Since you can’t take the DFB-Pokal home with you, the pros at RB Leipzig simply gave themselves wearable trophies for their biggest success to date. A special ring was made for each player, which is similar to the championship rings in US sports. “That’s when our legend Emil Forsberg had the idea, something I’ve never seen in football, that he had a ring made for us. This ring has now arrived,” reported Benjamin Henrichs in a Twitch stream.

The national soccer player showed the golden ring, which he says he wants to wear regularly. “It says RB Leipzig and the two bulls are on it, set with diamonds, the DFB Cup and my initials,” explained Henrichs. His shirt number 39 is also engraved there.

There have recently been discussions about the cup in Leipzig because, according to CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, many in the club are still too stuck in the past and celebrating success. When the new coach Marco Rose was introduced at the beginning of September, he announced that he would have the more than two-meter-tall replica of the trophy that had been set up in front of the academy dismantled.

“The big thing is going away now, so everyone knows it’s our bread-and-butter business again,” Mintzlaff said. Leipzig had won the Berlin final against SC Freiburg on penalties, but then started the new season very poorly, which resulted in the dismissal of coach Domenico Tedesco.

Now, after a happy 3-2 (3-0) win against Hertha BSC on Saturday, the Saxons have at least caught up with the European Cup ranks in the league again. The defending champion is also in the cup. Leipzig welcomes second division top club Hamburger SV in the second round on Tuesday (6 p.m. / Sky).