- DFB Cup holders Bayern successfully begin title defence in Jena.
- Bundesliga clubs all face lower-league opposition.
- Last season's runners-up Dortmund travel to Trier on Monday.
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FC Carl Zeiss Jena 0-5 FC Bayern München
FV Ravensburg 0-2 FC Augsburg
VfB Lübeck 0-3 FC St. Pauli
23:01 - Stay tuned
There is plenty more DFB Cup action over the weekend, with Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg, among others, all getting their campaigns underway on Saturday. Join us bright and early tomorrow morning for more!
There were smiles all round in the Bayern camp come the final whistle...
Bayern ease into the second round with a comfortable victory over Jena, while Augsburg also booked their place in the draw thanks to a 2-0 triumph in Ravensburg. They will be joined in round two by Bundesliga 2 side FC St. Pauli.
78' - Hummels on target!
On as a second half substitute and already he has his first ever competitive goal for Bayern. Congratulations!
72' - Vidal makes it four!
Lewandowski surges into the box, looks up and spies Vidal, who is left with an easy tap-in into an empty net.
68' - Breathing space for Augsburg
FCA finally get the goal their pressure deserves, with Raul Bobadilla adding his name to the scoresheet.
66' - Chance for Green
The USA youngster comes on for Ribery.
62' - Woodwork again!
Augsburg just cannot seem to find the second goal that would give them a cushion. Caiuby goes close again, the Brazilian rattling the crossbar!
51' - Hummels on for Bayern
The new signing replaces Javi Martinez at centre-back.
We're underway again in Ravensburg and Jena. Will the favourites see it through and reach the next round?
So far so good for the Bundesliga clubs...
43' - Lewandowski hat-trick!
Ribery once again the provider, feeding the unmarked Pole on the edge of the box. Lewandowski takes a touch to steady himself and drills a shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-0 to Bayern.
34' - Lewandowski strikes again!
New season, same old Lewandowski. The Pole shows a wonderful touch inside the box to receive RIbery's through-ball dink the ball over the keeper to make it 2-0.
29' - Koo puts Augsburg in front
Augsburg's pressure finally takes its toll as Ja-Cheol Koo gets FCA in front!
25' - Augsburg pushing
Augsburg are now well on top in Ravensburg and have come close to breaking the deadlock a number of times. Raul Bobadilla hit the post from a free-kick, Caiuby fired narrowly wide and now Alfred Finbogasson is frustrated by the hosts.
20' - Ribery chance
Bayern have been dominating so far but without looking like doubling their lead - until now. Thomas Müller wins possession deep in the Jena half and feeds the overlapping Franck Ribery, whose speed thrusts him into the box. However, the Frenchman's shot is well saved.
6' Augsburg level
Meanwhile, in Ravensburg, Augsburg are not having things all their own way...
3' - Bayern lead!
Franck Ribery leads a rapid Bayern counter-attack and finds Robert Lewandowski in the box. The striker mis-cues his first shot, but finishes from close range at the second attempt.
GOAL!!!!!!!! Just the start we were looking for!— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) August 19, 2016
Bayern are playing in their traditional red jerseys against regional league side Jena. As is to be expected, they go right on the right foot after kicking off.
20:00 - Line-ups
Here is how the reigning DFB Cup holders will begin their title defence away to FC Carl Zeiss Jena this evening:
FC Augsburg are also in action tonight, away to FV Ravensburg. New head coach Dirk Schuster has named a strong starting XI for his first competitive match in charge:
17:47 – Two more sleeps
Eintracht Frankfurt take to the DFB Cup stage on Sunday, when they travel to 1. FC Magdeburg. That gives them two more sleeps, and by the looks of how hard they have been working in the sun, they might need them too.
17:19 – One week to go
No, we have not gone crazy and forgotten that the DFB Cup starts tonight – this is just a gentle reminder that you have one week left to pick your team for the Official Fantasy Bundesliga season! Keep an eye on the Bundesliga teams in action in the cup this weekend and spot the stars you want to spearhead your team's bid for fantasy success this season, and then head over here for an introduction on how to play the exciting new game.
16:55 – Time to end the wait
The last time Bayer 04 Leverkusen won the DFB Cup was in 1993, when they beat Hertha Berlin's reserve team in the capital. They were beaten finalists nine years later, and again in 2009. This year, Roger Schmidt's men are keen to end that long wait for a domestic trophy, with SC Hauenstein standing between them and a place in the second round.
16:21 – Getting excited?
The DFB Cup is about to start and, with it, the 2016/17 season officially gets underway. Bundesliga 2 club FC St. Pauli have summed up our excitement in this tweet.
16:13 - ¿Hablas Español?
If you answer that question in the affirmative, then the Spanish version of our website might be right up your street. As of today, you can read bundesliga.com in Spanish. Click here for more details and an interview with Arturo Vidal.
15:45 - Five hours to go
Bayern's season is about to begin in earnest - in just five hours!
15:12 – Schalke sweating
The sun is shining in Gelsenkirchen, where FC Schalke 04 are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for a trip to Villingen on Saturday.
14:33 – Borussia Cup sandwich
Borussia Mönchengladbach are already in competitive mode, having beaten Young Boys of Berne 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League play-off in midweek. Sandwiched in between that first leg and the return in Germany this Wednesday is a DFB Cup trip to regional league outfit Drochtersen.
