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.
When the 55th Bundesliga season kicks off on Friday, a video assistant referee (VAR) will be checking major incidents like goals and penalty appeals. DW spoke to former referee Hellmut Krug, who's leading the project.
The 55th Bundesliga season gets underway this weekend against a backdrop of escalating fan protests against commercialization in German football. As the DFB reaches out to supporters, DW highlights the main issues.
Both Hertha Berlin and Schalke scored pairs of late goals to secure their tickets to the German Cup second round. However, Hertha's game in Rostock was marred by hardcore fans throwing flares, twice interrupting play.
Hannover may not be well-known internationally, but abandonment of a friendly in England has put the club in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Tensions between the club and some fans has dampened the joy of promotion.