Berlin – Hertha will head to Lower Saxony to contest their first competitive game of 2020/21. Head coach Bruno Labbadia’s side will face Eintracht Braunschweig in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, following the first-round draw on Sunday evening (26/07/20). The draw was conducted by Heike Ullrich, the DFB’s vice-general secretary, and DFB president Fritz Keller. “We remember this fixture from 2018, when we managed to narrowly advance to the next round. It will be another tough match, as these kinds of games usually are. But of course, our goal is to win,” Michael Preetz said about the draw. Two years ago the two sides also faced each other in the first round, with Hertha advancing after goals from Marvin Plattenhardt and Vedad Ibisevic secured a 2-1 win.
The match will take place between 11th to 14th September, with the second round scheduled to take place from 22nd-23rd December. The final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin is planned for 13th May 2021. In addition to the Old Lady, the race for this year’s cup includes all first and second-division sides, as well as the 2nd-5th place finishers from the third division. Despite winning the third-tier title in 2019/20, the Bayern München reserves are not permitted to take place in the cup competition. The 41 clubs that have already qualified for the DFB-Pokal will be joined by 1. FC Magdeburg and the winners of the regional cup competitions, as well as three representatives from the regional associations with the most clubs (Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Westphalia). The remaining 23 spots will be determined on 22nd August 2020, with 90 teams still in the running to take part in the competition. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are still clearly being felt here, with all amateur clubs having until mid-August to submit a home location for the match in addition to an approved hygiene concept.