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The DFB-Ligapokal, or German League Cup, is a German football competition that takes place before the start of the Bundesliga season, featuring the top four teams of the previous Fußball-Bundesliga season, the winner of the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga and the winners of the DFB-Pokal in Germanymarker. The cup has been known as the Premiere-Ligapokal since 2005, when Premiere, a German pay television network, took up sponsorship of the competition. The Ligapokal was not held in 2008 due to schedule crowding caused by the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship. Instead, the T-Home German Supercup was held on July 23, 2008. The DFB-Ligapokal was not held on 2009 either, due to the German Football Association's decision to abolish it. The most recent edition of the DFB-Ligapokal was in 2007, which Bayern Munich won.


The Ligapokal is played between six teams, the top four teams of the Bundesliga, the German Cup winners, and the winner of the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga. If a team is doubly qualified by also winning the German Cup, the number five team in the Bundesliga will take the spare place.

The tournament is a knock-out competition played over three rounds with two matches in the first two rounds, and a single final in the last round. The current Bundesliga champion and the German Cup winner enter the tournament in the second round. If the Bundesliga champion is also the cup winner, the Bundesliga runner-up will skip the first round. The four remaining teams play one match to determine who qualifies for the next round. The four teams in the second round then play one match to determine which teams qualify for the final. The first round matches and the final take place in neutral venues, in the semi-finals the Bundesliga Champion und the Cup winner play at home. The matches last 90 minutes, with a penalty shootout immediately following if the match is tied.


The Ligapokal was played as a unique event in 1972 because the Olympics in Munich had caused a postponement of the regular season kick-off. Until 1996 there was a single match between the German champions (Deutscher Meister) and German Cup winners (Pokalsieger), which was called German Supercup and is akin to the English FA Community Shield. A competition featuring four other big clubs who had not qualified for the Supercup, the Fuji-Cup, also existed from 1986. In 1997 this was extended to a cup competition consisting of six teams, the top five placed teams from the Bundesliga plus the German Cup winners, with the cup winners and champions entering in the semifinals. If the cup winner was the same as any of the top five finishers in the league, the 6th place team was entitled to participate and the format was adjusted accordingly. Starting with the 2007 cup, the participating teams will be the top four teams from the Bundesliga, the German Cup winners, as well as the winners of the 2nd Bundesliga.

Past winners

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1997 FC Bayern Munich 2 - 0 VfB Stuttgart BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker
1998 FC Bayern Munich 4 - 0 VfB Stuttgart BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker
1999 FC Bayern Munich 2 - 1 SV Werder Bremen BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker
2000 FC Bayern Munich 5 - 1 Hertha BSC Berlin BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker
2001 Hertha BSC Berlin 4 - 1 FC Schalke 04 Carl-Benz-Stadionmarker, Mannheimmarker
2002 Hertha BSC Berlin 4 - 1 FC Schalke 04 Ruhrstadionmarker, Bochummarker
2003 Hamburger SV 4 - 2 Borussia Dortmund Stadion am Bruchwegmarker, Mainzmarker
2004 FC Bayern Munich 3 - 2 SV Werder Bremen Stadion am Bruchwegmarker, Mainzmarker
2005 FC Schalke 04 1 - 0 VfB Stuttgart Zentralstadionmarker, Leipzigmarker
2006 SV Werder Bremen 2 - 0 FC Bayern Munich Zentralstadionmarker, Leipzigmarker
2007 FC Bayern Munich 1 - 0 FC Schalke 04 Zentralstadionmarker, Leipzigmarker
2008 not held
2009 not held

Winners by team

Pos Team Wins Last win Runner-ups Last runner-up
1 FC Bayern Munich 6 2007 1 2006
2 Hertha BSC Berlin 2 2002 1 2000
3 SV Werder Bremen 1 2006 2 2004
4 FC Schalke 04 1 2005 2 2007
5 Hamburger SV 1 2003 0 N/A

Past Ligapokal results

The current Premiere Ligapokal champion is FC Bayern Munich.

Premiere Ligapokal 2007
Team 1 Score Team 2 Venue
Round 1 FC Schalke 04 1-0 Karlsruher SC LTU-Arenamarker, Düsseldorfmarker
SV Werder Bremen 1-4 FC Bayern Munich LTU-Arenamarker, Düsseldorfmarker
Semifinals 1. FC Nuremberg 2-4 FC Schalke 04 EasyCredit-Stadionmarker, Nurembergmarker
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 FC Bayern Munich Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadionmarker, Stuttgartmarker
Final FC Schalke 04 0-1 FC Bayern Munich Zentralstadionmarker, Leipzigmarker
Premiere Ligapokal Winner 2007: FC Bayern Munich

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