“Absolutely awesome,” commented Rüdiger Ziel, the coach of 1. FC Saarbrücken on ARD, what the lottery ticket and 2014 world champion Shkodran Mustafi and DFB Vice President Peter Frymuth served as draw manager on Sunday evening in the German Football Museum in Dortmund. The third division team from Saarland welcomes FC Bayern Munich in the second round of the DFB Cup. Or, to put it with Rüdiger Ziel: “The most difficult task at all.”

Five other third and regional league teams were in the draw; Viktoria Köln, for example, will face this year’s finalist Eintracht Frankfurt. Defending champion RB Leipzig plays at VfL Wolfsburg, BVB hosts TSG Hoffenheim. There is a real traditional duel in Kaiserslautern. The pairings at a glance:

Bundesliga against Bundesliga

2nd league against Bundesliga

2nd league against 2nd league

3rd league against Bundesliga

3rd league against 2nd league

Regional league vs. 2nd league

The games will be played on October 31st and November 1st. The exact schedule has not yet been determined. It has not yet been decided which games will be broadcast on free TV. The final of the DFB Cup will take place on May 25, 2024 in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.