BUNDESLIGA, Round 15: Nope, Dortmund still sucks

OMG! Dortmund really sucks! It seems like inferior sides have figured out how to win. Basically defend and wait for BVB to commit defensive hara-kiri and surrender a goal. And it works. The Neons as usual dominated play, and their strikers (no Marco Reus) can’t hit the side of a barn. So they waste a zillion opportunities and then do something stupid on defensive and lose. This time it was Neven Subotic with a hospital pass, ruining an otherwise solid performance. So this time Hertha BSC, who have been struggling, was the benficiary and get a huge win against a relegation rival. Amazing that Dortmund is in this position, but I guess they really, really miss Lewandowski. There are a couple more matches until winterbreak, and then Jürgen Klopp is going to have a month to come up with the solution. Sounds like “buy guy that can kick ball into net” might be a good idea, followed by “pay Health Insurance premiums” and “get another shrink”.

No surprise in the Bavarian clash in Augsburg. Bayern München was in no mood to be upset this time, and dominated from start to finish. The Fuggers fought a desperate rear-guard action, but the dam broke after about and hour, and Bayern then wrapped up the game viciously in a few minutes. Ho-hum. It’s getting boring. And look at Bayern’s ridiculous “Goals Against”…3. Extra ridiculous, because Manfred Neuer is usually good for at least a couple of “Neuerisms” a season where he runs around like a prat from the goal and gets punished. FCA will get back to serious work next round.

Hoffenheim and Frankfurt met in a regional derby, and it proved to be an entertaining affair. Timo Hildebrand was GK for Eintracht, having bounced around all over the place. The Hoppers had a slight edge and just seemed to want it more, as both sides displayed offensive football.

Schalke has been playing well recently, and just advanced out of Group Stage in the Champions League. Köln has been sucking. So easy win for “die Knappen“, no? Of course not, this is Schalke we’re talking about. Instead they got kicked in the balls by Köln, who deserved their win. The hosts pressed in the 1st half, but got nothing. Köln defended well, and then realized the emperor had no clothes, and jumped out quick in the 2nd half. Schalke looked tired and without ideas, and aside from a last gasp run, were basically a beaten side. Great points for Köln.

The relegation battle in Freiburg was pretty boring, all things told. Neither SCF nor Hamburg had anything, although you could argue that the Breisgauer should have got a win. Drobny stopped a penalty from Darida in the 3rd minute, which gave HSV some relief in what could have been a disaster.

A wild northern shootout in Bremen, as Werder and Hannover battled to a draw. Both sides showed strength in attack and shaky defense, so it was an entertaining match. Overall, the draw was the fair result, which really doesn’t help Werder that much.

Mainz has been slipping into the relegation zone. Stuttgart props up the league. So a dire relegation battle would be expected. Both sides had their moments, and Mainz had an edge for most of the match. However only Tobias Geis direct freekick was the reward. Stuttgart raised their game in the 2nd half and managed to escape with a valuable point.

Leverksuen and Gladbach delivered an exciting Rhein-derby that ended in a fair result. The Aspirins were slightly dominant, but Gladbach was dangerous on counters, especially since the Bayer defense was shaky at times.

 	
TSG Hoffenheim	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	3:2 (1:0)   28,331

                    1:0  Volland (43., Roberto Firmino)
                    1:1  Aigner (58., Oczipka)
                    2:1  Szalai (66., Schwegler)
                    2:2  Seferovic (77., Piazon)
                    3:2  Roberto Firmino (87., Szalai)

FC Schalke 04	     -   1. FC Köln	        1:2 (0:0)   61,516

                    0:1  Ujah (47., Gerhardt)
                    0:2  M. Lehmann (67., penalty, Olkowski)
                    1:2  L. Sané (85., Uchida)

FC Augsburg	     -   Bayern München	        0:4 (0:0)   30,660 *

                    0:1  Benatia (58., Ribery)
                    0:2  Robben (60., Rode)
                    0:3  Lewandowski (68., Schweinsteiger)
                    0:4  Robben (71., Rode)

