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Full name DFB club cup
abbreviation Cup
Association DFB
First edition 1935 (as Tschammer Cup)
Teams 64
Game mode Knockout system
Title holder FC Bayern Munich
Record winner FC Bayern Munich  (20 wins)
Record player GermanyGermany Mirko Votava (79 games)
Record scorer GermanyGermany Gerd Müller (78 goals)
Current season 2019/20
Website www.dfb.de
Qualification for UEFA Europa League
DFL Supercup
Logo until 2009
Logo from 2009 to 2016

The DFB Cup (until 1943 Tschammer Cup ) is a registered since 1935 been football - cup competition for German club teams . It is organized annually by the German Football Association (DFB) and is the second most important title in national club football after the German championship . The winner of the DFB Cup is determined in the knockout system .

For the first main round, 18 clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga are qualified as well as the first four teams from the 3rd division at the end of the preseason. There are also 24 teams from the lower leagues, usually the association cup winners . The pairings are publicly drawn before each round. Teams that play below the 2nd Bundesliga receive home rights for games against higher-class opponents. The final of the DFB Cup has been held in Berlin's Olympic Stadium since 1985 .

The 2019/20 season saw the 77th edition of the competition, which FC Bayern Munich won for the 20th time. The title defended the double of championship and cup and won it for the 13th time.


year Tschammer Cup winner
1935 1. FC Nuremberg
1936 VfB Leipzig
1937 FC Schalke 04
1938 SK Rapid Vienna
1939 1. FC Nuremberg  (2)
1940 Dresdner SC
1941 Dresdner SC  (2)
1942 TSV 1860 Munich
1943 First Vienna FC
season DFB Cup winner
1952/53 Red and white food
1953/54 VfB Stuttgart
1954/55 Karlsruher SC
1956 Karlsruher SC  (2)
1957 FC Bayern Munich
1958 VfB Stuttgart  (2)
1959 Black and white food
1960 Borussia M. Gladbach
1961 Werder Bremen
1962 1. FC Nuremberg  (3)
1963 Hamburger SV
1963/64 TSV 1860 Munich  (2)
1964/65 Borussia Dortmund
1965/66 FC Bayern Munich  (2)
1966/67 FC Bayern Munich  (3)
1967/68 1. FC Cologne
1968/69 FC Bayern Munich  (4)
1969/70 Kickers Offenbach
1970/71 FC Bayern Munich  (5)
1971/72 FC Schalke 04  (2)
1972/73 Borussia Moenchengladbach  (2)
1973/74 Eintracht Frankfurt
1974/75 Eintracht Frankfurt  (2)
1975/76 Hamburger SV  (2)
1976/77 1. FC Cologne  (2)
1977/78 1. FC Cologne  (3)
1978/79 Fortuna Dusseldorf
1979/80 Fortuna Dusseldorf  (2)
1980/81 Eintracht Frankfurt  (3)
1981/82 FC Bayern Munich  (6)
1982/83 1. FC Cologne  (4)
1983/84 FC Bayern Munich  (7)
1984/85 Bayer 05 Uerdingen
1985/86 FC Bayern Munich  (8)
1986/87 Hamburger SV  (3)
1987/88 Eintracht Frankfurt  (4)
1988/89 Borussia Dortmund  (2)
1989/90 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1990/91 Werder Bremen  (2)
1991/92 Hannover 96
1992/93 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1993/94 Werder Bremen  (3)
1994/95 Borussia Moenchengladbach  (3)
1995/96 1. FC Kaiserslautern  (2)
1996/97 VfB Stuttgart  (3)
1997/98 FC Bayern Munich  (9)
1998/99 Werder Bremen  (4)
1999/00 FC Bayern Munich  (10)
2000/01 FC Schalke 04  (3)
2001/02 FC Schalke 04  (4)
2002/03 FC Bayern Munich  (11)
2003/04 Werder Bremen  (5)
2004/05 FC Bayern Munich  (12)
2005/06 FC Bayern Munich  (13)
2006/07 1. FC Nuremberg  (4)
2007/08 FC Bayern Munich  (14)
2008/09 Werder Bremen  (6)
2009/10 FC Bayern Munich  (15)
2010/11 FC Schalke 04  (5)
2011/12 Borussia Dortmund  (3)
2012/13 FC Bayern Munich  (16)
2013/14 FC Bayern Munich  (17)
2014/15 VfL Wolfsburg
2015/16 FC Bayern Munich  (18)
2016/17 Borussia Dortmund  (4)
2017/18 Eintracht Frankfurt  (5)
2018/19 FC Bayern Munich  (19)
2019/20 FC Bayern Munich  (20)

Tschammer Cup

Predecessor of today's German Cup as domestic cup competition in the German football was the 1935 inaugural German Association Cup Championship , in June 1936 - after the then Reich sports leader , initiator of the competition and founder of the trophy, Hans von Tschammer and east - the name of Tschammer Cup received and was popularly referred to as the Tschammerpokal . The model was English football with its annual cup final , which has been played since 1872. The cup was designed as a challenge cup and should go into the final possession of the club, which wins it for the first time three times in a row or four times in total.

More than 4,000 teams took part in the first Tschammer Cup, which was played on January 6, 1935. For the clubs playing in Gauliga and district class (the highest division of those years), participation was compulsory. The other clubs of the Reich Office for Football were free to participate. The teams first played in preliminary, intermediate and main round matches to participate in the final round, in which the best 64 clubs took part. Most of the Gauligists only had to intervene in the competition in the main round. The first favorite scare in German cup history was the district league team Berolina Berlin , who defeated the Gauligaklubs SC Victoria Hamburg and Vorwärts-Rasensport Gleiwitz and only lost the round of 16 against FC Hanau 93 , who played in the Gauliga Hessen . The spectators attended the preliminary round games cautiously; from the quarter-finals onwards, the stadiums filled satisfactorily.

On December 8, 1935, the first final of the German club cup was played in front of 60,000 spectators in the sold-out Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf : FC Schalke 04 (previous year's champions ) played against the then record champions 1. FC Nürnberg. Nuremberg won the game 2-0. Schalke were also in the final in the following two years; they achieved their first victory on the third attempt. After failing at VfB Leipzig the year before, Schalke was able to win the cup for the first time in January 1938 by defeating Fortuna Düsseldorf . The club was also the first - and for a long time only - to win the championship and cup double .

After Austria was annexed to the German Reich (March 1938), the Austrian championship and cup clubs were transferred to German gaming operations. SK Rapid Wien showed its potential in its first year : it defeated FSV Frankfurt 3-1 on January 8, 1939 in the sold-out Berlin Olympic Stadium . This was the last cup final before World War II . After 1. FC Nürnberg won the cup again the following year, the Dresdner SC around national player Helmut Schön was the first team to defend its title in 1941. The Tschammerpokal was awarded for the last time in 1943 to a "Greater German Football Cup winner": The winner was Vienna , which defeated the Luftwaffe-Sportverein Hamburg in the Stuttgart Adolf-Hitler-Kampfbahn - today's Mercedes-Benz Arena - 3-2 after extra time. Because of the Second World War, it was the last cup final until 1953.

Reintroduction as the DFB Cup after the Second World War

After the Second World War, there was no single-track Bundesliga as the top division until autumn 1963. Other competitions therefore had more weight.

In 1952 the German Football Association (DFB) brought the club cup back to life. The designation DFB club cup was common until the 1980s - to distinguish it from the national cup . In the meantime, the short form DFB-Pokal has prevailed. The Tschammer-Pokal served as a trophy until 1964, in which the swastika previously applied was replaced by a plate with DFB symbols. In the first years of the new cup competition, the national finals were preceded by the cup competitions of the regional associations, i.e. the Berlin Cup , North German Cup, South German Cup , South West German Cup and West German Cup. In some cases, the participants in the final of the German championship and the German amateur champions also qualified for the final of the DFB Cup.

