Facts and statistics regarding the second round of the DFB Cup
With four rounds left until the final in Berlin, 32 of the 63 teams that started in the DFB Cup 2015/16 are left. The second round will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday. DFB.de have gathered all the important facts ahead of the fixtures.
Schedule: On both Tuesday and Wednesday, four games will kick off at 19:00 CET, and four at 20:30 CET.
TV: All games will be shown live on Sky Deutschland. On free TV in Germany, Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg at 20:30 will be live on ARD on Tuesday, and at the same time on Wednesday, they will show Schalke against Gladbach.
Teams involved: 15 of the 18 Bundesliga teams have managed to progress to the next round. Five 2. Bundesliga teams join these 15 in the second round and Erzgebirge Aue are the only team from the third division to have made it. Meanwhile, Viktoria Köln, SpVgg Unterhaching and Carl Zeiss Jena from the Regionalliga have progressed, along with Oberliga side SSV Reutlingen.
Goalscorers: Before this round of the cup, perhaps one of the most talked about people was Guiseppe Ricciardi, the defensive midfielder from SSV Reutlingen, who scored a hat-trick in the match against Karlsruher, which granted his team entry to this round. Anthony Modeste of Köln and Simon Terodde of VfL Bochum also both scored hat-tricks in their previous cup games. Nils Petersen, however, went one better than the rest, the striker from Freiburg scoring four goals in a 5-0 win over HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst. Sven Schipplock and Stefan Kießling were joint top goalscorers in the competition last season, netting six times each. The all-time top goalscorer is, of course, Gerd Müller. Who else could it have been? The Bomber scored an incredible 78 goals in 62 cup matches. Claudio Pizarro of Werder Bremen is the player with the most goals who is still active, with 28 goals.
Fixtures: In the sixteen upcoming games, four will be all-Bundesliga battles. The title holders Wolfsburg face Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach travel to Schalke, Werder Bremen host Köln and Darmstadt meet Hannover. Four Bundesliga teams have been drawn against second Bundesliga teams; FSV Frankfurt against Hertha, Mainz against 1860 Munich, Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn and Freiburg against Augsburg. Bayer Leverkusen and Viktoria Köln will play in what promises to be an explosive mini-Rhine derby. Two teams from Baden-Württemburg, SV Sandhausen and Heidenheim will battle it out for entry to the quarter-finals. In second division duels, Nürnberg face Fortuna Düsseldorf and Kaiserslautern face VfL Bochum. In other fixtures, Erzgebirge Aue play Eintracht Frankfurt, Carl Zeiss Jena play VfB Stuttgart and SpVgg Unterhaching face RB Leipzig.
Draw: The second round is about to be played, but already, the quarter-finals are casting their shadow. The games will be played on the 15th and 16th December. On Sunday 1st November, the draw will be made.
Title holders: VfL Wolfsburg beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the final of last year’s DFB Cup. Aubameyang put Dortmund into the lead, but goals from Luiz Gustavo, Kevin De Bruyne and Bas Dost won the Wolves their first ever domestic cup.
Bundesliga bogey team: Last year, Hertha, Werder and Gladbach all suffered surprise defeats to third division team Arminia Bielefeld, as they became a dreaded team of the whole Bundesliga. They, however, were defeated 4-0 by Wolfsburg in the semi-final. Will Carl Zeiss Jena play that role in this campaign? After the sensational 3-2 victory over Hamburg, they now come up against three-time cup winners VfB Stuttgart…
Average age: The average age of the players involved in the first round of the cup was 25.3. The youngest team fielded was that of SpVgg Unterhaching, with their average team age against Ingolstadt was 22.2. Both Augsburg and Paderborn have the oldest teams left in the competition, with the squad being an average of 27.9 years of age.
Market value: The undisputed and unsurprising leader in this field is Bayern Munich, according to the values on transfermarkt.de. The average value of a first team player is €27.05 million, although, against Nöttingen, the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Xabi Alonso were on the bench. In comparison, the likes of SSV Reutlingen don’t have one player listed on the values website.
Prize money: When the second round of the DFB Cup kicks off, alongside the magnitude of the fixtures, an opportunity for lucrative revenue will be a huge point of interest. Especially for the amateur clubs involved, the commercial interest in the competition is a true financial blessing. In the first round, 64 teams enjoyed an intake of €140,000. The 32 teams in the second round will now enjoy a further €268,000. DFB are awarding €527,000 to every team that makes it to the last 16 of the competition. The prize money for the quarter finals (1,041,000) and for the semi finals (2,073,000) will exceed the million Euro mark. The exact amounts to be awarded to the two finalists on the 21st May in Berlin’s Olympic stadium have not yet been decided upon.
Cup finalists meet again: Of the 16 encounters in the second round of the cup, two are a repeat fixture of previous finals. SV Werder Bremen and 1. FC Köln came head to head on the 22nd June 1991 in the Olympic stadium in Berlin for that year’s final. In a dramatic encounter, Werder Bremen took the lead through Dieter Eilts before Maurice Banach equalised for the Billy Goats of Cologne. After 120 minutes there was still nothing to separate the two sides, and a penalty shootout was called upon to decide the outcome. After the likes of Pierre Littbarski and Klaus Allofs had missed their penalties, Uli Borowka stepped up to score the deciding penalty and secure the Werder victory.
A good 30 years before this, in the final between 1. FC Nuremberg and Fortuna Düsseldorf on the 29th August 1962, Nuremberg came out on top after extra time. After goals from Düsseldorf’s Franz-Josef Wolfframm and Nuremberg’s Kurt Haseneder in regulation time, Tasso Wild scored the winner three minutes into extra time.
Goals: In the first round of the 2015/16 DFB Cup, the 64 teams were not as hungry for goals as in last season’s. The first round saw a total of 92 goals, with an additional 24 goals coming in four different penalty shootouts. Only last year, there were 113 goals plus 53 in penalty shootouts. Whether this trend will continue in the next round remains to be seen. In the 2014/15 season, the fans celebrated 43 goals in total in the second round, with an extra 23 penalty shootout goals.
On a roll: Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg have both made it to the semi finals every year since 2013, which means when last year’s finalists go head-to-head on Tuesday, one of the runs must come to an end, the question is: Whose; will it be the cup holders’ or the record holders’.
European qualification: Up until the 2014/15 season, the runners up of the competition still had the chance to qualify for the Europa League, if the winners had already qualified through their position in the league. This has now been changed for the current season by UEFA. From now on, the team in seventh place in the Bundesliga will qualify for the Europa League, granted the cup winners are already qualified. The runners up of the competition will therefore leave empty handed. Incidentally, the DFB Cup finalists have never been able to reach the final of the UEFA Cup or the Europa League.
Winners: Of the 32 clubs in the second round, 15 have previously won the DFB-Cup. The undisputed record holders are Bayern München, who have won the cup 17 times. In second place are SV Werder Bremen with 6 titles. The other DFB-Cup winners still in the competition are FC Schalke 04 with 5, 1. FC Köln, 1. FC Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt all with 4), Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach with three each, 1.FC Kaiserslautern, Fortuna Düsseldorf and TSV 1860 München on 2, as well as Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover 96, and the current holders VfL Wolfsburg all with one cup title to their names.