Hertha BSC	     -   Borussia Dortmund	1:0 (1:0)   75,254

                    1:0  Schieber (40., Skjelbred)

Werder Bremen	     -   Hannover 96	        3:3 (1:1)   40,932

                    0:1  Stindl (12., Joselu)
                    1:1  Junuzovic (36., direct freekick)
                    2:1  Lorenzen (55., Bartels)
                    2:2  Joselu (62., Kiyotake)
                    2:3  Kiyotake (64.)
                    3:3  Selke (88., Galvez)

SC Freiburg	     -   Hamburger SV	        0:0 (0:0)   24,000 *
	
1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        1:1 (1:0)   29,279

                    1:0  Geis (36., direct freekick)
                    1:1  Kostic (72., Maxim)

Sunday:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:1 (1:1)   30,210 *

                    1:0  Calhanoglu (18., Kießling)
                    1:1  Brouwers (40., Hazard)

VfL Wolfsburg	     -   SC Paderborn 07	1:0 (1:1)   26,044


                    1:0  Rafa (17., own goal, Vieirinha)
                    1:1  Meha (51., penalty, Strohdiek)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	15   12  3  0 	  37:3 	 +34 	  39 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg	  	15    9  3  3 	  29:14  +15 	  30  
 3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen         15    6  6  3 	  26:19  +7 	  24
 4  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	15    6  6  3 	  19:12  +7 	  24 
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 5  FC Augsburg 	  	15    8  0  7 	  20:18  +2 	  24
 6  FC Schalke 04 	  	15    7  2  6 	  26:20  +6 	  23
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	15    6  5  4 	  24:24   0 	  23 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt 	15    6  3  6 	  29:29   0 	  21 
 9  Hannover 96 	  	15    6  2  7 	  17:24  -7 	  20 
10  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	15    4  6  5 	  20:24  -4 	  18 
11  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	15    5  3  7 	  16:21  -5 	  18 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	15    3  8  4 	  18:21  -3 	  17 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	15    5  2  8 	  20:26  -6 	  17 
14  Hamburger SV 	  	15    4  4  7 	   9:18  -9 	  16 
15  SC Freiburg 	  	15    2  8  5 	  15:21  -6 	  14
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16  Borussia Dortmund 	  	15    4  2  9 	  15:22  -7 	  14
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17  Werder Bremen 	  	15    3  5  7 	  23:34  -11 	  14 
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	15    3  4  8 	  19:32  -13 	  13


1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 17: Halfway mark

The top clash was in Ingolstadt, where the leaders hosted Kaiserslautern. The visitors had a edge in the 1st period, but the Schanzers came out strong in the 2nd half. They took the lead, and then when Younes got his ass tossed for a 2nd yellow, they basically overpowered Kaiserslautern. Ingolstadt was already assured the mythical “Herbstmeisterschaft”, but this does put a bit of a crown on top of it. FCK is obviously still in the hunt for promotion, but this one showed who’s boss in the 2.Liga.

The Rasenballsportler from Leipzig got a big away win at Greuther Fürth, who are going nowhere. The RedBulls played a solid, if not spectacular, match. The Greuther ran around aimlessly, underlining their futile campaign so far.

Braunschweig had the edge for most of match against Union, but the Berliners held on to save a precious away point.

Bochum fired Peter Neururer and showed up in Sandhausen with interim coach frank Heinemann. Nevertheless, they remained drab and uninspired. SVS didn’t have enough skill to riase their game much, so a snoozer was the result.

Erzgebirge Aue needed a result, and they were determined to get one against Heidenheim. The Veilchen dominated the game, created lots of good chances, but wasted most of them. They were therefore duly punished and had to concede a draw in what should have been a win.

The disaster continues at 1860. The Müncheners put in a good first period against Karlsruhe, but were disorganized and flat at the restart. KSC smelled blood and decided the match in about 10 minutes. A late Lions goal was worthless, and the fans get screwed once again.

