Football Germany is looking forward to the games of the DFB Cup these days. But did you know that the outcome of the competition can also benefit the seventh-placed player in the Bundesliga? SPOX clarifies.
While only six tickets are awarded for the international competitions in the first Bundesliga, the outcome of the DFB Cup can pave the way for a seventh team. But how exactly is this possible and which teams could theoretically benefit from it? SPOX gives you all the answers.
DFB Cup makes it possible! Next season, seven Bundesliga teams will play internationally
What applied in previous years also applies again this season: the winner of the DFB Cup will be guaranteed a place in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League in the 2022/23 season. But what happens when that team has already qualified for the competition based on their Bundesliga placement?
In this case, another team, namely the Bundesliga seventh, receives an international ticket. Suppose SC Freiburg ends the Bundesliga season in fifth place and wins the DFB Cup at the same time. This would mean that in addition to the Breisgauers, sixth place in the table would also move into the Europa League. Rank number seven is then awarded the contract for the Conference League.
Incidentally, the same applies in the event that the cup winner ends the Bundesliga in sixth place or even within the top 4, i.e. in one of the Champions League places. To illustrate the facts, you can see below which Bundesliga placement will result in which international place.
Places 1-4: Champions League
Places 5 & 6: Europe League
7th place: conference league
By the way: If Frankfurt Eintracht should win the Europa League this year, we would even see eight German teams in Europe next year.
Bundesliga: The table before the 31st matchday
Bundesliga: These teams can still imagine chances for a Europe ticket
It is already a fact that we will see seven German teams in international business next season. However, the question of the participants is still unresolved. In the fight for the last European tickets, several teams are currently facing each other, all of which can probably still imagine chances.
So it’s high time to take a look at the rest of the program for Europe’s hottest contenders.