Professionals | 11/09/2020

DFB-Pokal first round

Preview: Altglienicke first up in Pokal

The first competitive game of the 2020-21 season has rolled around, as 1. FC Köln welcome VSG Altglienicke to the RheinEnergieSTADION in the DFB-Pokal first round. Saturday’s game will see FC take on a Berlin-based club for the third time in five years at this stage.

Form check

VSG Altglienicke: The capital club have enjoyed a super start to the new season, qualifying for the DFB-Pokal proper for the first time and securing four wins from five games in Regionalliga Nordost. Berlin-born Karsten Heine, who has spent the vast majority of his career between Union Berlin and Hertha BSC, coaches Altglienicke. The team have plenty of experience with the 65-year-old at the helm. Heine previously led Hertha II to the DFB-Pokal final in 1993. After missing the 3. Liga promotion play-off on points-per-game, the desire is there to go one better.

1. FC Köln: FC have come through pre-season with five wins and a defeat, with the latter coming against VfL Wolfsburg directly after the training camp. The victories included a 2:0 win over VfL Bochum and a 2:1 win over fellow Bundesliga side, 1. FC Union Berlin. Markus Gisdol has spoken highly of Jan Thielmann, Elvis Rexhbecaj, Jannes Horn, Jonas Hector and Rafael Czichos’ efforts during pre-season, as the intensive preparation ends with the first-round fixture. 

The managers have had their say

Karsten Heine: “We would have played in a relatively empty stadium here as well. Now, we have to do that in Köln but for many of the boys it will still be an experience to play in such a ground. Whether there are no fans here or there, it doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

Markus Gisdol: “We've looked very intensively that Altglienicke, they're already playing competitive games. They are a promotion candidate in the fourth tier and, for me; they are at the level of a 3. Liga team. We want to get through to the next round. We will put out a strong team in order to do so.”

Squad update

VSG Altglienicke: It has been a busy summer for Karsten Heine’s side, with 13 new faces and 12 departures at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. One of them will need no introduction, with Paul Maurer having been at FC as recently as 2018-19 and played together with Ismail Jakobs. Linus Meyer is another high-profile arrival from Regionalliga West winners, SV Rödinghausen.

1. FC Köln: Florian Kainz and Anthony Modeste are the only two absentees that Markus Gisdol has to contend with. The Austrian is in rehab after surgery on his knee during the training camp, while Modeste is not yet ready for a return to competitive action.

Opposition dangerman

After scoring just twice in 28 games in the 2018-19 season, Tugay Uzan refound his goalscoring form in the previous campaign. He managed 15 goals and seven assists in 22 matches, including five goals in five Landespokal outings. The 26-year-old has already began the new campaign with two goals and three assists in just 133 minutes. Uzan’s goal and assist against VfB Auerbach secured all three points at the weekend in a 2:1 win.

Refereeing team

This will be confirmed on the day of the game.

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