2017–18 DFB-Pokal

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2017–18 DFB-Pokal
Country Germany
Dates 11 August 2017 – 19 May 2018
Championship venue Olympiastadion, Berlin
Teams 64
Champions Eintracht Frankfurt (5th title)
Runners-up Bayern Munich
Europa League Eintracht Frankfurt
Matches played 63
Goals scored 221 (3.51 per match)
Attendance 1,291,895 (20,506 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Robert Lewandowski (6 goals)

The 2017–18 DFB-Pokal was the 75th 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 11 August 2017 with the first of six rounds and ended on 19 May 2018 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).

The defending champions were Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, after they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2–1 in the previous final.[2] Dortmund were knocked out of the competition in the round of 16 by record winners Bayern Munich, losing 1–2.[3]

Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Bayern Munich 3–1 in the final to claim their fifth title.

As winners, Eintracht Frankfurt automatically qualified for the group stage of the 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Europa League. They also will host the 2018 edition of the DFL-Supercup at the start of the next season, and will face the champion of the 2017–18 Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.

Participating clubs[edit]

The following 64 teams qualified for the competition:

Bundesliga
the 18 clubs of the 2016–17 season
2. Bundesliga
the 18 clubs of the 2016–17 season
3. Liga
the top 4 clubs of the 2016–17 season
Representatives of the regional associations
24 representatives of 21 regional associations of the DFB, qualify (in general) through the 2016–17 Verbandspokal[note 1]
  • Baden
FC Nöttingen
Schweinfurt 05 (CW)
SpVgg Unterhaching (RB)
  • Berlin
BFC Dynamo
  • Brandenburg
Energie Cottbus
  • Bremen
Leher TS
  • Hamburg
Eintracht Norderstedt
  • Hesse
Wehen Wiesbaden
  • Lower Rhine
Rot-Weiss Essen[note 3]
LSK Hansa
VfL Osnabrück
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Hansa Rostock
  • Middle Rhine
Bonner SC
  • Rhineland
TuS Koblenz
  • Saarland
1. FC Saarbrücken
  • Saxony
Chemnitzer FC
  • Saxony-Anhalt
Germania Halberstadt[note 5]
  • Schleswig-Holstein
SV Eichede[note 6]
  • South Baden
1. FC Rielasingen-Arlen
  • Southwest
SV Morlautern
  • Thuringia
Rot-Weiß Erfurt
SC Paderborn (CW)
TuS Erndtebrück (PO)
  • Württemberg
Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen

Format[edit]

The trophy given to the champions.

Participation[edit]

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.[4]

Draw[edit]

The draws for the different rounds are conducted as following:[4]

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 rules[edit]

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.[4] 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 during the previous season, the use of a fourth substitute is allowed in extra time as part of a pilot project.[5] 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.[6]

Suspensions[edit]

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.[4]

Champion qualification[edit]

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.

Schedule[edit]

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. 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 take place at the same time.[7]

The rounds of the 2017–18 competition are scheduled as follows:[8]

Round Draw date Matches
First round 11 June 2017 11–14 August 2017
Second round 20 August 2017 24–25 October 2017
Round of 16 29 October 2017 19–20 December 2017
Quarter-finals 7 January 2018 6–7 February 2018
Semi-finals 11 February 2018 17–18 April 2018
Final 19 May 2018 at Olympiastadion, Berlin

Matches[edit]

A total of sixty-three matches will take place, starting with the first round on 11 August 2017 and culminating with the final on 19 May 2018 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Times up to 28 October 2017 and from 25 March 2018 are CEST (UTC+2). Times from 29 October 2017 to 24 March 2018 are CET (UTC+1).

First round[edit]

The draw for the first round was held on 11 June 2017 at 18:00, with Sebastian Kehl drawing the matches.[7] The thirty-two matches took place from 11 to 14 August 2017.[9]

Second round[edit]

The draw for the second round was held on 20 August 2017 at 18:00, with Carolin Kebekus drawing the matches.[11] The sixteen matches took place from 24 to 25 October 2017.[12]

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 29 October 2017 at 18:00, with Stefan Effenberg drawing the matches.[13] The eight matches took place from 19 to 20 December 2017.[14]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 7 January 2018 at 18:00, with Oliver Roggisch drawing the matches.[15] The four matches took place from 6 to 7 February 2018.[16]

