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2016–17 DFB-Pokal

The 2016–17 DFB-Pokal was the 74th 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 19 August 2016 with the first of six rounds and ended on 27 May 2017 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).

2016–17 DFB-Pokal
Dates19 August 2016 – 27 May 2017
Championship venueOlympiastadion, Berlin
ChampionsBorussia Dortmund (4th title)
Runners-upEintracht Frankfurt
Europa LeagueHertha BSC
Championship match score2–1
Matches played63
Goals scored200 (3.17 per match)
Attendance1,394,666 (22,138 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Robert Lewandowski
(5 goals)
Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs not included.

The defending champions were Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, after they beat Borussia Dortmund 4–3 on penalties in the previous final.[2] Bayern Munich were knocked out of the competition in the semi-finals by Borussia Dortmund, the eventual winners, losing 2–3.[3]

Borussia Dortmund defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2–1 in the final to claim their fourth title.[4]

Borussia Dortmund, the winners of the DFB-Pokal had already earned automatic qualification for the group stage of the 2017–18 edition of the UEFA Champions League through position in the Bundesliga. Therefore, the Europa League group stage spot went to the team in sixth, Hertha BSC, and the league's third qualifying round spot to the team in seventh, SC Freiburg. Dortmund also hosted the 2017 edition of the DFL-Supercup at the start of the 2017-18 season, when they faced the champion of the 2016–17 Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.[4]

Participating clubsEdit

The following 64 teams qualified for the competition:[5][6]

the 18 clubs of the 2015–16 season
2. Bundesliga
the 18 clubs of the 2015–16 season
3. Liga
the top 4 clubs of the 2015–16 season
Representatives of the regional associations
24 representatives of 21 regional associations of the DFB, qualified (in general) through the 2015–16 Verbandspokal[note 1]
  • Baden
Astoria Walldorf
SpVgg Unterhaching[note 3]
Jahn Regensburg
  • Berlin
BFC Preussen
  • Brandenburg
SV Babelsberg
  • Bremen
Bremer SV
  • Hamburg
Eintracht Norderstedt
  • Hesse
Kickers Offenbach
  • Lower Rhine
Rot-Weiss Essen
SV Drochtersen/Assel
Germania Egestorf/Langreder
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Hansa Rostock
  • Middle Rhine
Viktoria Köln
  • Rhineland
Eintracht Trier[note 5]
  • Saarland
FC 08 Homburg
  • Saxony
FSV Zwickau[note 6]
  • Saxony-Anhalt
Hallescher FC[note 7]
  • Schleswig-Holstein
VfB Lübeck
  • South Baden
FC 08 Villingen
  • Southwest
SC Hauenstein
  • Thuringia
Carl Zeiss Jena
SG Wattenscheid
Sportfreunde Lotte
  • Württemberg
FV Ravensburg


The trophy given to the champions.


The DFB-Pokal began with a round of 64 teams. The 36 teams of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, along with the top four finishers of the 3. Liga were automatically qualified for the tournament. Of the remaining slots, 21 are given to the cup winners of the regional football associations, the Verbandspokal. The three remaining slots were 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 Lower Saxony Cup was given the slot, along with the best-placed amateur team of the Regionalliga Bayern. For Westphalia, the winner of a play-off between the best-placed team of the Regionalliga West and Oberliga Westfalen also qualified. As every team was entitled to participate in local tournaments which qualify for the association cups, every team can in principle compete in the DFB-Pokal. Reserve teams and combined football sections are not permitted to enter, along with no two teams of the same association or corporation.[6]


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

For the first round, the participating teams were split into two pots of 32 teams each. The first pot contained 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 were 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 were set as the home team in the process.

The two-pot scenario were also 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) served 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 was 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 were drawn from the other pot with the first-drawn team for a match serving as hosts.

