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Werder Bremen
SV-Werder-Bremen-Logo.svg
Full nameSportverein Werder Bremen
von 1899 e. V.
Nickname(s)Die Werderaner (The River Islanders)
Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-Whites) [1]
Short nameWerder, Bremen
Founded4 February 1899;122 years ago (1899-02-04)
Ground Weserstadion
Capacity42,100
Chairman Marco Bode
Chief Executive Frank Baumann
Head Coach Markus Anfang
League 2. Bundesliga
2020–21 Bundesliga, 17th of 18 (relegated)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Sportverein Werder Bremen von 1899 e. V. (German pronunciation: [ˈvɛɐ̯dɐ ˈbʁeːmən] ), commonly known as Werder Bremen, Werder or simply Bremen, is a German professional sports club based in Bremen, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Founded on 4 February 1899, they are best known for their professional football team, who will be competing in the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system, as of the 2021–22 season. Werder hold the record for most seasons played in the Bundesliga and are third in the all-time Bundesliga table, behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. [2]

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Werder have been German champions four times, have won the DFB-Pokal six times, the DFL-Ligapokal once, the DFL-Supercup thrice, and the European Cup Winners' Cup once. The team's first major trophy came in the 1960–61 DFB-Pokal, a competition they last won in 2008–09. Their first German championship came in 1964–65, and their latest in 2003–04, when they won the double. In Europe, Werder won the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup in a final against AS Monaco. They were runners-up in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, losing against Shakhtar Donetsk in the final.

Since 1909, Werder have played at the Weserstadion. The team have a rivalry with fellow northern German club Hamburger SV, known as the Nordderby (English: North derby). In November 2019, Werder had 40,376 members. [3]

History

Historical chart of Werder's league performance after the Second World War Werder Bremen Performance Chart.png
Historical chart of Werder's league performance after the Second World War

On 4 February 1899, FV Werder Bremen was founded by a group of 16-year-old students who had won a football, after they were victorious in a tug of war tournament. [4] The students took the name "Werder" from the German word for "river peninsula", which described the riverside field on which they played their first football games. The club's first match was played on 10 September 1899 against ASC 1898 Bremen, winning 1–0. In 1900, the team was represented at the founding of the German Football Association (DFB) at Leipzig. They then enjoyed some early success, winning a number of local championships. In 1903, all three Werder teams won their local league competitions. In these years, FV participated in qualification rounds for the national championships held by the Norddeutscher Fussball Verband (NFV), one of the seven major regional leagues after the turn of the century, but were unable to advance. Due to the club's early popularity, Werder became the first club in Bremen to charge spectators a fee to attend their games and to fence in their playing field. [4]

Steady growth after the First World War led the club to adopt other sports (athletics, baseball, chess, cricket, and tennis). [4] On 19 January 1920, the team adopted their current name; Sportverein Werder Bremen. Football remained the club's main sport, and in 1922, they became the first club in Bremen to hire a professional coach; Ferenc Kónya. The team made regular appearances in year-end NFV play-offs through the 1920s and on into the early 1930s, but did not enjoy any success. In the mid-1930s, striker Matthias Heidemann became the club's first international. [4]

In 1933, German football was re-organized by the Nazi's into 16 first tier divisions known as Gauligen, as Werder became part of Gauliga Niedersachsen. The team scored their first real successes, capturing division titles in 1934, 1936, and 1937, and participated for the first time in the national play-offs. The shape of the Gauligen changed through the course of the Second World War, and in 1939, the Gauliga Niedersachsen was split into two divisions. SV played in the Gauliga Niedersachsen/Nord where they captured a fourth title in 1942. In 1944–45, German football was suspended after only two matches. Like other organizations throughout Germany, the club was disbanded on the order of the occupying Allied authorities after the war. They re-constituted themselves on 10 November 1945 as Turn- und Sportverein Werder 1945 Bremen, which was changed to Sport-Club Grün-Weiß 99 Bremen on 4 February 1946. The team played in the Stadtliga Bremen, and after winning the competition, participated in the northern German championship, advancing to the quarter-finals. They were able to reclaim the name SV Werder on 25 March 1946 before taking part in the play-offs. [4]

In these years, professionals were not permitted to play in Germany, so it was normal for football players to take on other jobs, often with the club's local patron. In the case of Werder, a number of the players worked at the nearby Brinkmann tobacco factory, and so the side took on the nickname Texas 11 after one of the company's popular cigarette brands. [5]