The first winner of the post-war club cup was Rot-Weiss Essen around world champion Helmut Rahn , who defeated Alemannia Aachen 2-1 in the final in Düsseldorf.

From 1956 to 1963, the competition was held within one calendar year. In the 1956 Cup , only the final took place in the second half of the year. Until 1963, all national main rounds took place in the second half of the calendar year. From 1963/64, the competition was reintegrated into the football season, which was not necessarily a separate DFB decision. In fact, for the first time of the season, UEFA demanded that the member associations register their champions and cup winners for participation in the European Cup competitions by June 24th at the latest. This was discussed in the specialist press in the spring of 1963 and it was unanimously concluded that the cup had to be organized differently now.

In the eleven years from the revival of the German club cup to the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, a total of nine different teams became cup winners. Two teams managed to win the title twice in these years: Karlsruher SC (1955 and 1956) and VfB Stuttgart (1954 and 1958). It was also during this time that today's record winners FC Bayern Munich won their first cup, which was still very surprising at the time.

Schwarz-Weiß Essen 's victory in the DFB Cup in 1959 was a big surprise. The Esseners, who had only been promoted from the 2nd division to the Oberliga West in the 1959/60 season , beat Hamburger SV 2-1 after extra time in the semifinals in December. They won the final, which took place on December 27, 1959, 5-2 against Borussia Neunkirchen .

On December 26, 1952, the first football match was broadcast live on German television with the last 16 match between FC St. Pauli and the Duisburg district club Hamborn 07 on Hamburg's Heiligengeistfeld (in what was then the Millerntor Stadium , which was later relocated ) . The Hamborner won the high-scoring game 4: 3.

The DFB Cup after the introduction of the Bundesliga

With the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, the Bundesliga clubs were automatically allowed to take part in the cup competition. Another innovation was that the DFB-Pokal was now synchronized with the season and the final took place in May or June after the end of the championship. As a result, the competition was greatly upgraded after it had led a shadowy existence for a long time as the so-called "stepchild of the DFB", with finals in winter or autumn (for example in 1961 on a Wednesday evening in front of barely 10,000 spectators, even the trade press only barely reported).

In the 1965/66 season, FC Bayern Munich, who had only just been promoted to the Bundesliga, surprisingly won the cup. On the way to winning the title, he defeated defending champions Borussia Dortmund, who became the first German club to win a European Cup in the same season , 2-0 in the qualifying round of the DFB Cup . A year later, Munich was able to repeat their triumph and defend the trophy. After 1. FC Köln won the cup in 1968 in the final against the then regional league club VfL Bochum, FC Bayern Munich achieved their fourth DFB Cup victory in 1969. This made the club the sole record cup winner and replaced the previous record holder 1. FC Nürnberg with three titles he won (including two Tschammer Cup victories).

A year later, the Offenbacher Kickers became a second division cup winner for the first time. Since the 1970 soccer World Cup in Mexico began on May 31, the DFB decided not to play the round of 16 and the following games in the 1969/70 DFB Cup competition until the summer break after the World Cup tournament. Since the Offenbacher Kickers were promoted to the Bundesliga in the 1969/70 season, they were already a Bundesliga team at the time of the final (between the 3rd and 4th matchday of the 1970/71 season).

The 1973 final, in which Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FC Köln faced each other, developed into one of the most memorable cup finals. In the run-up, the upcoming move of the Gladbach player Günter Netzer to Real Madrid was in the foreground. Coach Hennes Weisweiler was so upset about the move that he put his playmaker on the bench. When it was 1: 1 after regular playing time, Netzer switched - as he later admitted - at the beginning of extra time and scored the decisive 2: 1 on his second ball contact after just three minutes. The winning goal was later voted " Goal of the Year ".

With the introduction of the two-part 2. Bundesliga in the 1974/75 season, the qualification system for participation in the DFB Cup was changed. In addition to the participants from the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga, the regional associations were henceforth responsible for identifying and naming the “amateur participants” via the organization of an association cup. In addition, the field of participants in the DFB Cup has been expanded to 128 teams. The successful clubs from the mid-1970s onwards were Eintracht Frankfurt with cup wins in 1974 and 1975, Hamburger SV, which was successful in 1976, and 1. FC Köln, which even won the cup and championship double after winning the cup in 1977 and defending its title in 1978 .

The cup is establishing itself

Towards the end of the 1970s, Fortuna Düsseldorf developed into a typical “cup team”. After the DFB Cup final was lost 2-0 to German champions 1. FC Köln in 1978, the cup was won a year later by 1-0 after extra time against Hertha BSC . It was Düsseldorf's first victory in the sixth final after the defeats in 1937, 1957, 1958, 1962 and 1978. Since 1. FC Köln competed in the European Cup in 1978/79 , Fortuna was nominated as a participant in the European Cup Winners' Cup , where they only failed in the final against FC Barcelona 3: 4 after extra time . Fortuna Düsseldorf's streak of success continued in 1980, and the title success was repeated with a 2-1 win in the final against 1. FC Köln.

A special curiosity shaped the DFB Cup competition in the 1982/83 season : For the only time so far, both finalists came from the same city. The Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln and the second division SC Fortuna Köln faced each other in the Cologne-Müngersdorfer Stadium . As the favorite Bundesliga club, FC won the final 1-0.

The excitement of the 1984 final was hard to beat: For the first time, the DFB Cup winner was determined in a penalty shoot-out after it had been 1-1 even after extra time. The tragic hero was Lothar Matthäus , who was still playing for Mönchengladbach and whose move to final opponent Bayern Munich had been announced shortly before. He missed his penalty and Munich won the final 7-6 on penalties.

In the next two years, too, FC Bayern Munich was in the final of the DFB Cup, which has been held every year in Berlin's Olympic Stadium since 1985 . After the outsider Bayer 05 Uerdingen had the upper hand with 2-1 in 1985, Munich won their eighth cup title in 1986 with a 5-2 win over VfB Stuttgart. In the following season, the second division Stuttgarter Kickers was again a team from Stuttgart in the final. The Kickers were defeated by Bundesliga club Hamburger SV 1: 3 despite a 1-0 lead.

Reunion and the recent past

The (since 1992) revised DFB Cup

In the 1989/90 season, the round of 16 took place on November 9, 1989. After the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup had been determined and, for example, VfB Stuttgart had thrown FC Bayern Munich 3-0 out of the cup in the south derby, the Berlin Wall was opened later in the evening . Despite reunification , the DFB Cup in the 1990/91 season was played exclusively with clubs from the old federal states and West Berlin , as the clubs of the GDR Football Association were only incorporated into the DFB game operations afterwards. In the final of that season Werder Bremen defeated 1. FC Köln 4-3 on penalties after they had been 1-1 after extra time.

With the 1991/92 season , the East German clubs took part in the DFB Cup for the first time. In the German Democratic Republic , a separate cup competition had been held since 1949 with the FDGB Cup . For the participation in the first all-German cup competition, there was initially a three-round qualification for the clubs of the Northeast German Football Association . The 1992 cup final won the second division Hannover 96 after a goalless draw 4-3 on penalties against Borussia Mönchengladbach's team. In the period from 1992 to 2011, in addition to Hannover 96, a total of seven other lower-class teams made it to the DFB Cup final: the amateurs from Hertha BSC 1993 , Rot-Weiss Essen 1994 , VfL Wolfsburg 1995 , Energie Cottbus 1997 , 1. FC Union Berlin 2001 , Alemannia Aachen 2004 , MSV Duisburg 2011 . With the exception of Hannover 96, however, all went as losers.

After VfB Stuttgart won the Cup in the final against Energie Cottbus in the 1996/97 season, three clubs dominated the competition in the following years up to 2011: Bayern Munich (eight titles), FC Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen (three titles each). These teams met several times in different constellations in the semi-finals or in the final. In addition, Werder Bremen (2004) and FC Bayern Munich six times (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010) won the championship and cup double. Only in 2007 did another club win the DFB Cup with 1. FC Nürnberg (3-2 afterwards against VfB Stuttgart).

In the years that followed, the DFB Cup was primarily a title fight between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund: First, in 2012, another club, Borussia Dortmund (5-2 against Bayern Munich), made the double. The following year, Dortmund lost 1-0 in the quarter-finals to the eventual triple winner (championship, DFB Cup, Champions League) Bayern Munich. In 2014, FC Bayern Munich won the final against BVB 2-0 afterwards, making it the 10th double in the club's history. The following year, the two clubs met in the semi-finals, which Dortmund won after a curious penalty shoot-out in which all four Bayern players awarded their penalties. In the final, Dortmund lost 3-1 to VfL Wolfsburg, who in turn had been eliminated in the semifinals by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the two years before. Wolfsburg celebrated the first cup victory in the club's history. A year later, FC Bayern Munich got their eleventh double after beating Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on penalties. In 2017 Borussia Dortmund won the cup again in the final against Eintracht Frankfurt after BVB had defeated Bayern Munich in the semifinals. In the following cup competition at the end of the football year 2017, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund met in the round of 16. It was the seventh year in a row that this encounter came in the cup competition. Bayern Munich won 2-1 against BVB. Eintracht Frankfurt, in turn, made it to the final again in 2018, triumphing 3-1 over Munich and thus securing the first cup title in 30 years.

In November 2011, the sports court of the DFB negotiated the riots of Dynamo Dresden fans and passed the judgment that the DFB Cup 2012/13 should take place without the second division, but lifted this penalty after Dynamo Dresden appealed the judgment had gone. During a game against Borussia Dortmund on October 25th, fans and ultras detonated firecrackers and rockets, provoking the game to be interrupted several times. There were a total of 17 injured, 15 arrests and property damage of 150,000 euros.

Set of rules

Competition rules

All games in the DFB-Pokal are played over a regular playing time of 2 × 45 minutes according to the current rules. The winner of a game moves on to the next round. If the game is tied after regular playing time, the game is extended by 2 × 15 minutes. If there is still a draw after extra time, the winner will be determined in a penalty shoot-out . The Golden Goal and Silver Goal modes, which were temporarily used in other competitions , were not used in the DFB Cup.

Until 1991, if there was a tie after extra time, no penalty shoot-out was carried out, but a replay was scheduled. The home law was reversed. Only when it was also a draw in the replay after extra time did it come to a penalty shoot-out. In the 1971/72 and 1972/73 seasons , the cup was generally played back and forth. After the final in 1977 between Hertha BSC and 1. FC Köln ended 1: 1 after extra time and a repeat game had to be scheduled within two days for the first time in the history of the DFB Cup, this regulation was modified because such a short-term game schedule was significant brought logistical problems. From the 1977/78 season onwards, the finals were decided immediately by penalty shoot-out after extra time when the score was tied. This has been the case so far in 1984, 1991, 1992, 1999 and 2016. After extra time, the finals of 1979, 2007, 2008 and 2014 were decided. Since the 1991/92 season , a penalty shoot-out has been carried out immediately in every round if the score is tied after extra time.

Since the second round of the season 2016/17 in the case of an extension of a fourth substitution possible. Another regulatory change was introduced in 2017/18 : the video assistant has been used since then as an additional aid for the referees . Not all controversial scenes are evaluated by the video assistant, but only those that involve possible goals, red cards (but not yellow-red cards ), penalties or mix-ups. In addition, there had to be a clear and obvious wrong decision. Using the video assistant was not considered feasible in the first three laps due to the great technical effort involved; he was therefore only used from the quarter-finals. In the 2019/20 season , the video assistant was used for the first time in the round of 16.


Since the 2000/01 season , the Bundesliga clubs are again obliged to take part in the first main round as a group. This was decided by the Advisory Board of the German Football Association at its meeting on October 23, 1999.

The 40 teams that played in the first and second Bundesliga in the previous season or occupied the first four places in the third division are qualified . Furthermore, 24 teams qualify through the cup competitions of the national associations of the DFB. These are the 21 association cup winners as well as three other representatives from the three regional associations to which most of the men's teams belong. These are currently Bavaria , Westphalia and Lower Saxony . Most of these teams are the runners-up in the respective national cup. However, since 2008 every club or corporation has only been allowed to qualify for the DFB Cup with one team, which in particular excludes second teams from Bundesliga clubs from participating in the DFB Cup. Unusable qualification places from the 3rd league therefore go to the next eligible team in the table and those from the association cup competitions to the next eligible team in the competition. If a club occupies a qualification place in the association cup competition, although it has already qualified for the DFB Cup via the 3rd division, the next eligible person to participate in this cup competition moves up.

In most association cup competitions, the winners of the district cup competitions are directly qualified, but in some regions there are additional district cup competitions between the district and association cup, which the district cup winner must also win in order to be allowed to compete in the association cup. This means that the first men's team of every club, even if they play in the lowest division, has the theoretical possibility of being able to compete in the DFB Cup.

Up until the 2007/08 season it was possible for two teams from a club to meet in the DFB Cup. In the 1976/77 season , the professional and amateur teams of FC Bayern Munich played against each other in the round of 16 ; the pros won the game 5: 3. After the amateurs of VfB Stuttgart got their own team of licensed players in the 2nd round of the 2000/01 competition (and lost 3-0), the DFB reacted by introducing a new regulation, which has since preceded the clash of professional and amateur teams from the same club prevented the final. With the introduction of the 3rd division for the 2008/09 season, the participation of second teams from licensing clubs in the cup was suspended. Since then, only one team from a club or a corporation has been allowed to participate in the DFB Cup.

Each of the 64 participants in the first DFB Cup main round will receive at least 109,000 euros from the television revenue pool. As you advance into each additional round, this amount doubles. In addition, each cup game broadcast live was paid out 650,000 euros, which are divided between the host and guest in a ratio of 60:40. For the 2011/12 season, the broadcasting rights for the DFB Cup were acquired from the pay-TV broadcaster Sky and the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF . On Sky, all 63 games are broadcast live as well as in the conference, ARD and ZDF each present one game per cup round. In addition, the cup participants receive income from the sale of tickets and perimeter advertising, which hosts and guests each share half after deducting costs. Participation in the DFB Cup is therefore financially lucrative, especially for smaller clubs. However, participation is also associated with high requirements, especially for the organization and the venue. This can be a burden for smaller clubs and in some cases make it necessary to host your own home game in a foreign stadium, which in turn is often associated with high costs. In addition, amateur clubs usually have to pay a high solidarity tax to their respective national association in the first round. Since amateur clubs are often eliminated after the first round, they are often left with a relatively small profit or even a financial loss.


The then DFB President Grindel at the draw for the 1st round of the DFB Cup 2017/18 in the German Football Museum

The pairings of the first round are drawn from two lottery pots. The first contains the teams in the Bundesliga and the 14 best-placed teams in the 2nd Bundesliga of the previous season. In the second lottery pot there are 24 regional association representatives, the four last-placed teams from the 2nd Bundesliga and the four best-placed teams from the 3rd division of the previous season. Teams in the second lottery pot have home rights. An exchange of the home right is prohibited according to § 49 of the implementation regulations.

The draw for the second main round will again be drawn from two pots. The first contains the clubs of the 1st and 2nd leagues, the second the other teams. They regain home rights against first and second division clubs. The status in the game year of the competition to be drawn applies. Surplus teams from one of the two lottery pots will then be paired with each other.

