German Cup draw goes ahead despite missing teams

Bayern Munich players celebrate after winning the trophy in the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) final match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Michael Sohn/AP)

BERLIN — The draw for the first round of the German Cup took place Sunday despite more than a third of the entries still having to be confirmed due to coronavirus-enforced delays.

Bayern Munich’s title defence will begin against one of four teams from the Middle Rhein wine-making region in western Germany — Alemannia Aachen, FC Duren, Viktoria Arnoldsweiler or FC Pesch. They have to complete the Middle Rhein Cup.

Altogether 23 of the 64 teams have still to be decided for the German Cup first round, which is due to be played from Sept. 11-14.

“We had the draw so early so the amateur clubs can prepare for the hygiene measures. We have to name the stadiums. There are a lot of uncertainties this year,” German football federation president Fritz Keller said.

The Bundesliga season finished late after being suspended for two months due to the pandemic, while soccer at lower levels had to wait longer to be allowed to continue. Many local cup competitions have yet to be completed.

Borussia Dortmund faces a local derby at third-division side MSV Duisburg, and Leipzig was drawn at second-division Nuremberg. Bayer Leverkusen — which lost the final 4-2 to Bayern in Berlin’s empty Olympiastadion three weeks ago — faces a trip to the winner of the Hamburg Cup.

Hertha Berlin will visit third-division Eintracht Braunschweig and city rival Union Berlin travels to second-division Karlsruher SC. All other Bundesliga sides were drawn against unknown opponents.

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