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 11 February 2018 at 18:00, with Andreas Köpke drawing the matches.[17] The two matches took place from 17 to 18 April 2018.[18]

Bayer Leverkusen 2–6 Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 30,210

Schalke 04 0–1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Report Jović Goal 75'
Attendance: 60,000

Final[edit]

The final took place on 19 May 2018 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[8]

Bayern Munich 1–3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Lewandowski Goal 53' Report
Attendance: 74,322
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)

Bracket[edit]

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
11–14 August 2017
Second round
24–25 October 2017
Round of 16
19–20 December 2017
Quarter-finals
6–7 February 2018
Semi-finals
17–18 April 2018
Final
19 May 2018
 
                      
 
 
 
 
Arminia Bielefeld1
 
 
 
Fortuna Düsseldorf (a.e.t.)3
 
Fortuna Düsseldorf0
 
 
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach1
 
Rot-Weiss Essen1
 
 
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach2
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach0
 
 
 
Bayer Leverkusen1
 
Karlsruher SC0
 
 
 
Bayer Leverkusen (a.e.t.)3
 
Bayer Leverkusen4
 
 
 
Union Berlin1
 
1. FC Saarbrücken1
 
 
 
Union Berlin (a.e.t.)2
 
Bayer Leverkusen (a.e.t.)4
 
 
 
Werder Bremen2
 
Würzburger Kickers0
 
 
 
Werder Bremen3
 
Werder Bremen1
 
 
 
1899 Hoffenheim0
 
Rot-Weiß Erfurt0
 
 
 
1899 Hoffenheim1
 
Werder Bremen3
 
 
 
SC Freiburg2
 
Germania Halberstadt1
 
 
 
SC Freiburg2
 
SC Freiburg3
 
 
 
Dynamo Dresden1
 
TuS Koblenz2
 
 
 
Dynamo Dresden3
 
Bayer Leverkusen2
 
 
 
Bayern Munich6
 
SC Paderborn2
 
 
 
FC St. Pauli1
 
SC Paderborn2
 
 
 
VfL Bochum0
 
FC Nöttingen2
 
 
 
VfL Bochum5
 
SC Paderborn1
 
 
 
FC Ingolstadt0
 
SV Morlautern0
 
 
 
Greuther Fürth5
 
Greuther Fürth1
 
 
 
FC Ingolstadt3
 
1860 Munich1
 
 
 
FC Ingolstadt2
 
SC Paderborn0
 
 
 
Bayern Munich6
 
Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen0
 
 
 
RB Leipzig5
 
RB Leipzig1 (4)
 
 
 
Bayern Munich (p)1 (5)
 
Chemnitzer FC0
 
 
 
Bayern Munich5
 
Bayern Munich2
 
 
 
Borussia Dortmund1
 
1. FC Magdeburg2
 
 
 
FC Augsburg0
 
1. FC Magdeburg0
 
 
 
Borussia Dortmund5
 
1. FC Rielasingen-Arlen0
 
 
 
Borussia Dortmund4
 
Bayern Munich1
 
 
 
Eintracht Frankfurt3
 
Wehen Wiesbaden2
 
 
 
Erzgebirge Aue0
 
Wehen Wiesbaden1
 
 
 
Schalke 043
 
BFC Dynamo0
 
 
 
Schalke 042
 
Schalke 041
 
 
 
1. FC Köln0
 
Hansa Rostock0
 
 
 
Hertha BSC2
 
Hertha BSC1
 
 
 
1. FC Köln3
 
Leher TS0
 
 
 
1. FC Köln5
 
Schalke 041
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg0
 
VfL Osnabrück3
 
 
 
Hamburger SV1
 
VfL Osnabrück2
 
 
 
1. FC Nürnberg3
 
MSV Duisburg1
 
 
 
1. FC Nürnberg2
 
1. FC Nürnberg0
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg (a.e.t.)2
 
Eintracht Norderstedt0
 
 
 
VfL Wolfsburg1
 
VfL Wolfsburg1
 
 
 
Hannover 960
 
Bonner SC2
 
 
 
Hannover 966
 
Schalke 040
 
 
 
Eintracht Frankfurt1
 
Jahn Regensburg3
 
 
 
Darmstadt 981
 
Jahn Regensburg2
 
 
 
