Schalke to face Bavarian amateur team in the DFB-Pokal first round
FC Schalke 04 will face a team from Bavaria in the first competitive fixture of the 2020/21 season. The Royal Blues were drawn against the best Bavarian League team in the draw, made by DFB president Fritz Keller and DFB General Secreatary Heike Ullrich on Sunday (26th July).
At present, this would be 1. FC Schweinfurt 05, who also faced the Knappen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal just two seasons ago, when Schalke progressed into the next round with a 2-0 victory. The first-round fixtures will be played between 11th and 14th September.
Theoretically, the opponents could be a different team to Schweinfurt, if the rankings in the Bavaria League table are to change again. This is possible, should the Bavaria League resume their season before the registration deadline.
Schweinfurt currently top the standings in the league, which has been interrupted, as the original leaders Türkgücü München are no longer registered in the Bavaria League, having been registered as a promoted club to the 3. Liga. Therefore, due to a resolution of the Bavarian Football Association, all of Türkgücü München’s remaining fixtures in the Bavaria League in 2019/20 will not count towards the rest of the season.
Plenty of fixtures with placeholders
In addition to Schalke 04, many other clubs also do not know exactly which club they will be playing against, as the field of participants is not yet completely decided, due to restrictions on the current season caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In place of the teams which must qualify through winning regional competitions, placeholders were used. The finals of the regional cups will be played on 22nd August in the “Amateurs’ final day”.
The draw was made in plenty of time, partly to allow the amateur clubs who may take part in the DFB-Pokal sufficient time to plan and prepare their grounds for potential matches. Due to the corona pandemic, all amateur clubs will face particular challenges regarding hygiene for the potential matches. This extra time is essential for this preparation.
The full draw:
1. FC Nürnberg – RasenBallsport Leipzig
Schleswig-Holstein Cup path – VfL Osnabrück
Lower Saxony Cup path – 1. FSV Mainz 05
Saxony Cup path – TSG Hoffenheim
Bavaria Cup path – Eintracht Frankfurt
Thuringia Cup path – SV Werder Bremen
SV Wehen Wiesbaden – 1. FC Heidenheim
Middle Rhine Cup path – FC Bayern München
Lower Saxony Amateur Cup path – FC Augsburg
South Baden Cup path – Holstein Kiel
Eintracht Braunschweig – Hertha BSC
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Cup path – VfB Stuttgart
MSV Duisburg – Borussia Dortmund
Hesse Cup path – SV Sandhausen
Württemberg Cup path – Erzgebirge Aue
Dynamo Dresden – Hamburger SV
Rhineland Cup path – VfL Bochum
Baden Cup path – SC Freiburg
Brandenburg Cup path – VfL Wolfsburg
Bremen Cup path – Borussia M’gladbach
Saarland Cup path – FC St. Pauli
Hamburg Cup path – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Würzburger Kickers – Hannover 96
Westphalia path #2 – SpVgg Greuther Fürth
South West Cup path – SSV Jahn Regensburg
Berlin Cup path – 1. FC Köln
Lower Rhine Cup path – Arminia Bielefeld
Bavaria League path – FC Schalke 04
FC Ingolstadt 04 – Fortuna Düsseldorf
Karlsruher SC – 1. FC Union Berlin
1. FC Magdeburg – SV Darmstadt 98
Westphalia path #1 – SC Paderborn 07