Berlin (AP) – The defending champion has already failed five times in the first round of the DFB Cup, just like the last Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago. But what will it be like this time when many of the little ones have given up their home advantage due to Corona regulations and compete in the pro clubs?
For the start of this extraordinary season, the German news agency offers a selection of big surprises in the first round of the cup.
1984: SC Geislingen – Hamburger SV 2-0
At the time, Hamburger SV was still big: but even with stars like Uli Stein, Manfred Kaltz and Felix Magath, coaching legend Ernst Happel’s team was clearly inferior in the Swabian third division. After the game, Magath complained: “The real disaster is that we had no chance at all of winning.”
1990: FV Weinheim – FC Bayern Munich 1-0
Just a few weeks after the World Cup triumph with the DFB-Elf, one thing was clear to Klaus Augenthaler on August 4, 1990: the great Bayern Munich will easily walk into the second round with Baden’s upper division club Weinheim. But in the end the underdog won sensationally with a penalty from Hans-Peter Makan.
1994: TSV Vestenbergsgreuth – FC Bayern Munich 1-0
For the new Bayern coach Giovanni Trapattoni, the first competitive match was a disaster. Vestenbergsgreuth is a small village near Nuremberg, but is played in the Nuremberg Franconian Stadium. Millions of fans watching the live broadcast of the ZDF and nearly 25,000 at the stadium saw the sensational victory of the regional league. “It’s normal for everyone to make fun of us,” said Bayern professional Dietmar Hamann.
1995: SV Sandhausen – VfB Stuttgart 13:12 hrs
Even the magic triangle of VfB Stuttgart with Krassimir Balakow, Fredi Bobic and Giovane Elber could not avoid the embarrassment of the then regional division Sandhausen after a record-breaking penalty shootout. Some kickers even had to participate twice. Hendrik Herzog from Stuttgart was the only shooter who missed. After regular time it was 2-2.
2001: SSV Ulm – 1. FC Nürnberg 2-1
In 2001, former Bundesliga club Ulm crashed into the fifth division for economic reasons. From the 1999/2000 first division season, only Dragan Trkulja was in the selection. The Serbian scored the 2-1 winner against the “Club”, which was then trained by world champion Klaus Augenthaler.
2006: Stuttgarter Kickers – Hamburger SV 4: 3 n.V.
With the third division side Stuttgarter Kickers, HSV was already 0-2 behind, but turned the deficit into a 3-2 lead. But a minute before time, Recep Yildiz equalized to 3: 3 for the Kickers before Christian Okpala scored the 4: 3 winner in extra time.
2011: Dynamo Dresden – Bayer Leverkusen 4: 3 n.V.
Leverkusen with Michael Ballack led 2-0 after twelve minutes in pouring rain, shortly after the break after a goal by André Schürrle even 3-0. But the second division hit back with a brilliant chase, making it 3: 3. Alexander Schnetzler from Dresden scored the decisive goal in extra time. “I’m a little speechless and feel like I’m in the wrong movie,” said Bayer forward Stefan Kießling.
2012: Berlin AK – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-0
De Hoffenheim, coached by Markus Babbel, became completely embarrassed by Berlin’s fourth division. Already at half time it was 3-0 for the amateurs, who with Tim Wiese, Andreas Beck and Roberto Firmino could have won even higher from the team.
2015: FC Carl Zeiss Jena – Hamburger SV 3: 2 n.V.
The Bundesliga dinosaur experienced the following cup disgrace. HSV trainer Bruno Labbadia had warned against the fourth division. But it didn’t help: after Michael Gregoritsch forced extra time for Hamburg in the fourth minute of injury time, it seemed like a happy ending for the favorite. But the batteries were dead, Jena fought and was rewarded with Johannes Piele’s header goal in the 106th minute.
2016: Sportfreunde Lotte – Werder Bremen 2-1
Werder Bremen was embarrassed across the board at the newly promoted third division Sportfreunde Lotte. After the fourth knockout in the first round since 2011 against a third division team, Werder’s director Frank Baumann complained of a lack of attitude, lack of discipline, tactical shortcomings, an overwhelmed defense and an unimaginative midfield. At the start of the competition it was just as bad: 0: 6 at Bayern Munich.
2017: VfL Osnabrück – Hamburger SV 3-1
For 70 minutes, Bundesliga club HSV played in the majority after Marcel Appiah of Osnabrück had stopped Hamburg attacker Bobby Wood with an emergency brake. Nevertheless, there was an embarrassment towards the third division club in the end. For coach Markus Gisdol it was the start of a bad season that ended with relegation. Eight years earlier, HSV had already lost at the Bremer Brücke in Osnabrück – but in the second round of the cup.
2018: SSV Ulm 1846 – Eintracht Frankfurt 2: 1
As a cup winner, Eintracht Frankfurt traveled to Ulm and became embarrassed there. For the first time since relegation, the Danube Stadium was sold out again – and the regional division won 2-1 against new coach Adi Hütter’s team. For the first time in 22 years, a defending champion was eliminated in the first round. The last time that 1. FC Kaiserslautern came over was in 1996. Overall, Frankfurt is the fifth club after Lautern, Werder Bremen (1994), Kickers Offenbach (1970) and Hamburger SV (1963), who in the first round as cup winners are eliminated.
2019: SC Verl – FC Augsburg 2-1
With the 1: 2 at regional division SC Verl FC Augsburg failed for the third time in six years in the opening round. The losers then made it to the round of 16. There was then against 1. FC Union Berlin (0: 1) final stop.