TSG to face Kaiserslautern in DFB-Pokal first round

The 2018/19 DFB-Pokal first-round draw was made on Friday night, pairing TSG Hoffenheim with 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

1. FC Kaiserslautern enter the 2018/19 season as a third-tier side, with Michael Frontzeck's side finishing bottom of Bundesliga 2 in the recent campaign. TSG will certainly have fond memories of playing at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion, having secured their Bundesliga status there with a relegation play-off win at the end of 2012/13.

"It's definitely a tricky and attractive opponent for a first-round tie," said director of football Alexander Rosen. "It will be a real challenge and so a good way to kick off the season. Of course our only target is to reach the second round."

The DFB-Pokal first-round ties will be played between 17th and 20th August 2018.


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