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 from the third league and fourth-tier regional teams. DW's sports team follows every round of the competition proper, and all their latest content can be found below.
Jordan Torunarigha has described those who allegedly racially abused him at a cup match in mid-week as a "few idiots." The host club, Schalke, has apologized for the incident and a police investigation has been launched.
Referee Harm Osmers should have reacted much more strongly to the alleged racist abuse suffered by Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha, says Stefan Nestler. His team could also have sent a much bolder message.
Schalke say they are investigating an incident from a German Cup game in which Hertha defender Jordan Torunarigha was reportedly racially abused. Hertha's captain has called for a strong reaction from German football.
Dortmund youth prospect Youssoufa Moukoko could be one of the beneficiaries of a proposal to lower the age limit for footballers to play professionally in Germany. Clubs from the top two divisions will vote in March.
UEFA is usually keen to preach that football and politics should remain separate. But even European football's governing body makes exceptions in some cases. There's a fair chance they will have to do so at EURO 2020.
Dortmund were staring at a German Cup exit and third straight game without a goal. But Julian Brandt chose the ideal moment to announce himself in black and yellow, rescuing his team, and possibly coach, in the process.