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2015–16 DFB-Pokal

The 2015–16 DFB-Pokal was the 73rd season of the annual German football cup competition. Sixty-four teams participated in the competition, including all teams from the previous year's Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga. It began on 7 August 2015 with the first of six rounds and ended on 21 May 2016 with the final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, a nominally neutral venue, which has hosted the final since 1985.[1] The DFB-Pokal is considered the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. The DFB-Pokal is run by the German Football Association (DFB).

2015–16 DFB-Pokal
Dates7 August 2015 – 21 May 2016
Championship venueOlympiastadion, Berlin
ChampionsBayern Munich (18th title)
Runners-upBorussia Dortmund
Europa LeagueMainz 05[note 1]
Championship match scoreBayern 0 (4)–0 (3) Dortmund
Matches played63
Goals scored189 (3 per match)
Attendance1,312,984 (20,841 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Henrikh Mkhitaryan
(5 goals)
Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs not included.

The defending champions were Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, after they beat Borussia Dortmund 3–1 in the previous final on 30 May 2015.[2] They were knocked out of the competition in the second round by record title-holders Bayern Munich, losing 1–3.[3]

The winner of the DFB-Pokal earns automatic qualification to the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stages. However, as Bayern Munich already qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, Mainz 05, the sixth placed team in the 2015–16 Bundesliga took this Europa League place, and Mainz's Europa League third qualifying round spot went to Hertha BSC. As Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, completing a double, Borussia Dortmund, the runners-up of the Bundesliga will host the 2016 DFL-Supercup.

Bayern Munich won the final against Borussia Dortmund 4–3 on penalties, as the match finished 0–0 after extra time, to win their eighteenth title.[4]

Participating clubsEdit

The following 64 teams qualified for the competition:[5]

the 18 teams of the 2014–15 season
2. Bundesliga
the 18 teams of the 2014–15 season
3. Liga
the top 4 teams of the 2014–15 season
Representatives of the regional associations
24 representatives of 21 regional associations of the DFB, qualified (in general) through the 2014–15 Verbandspokal[note 2]
  • Baden
FC Nöttingen
SpVgg Unterhaching
Würzburger Kickers
  • Berlin
BFC Dynamo
  • Brandenburg
Energie Cottbus
  • Bremen
Bremer SV
  • Hamburg
HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst
  • Hesse
Hessen Kassel
  • Lower Rhine
Rot-Weiss Essen
VfL Osnabrück
SV Meppen
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Hansa Rostock
  • Middle Rhine
Viktoria Köln
  • Rhineland
FSV Salmrohr
  • Saarland
SV Elversberg
  • Saxony
Chemnitzer FC
  • Saxony-Anhalt
Hallescher FC
VfB Lübeck
  • South Baden
Bahlinger SC
  • Southwest
FK Pirmasens
  • Thuringia
Carl Zeiss Jena
Sportfreunde Lotte
TuS Erndtebrück
  • Württemberg
SSV Reutlingen


Berlin teams Bremen teams Cologne teams Frankfurt teams Hamburg teams Munich teams Stuttgart teams
BFC Dynamo
Hertha BSC
Union Berlin
Bremer SV
Werder Bremen
1. FC Köln
Viktoria Köln
Eintracht Frankfurt
FSV Frankfurt
HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst
Hamburger SV
FC St. Pauli
Bayern Munich
1860 Munich
VfB Stuttgart
Stuttgarter Kickers


The trophy given to the champions.


The DFB-Pokal begins with a round of 64 teams. The 36 teams of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, along with the top 4 finishers of the 3. Liga are automatically qualified for the tournament. Of the remaining slots, 21 are given to the cup winners of the regional football associations, the Verbandspokal. The 3 remaining slots are given to the three regional associations with the most men's teams, which currently is Bavaria, Lower Saxony, and Westphalia. The runner-up of the cup for Lower Saxony is given the slot. The best amateur team of the Regionalliga Bayern and Oberliga Westfalen are given the slot for Bavaria and Westphalia, respectively. As every team is entitled to participate in local tournaments which qualify for the association cups, every team can in principle compete in the DFB-Pokal. Reserve teams are not permitted to enter. No two teams of the same association or corporation may participate in the DFB-Pokal.[6]


The draws for the different rounds are conducted as following:[6]

For the first round, the participating teams will be split into two pots of 32 teams each. The first pot contains all teams which have qualified through their regional cup competitions, the best four teams of the 3. Liga, and the bottom four teams of the 2. Bundesliga. Every team from this pot will be drawn to a team from the second pot, which contains all remaining professional teams (all the teams of the Bundesliga and the remaining fourteen 2. Bundesliga teams). The teams from the first pot will be set as the home team in the process.