Coach Andre Schubert therefore has a fine balancing act of ensuring his team are strong enough to avoid an embarrassing defeat, while ensuring he keeps his players fit for next week. Yann Sommer has been ruled out through injury, but his other team selection choices will be intriguing.
13:53 – Attitude the key – Skripnik
SV Werder Bremen do not have such a long journey – 66 miles in fact – to their opening DFB Cup tie at Sportfreunde Lotte, although they will be hoping the journey to the final will see them clock up many more miles on the way to Berlin. For the first stage of that trip to be a success, their coach Viktor Skripnik has called for concentration.
Bremen survived a scare in the first round a year ago, needing extra time to beat the Würzburger Kickers, and Skripnik has not forgotten that fright.
13:34 - Cautious Kauczinski
There are plenty of potential banana skins in the first round of the DFB Cup, but what about the one FC Ingolstadt 04 face? They head to Ergebirge Aue, who are currently lying sixth in Bundesliga 2 with a win and a defeat from their first two games of the season. Ingolstadt coach Markus Kauczinski is therefore being understandably cautious.
#Kauczinski: Aue will be a tough opponent and there are at least 90 min. against a highly motivated team that will fight until the end.— FC Ingolstadt 04_EN (@Schanzer_EN) August 19, 2016
MK: After all @DFB_Pokal is about winning - only about that. We want to show what we worked for, but the result is the most important thing!— FC Ingolstadt 04_EN (@Schanzer_EN) August 19, 2016
12:24 – Injury boost for Mainz
12:05 – Touchdown!
The DFB Cup holders have landed in Erfurt and are now set to complete the rest of their journey to Jena for tonight's opening cup tie (kick-off 20:45CEST/18:45GMT).
11:47 - Hoffenheim ready
Germania Egestorf are TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's first opponents of the new season, with a trip to northern regional league side on Sunday. Ahead of that game, Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has faced a grilling at his first press conference of the season. Here is what he had to say:
"We want to win the Cup, no matter what league our opponents play in. We just want to win. We've been getting the players ready for this during pre-season and the lads know what lies in wait on Sunday. We want to get into the next round. Each game is important for your self-confidence. We're going to have to keep our cool and not panic, and of course we need to score more goals than our opponents. Pre-season's been good and I'm confident we'll make a good start to the season."
11:04 - Lahm focused
Just under three months ago, Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was lifting the DFB Cup aloft. Will he have his hands on the same trophy again next year? Time will tell, but a winning start in Jena is crucial tonight, and Lahm is looking focused.
10:45 – Gomez back in the Bundesliga
In case you missed it, Mario Gomez has made his return to the Bundesliga after three years away, joining VfL Wolfsburg from ACF Fiorentina. He was officially presented on Thursday, but Wolves fans may have to wait a little while longer before seeing him in their club's colours with coach Dieter Hecking saying it is "unlikely" that he will feature in their DFB Cup tie at FSV Frankfurt on Saturday.
10:30 - Up for the cup
It will be the holders Bayern who will get the 2016/17 edition of the DFB Cup underway later today, which can mean just one thing: it's matchday!
10:04 - Record champions
Bayern have won this tournament more than any other team. Thomas Müller scored four goals in last season's competition as FCB hoovered up their record 18th title.
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9:37 - Schuster debut
Bayern's Bavarian cohorts FC Augsburg got to the Round of 16 under Markus Weinzerl last season before falling to eventual runners up Borussia Dortmund. New coach Dirk Schuster was a finalist in this competition as a defender with Karlsruher SC in 1996, but he is taking nothing for granted ahead of his FCA debut against fifth-tier FV Ravensburg:
9:06 - Good morning!
Welcome along! Sixty-four clubs will get whittled down to one over the next nine months, and the holders and favourites are in action first. FC Bayern München travel to fourth-tier FC Carl Zeiss Jena - four-time winners of the former East German Cup. How might FCB line-up this season?
Fixtures involving Bundesliga clubs
Friday (all 20:45CEST/18:45GMT kick-offs)
FC Carl Zeiss Jena vs FC Bayern München
FV Ravensburg vs FC Augsburg
Saturday (15:30CEST/13:30GMT kick-offs unless stated)
FC 08 Villingen vs FC Schalke 04
SV Drochetersen/ Assel vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
BFC Preussen vs 1. FC Köln
SV Babelsberg 03 vs SC Freiburg
SG Dynamo Dresden vs RB Leipzig
SSV Jahn Regensburg vs Hertha Berlin (kick-off: 20:45CEST/18:45GMT)
FSV Frankfurt vs VfL Wolfsburg (kick-off: 20:45CEST/18:45GMT)
Sunday (15:30CEST/13:30GMT kick-offs unless stated)
Sportfreunde Lotte vs SV Werder Bremen
SC Hauenstein vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Germania Egestorf vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FC Magdeburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt
SpVgg Unterhaching vs 1. FSV Mainz 05
Bremer SV vs SV Darmstadt 98 (kick-off: 18:30CEST/16:30GMT)
FC Erzgebirge Aue vs FC Ingolstadt 04 (kick-off: 18:30CEST/16:30GMT)
FSV Zwickau vs Hamburger SV (kick-off: 18:30CEST/16:30GMT
Eintracht Trier vs Borussia Dortmund (kick-off: 20:30CEST/18:30GMT