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As in 2016, FC St. Pauli have been drawn against VfB Lübeck in the first round of the DFB Cup. The match will take place on the weekend of 9-12 August 2019.

The draw for the first round of the DFB Cup was made by Nia Künzer at the German Football Museum in Dortmund. The Women's World Cup winner pulled VfB Lübeck out of the pot first and then the Boys in Brown, which means a trip to Schleswig-Holstein after the opening two games of the league campaign.

It is a repeat of the first-round tie in August 2016, when the Boys in Brown won 3-0 in front of 13,300 fans at Lohmühle Stadium thanks to goals from Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, Sören Gonther and Marvin Ducksch. Also involved that day were Christopher Avevor, Waldemar Sobota, Philipp Ziereis, Ryo Miyaichi and Christopher Buchtmann, among others.

Ryo Miyaichi is challenged by Lübeck's Enes Dagli in 2016.

Ryo Miyaichi is challenged by Lübeck's Enes Dagli in 2016.

VfB Lübeck finished last season second in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nord, just three points behind promoted champions VfL Wolfsburg II and a healthy 13 points ahead of Werder Bremen II back in third.

Reaction to the draw:

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "Lübeck is not far so lots of fans will want to go. The game has a certain derby character. Being the second-division side, it will be important for us to take up the role of favourites, but we're up against an ambitious fourth-tier outfit who will also want to play a role. We'll need to approach the game with determination, concentration and conviction to progress to the next round."

Head coach Jos Luhukay: "It's good the game isn't far away and there's sure to be a great atmosphere there. VfB Lübeck were impressive last season and only just missed out on promotion. We have respect for our opponents but as the second-division side we obviously want to go through. I went to Lübeck as the coach of KFC Uerdingen in 2001 and 2002, but that's a long time ago now."

Jan-Philipp Kalla: "We had to wait quite a long time during the draw and the number of teams left in the pot gets smaller and smaller towards the end. A northern clash against Lübeck isn't a bad draw in my view. We're the favourites, that's clear, and we'll be aiming to go through to the next round. We had a good experience at Lübeck in 2016. I was in the squad that day and remember the game well. We had a lot of fans with us and the atmosphere was superb. I remember giving my shorts away through the fence. I don't know what made me do it, but I was left standing there in my undies."


All the first-round ties at a glance:

Würzburger Kickers v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

FSV Salmrohr v Holstein Kiel

VfB Germania Halberstadt v 1. FC Union Berlin

1. FC Kaiserslautern v 1. FSV Mainz 05

SV Rödinghausen v SC Paderborn

Hallescher FC v VfL Wolfsburg

SV Atlas Delmenhorst v SV Werder Bremen

KFC Uerdingen 05 v Borussia Dortmund

SV Sandhausen v Borussia Mönchengladbach

Chemnitzer FC v Hamburger SV

SV Waldhof Mannheim v Eintracht Frankfurt

Alemannia Aachen v Bayer 04 Leverkusen

TuS Dassendorf v SG Dynamo Dresden

FC 08 Villingen v Fortuna Düsseldorf

KSV Baunatal v VfL Bochum

FC Energie Cottbus v FC Bayern München

Karlsruher SC v Hannover 96

MSV Duisburg v SpVgg Greuther Fürth

FC Oberneuland v SV Darmstadt 98

SV Wehen Wiesbaden v 1. FC Köln

FC Hansa Rostock v VfB Stuttgart

1. FC Saarbrücken v SSV Jahn Regensburg

SV Drochtersen/Assel v FC Schalke 04

Viktoria Berlin v Arminia Bielefeld

FC Ingolstadt v 1. FC Nürnberg

SC Verl v FC Augsburg

VfB Lübeck v FC St. Pauli

VfB Eichstätt v Hertha BSC

Wacker Nordhausen v Erzgebirge Aue

VfL Osnabrück v RB Leipzig

1. FC Magdeburg v SC Freiburg

SSV Ulm 1846 v 1. FC Heidenheim


Photo: Witters