From the round of 16 onwards, only one lottery pot will be drawn. As in the second round, clubs below the second division have home rights against first and second division clubs.

Since the 2017/18 season , the draws have generally taken place on the Sunday after the respective cup round from 6 p.m. in the German Football Museum in Dortmund and will be broadcast live on the sports show .

Although the final takes place on a neutral pitch, one team will be awarded the “home right” for this game, but without public. The result of the draw usually decides on the allocation of the booths, the fan curves and the area for the fan festival.

Final venues

Before the 2007 DFB Cup final
in the Berlin Olympic Stadium

The winners of the two semi-finals have met in the finals in the Berlin Olympic Stadium since 1985. Until 1984, the location of the final was fixed at relatively short notice after the finalists had been determined. Most of the time, a location was chosen that was geographically so that the fan groups of both clubs could travel as far as possible. The most common venues up to 1985 were Hanover (eight times), Berlin (six times), and Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt (five times each).

In the context of the application to host the European Championship in 1988 , the German Football Association decided not to host games in Berlin at an early stage due to the differing views on whether (West) Berlin belonged to the Federal Republic of Germany, thus obtaining approval from the Eastern European UEFA associations for the German EM application. In return, it was decided to allow future DFB Cup finals to take place there for the next five years. The decision to place the cup final in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which was still divided at the time and separated from the territory of the old Federal Republic, was controversial at the time, but it quickly proved itself. Fears that many fans would forego a visit to the final because of the necessary transit travel through the GDR did not come true. Therefore, after the first few years, it was decided to have the cup final take place permanently in Berlin.

The Berlin Olympic Stadium quickly became the “German Wembley ”. The battle cry “ Berlin, Berlin, we're going to Berlin ” is very popular with fans. The finals held there always took place in front of full ranks. Today the final is so attractive that many fans order tickets early, regardless of the final pairing, and the contingents available are nowhere near enough to meet the demand. The clubs involved, which receive their own ticket contingents for their supporters, also complain, sometimes violently, that the huge demand cannot be adequately served.

On July 3, 2020, the DFB President Fritz Keller and Berlin's Governing Mayor Michael Müller signed a new framework agreement to host the DFB Cup final. Accordingly, the final will continue to take place in Berlin. The new contract begins on January 1, 2021 and ends on December 31, 2025.

International qualification

UEFA Europa League logo
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Faithful replica of the Tschammer Cup (1935–1964)
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The DFB Cup (since 1992)
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"Schiefer" cup
on Schalke (2002)

Since 1960, the winner of the DFB Cup has qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup introduced for the 1960/61 season . If a national cup winner was able to qualify for the UEFA Champions League (until 1992 European Cup Winners 'Cup), the defeated cup finalist took the place in the European Cup Winners' Cup. In 1966 , Borussia Dortmund was the first German club to win the European Cup Winners' Cup. There were four wins in total by DFB Cup winners: after Dortmund, Bayern Munich ( 1967 ), Hamburger SV ( 1977 ) and Werder Bremen ( 1992 ) won the European Cup. In addition, 1860 Munich ( 1965 , as the first German club) and VfB Stuttgart ( 1998 ) as cup winners and HSV ( 1968 ) and Fortuna Düsseldorf ( 1979 ) as cup finalists reached the final of the European Cup. From 1971 to 1976, the defeated cup finalists took part in the UEFA Cup.

Since the abolition of the cup winners competition at European level due to the decreasing attractiveness for the public and clubs, the winner of the DFB Cup has basically qualified for the UEFA Europa League (until 2009 called UEFA Cup) since the 1998/99 season . Until the cup competition of the 2010/11 season , however, the cup winner first had to take part in the last qualifying round (so-called playoff round) for the main round of the Europa League. From the following season, however, participation in this playoff round is no longer necessary, as the cup winner qualifies directly for the main round of the Europa League.

If the DFB Cup winner has already qualified for a European competition via the Bundesliga, special rules apply. By the 2014/15 season, the defeated cup finalist qualified for the Europa League if the cup winner reached the Champions League (including qualification). This regulation was changed again by UEFA; it is now necessary in any case to win the DFB-Pokal in order to qualify for the Europa League through this competition. If the cup winner qualifies for an international competition via the Bundesliga, it is not the defeated cup finalist, but the Bundesliga seventh in the table that also moves into the Europa League.

So far, no German cup finalist has been able to reach a final of the UEFA Cup or the Europa League.

The trophy

The winner of the Tschammer Cup, which was held from 1935 to 1943, received the “Goldfasanen Cup” as the official trophy . After the national cup competition was revived as the DFB Cup in the 1950s, the previous cup reminded the then President of the German Football Association, Peco Bauwens , too much of the time of National Socialism. The trophy was retained until 1964, but the swastika was removed and replaced by a plate with DFB symbols. The trophy has been on display at the German Football Museum in Dortmund since summer 2015 .

In 1964 the Cologne artist Wilhelm Nagel , a lecturer in goldsmithing at the Cologne factory schools , was commissioned to create a new cup. Borussia Dortmund was the first team to win after beating Alemannia Aachen 2-0 in the 1965 final. The trophy , which is still presented today as a challenge cup to the DFB Cup winner, is around 52 centimeters high, weighs 5.7 kilograms and has a capacity of eight liters. The cup is made of sterling silver, fire- gold plated with 250 grams of fine gold . The cup is decorated with twelve tourmalines , twelve rock crystals and eighteen nephrites . The centerpiece is the DFB emblem made from green nephrite.

The base of the trophy offers space for the engraving of the winning teams. After around 700 letters and numbers with the years and names of the cup winners had been engraved in the base by 1991, the base of the cup had to be raised by five centimeters to make room for further winners' engravings. The current base area will last at least until 2030.

In 2002 the DFB-Pokal was completely overhauled after the then Schalke manager Rudi Assauer said he had dropped it out of recklessness and was damaged as a result. For weeks "the crooked cup of Schalke" was exhibited in the club museum until it was repaired for around 32,000 euros; Assauer took over the costs.

The material value of the trophy is estimated by art experts at around 35,000 euros.

Cup finals and cup winners

Card DFB-Pokalsieger.png
Ranking list of cup winners and finalists
rank society Victories Final.
1 Coat of arms of FC Bayern Munich FC Bayern Munich 20th 24
2 Coat of arms of Werder Bremen  Werder Bremen 6th 10
3 Coat of arms of FC Schalke 04 FC Schalke 04 5 12
4th Coat of arms of Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt 5 8th
5 Coat of arms of 1. FC Cologne 1. FC Cologne 4th 10
6th Borussia Dortmund coat of arms Borussia Dortmund 4th 9
7th Coat of arms of 1. FC Nürnberg 1. FC Nuremberg 4th 6th
8th Hamburger SV coat of arms Hamburger SV 3 6th
VfB Stuttgart coat of arms VfB Stuttgart 3 6th
10 Coat of arms of Borussia Mönchengladbach  Borussia Monchengladbach 3 5
11 Coat of arms of Fortuna Düsseldorf Fortuna Dusseldorf 2 7th
Coat of arms of 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1. FC Kaiserslautern 2 7th
13 Coat of arms of the Karlsruher SC Karlsruher SC 2 4th
14th Coat of arms of the Dresdner SC Dresdner SC 2 2
Coat of arms of TSV 1860 Munich TSV 1860 Munich 2 2
16 Bayer 04 Leverkusen coat of arms Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1 4th
17th Coat of arms of Rot-Weiss Essen Red and white food 1 2
VfL Wolfsburg coat of arms VfL Wolfsburg 1 2
19th Coat of arms of black and white Essen Black and white food 1 1
Coat of arms of Hanover 96 Hannover 96 1 1
Coat of arms of VfB Leipzig VfB Leipzig 1 1
Coat of arms of Kickers Offenbach Kickers Offenbach 1 1
Coat of arms of the KFC Uerdingen 05 KFC Uerdingen 05 1 1 1
Coat of arms of First Vienna FC First Vienna FC 1 1
Rapid Vienna coat of arms SK Rapid Vienna 1 1
26th Coat of arms of the MSV Duisburg MSV Duisburg 2nd - 4th
27 Coat of arms of Alemannia Aachen Alemannia Aachen - 3
Hertha BSC coat of arms Hertha BSC 3rd - 3
29 VfL Bochum coat of arms VfL Bochum - 2
30th Coat of arms of 1. FC Union Berlin 1. FC Union Berlin - 1
Energie Cottbus coat of arms Energy Cottbus - 1
FSV Frankfurt coat of arms FSV Frankfurt - 1
Coat of arms of the LSV Hamburg LSV Hamburg - 1
Coat of arms of SC Fortuna Cologne SC Fortuna Cologne - 1
Coats of arms of None.svg RB Leipzig - 1
Coat of arms of SV Waldhof Mannheim SV Waldhof Mannheim - 1
Borussia Neunkirchen coat of arms Borussia Neunkirchen - 1
Coat of arms of the Stuttgarter Kickers Stuttgart Kickers - 1
1 1985 as Bayer 05 Uerdingen
2 1966 as Meidericher SV
3 1993 Hertha BSC amateurs

