FC Bayern Munich: Of course, the smaller clubs are hoping for this lot. Photo: firo
After the association cup competitions, the winners are always waiting eagerly for the first-round draw. The date of the DFB Cup main round drawing has already been set. Four clubs from Regionalliga West will be there and will be looking forward to the draw.
The DFB Cup draw for the 1st main round will be on 4th July 2021 (6.30 p.m.) broadcast live in the ARD Sportschau. As usual since 1985, the final will take place in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in May 2022.
From a western perspective, in addition to the professional clubs Borussia Dortmund, VfL Bochum and FC Schalke 04, four western regional leagues are also represented in the pot. Wuppertaler SV, Preußen Münster, Sportfreunde Lotte and Viktoria Köln are also there and will be especially looking forward to the draw. As a reminder: that an underdog, a fourth division team, can make it far in the DFB-Pokal was proven in the 2019/2020 season by 1.FC Saarbrücken, which made it to the semi-finals and was eliminated against Bayer Leverkusen, and in the previous series Red- Weiss Essen. RWE was only eliminated in the quarterfinals against Holstein Kiel.
6./7./8. August 2021: 1st Round
26./27. October 2021: 2nd round
18./19. January 2022: Round of 16
1./2. March 2022: quarter-finals
19./20. April 2022: semi-finals
21. Mai 2022: Final in Berlin
54 of 64 participants have been chosen – an overview:
The 18 Bundesliga participants:
1. FC Cologne, 1. FSV Mainz 05, 1. FC Union Berlin, Arminia Bielefeld, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Augsburg, FC Bayern, Schalke 04, Hertha BSC, RB Leipzig, SC Freiburg, Werder Bremen, TSG Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg.
The 18 second division participants:
1. FC Heidenheim, 1. FC Nuremberg, Eintracht Braunschweig, Erzgebirge Aue, FC St. Pauli, Würzburger Kickers, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Holstein Kiel, Karlsruher SC, SC Paderborn, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Jahn Regensburg, SV Darmstadt 98, SV Sandhausen, VfL Bochum, VfL Osnabrück.
The participants from the 3rd division:
Dynamo Dresden, Hansa Rostock, FC Ingolstadt, 1860 Munich.
Winner of the national cup competitions:
Prussia Münster (as the best Westphalian western regional league)
Sportfreunde Lotte (as finalist in the Westphalia Cup)
BFC Dynamo (Winner in Berlin)
Wuppertaler SV (winner on the Lower Rhine)
SV Elversberg (winner in Saarland)
TuS RW Koblenz (winner in Rhineland)
SV Wehen Wiesbaden (winner in Hesse)
SSV Ulm (Winner in Württemberg)
SV Babelsberg (winner in Brandenburg)
Lok Leipzig (winner in Saxony)
1. FC Magdeburg (winner in Saxony-Anhalt)
SV Meppen (winner in Lower Saxony)
Waldhof Mannheim (winner in Baden)
Viktoria Köln (winner on the Middle Rhine)