Cottbus (dpa / bb) - The uncertainty after the long Corona break is huge - but so is the longing for the financially lucrative DFB Cup.

Energie Cottbus wants to take the last step on the shortened way to the final in the Brandenburg State Football Cup in the home game against regional league rivals SV Babelsberg on Sunday (2 p.m. / rbb).

«No question about it: the game is very important to us.

We want to be in the DFB Cup in the coming year, ”said Sports Director Maximilian Zimmer before the semi-finals.

The national cup winner will then compete in the DFB Cup in the 2021/22 season.

Because only the professional teams are currently allowed to train in Brandenburg, the regional football association canceled the quarter-finals and rescheduled the semi-finals with the four regional league teams.

Union Fürstenwalde and FSV Luckenwalde face each other in the second semi-final.


It is the first competitive game for all teams in over half a year.

The regional league season was canceled after the eleventh matchday at the beginning of November 2020.

“Of course we're hot for the first competitive game in a long time.

The decisive factor will be which team comes into play faster, ”said Damir Agovic as interim coach at Energie Cottbus.

For Agovic it is the first competitive game as a professional coach.

After separating from Dirk Lottner, he took over the office for at least the semifinals and the possible final.

Claus-Dieter Wollitz will continue to be the new head coach for the coming season.

For him it would be his third engagement in Lusatia.

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