Between the end of the Second World War and the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, the club continued to perform, being recognized as one of the top two teams in northern Germany, along with Hamburger SV. In 1960–61, Werder managed to win their first DFB-Pokal, defeating 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The team consisted of future international Sepp Piontek, former international Willi Schröder, and Arnold Schütz, among others. [6] A second place in the 1962–63 Oberliga Nord, behind Hamburger SV, was enough to qualify as a founder member for the 1963–64 Bundesliga. [7] The first goal of the newly created Bundesliga was scored by Borussia Dortmund's Friedhelm Konietzka against Werder. [8] In the league's second season, Werder won their first national championship, finishing three points clear of 1. FC Köln. [9] One of the team's stars was German international Horst-Dieter Höttges. [10] Werder finished runners-up in 1967–68, but then languished in the bottom half of the table for a dozen years.

In April 1971, in an away match at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bundesliga history was created. In the 88th minute, Gladbach striker Herbert Laumen fell in Werder's goal, after a collision with Bremen goalkeeper Günter Bernard. The right goalpost subsequently broke, bringing the whole goal down, and could not be repaired nor replaced. The referee stopped the game at the score of 1–1, and the DFB later awarded the match to Werder with a score of 2–0. As a consequence, the wooden goals were replaced by aluminium ones. [11] An attempt to improve by signing high-priced players earned the team the derisive nickname of "Millionenelf" (English: "Million squad") and turned out to be an expensive failure. In 1979–80, the club was relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time, after a 17th-place finish. [12]

The team won the 1980–81 2. Bundesliga Nord title and were promoted back to the Bundesliga. Manager Otto Rehhagel was appointed in April 1981, and under his guidance, Werder recovered themselves, as Rehhagel subsequently led the side to a string of successes. [13] Bremen were Bundesliga runners-up in 1982–83, 1984–85 and 1985–86. In 1983 and 1986, the team lost the title both times on goal difference. In 1986, Werder hosted Bayern Munich in the penultimate match of the season; Bremen needed a win to secure their second Bundesliga title. In the 88th minute, with the score of 0–0, they were awarded a penalty kick, which Michael Kutzop took. He missed, as he hit the right goalpost; the game ended 0–0. Bayern won their last match, but Werder lost 1–2 to VfB Stuttgart, and Bayern took the title. [14] Werder won their second league title two years later, in 1987–88, only conceding a then-record 22 goals. [15] They also reached the semi-final of the 1987–88 UEFA Cup, in which they were eliminated by Bayer Leverkusen. [16] In the third round of the 1989–90 UEFA Cup, Bremen defeated defending champions Napoli and their star player Diego Maradona 8–3 on aggregate, after winning 5–1 at home. [17]

Werder reached the DFB-Pokal final in 1989 and 1990, and were victorious in 1991. This was followed by winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991–92, beating AS Monaco 2–0 in the final. [18] In 1992–93, the team won their third Bundesliga title and won their third DFB-Pokal the following year. Werder became the first German club to reach the group stage in the newly re-branded UEFA Champions League in 1993–94. [19] That season saw a memorable comeback against Belgian club Anderlecht, later hailed as one of the examples of the "Wunder von der Weser" (English: "Wonder of the Weser"). [20] Werder were trailing 3–0 after 66 minutes, as they managed to turn the game around and win 5–3. In this period, Werder had numerous internationals, including Mario Basler, Marco Bode, Andreas Herzog, Karl-Heinz Riedle, Wynton Rufer, and Rudi Völler among others. [21]

Bremen finished runners-up in the 1994–95 Bundesliga. At the end of the season, Rehhagel left the club for Bayern Munich, after a then-national record 14-year stint at the club. [22] As Werder's most successful manager, Rehhagel employed a "controlled offensive" style of play on a tight budget during his reign. [23] Rehhagel's successors (Aad de Mos, Dixie Dörner, Wolfgang Sidka, and Felix Magath) could not bring silverware to the club. In May 1999, former Werder defender and youth coach Thomas Schaaf took over. He kept the team in the Bundesliga, and won the DFB-Pokal only weeks later, defeating Bayern on penalties. [24]

Werder fans celebrating the team's 2008-09 DFB-Pokal triumph at the Bremen City Hall 090531 Pokalfeier (34).jpg
Werder fans celebrating the team's 2008–09 DFB-Pokal triumph at the Bremen City Hall