The two-pot scenario will also be applied for the second round, with the remaining 3. Liga and/or amateur team(s) in the first pot and the remaining Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga teams in the other pot. Once again, the 3. Liga and/or amateur team(s) will serve as hosts. This time the pots do not have to be of equal size though, depending on the results of the first round. Theoretically, it is even possible that there may be only one pot, if all of the teams from one of the pots from the first round beat all the others in the second pot. Once one pot is empty, the remaining pairings will be drawn from the other pot with the first-drawn team for a match serving as hosts.

For the remaining rounds other than the final, the draw will be conducted from just one pot. Any remaining 3. Liga and/or amateur team(s) will be the home team if drawn against a professional team. In every other case, the first-drawn team will serve as hosts.

Match rulesEdit

Teams meet in one game per round. A match will take place for 90 minutes, with two-halves of 45 minutes. If still tied after regulation, 30 minutes of extra time will be played, consisting of two periods of 15 minutes. If the score is still level after this, the match will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. A coin toss will decide who takes the first penalty.[6]


If a player receives five yellow cards, even throughout multiple seasons, he will then be banned from the next cup match. If a player receives a second yellow card, they will be banned from the next cup match. If a player receives a red card, they will be banned a minimum of one match, but more can be added by the German Football Association.[6]

Champion qualificationEdit

The winner of the DFB-Pokal earns automatic qualification for the group stage of next year's edition of the UEFA Europa League. If they have already qualified for the UEFA Champions League through position in the Bundesliga, then the spot will go to the team in sixth, and the league's third qualifying round spot will go to the team in seventh. The winner also will host the DFL-Supercup at the start of the next season, and will face the champion of the previous year's Bundesliga, unless the same team wins the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, completing a double. In that case, the runner up of the Bundesliga will take the spot and host instead.


The Olympiastadion in Berlin hosted the final.

The rounds of the 2015–16 competition are scheduled as follows:[1]

Round Draw date and time Matches
First round 10 June 2015, 23:00 CEST 7–10 August 2015
Second round 14 August 2015, 22:50 CEST 27–28 October 2015
Round of 16 1 November 2015, 20:00 CET 15–16 December 2015
Quarter-finals 16 December 2015, 23:15 CET 9–10 February 2016
Semi-finals 10 February 2016, 23:00 CET 19–20 April 2016
Final 21 May 2016 at Olympiastadion, Berlin


A total of sixty-three matches took place, starting with the first round on 7 August 2015 and culminating with the final on 21 May 2016 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

First roundEdit

The draw for the first round was held on 10 June 2015.[7] Former national team player Karlheinz Förster led the draw, with tennis player Andrea Petkovic drawing from the pots.[8]

The thirty-two matches took place from 7 to 10 August 2015.[9]

As usual, a small number of lower-division teams had to play their home matches at different locations than their usual home grounds. This includes TuS Erndtebrück, who had to play in the Leimbachstadion in Siegen, Bremer SV, who had to switch to the Sportpark am Vinnenweg in Bremen, and FC Nöttingen, who had to play in the Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe.

All times are CEST (UTC+2).

Second roundEdit

The draw for the second round was held on 14 August 2015. Then DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach led the draw, with skier Felix Neureuther drawing from the pots.[12]

The sixteen matches took place on 27 and 28 October 2015.[13] The lowest ranked team left in the competition was SSV Reutlingen from the fifth tier of German football.

All times are CET (UTC+1).

Round of 16Edit

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 1 November 2015. DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock led the draw, with musician Vanessa Mai drawing from the pot.[14]

The eight matches took place on 15 and 16 December 2015.[15] The lowest ranked team left in the competition was SpVgg Unterhaching from the fourth tier of German football.

