Middle Rhine Cup

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Middle Rhine Cup
Map of Germany: Position of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighted
Region Middle Rhine,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Qualifier for DFB-Pokal
Current champions FC Viktoria Köln (2015–16)
Most successful club(s) Bayer Leverkusen II (5 titles)

The Middle Rhine Cup (German: Mittelrheinpokal) is a German football club Cup competition open to teams from the Lower Rhine region of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The competition is one of the 21 regional cup competitions of German football and acts as a qualifier to the following seasons' German Cup.[1]

The competition is sponsored by the Bitburger brewery and carries the official name Bitburger Mittelrheinpokal. It is operated by the Middle Rhine Football Association, the FVM.[2]


Clubs from fully professional leagues are not permitted to enter the competition, meaning, no teams from the Fußball-Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga can compete.[2]

All clubs from the Middle Rhine playing in the 3. Liga (III) and the Regionalliga West (IV) are directly qualified for the first round, the remaining places are filled with the teams who qualified from local cup competitions, the Kreispokale. All up, 32 clubs take part in the first round of the competition.[2]

Since the establishment of the 3. Liga in 2008, reserve teams can not take part in the German Cup or the Middle Rhine Cup anymore.


The winners of the competition since 1993:[3]

Club Wins Years
Bayer Leverkusen II 5 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007
Alemannia Aachen 4 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999
TSV Germania Windeck 3 2009, 2010, 2011
1. FC Köln Amateure 3 1995, 2004, 2005
FC Viktoria Köln 3 2014, 2015, 2016
Alemannia Aachen II 2 2002, 2006
SC Fortuna Köln 1 2013
FC Hennef 05 1 2012
FC Wegberg-Beeck 1 2008
Blau-Weiß Brühl 1 2001


  1. ^ "DFB Cup Men – Mode". DFB. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Bitburger-Pokal 2011/12: Wer ist dabei? (German) FVM website, accessed: 9 July 2012
  3. ^ FVM-Pokalsieger Herren (German) FVM website - Winners of the Middle Rhine Cup, accessed: 9 July 2012


  • Deutschlands Fußball in Zahlen, (German) An annual publication with tables and results from the Bundesliga to Verbandsliga/Landesliga, publisher: DSFS

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