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The 2018–19 DFB-Pokal was the 76th 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. The competition began on 17 August 2018 with the first of six rounds and ended on 25 May 2019 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).

2018–19 DFB-Pokal
CountryGermany
Dates17 August 2018 – 25 May 2019
Championship venueOlympiastadion, Berlin
Teams64
ChampionsBayern Munich (19th title)
Runners-upRB Leipzig
Europa LeagueVfL Wolfsburg[note 1]
Championship match score3–0
Matches played63
Goals scored247 (3.92 per match)
Attendance1,348,580 (21,406 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Robert Lewandowski (7 goals)
Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs not included.

The defending champions were Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, after they defeated Bayern Munich 3–1 in the previous final.[2] Frankfurt were knocked out of the competition in the first round by fourth-division side SSV Ulm, losing 1–2.

Bayern Munich won the final 3–0 against RB Leipzig for their 19th title. With the win, Bayern completed their 12th domestic double, and therefore will play away to 2018–19 Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the 2019 DFL-Supercup in August 2019. Because Bayern qualified for the Champions League through the Bundesliga, the sixth-place team in the Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg, earned qualification for the group stage of the 2019–20 edition of the UEFA Europa League, and the league's third second round spot went to the team in seventh, Eintracht Frankfurt.

Participating clubsEdit

The following 64 teams qualified for the competition:

Bundesliga
the 18 clubs of the 2017–18 season
2. Bundesliga
the 18 clubs of the 2017–18 season
3. Liga
the top 4 clubs of the 2017–18 season
Representatives of the regional associations
24 representatives of 21 regional associations of the DFB, qualify (in general) through the 2017–18 Verbandspokal[note 2]

Baden

Bavaria[note 4]

Berlin

Brandenburg

Bremen

Hamburg

Hesse

Lower Rhine

Lower Saxony[note 5]

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Middle Rhine

Rhineland

Saarland

Saxony

Saxony-Anhalt

Schleswig-Holstein

South Baden

Southwest

Thuringia

Westphalia[note 7]

Württemberg

FormatEdit

 
The trophy given to the champions.

ParticipationEdit

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 Lower Saxony Cup is 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 qualify. 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 and combined football sections are not permitted to enter, along with no two teams of the same association or corporation.[3]

DrawEdit

The draws for the different rounds are conducted as following:[3]

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, 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. Matches 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.[3] A total of seven players are allowed to be listed on the substitute bench, with up to three substitutions being allowed during regulation. After approval by the IFAB in 2016, the use of a fourth substitute is allowed in extra time as part of a pilot project.[4] From the quarter-finals onward, a video assistant referee will be appointed for all DFB-Pokal matches. Though technically possible, VAR will not be used for home matches of Bundesliga clubs prior to the quarter-finals in order to provide a uniform approach to all matches.[5]

SuspensionsEdit

If a player receives five yellow cards in the competition, he will then be suspended from the next cup match. Similarly, receiving a second yellow card suspends a player from the next cup match. If a player receives a direct red card, they will be suspended a minimum of one match, but the German Football Association reserves the right to increase the suspension.[3]

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 second 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.

ScheduleEdit

 
The Olympiastadion in Berlin will host the final.

All draws will generally be held at the German Football Museum in Dortmund, on a Sunday evening at 18:00 after each round (unless noted otherwise). The draws will be televised on ARD's Sportschau, broadcast on Das Erste. From the quarter-finals onwards, the draw for the DFB-Pokal der Frauen will also generally take place at the same time.[6][7]

The rounds of the 2018–19 competition are scheduled as follows:[1][8]

Round Draw date Matches
First round 8 June 2018, 22:00 17–20 August 2018
Second round 26 August 2018 30–31 October 2018
Round of 16 4 November 2018 5–6 February 2019
Quarter-finals 10 February 2019, 18:15 2–3 April 2019
Semi-finals 7 April 2019 23–24 April 2019
Final 25 May 2019 at Olympiastadion, Berlin

MatchesEdit

A total of sixty-three matches will take place, starting with the first round on 17 August 2018 and culminating with the final on 25 May 2019 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Times up to 27 October 2018 and from 31 March 2019 are CEST (UTC+2). Times from 28 October 2018 to 30 March 2019 are CET (UTC+1).

