Catch christen Pulisic and Timmy Chandler face-off in the DFB-Pokal last Saturday, might 27 at 2 p.m. Et on ESPN3

The DFB-Pokal Semifinals have come and gone and U.S. Men"s national Team players christen Pulisic und Timmy Chandler are headed to berlin as Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht frankfurt are set to contest die German Cup last on may 27 at die Olympiastadion.

Du schaust: Was ist dfb pokal

Here are five jene you should know about die German Cup.

A bonus fact to begin: the Lamar hunting U.S. Open Cup, the equivalent tournament in the vereinigt States, actually started competition 22 year before bei 1913!

The History

Founded in 1935 as die "Tshammer-Pokal", the knockout competition was originally called after ns highest ranking sporting activities official in the dritter Reich, Hans über Tschammer. FC Nürnberg took the zuerst title, and the competition ran zum eight seasons prior to being suspended in 1944 due to World zu sein II.

Following die collapse von the nazi regime, die cup restarted in the 1952-53 season and was renamed ns “DFB-Pokal” after the German Football kombination (Deutscher Fußball-Bund).

Rot-Weiss essen were the first winners des the newly-named competition, which has run uninterrupted ever before since. Additionally, over there was bei East German Cup that ran from 1949-1991, but following the fall of the berlin Wall, die league und cup competitions merged in 1991-92 as part von German reunification.

Bayern Munich won the tournament weil das the zuerst time bei 1957 and unsurprisingly oase been die most dominant, lifting ns trophy 18 zeit (including three out des the tonnage four years). They are followed über Werder bremen (six), Schalke (five) und FC Köln, FC Nünrberg und Eintracht frankfurt (four each).

Anyway, wonder what ns actual trophy looks like? seen below from the competition"s official twitter account:

Wusstet ihr, dass schon 38 groups für die DFB-Pokalsaison 2017/2018 qualifiziert sind? zum Übersicht ➡️ https://t.co/Ci4cFj8DZm #DFBPokal pic.twitter.com/lvA0DXAJ0v

— DFB-Pokal (
DFB_Pokal) april 20, 2017The Format

Not unlike ns Lamar hunt U.S. Offen Cup or English FA Cup, die tournament is a straight knockout competition. A field des 64 attributes all 36 clubs from die top two divisions des German football. Ns top 4 finishers in the dritter division so automatically qualify, when 21 slots are given to cup winners from ns regional associations, und the staying three areas are forgive to die regions with ns most men’s teams -- at this time Bavaria, lower Saxony und Westphalia.

The compete begins an mid-August, a hauptsächlich before the zuerst division campaign kicks off. The first two rounds room drawn deshalb that first and second department teams face clubs from reduced leagues, however from the third ring all the way with to die semifinals the draw zu sein conducted from nur one pot, v any der dritte tag division or amateur team automatically receiving a home match if drawn versus a experienced side.

MNT History in DFB-Pokal


While die list of U.S. Men’s national Team players with suffer playing for clubs in Germany zu sein long, just four oase played in the DFB-Pokal Semifinals and only one has actually lifted ns trophy.

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Though the hadn’t however played weil das the MNT at ns time, future captain Thomas Dooley (pictured above) featured an the 1989/90 semifinal und scored ns lone goal for Kaiserslautern in their 1-0 victory versus Kickers Offenbach. Dooley then went on the play an the last – a 3-0 victory versus Werder bremen on may 19, 1990.

Since then, five MNT players schutz appeared in the semifinals. Claudio Reyna played weil das Wolfsburg in their 1-0 defeat zu Werder Bremen in the 1998-99 competition, Jermaine Jones was a substitute zum Eintracht frankfurt as they beat Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 in the 2005-06 tournament, und most newly John Brooks appeared an Hertha Berlin’s 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in 2015-16.

On Tuesday, april 25, Timmy Chandlerplayed the full 120 minutes and assisted top top Eintracht Frankfurt"s score before ns club beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 7-6 on punish kicks. Die following day, Christian Pulisicwas bei 80th minute instead of as aided Borussia dortmund close the end a 3-2 comeback victory at bayerisch Munich.

2016-17 Tournament


Seven MNT players oase taken part in the existing competition, with 4 finding the back of the net. Though hamburg was eliminated von Borussia Mönchengladbach in the quarterfinals, Bobby Wood’s 4 goals oase him tied for second among ns tournament’s leading scorers, just one behind bayern Munich’s robert Lewandowski.

Here’s just how MNT players have performed thus far:





John Brooks

Hertha Berlin


Round of 16

Timmy Chandler

Eintracht Frankfurt



Julian Green

Bayern Munich*



Fabian Johnson

Borussia Mönchengladbach



Alfredo Morales



Second Round

Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund



Bobby Wood




*Julian green played for bayerisch Munich prior to transferring kommen sie Stuttgart bei December

The Final is Set


On Tuesday, april 25, Chandler und Eintracht Frankfurt danke für 1-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach, yet then dispatched ns home next 7-6 top top penalties kommen sie book a place in their erste DFB Pokal Final due to the fact that 2006.

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On Wednesday, april 26, Pulisic and Borussia dortmund came native behind kommen sie defeat defending champions bayerisch Munich 3-2, setup up die German Cup final on Saturday, may 27 at the Olympiastadion bei Berlin. Catch die match live at 2 p.m. Et on ESPN3 und WatchESPN.