Werder's league performance stabilized in the following seasons, as they regularly finished in the upper half of the table. In 2003–04, they won the double for the first time, winning both the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, as Bremen became the third club in Bundesliga history to achieve this feat. [25] The team would also regularly qualify for the Champions League during the 2000s. In the last match of the 2005–06 Bundesliga season, Werder won 2–1 at arch-rivals Hamburger SV to qualify for the Champions League as runners-up, instead of Hamburg. [26] Bremen reached the semi-finals of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, in which they were eliminated by Spanish club RCD Espanyol. [27] In 2008–09, Bremen struggled in their Bundesliga campaign, eventually finishing tenth, their worst league performance in more than a decade. Nevertheless, the club reached the UEFA Cup final, as well as the DFB-Pokal final. Werder lost the UEFA Cup final against Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk; 1–2 after extra time. In the DFB-Pokal final, Bremen fared better, as they defeated Bayer Leverkusen by a scoreline of 1–0. In April and May 2009, Werder had played Hamburg four times in 19 days; once in the Bundesliga, in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal, and twice in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup. Bremen defeated Hamburg 2–0 in the Bundesliga, and eliminated them from the DFB-Pokal and the UEFA Cup. [27]

During the 2000s and early 2010s, Werder had numerous players who were sold for large transfer fees, including Diego, Torsten Frings, Miroslav Klose, Mesut Özil, and Claudio Pizarro among others. In October 2010, Bremen's Pizarro became the then-record holder of highest foreign goal-scorer in Bundesliga history. [28] Uninspiring league finishes characterised the 2010s and in 2013, Schaaf left the club by mutual consent after a disappointing 14th place in the Bundesliga. [29] The 2015–16 season saw Werder avoiding the Bundesliga promotion-relegation play-offs, beating direct rivals Eintracht Frankfurt by a scoreline of 1–0 in the last match of the season, after a goal in the 88th minute. [30] In 2019–20, the team beat 1. FC Köln 6–1 on the last matchday to finish 16th, as rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf lost their match; however, Bremen had to play the promotion-relegation play-offs against 1. FC Heidenheim to avoid relegation. [31] [32] The tie ended in a 2–2 draw on aggregate, as Werder won on the away goals rule and avoided relegation. [33] They finished 17th the following season, however, and were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time since the 1979–80 season. [34]

Players

Current squad

As of 17 July 2021 [35] [36]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jiří Pavlenka
3 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Anthony Jung
5 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Ludwig Augustinsson
6 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Kevin Möhwald
8 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Osako
10 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Leonardo Bittencourt
11 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Niclas Füllkrug
13 DF Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Miloš Veljković
17 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Abdenego Nankishi
18 GK Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Stefanos Kapino
19 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Josh Sargent
20 MF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Romano Schmid
21 DF Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR Ömer Toprak (captain)
22 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Niklas Schmidt
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Nicolai Rapp
24 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Johannes Eggestein
25 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Kyu-hyun Park
26 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Lars Lukas Mai (on loan from Bayern Munich)
27 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Felix Agu
28 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ilia Gruev
29 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Nick Woltemade
30 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Michael Zetterer
32 DF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Marco Friedl
34 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Jean-Manuel Mbom
35 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Maximilian Eggestein
36 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Christian Groß
38 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Eduardo Dos Santos Haesler
43 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Eren Dinkçi

Unregistered players

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
40 GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Luca Plogmann
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Ecuador.svg  ECU Johan Mina

Players out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Jan-Niklas Beste (to Jahn Regensburg until 30 June 2022)
MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Yannik Engelhardt(to SC Freiburg II until 30 June 2022)
MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Benjamin Goller (to Darmstadt 98 until 30 June 2022)
FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Luc Ihorst (to Eintracht Braunschweig until 30 June 2022)

Reserve team

Notable players

Retired numbers

12 Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Managers

Otto Rehhagel (2009 photograph) is the club's longest serving manager Otto Rehhagel1.JPG
Otto Rehhagel (2009 photograph) is the club's longest serving manager

Werder have had 24 different managers since the beginning of the Bundesliga era in 1963. Otto Rehhagel served the longest term, being in office for fourteen years. Hans Tilkowski, Willi Multhaup, Rudi Assauer, and Otto Rehhagel served two terms each, while Fritz Langner served three. [13]

