What’s great about the DFB Cup

aChildren under the age of ten have not seen any other German champion in football other than Bayern Munich. In April 2012, Borussia Dortmund won the Silver Cup. Since then, the battle for the Bundesliga title has been boring. It is different in the German Football Association, which takes its name from the German Football Association. During the same period, Bayern Munich won the Gold Cup only five times. In addition, Wolfsburg, Dortmund twice and Frankfurt could celebrate. Another team will be added on Saturday: Freiburg and Leipzig will play in the final.

Tobias Rab

Responsible Editor for Sport Online.

The excitement is just one reason why players, coaches and spectators think the DFB Cup is so fantastic. The fact that there are different winners is due to the format of the competition. In the German Bundesliga, 18 teams play each other twice. There are 34 games. If there is a defeat, it is not that bad. Whoever gets the most points at the end wins the tournament, even if you lose a few games.

No team can afford that in the DFB Cup. After defeat you are eliminated. It happened to Bayern Munich in the second round of the season. If the match is tied after 90 minutes, there will be an additional 30 minutes. If there is no winner yet, then there is a penalty shootout. Frankfurt showed just how dramatic they can be in the Europa League final on Wednesday. This is also an exciting competition in the same format.


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It is also good for every team in Germany to play in the DFB Cup. Each region has its own cup competition. All teams play in these tournaments, even those from small towns. The winner from a region qualifies for the DFB Cup, with 64 teams starting each season. Matches are tied before each round. Unknown teams hope they can play against Bayern or Dortmund, which they only watch on TV.

In these duels, viewers often talk about David versus Goliath. They remember a story from the Bible. There he fought the old Goliath with equipment against the slender little David. The result seemed clear. But David took a stone and threw it by defeating the giant with his skill.

The same thing in the German Federation Cup. The famous professionals don’t always win, and sometimes the unknown players also prevail. Some of them have other jobs because they can’t make much money in small clubs. The postman, baker or gardener may play against Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski. And in theory, every kid could do this, even if it wasn’t enough to pursue football as a career later on.

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Viewers love stories like this, and they keep their fingers crossed for strangers. When a surprise occurs, many remember it for a long time. Years ago, Bayern Munich lost in the first round to TSV Westenbergsgroth. Hardly anyone had heard of this team before. But the name is now known throughout Germany.

DFB-Pokal is also loved by many because the final in Berlin is the traditional end of the season in Germany. It’s a big celebration before the summer holidays. Since 1985, the final has been held at the Olympic Stadium, which has a capacity of nearly 75,000 spectators.

The game will also be broadcast on ARD TV. This means that everyone can watch it, even if parents do not pay for access to the expensive channels that show the Bundesliga. It starts at 8 pm on Saturday. Since there is no Sunday school, many kids can also see that there are winners other than Bayern Munich from time to time. Isn’t that cool?

More answers to curious kids' questions

More answers to curious kids’ questions

An illustrated collection of articles has been published from our column “How do I explain it to my child?” by Reclam.

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