The 2013-2014 version of the DFB Pokal kicks off on Friday evening, and like most years, we'll get a lot of Bundesliga clubs against a lot of amateur and semipro clubs. Last year's champions Bayern Munich will open up the tournament in the final game on Monday afternoon when they travel to face BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden. Borussia Dortmund will also be on the road, like every top flight club, as they play SV Wilhelmshaven. Why did I point out those two matches? Well, those are the two that ESPN has deemed worth to put on ESPN3.com for those of us in the United States to watch. The rest will have be found using other ways.
However, like any great cup competition, what we care about in the first round of the event are the upsets. Who are the clubs that need to be wary of an upset? Here are my top five.
The first club on my BEWARE OF THE UPSET list is FC Augsburg. They have the visit Red Bull Arena in order to take on a side that pulled off a big upset two years ago in the competition when they took the scalp of Wolfsburg. Leipzig were eliminated in the second round of the Pokal by, you guessed it, Augsburg. Leipzig won the Regionalliga Nordost last season to earn promotion into the 3.Liga and will put up a strong fight against Augsburg.
I know absolutely nothing about SG Aumund-Vegesack; however, I do know that I don't expect Hoffenheim to be a much better team. They were destroyed by Berliner AK 07 last season in the first round of the Cup, so I have to give Aumund-Vegesack a shot here.
I have absolutely zero faith that Robin Dutt can lead Werder Bremen successfully back up the table to their former status. Last season they were upset by Preußen Münster, and this year they'll visit Saarbrücken in an attempt to stave off another early elimination.
Die Freibeuter der Liga have to face the previously mentioned Preußen Münster on Sunday afternoon. I like the fact that they play in Münster. Go PIRATES!
This one only qualifies as an upset due to Union being in the 2.Bundesliga with Jahn Regensburg being in the 3.Liga. The Jahn put up a very tough fight against Bayern Munich last year. Even though Bayern won 4-0, three of those goals came after the 60th minute.
Friday, August 2
VfL Osnabrück vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue
1. FC Heidenheim vs. TSV 1860 München
RB Leipzig vs. FC Augsburg
Saturday, August 3
Sportfreunde Baumberg vs. FC Ingolstadt 04
SG Aumund-Vegesack vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Neckarsulmer SU vs. 1. FC Kaiserslautern
SV Lippstadt 08 vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
SC Fortuna Köln vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05
TSG Neustrelitz vs. SC Freiburg
1. FC Magdeburg vs. FC Energie Cottbus
SV Wilhelmshaven vs. Borussia Dortmund
Bahlinger SC vs. VfL Bochum
TSV 1860 Rosenheim vs. VfR Aalen
SV Eintracht Trier 05 vs. 1. FC Köln
Karlsruher SC vs. VfL Wolfsburg
Sunday, August 4
TSG Pfeddersheim vs. SpVgg Greuther Fürth
1. FC Saarbrücken vs. SV Werder Bremen
SV Darmstadt 98 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Arminia Bielefeld vs. Eintracht Braunschweig
SC Victoria Hamburg vs. Hannover 96
SV SCHOTT Jena vs. Hamburger SV
SC Wiedenbrück 2000 vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf
FSV Optik Rathenow vs. FSV Frankfurt
Berliner FC Dynamo vs. VfB Stuttgart
VfR Neumünster vs. Hertha Berlin
FV Illertissen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
SC Preußen Münster vs. FC St. Pauli
SV Sandhausen vs. 1. FC Nürnberg
Monday, August 5
MSV Duisburg vs. SC Paderborn 07
SSV Jahn Regensburg vs. 1. FC Union Berlin
FC Nöttingen vs. FC Schalke 04
BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden vs. FC Bayern München