Who are Saarbrucken? The fourth division German side looking to make history in semi-final showdown with Bayer Leverkusen

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The magic of the cup is still going strong in Deutschland as FC Saarbrucken prepare for a German Cup semi-final clash with Bayer Leverkusen this evening.  

The tiny team from the western state of Saarland - on the German-French border - became the first team from outside Germany’s top three divisions to reach the semis when they defeated top-flight club Fortuna Dusseldorf on penalties at the beginning of March. They’d already seen off Bundesliga side Cologne in the second round, as well as second division side Karlsruhe in the last-16. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.