DFB-Pokal 2013-14 first round: The German football season gets underway

Stuart Franklin

64 teams, 32 matches and the treble winners vs. a fourth division club. That is how the German football season begins.

The German football season gets underway this season, not with the Bundesliga or lower divisions, but with the DFB Pokal. Everyone from Bayern Munich to the regional association clubs get in on the action for the first round with 32 matches over four days.

Most of the matches are Saturday and Sunday, which is also when most of the Bundesliga clubs play. Borussia Dortmund begin their season against SV Wilhelmshaven on Saturday, the same day that Bayern Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Mainz and Hoffenheim all play their matches as well.

Bayern Munich wrap up the round with a Monday contest against BSV Schwarz-Weib Rehden, a club whose stadium holds 4,350 people, only 350 of those seated. That is how Bayern will kick off their treble defense.

First round schedule

VFL Osnabruck vs. FC Erzgebirge - August 2
FC Heidenheim vs. 1860 Munich - August 2
Red Bull Leipzig vs. FC Augsburg - August 2

Sportfreunde Baumberg vs. FC Ingolstadt - August 3
SG Aumund Vegesack vs. Hoffenheim - August 3
Neckarsulmer SU vs. FC Kaiserslautern - August 3
SV Lippstadt vs. Bayer Leverkusen - August 3
Fortuna Koln vs. Mainz - August 3
TSG Neustrelitz vs. Freiburg - August 3
FC Magdeburg vs. Energie Cottbus - August 3
SV Wilhelmshaven vs. Borussia Dortmund - August 3
Bahlinger SC vs. VfL Bochum - August 3
1860 Rosenheim vs. WfR Aalen - August 3
Eintracht Trier vs. FC Koln - August 3
Karlsruher SC vs. VfL Wolfsburg - August 3

TSG Pfeddersheim vs. Greuther Furth - August 4
FC Saabrucken vs. Werder Bremen - August 4
Darmstadt 98 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach - August 4
Arminia Bielefel vs. Eintracht Braunschweig - August 4
Victoria Hamburg vs. Hannover 96 - August 4
SCHOTT Jena vs. Hamburger SV - August 4
SC Wiedenbruck vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf - August 4
FSV Optik Rathernow vs. FSV Frankfurt - August 4
BFC Dynamo vs. VfB Stuttgart - August 4
VfR Neumunster vs. Hertha BSC - August 4
FV Illertissen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt - August 4
SC Preuben vs. FC St. Pauli - August 4
SV Sandhausen vs. FC Nurember - August 4

MSV Duisburg vs. SC Paderborn - August 5
Jahn Regensburg vs. FC Union Berlin - August 5
FC Nottingen vs. Schlake 04 - August 5
BSV Schwarz-Weib Rehden vs. Bayern Munich

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