In the history of the German club cup, 25 different clubs have won the title. The most successful club is FC Bayern Munich with 20 cup wins, followed by Werder Bremen with six and FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt with five wins each. The 1. FC Nuremberg , the 1. FC Cologne and Borussia Dortmund can each have four titles won. A total of 15 clubs won the cup several times.

Five teams won the cup as part of the cup win and championship double . In 1937, FC Schalke 04 was the first team to win the cup competition and the German championship, which was also decided in a final until 1963. Since the introduction of the Bundesliga , record champions and cup winners Bayern Munich have won the double 13 times (1969, 1986, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020). Bayern were also the only club to be able to defend the double (2006, 2014 and 2020) and win a European triple - consisting of a national double and a win in the Champions League  (2013). The other three double winners were 1. FC Köln (1978), Werder Bremen (2004) and Borussia Dortmund (2012).

FC Schalke 04, Fortuna Düsseldorf , Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich (4 ×) each made it into the DFB Cup final three times in a row . However, none of them managed to win all three games. Borussia Dortmund even reached four finals (2014–2017) in a row, but lost three of them (2014–2016: twice against Bayern, once against VfL Wolfsburg). A total of eight teams were able to defend their title in the following year; FC Bayern Munich achieved this four times (1967, 2006, 2014 and 2020).

The most common final pairing so far was the duel between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund with four games (2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016), of which Bayern won three. Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen played the finals against each other three times (1999, 2000 and 2010), and Munich were twice victorious here.

Fortuna Düsseldorf won their first title in 1979 after losing five finals in the sixth attempt, and 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1990 in the fifth final after four bankruptcies. The most unsuccessful finalist is MSV Duisburg , which has always had to admit defeat in its four finals. In 2015, VfL Wolfsburg was the first club to win the trophy again without a previous cup victory (most recently Bayer Leverkusen in 1993).

With seven defeats, FC Schalke 04 most often lost a cup final. The Gelsenkirchen team reached a total of 12 finals, which means second place in the most frequent finals after FC Bayern Munich (24 finals). Werder Bremen and 1. FC Köln each reached the final of the DFB Cup ten times.

Record cup winner

The sole record winner in the DFB Cup has been FC Bayern Munich since 1969, with 20 titles now. Before that, FCB shared the title of record cup winner with 1. FC Nürnberg for two years . This was the German record cup winner for over 34 years, including with SK Rapid Wien (one year), FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich (both two years), VfB Leipzig (three years), VfB Stuttgart (four years ), the Karlsruher SC (six years) and the Dresdner SC together for over 21 years.

Period society Number of titles
1935-1936 1. FC Nuremberg 1
1936-1937 1. FC Nürnberg and VfB Leipzig 1
1937-1938 1. FC Nürnberg , VfB Leipzig and FC Schalke 04 1
1938-1939 1. FC Nürnberg , VfB Leipzig , FC Schalke 04 and SK Rapid Vienna 1
1939-1941 1. FC Nuremberg 2
1941-1956 1. FC Nürnberg and Dresdner SC 2
1956-1958 1. FC Nürnberg , Dresdner SC and Karlsruher SC 2
1958–1962 1. FC Nuremberg , Dresdner SC , Karlsruher SC , VfB Stuttgart 2
1962-1967 1. FC Nuremberg 3
1967-1969 1. FC Nürnberg and FC Bayern Munich 3
since 1969 FC Bayern Munich 4-20

Cup surprises

A particular attraction of the cup competition is that lower-class teams can "throw out of the cup" favored opponents from the first or second Bundesliga. Therefore, a phrase that is often heard is : “The cup has its own laws.” This phrase, usually expanded by the word “known”, can be documented until the 1960s without going into the nature of the “laws”. The former soccer player and coach Otto Rehhagel is often named as the author , without this statement being able to be substantiated for him.

Especially for amateur clubs, a surprising win against a higher-class opponent can lead to national recognition.

Low-class team successes

Hannover 96 won the DFB Cup in 1992 as a second division team after the team had beaten five Bundesliga clubs with Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC, Werder Bremen, VfL Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach, including Werder as the defending champion and later winner of the European Cup Cup winners . To date, this is the only time that a non-first division team has won the DFB Cup. Hannover 96 goalkeeper Jörg Sievers saved a total of four penalties in the semifinals and the final and converted one himself.

Before that, Kickers Offenbach had already won the cup as a promoted player from the second division, but had already been promoted to the Bundesliga at the time of the final round. Due to the early start of the 1970 World Cup, the cup competition had largely been postponed to late summer. Other second division teams in the DFB Cup final were Alemannia Aachen in 1965 and again in 2004, VfL Bochum 1968, SC Fortuna Cologne 1983, Stuttgarter Kickers 1987, Rot-Weiss Essen 1994, VfL Wolfsburg 1995 and MSV Duisburg 2011. SC Fortuna Cologne was he even took part in the only city ​​derby so far in the final, which he lost 1-0 to 1. FC Köln .

1. FC Magdeburg reached the quarter-finals in the 2000/01 season after, among other things, FC Bayern was eliminated from penalties in the second main round, making them the first fourth division team in the last eight. Holstein Kiel and 1. FC Saarbrücken repeated the performance of reaching the cup quarter-finals as a fourth division team in 2011/12 and 2019/20. 1. FC Saarbrücken was the first fourth division team to reach the semi-finals in the current 2019/20 season.

Eintracht Trier won twice in the DFB Cup of the 1997/98 season against stronger opponents. The then regional league team first defeated the reigning UEFA Cup winner FC Schalke 04 in the second round and one round later Champions League winner Borussia Dortmund . The 10-11 defeat on penalties against MSV Duisburg meant that Trier was only defeated in the semi-finals. In the 2009/10 season they beat Bundesliga club Hannover 96 and second division Arminia Bielefeld before 1. FC Köln were in the last sixteen. In the 2011/12 season, the Pokalschreck lived up to its name by beating second division FC St. Pauli in the first round and only narrowly failing 2-1 after extra time at Hamburger SV in the second round.

In 2001/02, SSV Ulm defeated the first division club 1. FC Nürnberg 2-1 as a club division in 1846 . This was the only cup game victory of a fifth-class club against a first division club so far. In the 2018/2019 season, as a fourth division club, SSV Ulm succeeded in throwing defending champions Eintracht Frankfurt out of the tournament in the first round of the cup.

