While FC Bayern Munich was wrapping up their winter training camp in Doha, Qatar on Sunday, and boarding the plane to go home to Bavaria, the Deutscher Fussball Bund — aka Germany’s soccer association — was holding their drawing for the quarterfinal matchups in the DFB Pokal.
Of the remaining eight clubs in the competition, only one does not play in the Bundesliga — third division SC Paderborn. So, who would travel to North-Rhine Westphalia to face off against the minnows? The big dogs, that’s who!
Here are the matchups (first team listed is hosting):
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen
SC Paderborn vs FC Bayern München
Due to being a lower-league side, Paderborn were guaranteed to host whoever they drew, and have indicated that they would not be looking to move to a larger venue, preferring to stay at home, despite the promise of significantly increased revenue from facing off against the spectator-magnet from Munich. Bayern will travel to the city of 144,000 people in the central part of Germany for a game on February 6th or 7th — exact date and time still to be determined.
All other matches will be played on that Tuesday and Wednesday, with Frankfurt hosting the Rhein-Main derby against Mainz, while Bremen travel to Leverkusen and Wolfsburg will meet Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.