First roundEdit

The draw for the first round was held on 8 June 2018 at 22:00, with Palina Rojinski drawing the matches.[9] The thirty-two matches took place from 17 to 20 August 2018.[10]

Second roundEdit

The draw for the second round was held on 26 August 2018 at 18:00, with Gina Lückenkemper drawing the matches.[11] The sixteen matches took place from 30 to 31 October 2018.[12]

Round of 16Edit

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 4 November 2018 at 18:00, with Serdal Celebi drawing the matches.[13] The eight matches took place from 5 to 6 February 2019.[14]

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 10 February 2019 at 18:15, with Fabian Böhm drawing the matches.[15] The four matches took place from 2 to 3 April 2019.[16]

Semi-finalsEdit

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 7 April 2019 at 18:00, with Lena Goeßling drawing the matches.[17] The two matches took place from 23 to 24 April 2019.[18]

Hamburger SV1–3RB Leipzig
Jatta   24' Report
Attendance: 52,365
Referee: Felix Brych

Werder Bremen2–3Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 42,100

FinalEdit

The final took place on 25 May 2019 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[1]

RB Leipzig0–3Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 74,322

BracketEdit

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
17–20 August 2018
Second round
30–31 October 2018
Round of 16
5–6 February 2019
Quarter-finals
2–3 April 2019
Semi-finals
23–24 April 2019
Final
25 May 2019
 
                      
 
 
 
 
Lok Stendal0
 
 
 
Arminia Bielefeld5
 
Arminia Bielefeld0
 
 
 
MSV Duisburg3
 
TuS Dassendorf0
 
 
 
MSV Duisburg1
 
MSV Duisburg1
 
 
 
SC Paderborn3
 
Chemie Leipzig2
 
 
 
Jahn Regensburg1
 
Chemie Leipzig0
 
 
 
SC Paderborn3
 
SC Paderborn2
 
 
 
FC Ingolstadt1
 
SC Paderborn0
 
 
 
Hamburger SV2
 
Wehen Wiesbaden (a.e.t.)3
 
 
 
FC St. Pauli2
 
Wehen Wiesbaden0
 
 
 
Hamburger SV3
 
TuS Erndtebrück3
 
 
 
Hamburger SV5
 
Hamburger SV1
 
 
 
1. FC Nürnberg0
 
Hansa Rostock2
 
 
 
VfB Stuttgart0
 
Hansa Rostock2 (2)
 
 
 
1. FC Nürnberg (p)2 (4)
 
SV Linx1
 
 
 
1. FC Nürnberg2
 
Hamburger SV1
 
 
 
RB Leipzig3
 
1860 Munich1
 
 
 
Holstein Kiel3
 
Holstein Kiel2
 
 
 
SC Freiburg1
 
Energie Cottbus2 (3)
 
 
 
SC Freiburg (p)2 (5)
 
Holstein Kiel0
 
 
 
FC Augsburg1
 
TSV Steinbach Haiger1
 
 
 
FC Augsburg2
 
FC Augsburg (a.e.t.)3
 
 
 
Mainz 052
 
Erzgebirge Aue1
 
 
 
Mainz 053
 
FC Augsburg1
 
 
 
RB Leipzig (a.e.t.)2
 
Viktoria Köln1
 
 
 
RB Leipzig3
 
RB Leipzig2
 
 
 
1899 Hoffenheim0
 
1. FC Kaiserslautern1
 
 
 
1899 Hoffenheim6
 
RB Leipzig1
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg0
 
Karlsruher SC0
 
 
 
Hannover 966
 
Hannover 960
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg2
 
SV Elversberg0
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg1
 
RB Leipzig0
 
 
 
Bayern Munich3
 
BFC Dynamo1
 
 
 
1. FC Köln9
 
1. FC Köln1 (5)
 
 
 
Schalke 04 (p)1 (6)
 
1. FC Schweinfurt0
 
 
 
Schalke 042
 
Schalke 044
 
 
 
Fortuna Düsseldorf1
 
SSV Ulm2
 
 
 
Eintracht Frankfurt1
 
SSV Ulm1
 
 
 
Fortuna Düsseldorf5
 
Rot-Weiss Koblenz0
 
 
 
Fortuna Düsseldorf5
 
Schalke 040
 
 
 
Werder Bremen2
 
Greuther Fürth1
 
 
 
Borussia Dortmund (a.e.t.)2
 
Borussia Dortmund (a.e.t.)3
 
 
 
Union Berlin2
 
Carl Zeiss Jena2
 
 
 
Union Berlin4
 
Borussia Dortmund3 (2)
 
 
 
Werder Bremen (p)3 (4)
 
Weiche Flensburg1
 
 
 
VfL Bochum0
 
Weiche Flensburg1
 
 
 
Werder Bremen5
 
Wormatia Worms1
 
 
 
