Wednesday's second German Cup semi final pits Hertha Berlin against Borussia Dortmund. Hertha's form has slipped of late while the cup is Dortmund's last realistic chance of silverware this term.
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.
It might seem odd to say, but there are things more important than winning for many sides in the first round of the German Cup. Bonn may have lost to Hannover 96 but, for the club as a whole, the day was a victory.
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.
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