FSV Frankfurt haven’t won at home all season, and Fortuna Düsseldorf made sure their hosts would remain hapless. It was a tight game, but Fortuna was generally holding the upper hand, and when they finally scored, the Bornheimers were in trouble. Their fate was sealed when Grifo missed a penalty, and Düsseldorf took all the points, leaving FSV in serious relegation danger.

Things continue to go from bad to worse for St.Pauli. The Hamburgers hosted Darmstadt, and pre-season you would have expected St.Pauli to be fiercely attacking all the way. But things have changed, as the Kiez-kickers have totally fallen apart, and their desperate situation was evidenced as they tried to grimly hold on defensively. Instead it was promoted Darmstadt that attacked and carried the match. They got a somewhat lucky goal at the end to rob the Paulistas of the draw they hoped for and keep them firmly rooted at the bottom of the table.

Nürnberg hardly impressed, but they got the job done in Aalen to steer into safer waters. They’re not too far behind that if they get their act together in the 2nd half of the season that they couldn’t make a run at promotion. Aalen didn’t have much on offer, but were perhaps a bit unfortunate to not grab a point. They remain in dire straits, but have shown that they’re not an easy opponent.

Total attendance 114,162 (avg 12,685). Not to good, but imagine if next year you have Dortmund, Bremen and Stuttgart in the league, you’d have massive numbers, I’d bet even FSV Frankfurt would sell out!


SpVgg Greuther Fürth    -   RasenB. Leipzig	 0:1 (0:0)   10,225

                       0:1  Hoheneder (77., Compper)

SV Sandhausen	        -   VfL Bochum	         0:0 (0:0)    4,023

Erzgebirge Aue	        -   1. FC Heidenheim	 1:1 (1:0)    6,400

                       1:0  Fa. Müller (14., M. Fink)
                       1:1  Titsch-Rivero (82., Vitzthum)

Eintracht Braunschweig  -   1. FC Union Berlin	 1:1 (1:1)   23,050

                       1:0  Ryu (22., Kessel)
                       1:1  M. Thiel (28., Polter)

1860 München	        -   Karlsruher SC	 2:3 (1:0)   16,400

                       1:0  Wittek (28.)
                       1:1  Hennings (59., Yamada)
                       1:2  Yamada (67., Micanski)
                       1:3  Hennings (69., Yamada)
                       2:3  Okotie (74., M. Wolf)

FSV Frankfurt	        -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	 0:2 (0:1)    7,021

                       0:1  Halloran (45. + 2, Benschop)
                       0:2  Benschop (63., Schauerte)

 	
FC St. Pauli	        -   SV Darmstadt 98	0:1 (0:0)   22,500

                       0:1  Holland (86.)

FC Ingolstadt 04	-   1. FC Kaisersl'tn	2:0 (0:0)   13,359

                       1:0  Hinterseer (52., P. Groß)
                       2:0  Lex (84., Özcan)

VfR Aalen	        -   1. FC Nürnberg	1:2 (0:1)   11,184

                       0:1  Füllkrug (11., Sylvestr)
                       0:2  Füllkrug (60., direct freekick)
                       1:2  J. Gjasula (64., penalty, Quaner)




1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	17   10  6  1 	  28:11  +17 	  36 
2  Karlsruher SC 	  	17    8  6  3 	  24:13  +11 	  30
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3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	  	17    7  8  2 	  21:12  +9 	  29
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4  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	17    7  7  3 	  27:20  +7 	  28 
5  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	17    7  7  3 	  25:18  +7 	  28 
6  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	17    7  6  4 	  21:11  +10 	  27 
7  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	17    8  3  6 	  25:19  +6 	  27 
8  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	17    6  7  4 	  28:17  +11 	  25 
9  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	17    7  2  8 	  20:28  -8 	  23 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        17    4  9  4 	  27:27   0 	  21 
11  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	17    5  6  6 	  22:23  -1 	  21
12  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	17    5  6  6 	  20:28  -8 	  21 
13  SV Sandhausen 	  	17    5  5  7 	  14:22  -8 	  20 
14  FSV Frankfurt	  	17    5  3  9 	  21:29  -8 	  18 
15  VfR Aalen 	  	        17    4  4  9 	  14:22  -8 	  16
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16  1860 München 	  	17    4  3  10 	  22:29  -7 	  15
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	17    3  4  10 	  15:27  -12 	  13 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	17    3  4  10 	  18:36  -18 	  13


