or German Football-Federation Cup) is an elimination football
tournament held annually. It is the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga
championship. Established in 1935 as the Tschammer-Pokal
, the competition includes 64 teams from the Bundesliga
, 2nd Bundesliga
, 3rd Liga
and the winners of the regional cup championships from the lower leagues.
Fixture draws for the first rounds are seeded so that each amateur team plays a professional club at the former's home ground, with tied games being decided with extra time and penalty shoot-outs. Prior to this method of solving draws, two cup finals had been decided with the drawing of lots. The cup final has been held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin since 1985 with FC Bayern Munich winning the competition the most times.
is a former German football goalkeeper. He started his career at Karlsruher SC
and in 1994 was transferred to FC Bayern Munich
, his last professional club. He is one of the most successful German players in recent history, having won eight German championships, six German cups, the UEFA Cup
, the UEFA Champions League
and the Intercontinental Cup
. His individual contributions have earned him four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper
awards, three IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year awards and two German "Footballer of the Year" trophies. He played for the German national team
from 1994 to 2006, where he was starting goalkeeper of the 2002 World Cup squad which reached the Finals and won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball for his performance. Kahn is nicknamed "King Kahn" or "The Titan."
He made his last professional appearance for FC Bayern Munich on 27 May 2008 at the Salt Lake Stadium (Yuvabharati Krirangan), Kolkata in a friendly against Mohun Bagan AC of India during Bayern's Asian tour of 2008. Around 120,000 people turned up for the match. The match ended 0-3 in favour of Bayern and Michael Rensing substituted 'King Kahn' in the 55th minute. He is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of the game and is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball.