1997 DFB-Pokal Final

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1997 DFB-Pokal Final
1997 DFB-Pokal Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event 1996–97 DFB-Pokal
Date 14 June 1997 (1997-06-14)
Venue Olympiastadion, Berlin
Referee Edgar Steinborn (Sinzig)[1]
Attendance 76,400
Weather Partly cloudy
21 °C (70 °F)
64% humidity[2]

The 1997 DFB-Pokal Final decided the winner of the 1996–97 DFB-Pokal, the 54th season of Germany's premier knockout football cup competition. It was played on 14 June 1997 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[3] VfB Stuttgart won the match 2–0 against third-division Energie Cottbus to claim their third cup title.

Route to the final[edit]

The DFB-Pokal began with 64 teams in a single-elimination knockout cup competition. There were a total of five rounds leading up to the final. Teams were drawn against each other, and the winner after 90 minutes would advance. If still tied, 30 minutes of extra time was played. If the score was still level, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner.[4]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

VfB Stuttgart Round Energie Cottbus
Opponent Result 1996–97 DFB-Pokal Opponent Result
Fortuna Köln (H) 0–0 (a.e.t.) (4–1 p) Round 1 Stuttgarter Kickers (H) 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Hertha BSC (A) 1–1 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p) Round 2 VfL Wolfsburg (H) 1–0
FSV Zwickau (H) 2–0 Round of 16 MSV Duisburg (H) 2–2 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p)
SC Freiburg (A) 0–0 (a.e.t.) (4–2 p) Quarter-finals FC St. Pauli (H) 0–0 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p)
Hamburger SV (H) 2–1 Semi-finals Karlsruher SC (H) 3–0



VfB Stuttgart2–0Energie Cottbus
Élber Goal 18'52' Report
Attendance: 76,400
VfB Stuttgart
Energie Cottbus
GK 1 Austria Franz Wohlfahrt
SW 5 Netherlands Frank Verlaat
CB 8 Germany Marco Haber Yellow card
CB 4 Germany Thomas Berthold
RWB 7 Germany Matthias Hagner Substituted off 70'
LWB 3 Germany Thorsten Legat
CM 20 Croatia Zvonimir Soldo Yellow card
CM 16 Germany Gerhard Poschner
AM 10 Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
CF 9 Brazil Giovane Élber Substituted off 89'
CF 11 Germany Fredi Bobic Substituted off 81'
GK 25 Germany Marc Ziegler
DF 14 Germany Thomas Schneider Substituted in 70'
MF 12 Germany Danny Schwarz Substituted in 89'
MF 21 Switzerland Sébastien Fournier
MF 22 Germany Andreas Buck
FW 15 Poland Radosław Gilewicz Substituted in 81'
FW 35 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sreto Ristić
Germany Joachim Löw
VfB Stuttgart vs Energie Cottbus 1997-06-14.svg
GK 1 Germany Kay Wehner
SW 3 Germany Thomas Hoßmang
CB 4 Germany Sven Benken
CB 5 Germany Jens Melzig Yellow card
RWB 7 Germany Ingo Schneider Substituted off 65'
LWB 14 Germany Jörg Woltmann Substituted off 81'
DM 21 Germany Willi Kronhardt
CM 8 Germany Jens-Uwe Zöphel
CM 6 Germany Detlef Irrgang
CF 17 Germany Frank Seifert Substituted off 65'
CF 9 Germany Toralf Konetzke
GK 31 Germany Edmund Rottler
DF 23 Germany Kay Wenschlag
MF 12 Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Lazić Substituted in 65'
MF 15 Germany Michael Hennig
MF 16 Germany Lars Mebus
MF 24 France Moses Enguelle Substituted in 81'
FW 11 Germany Matthias Zimmerling Substituted in 65'
Germany Eduard Geyer

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.


  1. ^ "Schiedsrichter: Der erste war Berliner". DFB-Pokal: Das offizielle Stadionmagazin des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes. German Football Association. 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Weather History for Berlin Tegel, DE". Weather Underground. The Weather Company. 14 June 1997. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Alle DFB-Pokalsieger" [All DFB-Pokal winners]. dfb.de (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Modus" [Mode]. dfb.de (in German). German Football Association. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2015.