1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 21: Dresden dumps Cottbus

Bielefeld has taken control of their own destiny and clearly looked like a champion as they ripped Halle on the road. The Arminen got off to a slow start, but have gradually raised their play and have to be considered one of the favorites to go up. HFC had been playing well recently, but were no match for the leaders.

Preußen Münster kept pace with a win over Stuttgart-B. The match was really never in doubt, but the mosts didn’t do enough to improve their goal difference.

The big match was in Dresden, with an eastern derby between Dynamo and Energie. It was hard-fought, and visiting Cottbus actually had the better chances. But Dresden doggedly held on and were rewarded with the lead on a counterattack. Then at the end, the drama continued, as GK Patrick Wiegers stopped Mattuschka’s penalty to preserve the Dynamo win. Both teams remain in the hunt, but this was a big win for Dresden and their large fan base.

Osnabrück defeated Chemnitz handily, who didn’t help themselves with a red card. But the game was basically in Osnabrück’s control, as Stanislav Iljutcenko put in a double to give VfL complete control.

After several crappy performances, Wehen got back on track by ripping Unterhaching.

The crisis continues in Rostock. Hansa was crushed by Erfurt in a hapless performance. The arguably most successful ex-GDR club fired coach Peter Vollmann in a desperate attempt to reboot. New boss Karsten Baumann tried several changes, but the result was horrible. RWE is back in contention with this thumper, and probably their fans enjoyed rubbing it in a bit.

Dortmund-II got a huge away win in their relegation battle. Surprisingly it was at Kiel, who have been one of the hottest teams. Indeed, the Holsteiners dominated this match, but the Dortmund Bubis grabbed the goals and stunned their hosts.

Regensburg looks like nothing can help. Jahn actually played well against Stuttgarter Kickers, and seemingly pressed for the win. But the guests were too clever and struck when they needed, leaving their hosts desolated and on a one-way ticket to the Regionalliga Bayern.

Großaspach just came up from the Bayernliga, and they would prefer not to go back. They faced off bravely against Duisburg, and it was all the Zebras could do to wrestle a point.

Total attendance 73,725 (avg 7,373)

 	
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Fortuna Köln	        1:1 (1:1)      666
Preußen Münster	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	1:0 (1:0)    8,023
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -   Hansa Rostock	        4:1 (2:0)    7,632
Holstein Kiel	     -   Borussia Dortmund II	0:2 (0:1)    4,920
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   SpVgg Unterhaching	4:0 (1:0)    3,936
Jahn Regensburg	     -   Stuttgarter Kickers	0:2 (0:1)    2,909
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   MSV Duisburg	        1:1 (1:1)    2,300
Hallescher FC	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	0:3 (0:2)    6,623
VfL Osnabrück	     -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:0 (0:0)    8,276
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Energie Cottbus	1:0 (0:0)   28,440	


