April 23, 2017

DFB Cup Semifinal Draw

Despite there being five teams remaining in the competition, the semifinal round of the DFB Pokal was drawn following the conclusion of Wednesday night’s quarterfinal matches. ARD’s Sportschau Live played host to the ceremony.

Because Tuesday’s match between Sportfreunde Lotte and Borussia Dortmund had to be rescheduled due to snow and pitch conditions, both club’s logos were printed on the same lottery ball, meaning that the combatants will meet knowing the opponent and venue awaiting the victor.

When the match in Lotte was called Tuesday, the DFB announced they would have the details for the rescheduled fixture on Wednesday. With increasing concern over the likelihood of Lotte’s turf being in playable within the next two weeks, the final decision on the match venue caused a delay in the announcement. As of Wednesday night, no decision had been announced.

Matthias Sammer, the former BVB player and coach who stepped down from his role as Sporting Director at FC Bayern due to health issues about ten months ago, was on-hand to serve as the “Draw Fairy,” assisted by DFB Vice President Peter Frymuth.

(Enjoy some video of Sammer playing for the DDR in pre-reunification action against Sweden, courtesy of the Sportschau archives.)

The first of the four balls drawn by Sammer was that of his most-recent employer. The studio audience reacted with a mixture of silence and groans before host Alexander Bommes quickly encouraged a bit more enthusiasm for the proceedings.

Following calls from audience members for “Hamburg!” and “Schalke!”, Sammer handed the second drawn ball to Frymuth, which was revealed to be the one for “Winner of Sportfreunde Lotte – Borussia Dortmund.”

Because Lotte would retain “home rights” as the last-remaining amateur side in the competition, Bayern would have to travel to Lotte should the “sports friends” manage the upset over Dortmund.

With just the two balls remaining in the bowl, the only drama left was who, of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt, would earn the “sure thing” home semifinal by being next drawn.

It was the Foals getting the “luck,” earning Gladbach their second home match of the tournament, following consecutive wins at Greuther Fürth and Hamburg.

The semifinal round is set for April 25 and 26.

The final is set for May 27 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

 

 

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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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