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Bayern Munich’s DFB Pokal First Round match rescheduled to October

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Due to their congested schedule, Bayern Munich will play their first game of the DFB Pokal a month later than expected.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Final Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Bayern Munich’s new DFB Pokal run will start in October, rather than September, and the Bavarians will now host the match as FC Düren conceded hosting rights to the Champions of Europe.

The opening game against Düren was set to kick off on September 12th; however, Bayern’s long and successful Champions League run in Lisbon means that the team will not have enough time to regenerate and prepare for the new season. As such, the DFB has officially postponed the game until October 15th to give Bayern some breathing space. The newly scheduled game will take place right after the international break, before Bayern’s trip to newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld.

“Bayern has represented German football in the UCL until the end,” said DFB vice president Peter Frymuth. “With their win, they will now play the European Supercup in September. It’s in the interest of German football as a whole to approve Bayern’s request for the game to be postponed.”

Even without the Pokal, Bayern has a busy month ahead. The new Bundesliga season kicks off on September 19th with Bayern going up against Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena. The European Champions will then travel all the way to Budapest to face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on the 23rd, before going on a tough away trip to Hoffenheim three days later. Finally, Bayern host Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup on the last day of the month.

Following the change in schedule, the team will restart training on the 11th. Let’s hope this is the start of a new, successful season!