ManagerDateNotes
Flag of Germany.svg Willi Multhaup 1 July 1963 – 30 June 1965
Flag of Germany.svg Günter Brocker 1 July 1965 – 4 September 1967
Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Langner9 September 1967 – 30 June 1969
Flag of Germany.svg Richard Ackerschott2 March 1968 –19 October 1968Replacement for Fritz Langner in four Bundesliga matches
Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Rebell1 July 1969 – 16 March 1970
Flag of Germany.svg Hans Tilkowski 17 March 1970 – 30 June 1970
Flag of Germany.svg Robert Gebhardt 1 July 1970 – 28 September 1971
Flag of Germany.svg Willi Multhaup 28 September 1971 – 24 October 1971
Flag of Germany.svg Sepp Piontek 25 October 1971 – 30 June 1975
Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Langner8 May 1972 – 30 June 1972Replacement for Sepp Piontek in two Bundesliga matches
Flag of Germany.svg Herbert Burdenski 1 July 1975 – 28 February 1976
Flag of Germany.svg Otto Rehhagel 29 February 1976 – 30 June 1976
Flag of Germany.svg Hans Tilkowski 1 July 1976 – 19 December 1977
Flag of Germany.svg Rudi Assauer 20 December 1977 – 31 December 1977
Flag of Germany.svg Fred Schulz1 January 1978 – 30 June 1978
Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang Weber 1 July 1978 – 28 January 1980
Flag of Germany.svg Rudi Assauer 29 January 1980 – 20 February 1980
Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Langner21 February 1980 – 30 June 1980
Flag of Germany.svg Kuno Klötzer 1 July 1980 – 1 April 1981
Flag of Germany.svg Otto Rehhagel 2 April 1981 – 30 June 1995
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Aad de Mos 1 July 1995 – 9 January 1996
Flag of Germany.svg Hans-Jürgen Dörner 14 January 1996 – 20 August 1997
Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang Sidka 21 August 1997 – 20 October 1998
Flag of Germany.svg Felix Magath 22 October 1998 – 8 May 1999
Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Schaaf 9 May 1999 – 15 May 2013
Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang Rolff 15 May 2013 – 25 May 2013 Caretaker manager for one Bundesliga match
Flag of Germany.svg Robin Dutt 1 June 2013 – 25 October 2014
Flag of Ukraine.svg Viktor Skrypnyk 25 October 2014 – 18 September 2016
Flag of Germany.svg Alexander Nouri 18 September 2016 – 30 October 2017
Flag of Germany.svg Florian Kohfeldt 30 October 2017 – 16 May 2021
Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Schaaf 16 May 2021 – 30 June 2021Caretaker manager for one Bundesliga match
Flag of Germany.svg Markus Anfang 1 July 2021 – present

Coaching staff

PositionStaff [37] [38]
Manager Thomas Schaaf
Assistant coachThomas Horsch
Iliya Gruev
Tim Borowski
Goalkeeping coach Christian Vander
Athletic coachGünther Stoxreiter
Performance manager Axel Dörrfuß
Club doctorDr. Philip Heitmann
Dr. Christoph Engelke
Physio Holger Berger
Florian Lauerer
Claas Bente
Adis Lovic
Rehab coachMarcel Abanoz
Chief analystMario Baric
Video analystPascal Schichtel
Rafael Kazior
Director of football Tim Barten
Team manager Dustin Haloschan
Equipment managerBoban Aleric

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit Manufacturer [39] Shirt sponsorBranch
1971–1973City of Bremen
1973–1975
1975–76 Puma
1976–1978 Norda Tinned fish
1978–1981 Puma Pentax Photocameras
1981–1984 Olympia Writing machines
1984–1986 Trigema Sportswear
1986–1992 Portas Kitchens and doors Renovation
1992–1997 dbv-Winterthur Insurance
1997–2000 o.tel.o Telecommunications
2000–01 Kappa QSC
2001–02
2002–2004Young SpiritShoes
2004–2006 KiK Textil discount
2006–07 bwin Sport betting
2007–2009* Citibank/Targobank Financial services
2009–2012 Nike
2012–2018 Wiesenhof Poultry farming and processing
2018– Umbro

Crest

Werder Bremen have used several different crests during their history. Their first crest was created in 1900; a monogram, which spelled "FVW", as the club was then known as "FV Werder Bremen". [41] The logo was replaced in 1902 by a green-coloured crest, which spelled the founding year 1899 in the top left corner, "F.V.W." diagonally in the middle, and "Bremen" in the bottom right corner. It was modified in 1911, as the inscriptions were placed diagonally, and the badge's colours became black with a green stripe that crossed it, along with a change in the crest's outline. In 1924, a green-coloured (with a white outline), oval-shaped crest with a large white-coloured "W" was created. The oval shape was changed into a diamond shape in 1929, to create the club's current crest, save for a spell in the early 1970s when the coat of arms of Bremen was used. [41] [42] In addition, a star is displayed above the crest on the team's shirts to represent their four Bundesliga titles. [43]

Stadium

The Weserstadion photographed in 2006 Weserstadion(2).jpg
The Weserstadion photographed in 2006