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	21   12  4  5 	  40:23  +17 	  40 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	21   11  6  4 	  32:22  +10 	  39
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 3  Stuttgarter Kickers 	21    9  8  4 	  33:24  +9 	  35
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 4  MSV Duisburg	        21    9  8  4 	  29:20  +9 	  35 
 5  VfL Osnabrück 	  	21   10  5  6 	  35:30  +5 	  35 
 6  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	21    9  8  4 	  28:23  +5 	  35 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A) 	21    9  7  5 	  24:19  +5 	  34 
 8  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	21   10  3  8 	  36:26  +10 	  33 
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	21    9  6  6 	  31:28  +3 	  33 
10  Holstein Kiel 	  	21    7  9  5 	  22:16  +6 	  30 
11  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	21    8  5  8 	  24:19  +5 	  29 
12  Chemnitzer FC 	  	21    8  4  9 	  20:18  +2 	  28 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	21    8  4  9 	  25:28  -3 	  28 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	21    7  4  10 	  25:33  -8 	  25 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	21    6  5  10 	  30:39  -9 	  23 
16  Borussia Dortmund II 	21    4  9  8 	  24:28  -4 	  21 
17  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 21    5  6  10 	  22:37  -15 	  21
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18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	21    5  5  11 	  23:33  -10 	  20 
19  Hansa Rostock 	  	21    4  5  12 	  28:42  -14 	  17 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	21    3  3  15 	  17:40  -23 	  12

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 14: Stuttgart, Bremen get owned…

With Bayern München already crowned champion, the most interesting battle is not for Vizemeister (runner-up), but rather who gets relegated. And this round saw a couple of traditionals get ripped to shreds

Schalke gave a big “FU” to ex-coach Huub Stevens as the Blues played one of their most impressive away displays in routing Stuttgart. The Gelsenkirchen side have been doing better recently, in large part to a couple of players that had been somewhat forgotten on the side-line: Eric Choupo-Moting and Tranquilo Barnetta. The former knocked in 3 goals, and the latter assisted on those, and in general pulled strings nicely in midfield. Stuttgart looked completely lost, running around aimlessly. They now drop to last place.

Werder Bremen is the other that got “owned”. (I must admit I never understood the slang that my kids were throwing around, but after seeing a few “Owned” videos on Youtube, I think it aptly describes what is happening to some of these clubs…). It may have been bittersweet for Werder legend Thomas Schaaf: almost 300 Bundesliga appearances as a player and almost 500 matches as head coach. One minor detail though: he’s now Frankfurt’s coach. And Eintracht gave a powerful display in the 2nd half and rolled over hapless Bremen.

A nervous struggle as Dortmund bested Hoffenheim. The Neons were desperate, having sunk to last place, and their play showed the nervousness. They generally dominated the match, with Ilkay Gündogan providing the goal early with a diving header. However despite clear advantages, they got increasingly worried as the game progressed, unable to put things away and making more mistakes. Luckily for the home side, Hoffenheim was pretty weak, and didn’t seriously challenge. In the end, a deserved win for Dortmund, perhaps getting them out of their funk.

Hamburg also got a crucial victory, against Mainz. Not a great performance, but HSV was at least respectable. Mainz is in somewhat of a crisis, as they failed to win for the 6th match in a row. They are slipping and could easily get dragged into the relegation mire.

It was another routine win for Bayern München, as constant pressure eventually cracked the opposition. This time it was Leverkusen. No question who would win, highlight is probably Frank Ribery’s 100th goal for Bayern…

Wolfsburg gets no love or respect. Let’s face, despite attractive football and a sensational title a few years ago, basically nobody really cares to watch them, relatively speaking. It’s probably their legacy as a corporate team, as everybody knows that Volkswagen called the shots. (I suppose you could say that about the city, with it’s Nazi era roots. It was founded in 1938 as “Stadt des Kraft-durch-Freude-Wagens bei Fallersleben”, so really “Wolfsburg” is quite an improvement). But although recent success has brought some interest locally, on the road nobody is overly exicited when they show up. So in what should be a real hot local derby, the Hannover stadium was not sold out.

Köln was too passive against Augsburg, and basically dicked around aimlessly, especially in the 2nd half. The Fuggers noted they had a chance, and struck right at the end to get a fine away result. In fact, they are probably the “Stealth” squad so far, as they’ve managed to sneak into 3rd!!

Total attendance 443,296 (avg 49,255), sellouts in Dortmund and München. This is I believe the top number so far this season.

