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Deutscher Eisfußball Pokal

Who will go home with the cup? On ProSieben, eight teams from the first and second national soccer leagues faced off on Friday, May 29, 2009, just a day before the final game of the DFB Cup, to contend for the German Ice Soccer League (DEFB) Cup.

Celebrity fans and former players for FC Bayern München, VfL Wolfsburg, VfB Stuttgart, Hamburger SV, FC Schalke 04, 1. FC Köln, Eintracht Frankfurt and FC St. Pauli will slip and slide across the hockey rink in bowling shoes on behalf of their team.

The squad tasked with winning the Cup for FC Bayern München consists of former players Thomas Helmer, Mario Basler and Andreas Herzog, joined by Bavaria fan Georg Hackl. Their mission will be difficult: twin opportunity also beckons for what is currently the strongest competitor in the Bundesliga soccer league. The team representing VfL Wolfsburg will send former pro kickers Roy Präger and Thomas Brdaric, among others, onto the playing field. Someone else is hot for the mug, too: the 1. FC Köln not only has the home advantage but also, with Captain Stefan, a player on board who already knows his way around in the world of ice soccer. The idea for this tournament is the result of a game featured on his show, “Schlag den Raab.” The King of Merriment is joined on the icy field by the soccer talent he needs in Toni Polster, Dirk Lottner and Matthias Scherz. VfB Stuttgart can also boast talent of this caliber, sending a genuine goal-getter out on the field in Fredi Bobic. VfB fan Joey Kelly has also pledged to give it his all. Elton will lead the team for FC St. Pauli onto the field. There, he will be joined by Stefan Kretzschmar and professionals Martin Driller and Michel Mazingu. The second-league team also has a true ice specialist in its line-up in the form of speed skater Claudia Pechstein. The pot must come to the (Ruhr)pot – that is the motto for FC Schalke 04 and its players: actor Peter Lohmeyer will suit up in the familiar blue jersey, joined by former pros Yves Eigenrauch and Jörg Böhme. Former national team player Marko Rehmer and legendary goalie Uli Stein will take care of business for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ice soccer – that’s soccer played on a hockey rink. Instead of spikes or skates, ice soccer players navigate around the playing field on the slippery soles of conventional bowling shoes. This is how the most standard moves can lead to unpredictable slides and hair-raising action. The unaccustomed playing surface can put even the motor skills of the greatest soccer talents into a state of emergency. The game is played five against five, with substitutions on the fly and with no goalie. A game lasts eight minutes. Former Bundesliga referee Jürgen Aust will make certain that the matches are played by the rules.

In the end, VfB Stuttgart won, 1:0, against FC St. Pauli to become the first team to carry home the coveted challenge cup.

Oliver Welke hosted, Matthias Opdenhövel was reporter at the edge of the playing field, and Sonya Kraus reported from the players’ lounge. Frank Buschmann provided running commentary on the individual matches.

ProSieben broadcast the craziest cup tournament in the history of soccer, live, on Friday, May 29, 2009, at 8:15 p.m.

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Executive Producer: Jörg Grabosch
Start date: 29.05.2009
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