The second round of the DFB Pokal was drawn on Sunday evening at the Dortmunder Fußballmuseum with Stefan Kuntz and Christoph Metzelder entrusted with the task of drawing the teams from the pots to determine the match-ups for this season’s second round encounters.
After both Mainz and Augsburg fell at the first hurdle, all eyes were on the draw to see what potential upsets the second round could deliver. Attention was also on the top Bundesliga clubs to see what sort of challenge faced them with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund teams that were an attraction for some and teams to avoid for others.
The minnows of the draw SC Verl and FC Saarbrücken were guaranteed a home draw. Verl will be happier with the outcome in terms of potential to win, whereas Saarbrücken have the more glamorous opponents. SC Verl of the Regionalliga West entertain Holstein Kiel, while Dirk Lottner’s Die Molschder will host last season’s Bundesliga.2 champions 1.FC Köln.
“It’s an exciting tie against a great traditional club. We’ll go into this task against an ambitious Regionalliga team professionally. We want to get into the third round” said Köln coach Achim Beierlorzer in reaction.
Second tier VfL Bochum drew holders Bayern Munich out of the pot and will play host to last season’s double winners at their Vonovia Ruhrstadion home. Bochum currently sit bottom of the league and were a tad lucky to squeeze through the first round beating Baunatal 3-2.
Dortmund have the tie of the round against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach, with the game taking place at the Signal Iduna Park. The Schwarzgelben have won the Cup four times in their history with the Fohlen triumphing on five occasions. It will be the third time that BVB have faced Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB Cup, but the first at home. Dortmund lost both previous away ties: 6-1 in the 1986/87 season and 2-1 in the 2003/04 campaign. Gladbach reached the second round by overcoming SV Sandhausen 1-0, while BVB won 2-0 at KFC Uerdingen.
Another match laced with history is that of Kaiserslautern versus Nürnberg with two giants of German football (now on harder times) going to head-to-head. There are three other all-Bundesliga match-ups in the second round. Bayer Leverkusen play Paderborn in a repeat of their Bundesliga matchday 1 fixture, while SC Freiburg will welcome Union Berlin to the Black Forest. Form-team VfL Wolfsburg will go up against last season’s beaten finalists RB Leipzig at the Volkswagen Arena.
Other ties of note see Hertha Berlin taking on Dynamo Dresden in the ‘Battle of the East’, while two of the favourites for Bundesliga promotion, Hamburg and Stuttgart. are paired together.
The matces will take place on 29th and 30th October.
The full draw
1. FC Kaiserslautern – 1. FC Nürnberg
SC Verl – Holstein Kiel
MSV Duisburg – TSG Hoffenheim
1. FC Saarbrücken – 1. FC Köln
SV Darmstadt 98 – Karlsruher SC
Bayer Leverkusen – SC Paderborn
SC Freiburg – Union Berlin
Fortuna Düsseldorf – Erzgebirge Aue
VfL Bochum – FC Bayern München
Arminia Bielefeld – FC Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hertha BSC – Dynamo Dresden
VfL Wolfsburg – RB Leipzig
Werder Bremen – 1. FC Heidenheim
Hamburger SV – VfB Stuttgart
FC St. Pauli – Eintracht Frankfurt
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