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DFB-Pokal to remain in Berlin until 2025

The Berlin Olympiastadion.

The German Cup final, the DFB-Pokal, will be held at Berlin’s Olympiastadion until at least 2025 after the German Football Association (DFB) renewed its contract with the venue.

The new deal will begin on January 1, 2021 and continues until December 31, 2025. The previous deal was due to expire later this year on December 31.

DFB president Fritz Keller said: “This festival of football requires a grand stage, and we’re very happy that the DFB-Pokal final will remain in Berlin. Our hope is that the stadium will continue to fill up in the coming years. Fans and players alike always look forward to such a special occasion, to which there really is no comparison. Berlin and the DFB-Pokal final simply go hand in hand.”

Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin, said: “For the sporting metropole of Berlin, this is a huge success to able to host the event once more, having beaten out several other cities for the privilege of hosting such a prestigious event.

“Our hope is that our great city can continue to host the final every year, and that the stadium will continue to be decorated with the colours of the competing clubs and their fans, of course once that is possible again in adherence with the necessary rules.”

The Olympiastadion has hosted the DFB-Pokal final since 1985. It is also home to top-flight football side Hertha Berlin, although the club have announced plans to move from the venue to a privately-funded stadium by 2025 when their lease expires.

Planners also recently presented controversial proposals to overhaul the Maifeld parade ground next to the stadium which features sculptures commissioned by the Third Reich to celebrate Berlin’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 1936.

There is ongoing debate about whether the sculptures should be preserved as historical artefacts or demolished to make way for public amenities, including a skate park and artificial wave machine for surfing.