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

Match rulesEdit

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

A total of seven players were allowed to be listed on the substitute bench. For the first two rounds of the competition, a maximum of three players could be substituted, regardless of whether the match went into extra time. However, after a proposal by the German Football Association, the IFAB approved the use of a fourth substitute in extra time as part of a pilot project. This rule went into effect starting with the round of 16 onwards.[7]


If a player received five yellow cards in the competition, he was then be suspended from the next cup match. Similarly, receiving a second yellow card suspended a player from the next cup match. If a player receives a direct red card, they were suspended a minimum of one match, but the German Football Association reserves the right to increase the suspension.[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 the 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 2016–17 competition were scheduled as follows:[8]

Round Draw date and time Matches
First round 18 June 2016, 23:30 19–22 August 2016
Second round 26 August 2016, 22:45 25–26 October 2016
Round of 16 26 October 2016, 23:45 7–8 February 2017
Quarter-finals 8 February 2017, 23:15 28 February – 1 March 2017
Semi-finals 1 March 2017, 23:15 25–26 April 2017
Final 27 May 2017 at Olympiastadion, Berlin


A total of sixty-three matches took place, starting with the first round on 19 August 2016, and culminating with the final on 27 May 2017 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Times up to 29 October 2016 and from 26 March 2017 are CEST (UTC+2). Times from 30 October 2016 to 25 March 2017 are CET (UTC+1).

First roundEdit

The draw was held on 18 June 2016 at 23:30.[9] Caroline Siems drew the games.[10][11]

Second roundEdit

The draw was held on 26 August 2016 at 22:45, with Oliver Bierhoff drawing the games.[12][13]

Round of 16Edit

The draw was held on 26 October 2016 at 23:45, with Fabian Hambüchen drawing the games.[15][16]


The draw took place on 8 February 2017 at 23:15, with Mark Forster drawing the games.[17][18]


The draw took place on 1 March 2017 at 23:15, with Matthias Sammer drawing the games.[21][22]

Borussia Mönchengladbach1–1 (a.e.t.)Eintracht Frankfurt
Hofmann   45+2' Report Tawatha   15'
Attendance: 54,014
Referee: Deniz Aytekin

Bayern Munich2–3Borussia Dortmund
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Manuel Gräfe


The final took place on 27 May 2017 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Eintracht Frankfurt1–2Borussia Dortmund
Rebić   29' Report
Attendance: 74,322


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
19–22 August 2016
Second round
25–26 October 2016
Round of 16
7–8 February 2017
28 February – 1 March 2017
25–26 April 2017
27 May 2017
Hallescher FC (a.e.t.)4
1. FC Kaiserslautern3
Hallescher FC0
Hamburger SV4
FSV Zwickau0
Hamburger SV1
Hamburger SV2
1. FC Köln0
BFC Preussen0
1. FC Köln7
1. FC Köln (a.e.t.)2
1899 Hoffenheim1
Germania Egestorf/Langreder0
1899 Hoffenheim6
Hamburger SV1
Borussia Mönchengladbach2
Eintracht Norderstedt1
Greuther Fürth4
Greuther Fürth2
Mainz 051
SpVgg Unterhaching3 (2)
Mainz 05 (p)3 (4)
Greuther Fürth0
Borussia Mönchengladbach2
SV Drochtersen/Assel0
Borussia Mönchengladbach1
Borussia Mönchengladbach2
VfB Stuttgart0
FC 08 Homburg0
VfB Stuttgart3
Borussia Mönchengladbach1 (6)
Eintracht Frankfurt (p)1 (7)
Kickers Offenbach2
Hannover 96 (a.e.t.)3
Hannover 966
Fortuna Düsseldorf1
Hansa Rostock0
Fortuna Düsseldorf3
Hannover 961
Eintracht Frankfurt2
1. FC Magdeburg1 (3)
Eintracht Frankfurt (p)1 (4)
Eintracht Frankfurt (p)0 (4)
FC Ingolstadt0 (1)
Erzgebirge Aue0 (7)
FC Ingolstadt (p)0 (8)
Eintracht Frankfurt1
Arminia Bielefeld0
Astoria Walldorf (a.e.t.)4
VfL Bochum3
Astoria Walldorf1
Darmstadt 980
Bremer SV0
Darmstadt 987
Astoria Walldorf1 (4)
Arminia Bielefeld (p)1 (5)
Dynamo Dresden (p)2 (5)
RB Leipzig2 (4)
Dynamo Dresden0
Arminia Bielefeld1
Rot-Weiss Essen (p)2 (4)
Arminia Bielefeld2 (5)
Eintracht Frankfurt1
Borussia Dortmund2
Carl Zeiss Jena0
Bayern Munich5
Bayern Munich3
FC Augsburg1
FV Ravensburg0
FC Augsburg2
Bayern Munich1
VfL Wolfsburg0
SG Wattenscheid1
1. FC Heidenheim2
1. FC Heidenheim0
VfL Wolfsburg1
FSV Frankfurt1
VfL Wolfsburg2
Bayern Munich3
Schalke 040
SV Babelsberg0
SC Freiburg4
SC Freiburg3 (3)
SV Sandhausen (p)3 (4)
SC Paderborn1
SV Sandhausen2
SV Sandhausen1
Schalke 044
Viktoria Köln1 (5)
1. FC Nürnberg (p)1 (6)
1. FC Nürnberg2
Schalke 043
FC 08 Villingen1
Schalke 044
Bayern Munich2
Borussia Dortmund3
Sportfreunde Lotte2
Werder Bremen1
Sportfreunde Lotte (p)2 (4)
Bayer Leverkusen2 (3)
SC Hauenstein1
Bayer Leverkusen2
Sportfreunde Lotte2
1860 Munich0
Würzburger Kickers (a.e.t.)1
Eintracht Braunschweig0
Würzburger Kickers0 (3)
1860 Munich (p)0 (4)
1860 Munich2
Karlsruher SC1
Sportfreunde Lotte0
Borussia Dortmund3
Eintracht Trier0
Borussia Dortmund3
Borussia Dortmund (p)1 (3)
Union Berlin1 (0)
MSV Duisburg1
Union Berlin (a.e.t.)2
Borussia Dortmund (p)1 (3)
Hertha BSC1 (2)
VfB Lübeck0
FC St. Pauli3
FC St. Pauli0
Hertha BSC2
Jahn Regensburg1 (3)
Hertha BSC (p)1 (5)

