|Current champions||BFC Dynamo (2014–15)|
The Berliner Landespokal (English: Berlin Cup) is an annual football cup competition held by the Berlin Football Association (German: Berliner Fußballverband, BFV). The cup winner qualifies for the national DFB-Pokal. Cup finals are usually held in the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. The competition has been held since 1906, with various interruptions. Record winners are Tennis Borussia Berlin with a total of 16 titles. It is one of the 21 regional cup competitions in Germany.
All BFV teams that compete in regular leagues are eligible, as well as the winner of the "Freizeitpokal" (a competition for recreational football teams). Teams competing in the Fußball-Bundesliga and the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga are not allowed to compete. Starting with the 2007–08 season, only the first teams of every club may compete in the cup. There is a separate cup competition for the reserve teams.
The competition is held in a knock-out tournament format, with each round consisting of a single match. If scores are level, extra time will be played, and a penalty shootout follows, if necessary. Home field advantage is determined by the draw, clubs share the revenue from the match. In the final, revenue is shared equally between the finalists and the Berlin FA.
1906–1950: Berlin and Brandenburg Cup
Until 1931 the cup was played as "Berliner Verbandspokal" (Berlin Association Cup) in the Berlin-Brandenburg area. From 1932 to 1942 it was not held, because the national Tschammerpokal was introduced. Beginning with the 1943 edition it was re-introduced as the "Gaupokal Berlin-Brandenburg", its winner qualifying for the national cup competition. In the 1943-44 season, the Gaupokal was held, but the DFB-Pokal could not be held due to the Second World War. After the war ended and Berlin was divided in four sectors, the cup was held as "Pokal des amerikanischen Drahtfunks" (Cup of American Wire Radio) from 1946–47, later renamed "RIAS-Pokal". Little had changed, with the notable exception that no Brandenburg clubs participated. From 1950, East Berlin clubs were no longer allowed to participate, they were incorporated into the East German football league system.
In the early years, the cup was dominated mostly by BFC Viktoria 1889 (initially under the name BTuFC Viktoria 1889). They managed to win the cup 5 times. But today's Bundesliga side Hertha BSC Berlin were able to capture the trophy five times as well.
|1907||BTuFC Viktoria 1889||Berliner BC 03||2–0|
|1908||BTuFC Viktoria 1889||BTuFC Union 1892||4–0|
|1909||BTuFC Viktoria 1889||Berliner BC 03||4–0|
|1910||Weißenseer FC||BSC Fortuna||4–1|
|1920||BFC Hertha 92||(Winner of a 14 team league)|
|1923||SV Norden-Nordwest||BBC Brandenburg 92||2–0|
|1924||Hertha BSC||BV 06 Luckenwalde||1–0|
|1925||SV Norden-Nordwest||1. FC Neukölln||3–1|
|1926||BFC Viktoria 1889||Union Oberschöneweide||4–3|
|1927||BFC Viktoria 1889||SV Norden-Nordwest||6–2|
|1928||Hertha BSC||BV 06 Luckenwalde||9–2|
|1929||Hertha BSC||BFC Viktoria 1889||5–1|
|1930||Berliner SV 1892||Spandauer SV||5–1|
|1931||Tennis Borussia Berlin||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||6–0|
|1943||Hertha BSC||Tennis Borussia Berlin||4–3 AET|
|1944||Polizei Berlin||Tennis Borussia Berlin||6–2|
|1946||SG Wilmersdorf||SG Tempelhof||2–1 AET|
|1947||SG Oberschöneweide||SG Wilmersdorf||4–3 AET|
|1948||SG Oberschöneweide||Tennis Borussia Berlin||2–2 AET 3–1 (Replay)|
|1949||Tennis Borussia Berlin||Berliner FC Alemannia 1890||2–0|
1950–1991: West Berlin Cup
With the creation of the West German and East German states in 1949 and the subsequent introduction of the DDR-Oberliga and the FDGB-Pokal a lot changed for the Berlin Cup. Beginning with the 1950-51 season, East Berlin teams had to participate in the GDR competitions and the Berlin Cup was held for West Berlin teams only.