With the amateur team from Hertha BSC (1993), Energie Cottbus (1997) and 1. FC Union Berlin (2001), three third division teams have so far managed to reach a final.

In the first round of the 2011/12 cup competition , the second division Dynamo Dresden initially caught a 3-0 deficit against runner-up Bayer 04 Leverkusen and even turned the game to a 4-3 win in extra time. Never before in the history of the DFB Cup has a second division team been able to make up such a large deficit against a Bundesliga club. In the round of 16 of the same competition, the fourth division Holstein Kiel defeated the Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0.

In the 2014/15 season , third division Arminia Bielefeld made it through to the semi-finals. Before that, the Ostwestfalen had beaten three first division clubs : In the second main round they defeated Hertha BSC on penalties (0-0 afterwards, 4-2 in penalties) and beat Werder Bremen 3-1 in the round of 16. They then won the quarter-finals against Borussia Mönchengladbach 5: 4 on penalties (1: 1 after extra time) and only failed in the semifinals with a 0: 4 home defeat at eventual cup winners VfL Wolfsburg .

In the 2019/20 season, 1. FC Saarbrücken became the first fourth division team in the history of the DFB Cup to reach the semi-finals. In the first and second round, the Saarlanders won 3-2 at the last minute against Jahn Regensburg and 1. FC Köln . In the round of 16 they were able to prevail 5-3 on penalties against the second division club Karlsruher SC. In the quarter-finals they met Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf . After regular playing time and extra time, the score was 1-1 again on penalties, which they won 7: 6. The outstanding man of the evening was the Saarbrücken goalkeeper Daniel Batz . He saved five penalties throughout the game, one in regular time and four on penalties.

Debacle of higher class teams

The biggest defeat of a Bundesliga club against an amateur team happened to Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2000/01 season, when they lost 6-1 to the second team of VfB Stuttgart . The Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim also suffered a bitter defeat against a lower-class club when they were eliminated 4-0 against the fourth division club Berliner AK 07 in the first round of the 2012/13 season .

Six Bundesliga clubs were eliminated in the first main round of the 2012/13 season against lower-class clubs ( Werder Bremen against Preußen Münster 2-4 afterwards, Eintracht Frankfurt against FC Erzgebirge Aue 0-3, SpVgg Greuther Fürth against Kickers Offenbach 0: 2, Hamburger SV against Karlsruher SC 2: 4, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim against Berlin AK 07 0: 4 and 1. FC Nürnberg against TSV Havelse 2: 3 n.V.). It is also noteworthy that none of these games went to penalties.

Also in the 1987/88 season, six Bundesliga clubs were eliminated early. However, according to the regulations at that time, it was still possible that Bundesliga clubs could be drawn against each other in the first main round . This meant that 5 Bundesliga clubs had to be eliminated. Then there was Hannover 96, which was the only first division team to be eliminated from a lower-class team (0: 3 against the then third-class VfL Wolfsburg ).

In the first round of the DFB Cup 2018/19 , the fifth division team Chemie Leipzig defeated the second division SSV Jahn Regensburg 2-1. Defending champion Eintracht Frankfurt also retired with a 1: 2 at the fourth division SSV Ulm 1846 .

FC Bayern Munich

Record cup winners Bayern Munich also had to admit defeat to lower class clubs several times. Twice, 1977/78 and 1991/92 even at home, they were eliminated from the second division club FC 08 Homburg . After FC Bayern lost to the team from North Baden FV 09 Weinheim in 1990/91, they lost 1-0 to regional league TSV Vestenbergsgreuth in 1994/95 under coach Giovanni Trapattoni . In the second round Vestenbergsgreuth had the upper hand with 5-1 against FC 08 Homburg. In the round of 16, the team then failed 4-5 on penalties at the second division VfL Wolfsburg . In the 2000/01 season, Bayern's last defeat to an amateur club followed: After the match in the second main round against 1. FC Magdeburg, which was then fourth-class, after regular time and extra time, the Magdeburg team managed to get through a 4-2 on penalties to get into the next round. Alemannia Aachen managed to beat FCB 2-1 in the 2003/04 quarter-finals and 4-2 in the 2006/07 round of 16 after qualifying for the cup as a second division.

Hamburger SV

The Hamburger SV was repeatedly against weaker opponents in the role of failed favorites. 1974/75 he was defeated in the second main round to VfB Eppingen with 1: 2. Ten years later he was eliminated from the competition against SC Geislingen . HSV also had to admit defeat at the fourth division club FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the first main round in 2015/16 .

Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen were eliminated three times in a row in the first round in the 2011/12 to 2013/14 seasons. In 2016/17 there was another elimination in the first round against Sportfreunde Lotte .


Club records

Fortuna Düsseldorf has the longest winning streak in successive cup games . Between August 4, 1978 and February 28, 1981 the Fortuna achieved 18 victories in a row. Among other things, she won the cup in 1979 and 1980. Only a 1: 2 defeat in the quarter-finals in 1981 at Hertha BSC ended the series.

The highest home win in a main round match for the German club cup was achieved by the then champions of the Gauliga Württemberg, the Stuttgarter Kickers , with 17-0 in the Tschammerpokal in 1940/41 against the then second division club VfB 05 Knielingen (now the Karlsruhe district league). FC Bayern Munich landed the highest away win against the amateurs of DJK Waldberg 16-1 on August 15, 1997. More than two dozen other games also ended with a double-digit result. Mostly amateur teams were defeated here too. The Schalke 04 team achieved their highest final victory in 1972 with a 5-0 win against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In 2011 the same club was able to repeat this result against MSV Duisburg.

The longest penalty shootout in the competition took place in August 1995. The regional league club SV Sandhausen beat the Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart 13:12 in the Hardtwald Stadium at home . After regular playing time and goalless extra time it was 2-2.

So far, no team has won the cup in three consecutive seasons, but one team has made it to the final four times in a row: Borussia Dortmund (2013/14 to 2016/17). Four teams each qualified for the final three times in a row: FC Schalke 04 (1935 to 1937), Fortuna Düsseldorf (1977/78 to 1979/80), FC Bayern Munich (1983/84 to 1985/86, 1997/98 to 1999/2000, 2011/12 to 2013/14 and 2017/18 to 2019/20) and Werder Bremen (1988/89 to 1990/91).

The most common final pairing so far is FC Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund (2008, 2012, 2014, 2016). Then follows FC Bayern Munich against Werder Bremen (1999, 2000 and 2010) - this is also the only final pairing that took place twice in a row.

The best-attended cup game was the round of 16 of the 2018/19 season in the defeat of Borussia Dortmund in the home stadium against Werder Bremen (5-7 a.s.), which took place in front of 81,365 spectators in the sold out Signal Iduna Park .

In the 2008/09 season , Werder Bremen was the first team to win the DFB Cup that did not play a single home game during the tournament. Here was Hamburger SV in the semi-finals on 22 April 2009 at the penalty shootout , which defeated 13th Bremer Cup history. Only one team had to fight for the decision more often in this way: FC Bayern Munich played their 15th penalty shoot-out in the second round of the 2017/18 season .

Werder Bremen were unbeaten in 37 home games in a row between August 6, 1988 and April 24, 2019, the series ended with a 2-3 defeat in the semi-finals against FC Bayern Munich. FC Bayern Munich has been undefeated in 33 away games in a row since August 2, 2009; defeats in the cup final are not taken into account.

With a total of seven defeats, FC Schalke 04 lost most of the finals, but was also able to win five times. 1. FC Köln lost the most finals of all clubs in extra time (four, including one on penalties). Bayern Munich, on the other hand, won most of the finals in extra time (five, including two on penalties) and, together with Werder Bremen, most of the finals by penalties (two), while Borussia Mönchengladbach lost most of the finals in this way (also two).