All times are CET (UTC+1).


The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 16 December 2015. DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock led the draw, with handballer Carsten Lichtlein drawing from the pot.[16][17]

The four matches took place on 9 and 10 February 2016.[1] The lowest ranked teams left in the competition were VfL Bochum and 1. FC Heidenheim from the second tier of German football.

All times are CET (UTC+1).


The draw for the semi-finals was held on 10 February 2016. DFB vice-president Peter Frymuth led the draw, with handballer Andreas Wolff drawing from the pot.[18]

The two matches took place on 19 and 20 April 2016.[1] All remaining teams left in the competition were from the first tier of German football.

All times are CEST (UTC+2).

Bayern Munich2–0Werder Bremen
Müller   30'71' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 75,000

Hertha BSC0–3Borussia Dortmund
Report Castro   21'
Reus   75'
Mkhitaryan   83'
Attendance: 76,233


The final took place on 21 May 2016 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[1]

Bayern Munich0–0 (a.e.t.)Borussia Dortmund
Attendance: 74,322
Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb)


The following is the bracket which the DFB-Pokal resembled. Numbers in parentheses next to the match score represent the results of a penalty shoot-out.

First round
7–10 August 2015
Second round
27–28 October 2015
Round of 16
15–16 December 2015
9–10 February 2016
19–20 April 2016
21 May 2016
Energie Cottbus 0
Mainz 05 3
Mainz 05 1
1860 Munich 2
1860 Munich 2
TSG Hoffenheim 0
1860 Munich 0
VfL Bochum 2
FSV Salmrohr 0
VfL Bochum 5
VfL Bochum 1
1. FC Kaiserslautern 0
Hansa Rostock 0 (4)
1. FC Kaiserslautern (p) 0 (5)
VfL Bochum 0
Bayern Munich 3
Stuttgarter Kickers 1
VfL Wolfsburg 4
VfL Wolfsburg 1
Bayern Munich 3
FC Nöttingen 1
Bayern Munich 3
Bayern Munich 1
Darmstadt 98 0
TuS Erndtebrück 0
Darmstadt 98 5
Darmstadt 98 2
Hannover 96 1
Hessen Kassel 0
Hannover 96 2
Bayern Munich 2
Werder Bremen 0
SpVgg Unterhaching 2
FC Ingolstadt 1
SpVgg Unterhaching 3
RB Leipzig 0
VfL Osnabrück 0
RB Leipzig[note 10]2
SpVgg Unterhaching 1
Bayer Leverkusen 3
Viktoria Köln 2
Union Berlin 1
Viktoria Köln 0
Bayer Leverkusen 6
Sportfreunde Lotte 0
Bayer Leverkusen 3
Bayer Leverkusen 1
Werder Bremen 3
MSV Duisburg 0
Schalke 04 5
Schalke 04 0
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2
FC St. Pauli 1
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3
Werder Bremen 4
Würzburger Kickers 0
Werder Bremen (a.e.t.) 2
Werder Bremen 1
1. FC Köln 0
SV Meppen 0
1. FC Köln 4
Bayern Munich (p) 0 (4)
Borussia Dortmund 0 (3)
Erzgebirge Aue 1
Greuther Fürth 0
Erzgebirge Aue 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 0
Bremer SV 0
Eintracht Frankfurt 3
Erzgebirge Aue 0
1. FC Heidenheim 2
Bahlinger SC 0 (3)
SV Sandhausen (p) 0 (5)
SV Sandhausen 0 (3)
1. FC Heidenheim (p) 0 (4)
FK Pirmasens 1
1. FC Heidenheim 4
1. FC Heidenheim 2
Hertha BSC 3
VfR Aalen 0 (1)
1. FC Nürnberg (p) 0 (2)
1. FC Nürnberg 5
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1
Rot-Weiss Essen 0 (1)
Fortuna Düsseldorf (p) 0 (3)
1. FC Nürnberg 0
Hertha BSC 2
BFC Dynamo 0
FSV Frankfurt 2
FSV Frankfurt 1
Hertha BSC (a.e.t.) 2
Arminia Bielefeld 0
Hertha BSC 2
Hertha BSC 0
Borussia Dortmund 3
Carl Zeiss Jena (a.e.t.) 3
Hamburger SV 2
Carl Zeiss Jena 0
VfB Stuttgart 2
Holstein Kiel 1
VfB Stuttgart 2
VfB Stuttgart (a.e.t.) 3
Eintracht Braunschweig 2
SSV Reutlingen 3
Karlsruher SC 1
SSV Reutlingen 0
Eintracht Braunschweig 4
Hallescher FC 0
Eintracht Braunschweig 1
VfB Stuttgart 1
Borussia Dortmund 3
HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst 0
SC Freiburg 5
SC Freiburg 0
FC Augsburg 3
SV Elversberg 1
FC Augsburg (a.e.t.) 3
FC Augsburg 0
Borussia Dortmund 2
Chemnitzer FC 0
Borussia Dortmund 2
Borussia Dortmund 7
SC Paderborn 1
VfB Lübeck 1
SC Paderborn 2