Top goalscorersEdit

The following are the top scorers of the DFB-Pokal, sorted first by number of goals, and then alphabetically if necessary.[23] Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs are not included.

Rank Player Team Goals
1   Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 5
2   Martin Harnik Hannover 96 4
  Bobby Wood Hamburger SV
4   Antonio Čolak Darmstadt 98 3
  Vincenzo Grifo SC Freiburg
  Felix Klaus Hannover 96
  Yevhen Konoplyanka Schalke 04
  Andrej Kramarić 1899 Hoffenheim
9 28 players 2


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ In addition to the Bavarian Cup winners, the best-placed amateur team of the Regionalliga Bayern also qualified.
  3. ^ Since Bavarian Cup winners Würzburger Kickers already qualified via their 3. Liga position, finalists SpVgg Unterhaching took the spot.
  4. ^ Both finalists of the Lower Saxony Cup qualified.
  5. ^ Eintracht Trier qualified regardless of the outcome of the final of the Rhineland Cup, as combined football sections of clubs such as SG HWW Niederroßbach, the other finalists, are not allowed entrance into the DFB-Pokal.
  6. ^ Since Saxony Cup winners Erzgebirge Aue already qualified via their 3. Liga position, finalists FSV Zwickau took the spot.
  7. ^ Hallescher FC qualified regardless of the outcome of the final of the Saxony-Anhalt Cup, as 1. FC Magdeburg, the other finalists, already qualified for the DFB-Pokal through their 3. Liga position.
  8. ^ In addition to the Westphalian Cup winners, the winners of a play-off between the best-placed amateur Westphalian team of the Regionalliga West and the best-placed amateur team of the Oberliga Westfalen also qualified.
  9. ^ The match took place at the Geberit-Arena in Pfullendorf instead of FV Ravensburg's home stadium.
  10. ^ The match took place at the Schwarzwald-Stadion in Freiburg im Breisgau instead of FC 08 Villingen's home stadium.
  11. ^ The match took place at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in Berlin instead of BFC Preussen's home stadium.
  12. ^ The match took place at the Sportpark Husterhöhe in Pirmasens instead of SC Hauenstein's home stadium.
  13. ^ The match took place at the Stadion am Panzenberg in Bremen instead of Bremer SV's home stadium.
  14. ^ The match was originally scheduled to start at 20:45, but was delayed 15 minutes due to a traffic jam around the stadium.[14]
  15. ^ The match was originally scheduled to start at 18:30, but was delayed 10 minutes due to a traffic jam around the stadium.
  16. ^ The match, originally scheduled for 28 February 2017, 20:45, was cancelled due to poor pitch conditions, and was rescheduled for two weeks later.[19][20]
  17. ^ The match was originally scheduled to take place at Sportfreunde Lotte's home stadium, the FRIMO Stadion in Lotte. However, due to the cancellation of the original match due to poor pitch conditions, the match was rescheduled to take place at the Stadion an der Bremer Brücke in Osnabrück.[20]


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