The game Rot-Weiss Essen against Energie Cottbus was played in the first main round in three consecutive seasons ( 2005/06 , 2006/07 and 2007/08 ). In 2005/06 Energie Cottbus won while the Essen team won the following two games.

Highest victories

round date home Result guest
1 round July 13, 1941 Stuttgart Kickers 017: 0 VfB 05 Knielingen
1 round August 15, 1997 DJK Waldberg 01:16 FC Bayern Munich
1 round August 21, 2004 FC Schoenberg 95 00:15 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Round of 16 August 30, 1942 TSV 1860 Munich 015: 1 SG SS Strasbourg
1 round August 30, 1980 TSV Moselfeuer Lehmen 01:15 Kickers Offenbach
1 round August 22, 1943 NSTG Brüx 00:14 First Vienna FC
1 round August 30, 2003 TSV Gerbrunn 00:14 Wacker Burghausen
1 round 5th August 1978 Borussia Dortmund 014: 1 BSV 07 Schwenningen
1 round August 28, 1938 VfB Prussia Greppin 1911 00:13 Dresdner SC
1 round August 20, 1939 VfvB Alsum 00:13 FC Schalke 04
2nd round 4th October 1980 Stuttgart Kickers 013: 0 SpVgg Ansbach 09
1 round August 22, 1943 Dresdner SC 013: 1 Borussia Fulda

Player records and rankings

Bastian Schweinsteiger, seven-time
DFB Cup winner
Oliver Kahn,
DFB Cup winner

Mirko Votava is the record player with 79 cup appearances for Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen ahead of Karl-Heinz Körbel from Eintracht Frankfurt with 70 appearances. Oliver Kahn , third in this category with 67 games, is the goalkeeper with the most appearances.

Gerd Müller is the record scorer in this competition with 78 goals in 62 games for Bayern Munich. Claudio Pizarro is the most frequently used foreign player with 58 games and with 34 goals the second most successful foreign goalscorer behind Robert Lewandowski (39 goals) in this competition. (As of July 4, 2020)

The record for the most goals by a player in a DFB Cup game is shared by three players with seven goals each: On August 28, 1938, Helmut Schön scored seven times in the 13-0 for Dresdner SC against Prussia Greppin , and Ernst scored on August 30, 1942 Willimowski scored seven goals for TSV 1860 Munich in a 15: 1 against SG SS Strasbourg , and Dieter Hoeneß scored seven goals in a 12: 0 for VfB Stuttgart in the game against Spandauer SV on August 5, 1978 .

The most successful player in the DFB Cup with seven titles is Bastian Schweinsteiger , followed by Oliver Kahn, Claudio Pizarro , Philipp Lahm , Franck Ribéry , David Alaba , Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer , who each won six titles. Schweinsteiger, Pizarro, Ribéry and Müller were eight times, Kahn, Lahm and Neuer seven times in the final. Oliver Reck , Dieter Eilts , Mats Hummels , Heinz Flohe , Alaba and Robert Lewandowski each played six finals; 13 other players five each.

With the two cup wins in 1955 and 1956 in the Karlsruher SC jersey and the renewed title win in 1957 after his move to FC Bayern Munich, Kurt Sommerlatt is the only player to have won the DFB Cup three times in a row.

Four players succeeded in becoming cup winners with three different clubs each: Klaus Allofs (Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Cologne, Werder Bremen), Thomas Kroth (1. FC Cologne, Hamburger SV, Borussia Dortmund), Thorsten Legat (Werder Bremen, VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke 04) and Ivan Perišić (Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Bayern). In addition, Andreas Möller and Franco Foda each won the title twice and were in the squad of the club that was successful at the end of the season with a possible third title win at the beginning of the season, but had already switched to another club at the final: Möller - 1989 with Borussia Dortmund and 2001 and 2002 each with the FC Schalke 04 title holder - had played four games for the eventual winner Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1987/88 competition , but had switched to Borussia Dortmund during the current season. Foda - who previously won the DFB Cup in 1990 and 1993 with 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Bayer Leverkusen - left after three cup games until the quarter-finals in November 1996, in which he had helped advance as a shooter on penalties, the following May in Final game of successful VfB Stuttgart towards FC Basel .

Manuel Neuer was the first player to appear in four consecutive finals (2011 at FC Schalke 04, 2012 to 2014 at FC Bayern). So far, four other players have managed to do this: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , Łukasz Piszczek , Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer . All four reached the finals with Borussia Dortmund (2014-2017). Only Neuer, Reus and Schmelzer were on the field from the start of the game.