Werder Bremen6
 
Werder Bremen2
 
 
 
Bayern Munich3
 
1. FC Magdeburg0
 
 
 
Darmstadt 981
 
Darmstadt 980
 
 
 
Hertha BSC2
 
Eintracht Braunschweig1
 
 
 
Hertha BSC2
 
Hertha BSC2
 
 
 
Bayern Munich (a.e.t.)3
 
SV Rödinghausen (a.e.t.)3
 
 
 
Dynamo Dresden2
 
SV Rödinghausen1
 
 
 
Bayern Munich2
 
SV Drochtersen/Assel0
 
 
 
Bayern Munich1
 
Bayern Munich5
 
 
 
1. FC Heidenheim4
 
SSV Jeddeloh2
 
 
 
1. FC Heidenheim5
 
1. FC Heidenheim3
 
 
 
SV Sandhausen0
 
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen0
 
 
 
SV Sandhausen6
 
1. FC Heidenheim2
 
 
 
Bayer Leverkusen1
 
BSC Hastedt1
 
 
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach11
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach0
 
 
 
Bayer Leverkusen5
 
1. CfR Pforzheim0
 
 
Bayer Leverkusen1
 

Top goalscorersEdit

Broadcasting rightsEdit

In Germany, all matches and a simulcast (Konferenz) channel are broadcast live on pay TV via Sky Sport. Selected matches from the first round to the quarter-finals, along with highlights from all matches, are broadcast on free TV by Das Erste's Sportschau live from ARD. Both semi-final matches and the final are broadcast by both Das Erste and Sky Sport.[20]

The following matches were broadcast live on ARD:

Round Matches Ref.
First round Greuther Fürth v Borussia Dortmund [21]
Second round SV Rödinghausen v Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig v 1899 Hoffenheim
[22]
Round of 16 Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen
Hertha BSC v Bayern Munich
[23]
Quarter-finals FC Augsburg v RB Leipzig
Schalke 04 v Werder Bremen
[24]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Since the winners 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, VfL Wolfsburg.
  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. ^ 1. CfR Pforzheim qualified regardless of the outcome of the final of the Baden Cup, as Karlsruher SC, the other finalists, already qualified for the DFB-Pokal through their 3. Liga position.
  4. ^ In addition to the Bavarian Cup winners, the best-placed amateur team of the Regionalliga Bayern also qualify.
  5. ^ Both finalists of the Lower Saxony Cup qualify.
  6. ^ Lok Stendal 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.
  7. ^ 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 qualify.
  8. ^ TuS Erndtebrück qualified regardless of the outcome of the final of the Westphalian Cup, as SC Paderborn, the other finalists, already qualified for the DFB-Pokal through their 3. Liga position.
  9. ^ The SV Linx v 1. FC Nürnberg match took place at the Rheinstadion in Kehl instead of SV Linx's home stadium.
  10. ^ The SV Rödinghausen v Dynamo Dresden match took place at the Frimo Stadion in Lotte instead of SV Rödinghausen's home stadium.
  11. ^ The TuS Dassendorf v MSV Duisburg match took place at the Stadion Sander Tannen in Hamburg instead of TuS Dassendorf's home stadium.
  12. ^ The TuS Erndtebrück v Hamburger SV match took place at the Leimbachstadion in Siegen instead of TuS Erndtebrück's home stadium.
  13. ^ The Rot-Weiss Koblenz v Fortuna Düsseldorf match took place at the Stadion Oberwerth in Koblenz instead of Rot-Weiss Koblenz's home stadium.
  14. ^ The BFC Dynamo v 1. FC Köln match took place at the Olympiastadion in Berlin instead of BFC Dynamo's home stadium.
  15. ^ The SSV Jeddeloh v 1. FC Heidenheim match took place at the Marschweg-Stadion in Oldenburg instead of SSV Jeddeloh's home stadium.
  16. ^ The BSC Hastedt v Borussia Mönchengladbach match took place at the Weserstadion Platz 11 in Bremen instead of BSC Hastedt's home stadium.
  17. ^ The Darmstadt 98 v Hertha BSC match, originally scheduled for 18:30 CET, was delayed to 18:45 CET due to a traffic jam around the stadium.
  18. ^ The SV Rödinghausen v Bayern Munich match took place at the Stadion an der Bremer Brücke in Osnabrück instead of SV Rödinghausen's home stadium.
  19. ^ The Weiche Flensburg v Werder Bremen match took place at the Stadion Lohmühle in Lübeck instead of Weiche Flensburg's home stadium.

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