Top goalscorersEdit

Broadcasting rightsEdit

In Germany, all matches and the "conference" were broadcast live on pay TV via Sky Sport.[9] Selected matches from the first round to the quarter-finals are broadcast on free TV by Das Erste from ARD. Both semi-final matches and the final are broadcast by both Sky Sport and Das Erste.

The following matches will be broadcast live on free German television channel Das Erste:

Round Matches Ref.
First round FC St. Pauli v Borussia Mönchengladbach [9]
Second round VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich [20]
Schalke 04 v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Round of 16 Bayern Munich v Darmstadt 98 [21]
FC Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund
Quarter-finals VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund [22]
VfL Bochum v Bayern Munich
Semi-finals Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen [23]
Hertha BSC v Borussia Dortmund
Final Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund [24]

Prize fundEdit

Each participating team received a reward from the TV money and from the central promotional marketing (TV, stadium, and sleeve advertising) by the DFB. It was distributed as about €50 million to the 64 participants of the competition from 2015 to 2016. For wearing the sleeve advertising each participant received, according to the implementing provisions of the DFB-Pokal, €10,000 per game and round.[25][26][27][28]

Achieved round Premium per team Summed bonuses
First round €140,000
Second round €268,000 €408,000
Round of 16 €527,000 €935,000
Quarter-finals €1,041,000 €1,976,000
Semi-finals €2,073,000 €4,049,000
Final €2,500,000 €6,549,000
Champion €1,000,000 €7,549,000


  1. ^ Since both finalists of the DFB-Pokal qualified for the Champions League based on their league position, the Europa League group stage spot awarded to the DFB-Pokal winner was passed to the sixth-placed team in the Bundesliga, Mainz 05.
  2. ^ The three regions with the most participating teams in their league competitions (Bavaria, Lower Saxony, and Westphalia) are allowed to enter two teams for the competition.
  3. ^ In addition to the Bavarian Cup winners, the best amateur team of the 2014–15 Regionalliga Bayern also qualified.
  4. ^ Both finalists of the Lower Saxony Cup qualified.
  5. ^ VfB Lübeck qualified for the DFB-Pokal regardless of the outcome of the final of the Schleswig-Holstein Cup, as Holstein Kiel, the other finalists, already qualified for the DFB-Pokal through its 3. Liga place.
  6. ^ In addition to the Westphalian Cup winners, the best amateur team of the 2014–15 Oberliga Westfalen also qualified.
  7. ^ The match was moved to the Leimbachstadion in Siegen for additional seating.
  8. ^ The match was moved to the Sportpark am Vinnenweg in Bremen for additional seating.
  9. ^ The match was moved to the Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe for additional seating.
  10. ^ a b The match was stopped in the 71st minute, with VfL Osnabrück leading 1–0, after the referee was hit by a lighter, and the match was abandoned soon thereafter.[10] The sports court of the DFB, in accordance with section 18, paragraph 4 of the Laws and Rules of Procedure of the DFB, awarded a 0–2 win to RB Leipzig.[11]
  11. ^ a b The match was delayed 15 minutes.


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