Ranking list Cup stakes
The 50 players with the most games
rank player Societies) Games
1 Mirko Votava Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen 79
2 Karl-Heinz Körbel Eintracht Frankfurt 70
3 Oliver Kahn Karlsruher SC, FC Bayern Munich 67
Willi Neuberger Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Wuppertaler SV,
Eintracht Frankfurt
Manfred Kaltz Hamburger SV 67
6th Franz Beckenbauer FC Bayern Munich, Hamburger SV 66
7th Klaus Fichtel Schalke 04, Werder Bremen 65
Heinz Flea 1. FC Cologne, TSV 1860 Munich 65
9 Hannes Löhr 1. FC Cologne 64
Bernard Dietz MSV Duisburg, Schalke 04 64
11 Sepp Maier FC Bayern Munich 63
Oliver Reck Kickers Offenbach, Werder Bremen, Schalke 04 63
Wolfgang Seel 1. FC Saarbrücken, 1. FC Kaiserslautern,
Fortuna Düsseldorf
14th Gerd Müller FC Bayern Munich 62
Uli Stein Arminia Bielefeld, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt 62
Michael Lameck Black and white food, VfL Bochum 62
17th Norbert Nigbur Schalke 04, Hertha BSC 61
Klaus Allofs Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Cologne, Werder Bremen 61
19th Lothar Matthäus Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Bayern Munich 59
Klaus Fischer TSV 1860 Munich, Schalke 04, 1. FC Cologne,
VfL Bochum
21st Ditmar Jakobs Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Tennis Borussia Berlin,
Hamburger SV, MSV Duisburg
Philipp Lahm VfB Stuttgart, FC Bayern Munich 58
Claudio Pizarro PeruPeru Werder Bremen , FC Bayern Munich 58
24 Georg Schwarzenbeck FC Bayern Munich 57
Gerd Zewe Borussia Neunkirchen, Fortuna Düsseldorf 57
Uli Borowka Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen 57
Harald Konopka 1. FC Cologne 57
Michael Tarnat MSV Duisburg, Karlsruher SC, FC Bayern Munich,
Hannover 96
Frank Mill Rot-Weiss Essen, Borussia Mönchengladbach,
Borussia Dortmund, Fortuna Düsseldorf
30th Heinz Simmet Borussia Neunkirchen, Rot-Weiss Essen, 1. FC Cologne 56
Dieter Burdenski Schalke 04, Arminia Bielefeld, Werder Bremen 56
Thomas Müller FC Bayern Munich 56
33 Wolfgang Overath 1. FC Cologne 55
Lothar Woelk VfL Bochum, MSV Duisburg 55
Winfried Schaefer Borussia Mönchengladbach, Kickers Offenbach,
Karlsruher SC
36 Michael Sziedat Hertha BSC, Eintracht Frankfurt 54
Dieter Bast Rot-Weiss Essen, VfL Bochum, Bayer Leverkusen 54
Bernd Nickel Eintracht Frankfurt 54
Erwin Hermandung Alemannia Aachen, Hertha BSC, Eintracht Trier,
SpVgg Bayreuth
Ewald Lienen MSV Duisburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach,
Arminia Bielefeld
Manuel Neuer FC Bayern Munich 54
42 Toni Schumacher 1. FC Cologne, Schalke 04 53
Norbert night festival Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Bayern Munich,
SV Waldhof Mannheim
Bernd Hölzenbein Eintracht Frankfurt 53
Karl-Heinz Kamp SC Opel 06 Rüsselsheim, Werder Bremen 53
Thorsten Fink Borussia Dortmund, SG Wattenscheid 09,
Karlsruher SC, FC Bayern Munich
Rolf Rüssmann Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 53
Klaus Augenthaler FC Bayern Munich 53
49 Holger Brück Hertha BSC, Hessen Kassel 52
Bernd Cullmann 1. FC Cologne 52
Dieter Eilts Werder Bremen, Werder Bremen II 52
Winfried Schaefer Karlsruher SC, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Kickers Offenbach 52
Franz-Josef Tenhagen Borussia Dortmund, VfL Bochum, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 52
bold = player active in Germany in the current season
as of July 4, 2020
Ranking goalscorers
Players with more than 20 hits
rank player Societies) Gates
1 Gerd Müller FC Bayern Munich 78
2 Dieter Müller 1. FC Cologne, VfB Stuttgart, 1. FC Saarbrücken, Kickers Offenbach 48
3 Klaus Fischer TSV 1860 Munich, FC Schalke 04, 1. FC Cologne, VfL Bochum 46
4th Manfred Burgsmüller Rot-Weiss Essen, KFC Uerdingen 05, Borussia Dortmund, 1. FC Nuremberg, Rot-Weiss Oberhausen, Werder Bremen 40
5 Klaus Allofs Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Cologne, Werder Bremen 39
Hannes Löhr 1. FC Cologne 39
Robert Lewandowski PolandPoland Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern Munich 39
8th Ronald Worm MSV Duisburg, Eintracht Braunschweig 35
9 Claudio Pizarro PeruPeru Werder Bremen , FC Bayern Munich 34
10 Thomas Müller FC Bayern Munich 32
11 Karl Allgöwer Stuttgarter Kickers, VfB Stuttgart 31
13 Dieter Hoeneß VfB Stuttgart, FC Bayern Munich 28
Erwin Kostedde Prussia Münster, MSV Duisburg, Kickers Offenbach, Hertha BSC, Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, VfL Osnabrück 28
14th Jupp Heynckes Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hannover 96 27
15th Heinz Flea 1. FC Cologne, TSV 1860 Munich 26th
Mario Gomez VfB Stuttgart , FC Bayern Munich,
VfL Wolfsburg
17th Hans-Joachim Abel Fortuna Düsseldorf, Westfalia Herne, VfL Bochum, Schalke 04 25th
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge FC Bayern Munich 25th
Bernd Hölzenbein Eintracht Frankfurt 25th
Frank Neubarth Werder Bremen 25th
Stefan Kuntz VfL Bochum, KFC Uerdingen 05, 1. FC Kaiserslautern,
Arminia Bielefeld
22nd Bernd Rupp Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen, 1. FC Cologne 24
Erich Beer 1. FC Nuremberg, Hertha BSC, TSV 1860 Munich 24
Frank Mill Rot-Weiss Essen, Borussia Mönchengladbach,
Borussia Dortmund, Fortuna Düsseldorf
Bruno Labbadia SV Darmstadt 98, Hamburger SV, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC Bayern Munich, 1. FC Cologne, Werder Bremen, Arminia Bielefeld, Karlsruher SC 24
26th Horst Hrubesch Rot-Weiss Essen, Hamburger SV, Borussia Dortmund 23
Wolfgang Overath 1. FC Cologne 23
28 Carsten Jancker 1. FC Cologne, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC Bayern Munich 22nd
Christian Schreier VfL Bochum, Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Düsseldorf 22nd
Thomas Allofs 1. FC Cologne, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Fortuna Düsseldorf 22nd
Dieter Herzog Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Cologne 22nd
Rüdiger Wenzel FC St. Pauli, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Düsseldorf 22nd
33 Bernd Nickel Eintracht Frankfurt 21st
Roland Wohlfarth MSV Duisburg, FC Bayern Munich, VfL Bochum 21st
35 Uwe Seeler Hamburger SV 20th
Wynton Rufer New ZealandNew Zealand Werder Bremen 20th
Michael Rummenigge FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund 20th
Fritz Walter SV Waldhof Mannheim, VfB Stuttgart, Arminia Bielefeld 20th
Miroslav Klose 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen, FC Bayern Munich 20th
Uwe Rahn Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1. FC Cologne, Eintracht Frankfurt 20th
bold = player active in Germany in the current season
as of July 4, 2020

Coach records

Record coaches are Karl-Heinz Feldkamp , Hennes Weisweiler , Ottmar Hitzfeld , Udo Lattek , Otto Rehhagel and Thomas Schaaf , who each won three titles.

The trophy as player and coach has been won by Ludwig Janda (1942 / TSV 1860 Munich and 1956 / Karlsruher SC), Aki Schmidt (1965 / Borussia Dortmund and 1970 / Kickers Offenbach), Thomas Schaaf (1991, 1994 and 1999, 2004, 2009 / all Werder Bremen), Jupp Heynckes (1973 / Borussia Mönchengladbach and 2013 / FC Bayern Munich), Niko Kovač (2003 / FC Bayern Munich and 2018 / Eintracht Frankfurt, 2019 / FC Bayern Munich) and Hansi Flick (1986 and 2020 / both FC Bayern Munich). Thomas Schaaf is therefore the only player or coach who has won the DFB Cup several times in both roles.

Television broadcasts

Also in the 2019/20 season, all DFB Cup games are to be broadcast live on the pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland . Expected additional nine games in the competition are free to air the first program of the ARD , as well as four games on Sport1 be seen.

New from the 2017/18 season is a fixed slot for the live broadcast of the draw from the second round in the sports show, generally on the Sunday after the respective cup round from 6 p.m. The draw will also have a permanent location at the German Football Museum in Dortmund.

Television money

The 24 amateur clubs (qualifiers via the national cup) each receive 130,500 euros for their first-round appearance. The remaining 45,000 euros go to the respective DFB regional association , which distributes the money to all participants in its regional cup competition. The prizes for the finalists will be determined separately.

Round reached Bonus per team Total distributed
round summed up round summed up
1st main round
(64 teams)
175,500 €
(amateurs: 130,500 €)
€ 10,152,000
2nd main round
(32 teams)
€ 351,000 € 526,500
(amateurs: € 481,500)
€ 11,232,000 € 21,384,000
Round of 16
(16 teams)
€ 702,000 € 1,228,500
(amateurs: € 1,183,500)
€ 11,232,000 € 32,616,000
(8 teams)
€ 1,404,000 € 2,632,500
(amateurs: € 2,587,500)
€ 11,232,000 € 43,848,000
(4 teams)
€ 2,808,000 € 5,439,500
(amateurs: € 5,394,500)
€ 11,232,000 € 55,080,000
Final loser
(1 team)
€ 3,500,000
(premium 2018/19)
€ 8,939,500
(amateurs: € 8,894,500)
€ 3,500,000 € 58,580,000
Cup winners
(1 team)
4,500,000 €
(premium 2018/19)
€ 9,939,500
(amateurs: € 9,894,500)
€ 4,500,000 € 63,080,000

Status: 2019/20 season

See also


  • Tom Bender, Ulrich Kühne-Hellmessen: Great moments in sport, DFB Cup. Sportverlag, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-328-00913-2 .
  • Ralf Grengel: The German Wembley. 60 years club cup 1935–1994. Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-87088-833-4 .
  • Matthias Kropp: DFB Cup, club almanac. Agon, Kassel 2000, ISBN 3-89784-187-8 .
  • Matthias Weinrich, Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 6: German Cup history since 1935. Pictures, statistics, stories, constellations. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 2000, ISBN 3-89784-146-0 .
  • kicker edition : Myth Cup. Nuremberg 2013.

Web links

Commons : DFB-Pokal  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

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