Werder have played their home games at the same location since 1909. [44] That year saw the construction of a shared sports venue with a wooden grandstand, built by the Allgemeinen Bremer Turn- und Sportverein. In 1926, the stadium was renovated; a new grandstand with dressing rooms and a restaurant were constructed, costing 1,250,000 RM. At the time, the venue was known as the "ATSB-Kampfbahn", and was also used for political mass gatherings. In 1930, it was called the "Weserstadion" for the first time. Five years later, the stadium was known as the "Bremer Kampfbahn", and in the following years it was mostly used by the Nazi Party, as sporting activities were rarely practiced. In the first years after the Second World War, only American sports like baseball and American football were practiced at the venue (now known as the "IKE-Stadium"). In 1947, the stadium was reopened as a shared sports venue and took its former name "Weserstadion". [44]

Following Werder's first Bundesliga title in 1965, the corner stands were expanded with a second tier, enlarging the capacity in the process. In 1992, Bremen became the first German club to install skyboxes in their stadium. Six years later, in 1998, under-soil heating was implemented. In 2002, the cinder track was removed, thereby expanding the capacity. From 2008 to 2011, the venue was completely rebuilt. The façade was coated with photovoltaic panels and a new roof was built on top of the old roof supporting structure (the old roof itself was torn down). Both ends (east and west) were torn down and rebuilt parallel to the endline of the pitch, removing what was left of the old athletics track. [44] The current capacity is 42,100. [45]

Supporters and rivals

Werder fans at a home match in 2006 Ostweser.jpg
Werder fans at a home match in 2006

Werder Bremen have a long-standing rivalry with fellow northern German club Hamburger SV, known as the Nordderby (English: North derby). [46] [47] It goes beyond football, as there is also a historic rivalry between the cities of Hamburg and Bremen, dating back to the Middle Ages. [47] The cities are only separated by a hundred kilometers and they are also the two biggest metropolises in northern Germany. Bayern Munich are another rival, dating back to the 1980s, when both clubs were competing for domestic honours. [48] Bremen have developed a recent dislike of Schalke 04, after they have poached some of Werder's top players over the years (including Aílton, Fabian Ernst, Mladen Krstajić, Oliver Reck, Frank Rost, and Franco Di Santo). [49]

Werder have seven ultra groups: "Wanderers-Bremen", [50] "The Infamous Youth", [51] "Caillera", [52] "L'Intesa Verde", [53] "HB Crew", [54] "Ultra Boys", [55] and "UltrA-Team Bremen". [56] Werder fans maintain friendly relationships with Rot-Weiss Essen, [57] Austrian club SK Sturm Graz, [58] and Israeli clubs Maccabi Haifa, [59] and Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem. [60]

The official anthem of Werder Bremen is "Lebenslang Grün-Weiß" by Bremen-based band Original Deutschmacher, which is also sung before every home game. [61] After each Bremen goal, the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers is played, preceded by the sound of a ship's horn. [62]

Honours

Werder's honours include the following: [13] [45] [63]

Domestic

Bundesliga [64]

2. Bundesliga Nord

DFB-Pokal [65]

DFL-Ligapokal [66]

DFL-Supercup [66]

DFB-Hallenpokal [67]

Regional

Gauliga Niedersachsen [68]

  • Winners: 1933–34, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1941–42
  • Runners-up: 1934–35

International

European Cup Winners' Cup

UEFA Cup

European Super Cup [18]

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Kirin Cup [69]

Youth

German amateur football championship [70]

Under 19 Bundesliga

Under 19 Bundesliga North/Northeast

Regional

Bremen Cup [71]

  • Winners (20): 1969, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007

Double

SV Werder Bremen in Europe

Competition [72] PWDL
UEFA Champions League 66271425
UEFA Europa League 99462429
UEFA Super Cup 2011
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 211137
UEFA Intertoto Cup 221444

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The 2020–21 DFB-Pokal was the 78th season of the annual German football cup competition. Sixty-four teams participated in the competition, including all teams from the previous year's Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. The competition began on 11 September 2020 with the first of six rounds and ended on 13 May 2021 with the final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, a nominally neutral venue, which has hosted the final since 1985. The competition was originally scheduled to begin on 14 August 2020 and conclude on 22 May 2021, though this was delayed due to postponement of the previous season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The DFB-Pokal is considered the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. The DFB-Pokal is run by the German Football Association (DFB).

2019 DFB-Pokal Final Football match

The 2019 DFB-Pokal Final decided the winner of the 2018–19 DFB-Pokal, the 76th season of the annual German football cup competition. The match was played on 25 May 2019 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

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