DFB Cup: Cup specialists Sandhausen to host Dortmund

“Raúl, Raúl, Raúl”, reverberated around “Panorama”. The football fans in Teningen’s clubhouse have a big-name club to look forward to as Schalke 04, the 2011 German cup winners, have been drawn away to seventh division club in the first round of the 2011/2012 cup (29 July to 11 August). When pulling the names out of the hat, Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, a member of Germany’s women’s European Championship winning team, sparked delight on Whit Saturday, and not only in Teningen, a town in south-west Germany. There was excitement too a little further north. SV Sandhausen, twelfth in the third division, will welcome the German champions Borussia Dortmund, as they did in the cup quarterfinals in 1987 (1-3). Promoted – to the second division –  Eintracht Braunschweig and Dynamo Dresden were also happy: Braunschweig will face record cup winners Bayern Munich and Dresden will be up against championship runners-up Bayer Leverkusen, a club to which they are closely linked.

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FC Schalke 04’s players in golden confetti rain after the win in the final against MSV Duisburg: will they have to hand over the cup in 2012? (Photo: GES/Augenklick)


Germania Windeck once again enjoyed the luck of the draw in the first round of the 69th edition of the German Football Association’s (DFB) cup competition after being handed TSG Hoffenheim 1899. The club, which only a few days ago declined promotion to the fourth division after finishing top of the so-called North Rhine Westphalia League, had played Bayern and Schalke in the two previous years. Though Windeck was knocked out both times, they earned a substantial sum in the two games which were played in Cologne. In addition to the matches in Braunschweig and Dresden, there are two other games between professional clubs. The Karlsruher SC - Alemannia Aachen and Hansa Rostock - VfL Bochum matches are all second division affairs.

Teningen eagerly anticipating Schalke

“Brilliant, it can’t come any better,” said Thomas Hodel, the FC Teningen chairman. The club qualified by winning their regional cup competition. They also made it to the first round of the DFB Cup back in 2000 and 2004 and met MSV Duisburg (0-3) and 1 FC Nuremberg (1-2) respectively. Each game attracted a crowd of 2000 but it is certain to be topped for the Schalke visit. The club’s own Friedrich Meyer Stadium has a capacity of 4,000 and the neighbouring Emil Schindler Stadium can hold between 7,000 and 8,000. “We can add to that by building temporary stands,” explained the town’s mayor Heinz-Rudolf Hagenacker after the dream draw. Another possibility is to play the match in Emmendingen or at first division Freiburg (SC Freiburg are away to third division SpVgg Unterhaching). Teningen’s board of directors will travel to Frankfurt for a DFB briefing where smaller clubs will be given valuable tips for staging matches against professional clubs.

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Marc Ziegler had to pick the ball out of the net 13 times in the penalty shoot-out in 1996. Sandhausen hopes to cause another upset against Dortmund. (Photo: Baumann/Augenklick)


In Sandhausen they have more cup experience than their one game against Dortmund 24 years ago. The club is one of the top teams in the third division and has often participated in the DFB Cup. They caused a major upset in 1996 when downing first division VfB Stuttgart. With the score at 2-2 after extra time, the game went to a penalty shoot-out and it then turned out to be the longest in the history of the DFB Cup (13-12). Dortmund will be looking to do better than last season when they lost to Kickers Offenbach, who like Sandhausen are in the third division.

Dresden-Leverkusen: match with special ties

The Rudolf Harbig Stadium, which was only officially opened a year ago, is certain to be sold-out for the visit of Leverkusen. Dresdner have good memories of Bayer as they won a cup match 5-4 (1-1 aet) after a penalty shoot-out against the Bundesliga club in the 1993/94 season 5-4. The clubs have close links through Ulf Kirsten, Ralf Minge, Reiner Calmund or the latest cup hero, Benny Kirsten, the son of Ulf Kirsten, who went to the Bayer academy and is now Dynamo’s goalkeeper.

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Ulf Kirsten (to the right) and his son Benny at a football match in 2002. Dresden and goalkeeper Benny Kirsten will face Leverkusen in the cup. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)


“It’s obviously a fantastic draw. We’ll be playing one of Germany’s top clubs and we’ll have a tough task on our hands. For the fans it’s a massive match but Bayer will be a tough nut to crack,” said Dynamo coach Ralf Loose. Celia da Mbabi, who drew the pairings out of the glass bowl, is an avowed Bayer 04 fan. The international player, who will be one of the regulars in Germany’s team at the women’s World Cup, is convinced Leverkusen will advance. “We’ll go through,” said the midfielder from SC 07 Bad Neuenahr.

All the matches at a glance:

Bundesliga against 2nd Bundesliga:

Dynamo Dresden - Bayer Leverkusen
Eintracht Braunschweig - FC Bayern Munich

Bundesliga against 3rd division:

SpVgg Unterhaching - SC Freiburg
1. FC Heidenheim - SV Werder Bremen
SV Sandhausen - Borussia Dortmund
Arminia Bielefeld - 1. FC Nuremberg
Jahn Regensburg - Borussia Mönchengladbach
SV Wehen Wiesbaden - VfB Stuttgart
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen - FC Augsburg

Bundesliga against amateurs:

FC Teningen - FC Schalke 04
FC Dynamo Berlin - 1. FC Kaiserslautern
ZFC Meuselwitz - Hertha BSC Berlin
Germania Windeck - 1899 Hoffenheim
RB Leipzig - VfL Wolfsburg
SVN Zweibrücken - 1. FSV Mainz 05
SC Wiedenbrück 2000 - 1. FC Cologne
FC Anker Wismar - Hanover 96
VfB Oldenburg - Hamburger SV

2nd Bundesliga against 2nd Bundesliga:

Karlsruher SC - Alemannia Aachen
Hansa Rostock - VfL Bochum

2nd Bundesliga against 3rd division:

1. FC Saarbrücken - FC Erzgebirge Aue
SV Babelsberg 03 - MSV Duisburg
VfL Osnabrück - TSV 1860 Munich

2nd Bundesliga against amateurs:

Rot-Weiss Essen - 1. FC Union Berlin
KSV Hessen Kassel - Fortuna Düsseldorf
FC Oberneuland - FC Ingolstadt 04
Holstein Kiel - FC Energie Cottbus
Hallescher FC - Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Trier - FC St. Pauli
Rot Weiss Ahlen - SC Paderborn
Eimsbütteler TV - SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Kickers Emden - FSV Frankfurt

The 2011/2012 DFB Cup will be played on:

1st round:29. July to 1. August 2011
2nd round:25./26. October 2011
3rd round:20./21. December 2011
Quarterfinals:7./8. February 2012
Semifinals:20./21. March 2012
Final in Berlin:12. May 2012