1. FC Heidenheim5
 
SpVgg Unterhaching0
 
 
 
1. FC Heidenheim4
 
1. FC Heidenheim1
 
 
 
Eintracht Frankfurt (a.e.t.)2
 
Schweinfurt 052
 
 
 
SV Sandhausen1
 
Schweinfurt 050
 
 
 
Eintracht Frankfurt4
 
TuS Erndtebrück0
 
 
 
Eintracht Frankfurt3
 
Eintracht Frankfurt3
 
 
 
Mainz 050
 
LSK Hansa1
 
 
 
Mainz 053
 
Mainz 05 (a.e.t.)3
 
 
 
Holstein Kiel2
 
Holstein Kiel2
 
 
 
Eintracht Braunschweig1
 
Mainz 053
 
 
 
VfB Stuttgart1
 
SV Eichede0
 
 
 
1. FC Kaiserslautern4
 
1. FC Kaiserslautern1
 
 
 
VfB Stuttgart3
 
Energie Cottbus2 (3)
 
 
VfB Stuttgart (p)2 (4)
 

Top goalscorers[edit]

The following are the top scorers of the DFB-Pokal, sorted first by number of goals, and then alphabetically if necessary.[19] Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs are not included.

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 6
2 France Sébastien Haller Eintracht Frankfurt 4
Germany Thomas Müller Bayern Munich
4 Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 3
Jamaica Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen
Germany Julian Brandt Bayer Leverkusen
Serbia Mijat Gaćinović Eintracht Frankfurt
Germany Robert Glatzel 1. FC Heidenheim
Austria Lukas Hinterseer VfL Bochum
Germany Nils Petersen SC Freiburg
Croatia Ante Rebić Eintracht Frankfurt

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ In addition to the Bavarian Cup winners, the best-placed amateur team of the Regionalliga Bayern also qualify.
  3. ^ Rot-Weiss Essen qualified regardless of the outcome of the final of the Lower Rhine Cup, as MSV Duisburg, the other finalists, already qualified for the DFB-Pokal through their 3. Liga position.
  4. ^ Both finalists of the Lower Saxony Cup qualify.
  5. ^ Germania Halberstadt 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.
  6. ^ SV Eichede qualified regardless of the outcome of the final of the Schleswig-Holstein Cup, as Holstein Kiel, 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. ^ The TuS Koblenz v Dynamo Dresden match, originally scheduled on 12 August 2017, 15:30 CEST, was later rescheduled to 11 August 2017, 19:00 CEST, due to difficulty in finding a suitable stadium to host the match.[10]
  9. ^ The match took place at the Stadion Zwickau in Zwickau instead of TuS Koblenz's home stadium.
  10. ^ The match took place at the Sportanlage Sülzwiesen in Lüneburg instead of LSK Hansa's home stadium.
  11. ^ The match took place at the Nordsee-Stadion in Bremerhaven instead of Leher TS's home stadium.
  12. ^ The match took place at the Leimbachstadion in Siegen instead of TuS Erndtebrück's home stadium.
  13. ^ The match took place at the Schwarzwald-Stadion in Freiburg instead of 1. FC Rielasingen-Arlen's home stadium.
  14. ^ The match took place at the Stadion Lohmühle in Lübeck instead of SV Eichede's home stadium.
  15. ^ The match took place at the Sparda-Bank-Hessen-Stadion in Offenbach instead of Würzburger Kickers's home stadium.
  16. ^ The match took place at the Scholz-Arena in Aalen instead of Sportfreunde Dormerkingen's home stadium.
  17. ^ The match took place at the Sportpark Husterhöhe in Pirmasens instead of SV Morlautern's home stadium.
  18. ^ The match took place at the Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe instead of FC Nöttingen's home stadium.
  19. ^ The Bayer Leverkusen v Union Berlin match, originally scheduled for 18:30 CEST, was delayed to 18:35 CEST due to a traffic jam around the stadium.
  20. ^ The Borussia Mönchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen match, originally scheduled for 18:30 CET, was delayed to 18:40 CET due to delays for fans entering the stadium.
  21. ^ The 1. FC Heidenheim v Eintracht Frankfurt match, originally scheduled for 20:45 CET, was delayed to 20:50 CET due to smoke from fireworks in the stadium.

References[edit]

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