The first round of the German Cup is underway. Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig are set to face lowly opposition: Sixth-tier club Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen may not have a great chance of progression, but the whole town buzzes with excitement.
The first round of the German Cup produced its first shock as Osnabrück overcame Hamburg. Elsewhere, Leipzig hit five past Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen and Hannover survived a scare in Bonn.
The German Cup draw for the second round saw some enticing match-ups, notably for Bayern Munich who must travel to the side that pushed them the most last season.
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.
While the new German season officially kicked off with last weekend's Super Cup, it gets underway in earnest with the first round of the German Cup. This is when minnows dare to dream of taking out a Bundesliga team.
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