Eighteen-time winners Bayern Munich will journey to third-division Paderborn within the DFB Pokal quarterfinals in February.
Paderborn had been relegated in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016 and solely survived an undesirable hat trick after Bayern’s native rivals 1860 Munich failed to realize a licence to play within the third tier after struggling relegation final summer season.
“We’ll by no means underestimate an opponent, however we’re happy with the draw,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic stated. “We may have met a primary division aspect and I’m assured that we are going to progress.”
Bayern’s solely earlier cup assembly with minnows Paderborn got here in August 2001, when the Bavarians gained 5-1 within the first spherical.
Paderborn at present sit in second place within the third tier and have seen off second division sides St. Pauli (2-1), Bochum (2-Zero) and Ingolstadt (1-Zero) on their option to the final eight.
Solely Bundesliga sides stay within the different ties with Eintracht Frankfurt internet hosting Mainz in a neighborhood derby, five-time winners Schalke handed a house sport towards Wolfsburg, whereas six-time winners Werder Bremen go to Bayer Leverkusen.
The quarterfinals will likely be performed on Feb. 6 and seven with treble-seeking Bayern aiming to succeed in the final 4 of the competitors for a ninth straight season.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.