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The Lower Rhine Cup (German: Niederrheinpokal) is a German football club Cup competition open to teams from the Lower Rhine region of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The competition is one of the 21 regional cup competitions of German football and acts as a qualifier for the following seasons' German Cup.[1]

Lower Rhine Cup
Map of Germany: Position of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighted
RegionLower Rhine,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Qualifier forDFB-Pokal
Current championsKFC Uerdingen (2018–19)
Most successful club(s)Rot-Weiss Essen (9 titles)

The competition is sponsored by the Diebels brewery and carries the official name Diebels Niederrheinpokal. It is operated by the Lower Rhine Football Association, the FVN.[2]


Clubs from fully professional leagues are not permitted to enter the competition, meaning, no teams from the Fußball-Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga can compete.[2]

All clubs from the Lower Rhine playing in the 3. Liga (III), Regionalliga West (IV) and Oberliga Niederrhein (V) are directly qualified for the first round, the remaining places in the first round are filled with the teams who qualified from local cup competitions, the Kreispokale.[2]

Since the establishment of the 3. Liga in 2008, reserve teams can not take part in the German Cup or the Lower Rhine Cup anymore.


The past winners of the competition:[3]

Club Wins Years
Rot-Weiss Essen 9 1993, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Wuppertaler SV Borussia 6 1981, 1985, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007
FC Remscheid 3 1990, 1991, 1994
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 3 1996, 1998, 2018
Schwarz-Weiß Essen 2 1987, 2010
SSVg. Velbert 2 2003, 2006
MSV Duisburg 2 2014, 2017
KFC Uerdingen 05 2 2001, 2019
Sportfreunde Baumberg 1 2013
VfB Speldorf 1 2009
Borussia Mönchengladbach Amateure 1 1997
SV Viktoria Goch 1 1986
1. FC Bocholt 1 1983
Bayer 05 Uerdingen Amateure 1 1982
  • No cup held or winner known for 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1992. In 1992 Wuppertaler SV und Fortuna Düsseldorf Amateure both qualified for the first round of the German Cup through the Lower Rhine Cup.


  1. ^ "DFB Cup Men – Mode". DFB. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Diebels Niederrheinpokal (in German) FVN website. Retrieved 9 July 2012
  3. ^ Endspiele und Titelgewinner im Niederrheinpokal (in German) FVN website – Finals and winners of the Lower Rhine Cup. Retrieved 9 July 2012
  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (in German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS

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