The German Cup is the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship.
After the qualifying rounds, 64 teams participate in the knock-out competition each year, including all 36 clubs from the first and second tier of the Bundesliga, the top four teams of the third league and regional teams. DW's sports team follows every round of the competition proper, and all their latest content can be found below.
First half goals from Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira were enough for Germany to beat Northern Ireland and maintain a perfect start to their qualifying campaign. The hosts were rarely troubled by their Group C rivals.
Mario Gomez will miss Germany's qualifiers with Czech Republic and Northern Ireland after withdrawing from the squad citing "muscle stiffness." Despite a lack of strikers, Joachim Löw will not call up a replacement.
Swiss prosecutors have confirmed that football legend Franz Beckenbauer is among those under criminal investigation over allegations related to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It's the latest twist in a months-old story.
Germany's domestic cup provides a rare opportunity for lower-division sides to pit themselves against the country's best. However, Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti's only previous trip to Jena haunts him to this day.