The draw for the first round of the DFB German Cup (DFB Pokal) 2020/21 was held tonight with the draw carried out by DFB president Fritz Keller and assistant general secretary Heike Ullrich.
Defending champions and record winners Bayern Munich will have to wait and see who their opponents will be. The Bavarians will face the winner of the Middle Rhine cup, with a further 22 clubs also still waiting to find out who they will face in the first round of the competition.
2019/20 finalists Bayer 04 Leverkusen have been drawn against the winner of the Hamburg cup, while Borussia Mönchengladbach will play with winner of the Bremen cup. Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund have been drawn against third-division side MSV Duisburg in a small Ruhr derby.
The full list of 64 teams that will contest this year’s cup competition remains incomplete due to the break in football caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. With the regional cup competitions set to be completed on August 22, 2020, teams looking to qualify in this manner were instead represented by placeholders for the time being. The decision to conduct the draw before the names of the participants from the regional associations was know, was chosen in order to allow more intensive planning for the respective venues, especially for the amateur clubs. All amateur sides will also be facing special challenges with regard to developing a hygiene concept to adhere to during their respective first-round matches. This extra time to prepare will also allow for accurate scheduling.
The first-round matches will take place between September 11 to 14, and will mark the start of the 2020/21 season in German professional football.
2020/21 DFB POKAL – Round 1
1. FC Nürnberg – RB Leipzig
Schleswig-Holstein cup path – VfL Osnabrück
Lower Saxony cup path (third division and Regionalliga) – FSV Mainz 05
Saxony cup path – TSG Hoffenheim
Bavaria cup path – Eintracht Frankfurt
Thuringia cup path – Werder Bremen
SV Wehen Wiesbaden – 1. FC Heidenheim
Middle Rhine cup path – Bayern München
Lower Saxony cup path (amateurs) – FC Augsburg
South Baden cup path – Holstein Kiel
Eintracht Braunschweig – Hertha BSC
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern cup path – VfB Stuttgart
MSV Duisburg – Borussia Dortmund
Hesse cup path – SV Sandhausen
Württemberg cup path – Erzgebirge Aue
Dynamo Dresden – Hamburger SV
Rhineland cup path – VfL Bochum
Baden cup path – SC Freiburg
Brandenburg cup path – VfL Wolfsburg
Bremen cup path – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Saarland cup path – FC St. Pauli
Hamburg cup path – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Würzburger Kickers – Hannover 96
Westphalia Path #2 – Greuther Fürth
South West cup path – Jahn Regensburg
Berlin cup path – 1. FC Köln
Lower Rhine cup path – Arminia Bielefeld
Bavaria league path – FC Schalke 04
FC Ingolstadt – Fortuna Düsseldorf
Karlsruher SC – Union Berlin
1. FC Magdeburg – SV Darmstadt 98
Westphalia Path #1 – SC Paderborn