup winners), Kickers Würzburg* (best amateur club in Bavaria Regionalliga)
Regionalliga: SpVgg Unterhaching* (Bavaria Cup winners), VfB Lübeck (Schleswig-Holstein Cup finalist), SV Meppen (Lower Saxony Cup finalist), Sportfreunde Lotte (Westphalia Cup winners), Viktoria Köln (Middle Rhine Cup winners), Rot-Weiss Essen (Lower Rhine Cup winners), FK Pirmasens ((South West Cup winners), Hessen Kassel (Hesse Cup winners), SV Elversberg (Saarland Cup winners), FC Carl Zeiss Jena (Thuringia Cup winners), BFC Dynamo (Berlin Cup winners), Bahlinger SC* (South Baden Cup winners)
Oberliga: FC Nöttingen* (Baden Cup winners), SSV Reutlingen (Württemberg Cup winners), HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst (Hamburg Cup winners), Bremer SV** (Bremen Cup winners), FSV Salmrohr (Rhineland Cup winners)
* teams grouped based on the division they will compete in during 2015/16 season
** could still earn promotion to the Regionalliga