2016 DFB-Pokal Final

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2016 DFB-Pokal Final
2016 DFB-Pokal Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event 2015–16 DFB-Pokal
After extra time
Bayern Munich won 4–3 on penalties
Date 21 May 2016 (2016-05-21)
Venue Olympiastadion, Berlin
Referee Marco Fritz (Korb)[1]
Attendance 74,322[2]
Weather Clear
22 °C (72 °F)
35% humidity[3]

The 2016 DFB-Pokal Final decided the winner of the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal, the 73rd season of Germany's premier knockout football cup competition.[4] It was played on 21 May 2016 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.[5][6]

Borussia Dortmund, who had lost in the two previous finals, faced Bayern Munich, the record title-holders. Bayern won 4–3 on penalties, as the match had finished 0–0 after extra time, giving Bayern their 18th title.[7][8][9]

With the win, Bayern completed the domestic double, and therefore played away to 2015–16 Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund in the 2016 DFL-Supercup on 14 August 2016.[10] Because Bayern qualified for the Champions League, the sixth-place team in the Bundesliga, Mainz 05, earns automatic qualification for the group stage of next year's edition of the UEFA Europa League, and the league's third qualifying round spot will go to the team in seventh, Hertha BSC.[11][12]


This was Guardiola's final match coaching Bayern.
This was Hummels's final match for Dortmund before moving to Bayern in the summer.

It was Bayern's twenty-first final, with a record of seventeen wins, the most of any club, and three losses prior. Bayern's last final won was in 2014. It was Dortmund's eighth overall and third consecutive final, with a record of three wins and four losses prior. Dortmund's last final won was in 2012. This was the ninth match between Bayern and Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal, and the fourth final between them, all within the last eight years, having previously met in 2008, 2012, and 2014, making it the most common final. Of these, Bayern have won two (in 2008, winning 2–1 after extra time, and 2014, winning 2–0 after extra time), while Dortmund have won once (in 2012, winning 5–2).[13]

Bayern and Dortmund also met each other in the semi-finals of the previous season of the DFB-Pokal. The match finished 1–1 after extra time, and Dortmund won 2–0 on penalties.[14][15] The other matches between these two sides took place in 1966, where Bayern won 2–0 in the qualification round, 1981, where Bayern won 4–0 in the third round, 1992, where Dortmund won 5–4 on penalties in the second round as the match finished 2–2 after extra time, and 2013, where Bayern won 1–0 in the quarter-finals. This makes for a total of five wins for Bayern, and one win and two penalty shoot-out wins for Dortmund.[16]

The game was Bayern coach Pep Guardiola's final match, after three years in charge of the team.[17] Guardiola will go on to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.[18] For Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, it was his first season in charge as coach. Guardiola praised Tuchel for an impressive season, finishing second in the Bundesliga and making it to the cup final.[19]

On 10 May 2016, it was announced that Dortmund defender Mats Hummels would be leaving the club at the end of the season. The cup final would be his last match for Dortmund, against his future club Bayern, whom he signed a five-year contract with, starting 1 July 2016.[20] Hummels himself was a Bayern youth product, but he only made one senior appearance before moving to Dortmund in 2008, initially on loan.[21][22] The transfer to Bayern was received negatively by many Dortmund fans, as he was the third Dortmund player to move to Bayern since 2013.[23]

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.[24]

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

Bayern Munich Round Borussia Dortmund
Opponent Result 2015–16 DFB-Pokal Opponent Result
FC Nöttingen (A) 3–1 First round Chemnitzer FC (A) 2–0
VfL Wolfsburg (A) 3–1 Second round SC Paderborn (H) 7–1
Darmstadt 98 (H) 1–0 Round of 16 FC Augsburg (A) 2–0
VfL Bochum (A) 3–0 Quarter-finals VfB Stuttgart (A) 3–1
Werder Bremen (H) 2–0 Semi-finals Hertha BSC (A) 3–0



Bayern Munich 0–0 (a.e.t.) Borussia Dortmund
Attendance: 74,322
Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb)
Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund
GK 1 Germany Manuel Neuer
RB 21 Germany Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 32 Germany Joshua Kimmich Yellow card 42'
CB 17 Germany Jérôme Boateng
LB 27 Austria David Alaba
DM 23 Chile Arturo Vidal Yellow card 47'
RM 11 Brazil Douglas Costa
CM 25 Germany Thomas Müller Yellow card 109'
CM 6 Spain Thiago
LM 7 France Franck Ribéry Yellow card 39' Substituted off 108'
CF 9 Poland Robert Lewandowski
GK 26 Germany Sven Ulreich
DF 5 Morocco Medhi Benatia
DF 13 Brazil Rafinha
DF 18 Spain Juan Bernat
MF 14 Spain Xabi Alonso
MF 20 Germany Sebastian Rode
FW 29 France Kingsley Coman Substituted in 108'
Spain Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund 2016-05-21.svg
GK 38 Switzerland Roman Bürki
CB 25 Greece Sokratis Papastathopoulos Yellow card 99'
CB 6 Germany Sven Bender
CB 15 Germany Mats Hummels (c) Yellow card 74' Substituted off 78'
RM 26 Poland Łukasz Piszczek
CM 27 Germany Gonzalo Castro Yellow card 39' Substituted off 106'
CM 33 Germany Julian Weigl
LM 29 Germany Marcel Schmelzer Substituted off 70'
RW 10 Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan
CF 17 Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
LW 11 Germany Marco Reus
GK 1 Germany Roman Weidenfeller
DF 28 Germany Matthias Ginter Substituted in 78'
DF 37 Germany Erik Durm Substituted in 70'
MF 18 Turkey Nuri Şahin
MF 22 United States Christian Pulisic
MF 23 Japan Shinji Kagawa Substituted in 106'
FW 20 Colombia Adrián Ramos
Germany Thomas Tuchel

Assistant referees:[1]
Dominik Schaal (Tübingen)
Marcel Pelgrim (Hamminkeln-Loikum)
Fourth official:[1]
Bastian Dankert (Rostock)

Match rules[25]

  • 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.


Statistic[7][26] Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 17 9
Shots on target 3 1
Saves 1 3
Ball possession 70% 30%
Corner kicks 7 4
Fouls committed 18 17
Offsides 4 3
Yellow cards 4 3
Red cards 0 0


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