The draw for the pre-quarterfinals of the DFB German Cup (DFB Pokal) 2023/24 was held tonight with the draw carried out by Paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler, while DFB vice-president Peter Frymuth acted as the observer at the Deutschen Fußballmuseum in Dortmund.
The highlight match of the draw sees VfB Stuttgart host Borussia Dortmund.
After slaying the giants of FC Bayern München, third-tier 1. FC Saarbrücken will meet last year’s runners-up Eintracht Frankfurt in the round of 16 and can look forward to another mouth-watering home cup tie. FC 08 Homburg, the last remaining fourth-tier side, also have a difficult tie in front of them in the form of current Bundesliga 2 leaders FC St. Pauli. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who currently find themselves on top of the Bundesliga table, were drawn at home to another team from North Rhine Westphalia, SC Paderborn 07.
Three ties between second-tier sides round off the draw, and there is certainly a lot of tradition amongst these sides. Hertha BSC will play Hamburger SV at home, 1. FC Kaiserslautern will host 1. FC Nürnberg, whilst Fortuna Düsseldorf travel to 1. FC Magdeburg.
The ties are to be played on December 5/6, 2023.
The winners will advance to the quarterfinals, half of which are set to be played on January 30/31, and on February 6/7. The final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin will take place on May 25, 2024.
DFB POKAL – PRE-QUARTERFINALS
VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund
1.FC Saarbrücken vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. VfL Wolfsburg
Hertha BSC vs. Hamburger SV
FC Homburg vs. FC St. Pauli
Bayer Leverkusen vs. SC Paderborn
1.FC Kaiserslautern vs. 1.FC Nürnberg
1.FC Magdeburg vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf