Der Club will host RB Leipzig on the weekend of the 11-14 September, whilst Braunschweig have a home tie against Hertha BSC. Karlsruhe, one of just two 2. Bundesliga sides to reach the last-16 last season, will face 1. FC Union Berlin.
There is also one all-second tier match-up, with promoted Würzburger Kickers hosting Hannover 96, with other known ties include Dynamo Dresden vs Hamburger SV and FC Ingolstadt 04 vs Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Many teams however do know exactly who they will play, due to the regional cup competitions that determine the qualifiers for the Pokal not being completed due to COVID-19. The majority of finals will be played on the 22nd August although a lot of the competitions still have some way to go to completion.
Amongst these, there is a potential for SV Sandhausen to travel to former second-tier side FSV Frankfurt, whilst SSV Jahn Regensburg could play 1. FC Kaiserslautern. FC St. Pauli might have to play last season’s shock semi-finalists 1. FC Saarbrücken, however the Saarland cup is yet to even play quarter-finals.
Bizarrely, both SpVgg Greuther Fürth and SC Paderborn 07 could still play SV Rödinghausen. The Regionalliga West champions can still win the Westfalen-Pokal on the 22nd (with a semi-final to navigate first), but failing that they will have a play-off for the second Westphalian place in the draw against Oberliga side SC Wiedenbrück three days later.
To ensure they can’t “choose” their opponents, a new draw will be held after those games to determine who Fürth and Paderborn face – more information (in German) here. If Rödinghausen do win the cup, 3. Liga side SV Verl will replace them in the play-off. Verl, incidently, will be playing their home games at Paderborn’s Benteler-Arena next season.
The games will be the first competitive matches of the season for the 2. Liga sides, with the league campaign beginning a week later.
First Round Draw – 2. Bundesliga Teams
1. FC Nürnberg vs RB Leipzig
SV Todesfelde or VfB Lübeck (Schleswig-Holstein) vs VfL Osnabrück
SV Wehen Wiesbaden vs 1. FC Heidenheim
VfR Stockach or 1. FC Rielasingen-Arlen or SC Lahr or SV Oberachern (Sudbaden) vs Holstein Kiel
Eintracht Braunschweig vs Hertha BSC
FSV Frankfurt or FC Gießen or TSV Steinbach Haiger (Hessen) vs SV Sandhausen
Württemberg (7 possible teams) vs FC Erzgebirge Aue
Dynamo Dresden vs Hamburger SV
Spfr Eisbachtal or TuS RW Koblenz or FC „Blau-Weiß“ Karbach or FV Engers 07 (Rheinland) vs VfL Bochum
Saarland (8 possible teams) vs FC St. Pauli
Würzburger Kickers vs Hannover 96
Westfalen-Pokal winner or Westfalen PO winner vs SpVgg Greuther Fürth
SV Alemannia Waldalgesheim or 1. FC Kaiserslautern or SV Morlautern (Südwest) vs SSV Jahn Regensburg
FC Ingolstadt 04 vs Fortuna Düsseldorf
Karlsruher SC vs 1. FC Union Berlin
1. FC Magdeburg (Sachsen-Anhalt) vs SV Darmstadt 98
Westfalen-Pokal winner or Westfalen PO winner vs SC Paderborn 07
Article updated 27th July to clarify situation with the Westphalian places in the competition.