From 1950 to 1970 the cup was held under the name "Karl-Heinz-Schulz-Pokal". Schulz was a sports journalist and coach. Among other things he had coached the German rowing eight at the 1936 Olympic Games. Aged 39, he died after complications following surgery.
In 1969 there was no cup winner, as the penalty shootout was not yet introduced and Hertha 03 Zehlendorf took their traditional world tour immediately after the match, so a replay match could not be scheduled.
In 1970 the cup was renamed "Paul-Rusch-Pokal". Paul Rusch had been made first president of the Berlin FA in 1949. He held that position until 1970. All non-professional sides that participated in the regular league competitions held by the Berlin FA. Since the 1957–58 season, the cup winner has qualified for the national cup competition, the DFB-Pokal.
|1950||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||Tennis Borussia Berlin||2–1 AET|
|1951||Tennis Borussia Berlin||SC Union 06 Berlin||2–1 AET|
|1952||SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||3–0|
|1953||BFC Viktoria 1889||Berliner SV 1892||4–2|
|1954||Spandauer SV||Tennis Borussia Berlin||1–0|
|1955||Spandauer SV||SC Minerva 1893||2–1 AET|
|1956||Spandauer SV||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||2–2 and 1–1 AET |
|1957||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||Berliner SV 1892||3–1|
|1958||Hertha BSC||Spandauer SV||4–1|
|1959||Hertha BSC||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||5–2|
|1960||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||Tennis Borussia Berlin||3–0|
|1961||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||BFC Südring||3–0|
|1962||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||BFC Meteor 06||4–1|
|1963||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||2–1|
|1964||Tennis Borussia Berlin||Spandauer SV||2–2 AET 7–1 (Replay)|
|1965||Tennis Borussia Berlin||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||1–1 AET 3–2 (Replay)|
|1966||Hertha BSC||Tennis Borussia Berlin||6–3|
|1967||Hertha BSC||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||1–0|
|1968||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||4–2|
|1969||no winner||Tennis Borussia Berlin
Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
|1970||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||Tennis Borussia Berlin||2–0|
|1971||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||4–2|
|1972||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||SpVgg Hellas-Nordwest 04||5–0|
|1973||Tennis Borussia Berlin||SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin||1–0|
|1974||Rapide Wedding||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||5–3|
|1975||Spandauer SV||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||4–1|
|1976||Hertha BSC Amateure||BFC Preussen||4–1|
|1977||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||1. Traber FC Mariendorf||2–1|
|1978||Spandauer SV||BFC Preussen||2–1|
|1979||BFC Preussen||Reinickendorfer Füchse||5–3|
|1980||BFC Preussen||SC Wacker 04 Berlin||6–1|
|1981||BFC Preussen||Reinickendorfer Füchse||2–1|
|1982||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||Rapide Wedding||3–1|
|1983||SC Charlottenburg||Tennis Borussia Berlin||3–2|
|1984||SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin||Lichterfelder Sport-Union 1951||3–1|
|1985||Tennis Borussia Berlin||SC Charlottenburg||1–0|
|1986||SC Charlottenburg||Spandauer SV||2–1|
|1987||Hertha BSC||Tennis Borussia Berlin||2–0|
|1988||Türkiyemspor Berlin||BFC Preussen||2–1 AET|
|1989||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||Türkiyemspor Berlin||2–0|
|1990||Türkiyemspor Berlin||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf||2–1|
|1991||Türkiyemspor Berlin||NSC Marathon 02||3–0|
1992 until today: Berlin up for all of Berlin
After German reunification in 1990 football competition in East and West Berlin were unified in the 1991-92 season. Since then only two teams from the former GDR were able to win the cup. 1. FC Union Berlin won in 1994 and 2007 and Berliner FC Dynamo won the cup in 1994, 2011 and 2013. There are another three finals with an East Berlin finalist: 1997 with 1. FC Union Berlin, 2000 Berliner FC Dynamo, and most recently 2007 with Köpenicker SC.
