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.
The president of the DFB has said he is now prepared to a greatly expanded World Cup. However, Reinhard Grindel also reiterated concerns about the toll the already jammed football schedule was taking on the players.