German Cup Final again a closed-door affair!

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German Cup Final again without fans Image: Olympiastadion Berlin

The DFB-Pokal final on May 13th, 2021 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin (Germany) will again take place sans spectators as COVID-19 continues to haunt the European country.

The ‘DFB’ stated that present regulations for the venue in Berlin means that an application to allow spectators will not be possible until May 9th, 2021. The DFB-Pokal final will be played in the same manner as the ongoing Bundesliga (top of the German football league system) games – without onlookers.

The 2021 DFB-Pokal Final will decide the winner of the 2020-21 DFB-Pokal, the 78th season of the annual German football cup competition.

The DFB-Pokal is a German knockout football cup competition held annually by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB). Sixty-four teams participate in the competition, including all clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga. It is considered the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship.

The German Football Association (DFB) is the successful governing body of football in Germany. A founding member of FIFA and UEFA, the DFB has jurisdiction for the German football league system and is in charge of the men’s and women’s national teams. The DFB headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

The 74,475-capacity Olympiastadion is a sports stadium at Olympiapark Berlin in Berlin, Germany. It was originally built by Werner March for the 1936 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics, the record attendance was thought to be over 100,000. Today the stadium is part of the Olympiapark Berlin.

The ‘DFB’ further stated that in the semi-finals of this season’s competition, the German professional sports club SV Werder Bremen will take on the German professional football club RB Leipzig on April 30th, before the German professional sports club Borussia Dortmund and the German professional football and sports club Holstein Kiel play for the remaining final spot the following day (May 1st).

With Germany battling a third wave of the deadly coronavirus, the showcase final will be a closed-door affair for the second consecutive year.

A statement sent out by DFB read, “An application to allow spectators is not possible until May 9th, so the final will be held without fans.”

The 2020 edition in Berlin was also held behind closed doors due to the outbreak of the fatal respiratory disease. Bundesliga club Bayern Munich lifted the Cup as part of last season’s treble.

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