The Paul Rusch Cup rarely attracted more than regional interest. But in 1992-93 the reserve of Hertha BSC attracted national interest when they reached the DFB-Pokal final after winning the Berlin Cup. In the final the team lost to Bayer Leverkusen. In 2001 two teams formed by immigrants faced each other for the first time in a German Regional Cup final. The Turkish derby between SV Yeşilyurt Berlin and Türkiyemspor Berlin generated international media interest and created for the first live broadcast of the Berlin Cup final by Turkish TV channel TRT-int.
In 2004 the competition was renamed again, bearing the name "ODDSET-Cup" until 2006. After a court decision this name could no longer be used and so the cup was held under the name "BFV-Pokal - unter der Schirmherrschaft von Lotto Berlin" (BFV-Cup - under the patronage of Lotto Berlin) or short "BFV-Pokal" (BFC-Cup), before it was renamed "Berliner-Pilsner-Pokal" (after a brand of beer) in 2007.
The respective league the teams competed in is referenced in brackets ehind the team name:
- 3L: 3. Liga (since 2008)
- RL: Regionalliga Nordost (1994 until 2000) or Regionalliga Nord (since 2000)
- OL: NOFV-Oberliga Mitte (1991 until 1994) or NOFV-Oberliga Nord (since 1992)
- VL: Verbandsliga Berlin (Berlin-Liga)
- LL: Landesliga Berlin
|29 May 1992||Hertha BSC II (OL)||Reinickendorfer Füchse (OL)||1–0||Mommsenstadion||
|6 May 1993||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||Türkiyemspor Berlin (OL)||2–0||Mommsenstadion||
|12 May 1994||1. FC Union Berlin (OL)||SD Croatia Berlin (LL)||2–1||Mommsenstadion||
|25 May 1995||Tennis Borussia Berlin (RL)||Türkiyemspor Berlin (RL)||5–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|16 May 1996||Tennis Borussia Berlin (RL)||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf (RL)||2–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|8 May 1997||Reinickendorfer Füchse (RL)||1. FC Union Berlin (RL)||1–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|21 Apr 1998||Tennis Borussia Berlin (RL)||VfB Lichterfelde 1892 (OL)||2–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|11 May 1999||Berliner FC Dynamo (RL)||Türkspor Berlin (VL)||4–1||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|31 May 2000||Tennis Borussia Berlin II (RL)||BFC Dynamo (RL)||2–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|30 May 2001||SV Yeşilyurt Berlin (LL)||Türkiyemspor Berlin (OL)||2–1||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|22 May 2002||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||Reinickendorfer Füchse (OL)||4–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|14 May 2003||Reinickendorfer Füchse (OL)||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||1–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|5 May 2004||Hertha BSC II (OL)||SV Yeşilyurt Berlin (OL)||3–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|4 May 2005||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||BFC Alemannia 90 Wacker (VL)||5–4 after penalties||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|24 May 2006||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||Hertha BSC II (RL)||2–1 AET||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|16 May 2007||1. FC Union Berlin (RL)||Köpenicker SC (VL)||7–0||Stadion An der Alten Försterei||
|4 June 2008||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||VfB Hermsdorf (VL)||2–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|6 May 2009||1. FC Union Berlin (3L)||Tennis Borussia Berlin (OL)||2–1||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|2 June 2010||Berliner AK 07 (OL)||Berliner FC Dynamo (OL)||1–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|8 June 2011||Berliner FC Dynamo (OL)||SFC Stern 1900 (VL)||2–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|26 May 2012||Berliner AK 07 (RL)||SC Gatow (VL)||2–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|12 June 2013||Berliner FC Dynamo (OL)||SV Lichtenberg 47 (OL)||1–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|4 June 2014||FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin (RL)||SV Tasmania Berlin (LL)||2–1||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|20 May 2015||Berliner FC Dynamo (RL)||SV Tasmania Berlin (VL)||1–0||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark||
|1||Tennis Borussia Berlin||16|
|3||SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin||7|
|4||BFC Viktoria 1889||7|
- Sons, Sebastian (15 May 1996). "Tennis Borussia ist im Finale der Favorit". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- The first match was abandoned. After the second match, Spandau was declared the winner after the drawing of lots.
- No replay date could be fixed.
- "Paul-Rusch-Pokal: Pokalgesetz auf Türkisch". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 30 May 2001. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- One title was won by the reserve team.
- Three titles were won by the reserve team.