 	
Borussia Dortmund    -   TSG Hoffenheim	       1:0 (1:0)   80,000 *

                    1:0  Gündogan (17., Aubameyang)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Hertha BSC	       3:2 (1:1)   50,190

                    1:0  Jantschke (9., Hazard)
                    1:1  Schieber (45., Ben-Hatira)
                    2:1  Raffael (53., Alvaro Dominguez)
                    3:1  Hazard (83., Traoré)
                    3:2  Kalou (90. + 2, penalty, Kalou)

Hannover 96	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	       1:3 (1:1)   41,400

                    0:1  De Bruyne (4., Perisic)
                    1:1  Joselu (45. + 1, Briand)
                    1:2  Dost (69., Perisic)
                    1:3  Arnold (85., Perisic)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   FC Schalke 04	       0:4 (0:3)   44,700

                    0:1  Choupo-Moting (1., Barnetta)
                    0:2  M. Meyer (10., Choupo-Moting)
                    0:3  Choupo-Moting (21., Barnetta)
                    0:4  Choupo-Moting (61., Barnetta)

1. FC Köln	     -   FC Augsburg	       1:2 (1:0)   48,500

                    1:0  Ujah (13., Olkowski)
                    1:1  Djurdjic (53., Verhaegh)
                    1:2  Esswein (90., Halil Altintop)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   SC Freiburg	       1:1 (0:1)   14,738

                    0:1  Darida (18., penalty, Klaus)
                    1:1  Kachunga (89.)
	
Bayern München	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen   1:0 (0:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  Ribery (51., Xabi Alonso)

Hamburger SV	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05       2:1 (1:0)   45,968

                    1:0  Cleber (32.)
                    2:0  van der Vaart (54., Hand penalty
                    2:1  Okazaki (89., Malli)


Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Werder Bremen	       5:2 (1:1)   46,800

                    1:0  Meier (34., Stendera)
                    1:1  Gebre Selassie (45., Junuzovic)
                    2:1  Seferovic (52., Inui)
                    3:1  Meier (68., Aigner)
                    4:1  Aigner (76., Oczipka)
                    4:2  Caldirola (79., Bartels)
                    5:2  Stendera (80., Inui)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	14   11  3  0 	  33:3 	 +30 	  36 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	14    9  2  3 	  28:13  +15 	  29 
 3  FC Augsburg 	        14    8  0  6 	  20:14  +6 	  24
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	14    6  5  3 	  25:18  +7 	  23		 --------------------------------------------------------------------
 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	14    7  2  5 	  25:18  +7 	  23 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	14    6  5  3 	  19:12  +7       23
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 7  Eintracht Frankfurt 	14    6  3  5 	  27:26  +1 	  21 
 8  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	14    5  5  4 	  21:22  -1 	  20 
 9  Hannover 96 	  	14    6  1  7 	  14:21  -7 	  19 
10  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	14    4  5  5 	  19:23  -4 	  17 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	13    3  7  3 	  16:18  -2 	  16 
12  1. FC Köln (N)	  	14    4  3  7 	  14:20  -6 	  15 
13  Hamburger SV 	  	14    4  3  7 	   9:18  -9 	  15 
14  Borussia Dortmund 	  	14    4  2  8 	  15:21  -6 	  14 
15  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	14    4  2  8 	  19:26  -7 	  14 
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16  SC Freiburg 	  	14    2  7  5 	  15:21  -6 	  13
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17  Werder Bremen 	  	14    3  4  7 	  20:31  -11 	  13
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	14    3  3  8 	  18:31  -13 	  12



1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 16: Ingolstadt Herbstmeister

As surprising as it may seem, Ingolstadt is well on it’s way to the Bundesliga. If nothing else, they’ll be leading at the half-way mark. Unheralded teams seem to be popping up on a regular basis in recent years, with clubs like Augsburg, Fürth and Paderborn popping up, and die Schanzer are in a good position to continue the streak. This time they travelled to moneybags Leipzig and came away with a hard-fought win. An early goal and robust defense was what was needed, and FCI was solid throughout the match.

Kaiserslautern had no problems kicking Aue’s butt. They were pretty much in control from the start, and decided to take the 2nd half off. Erzgebirge had some good chances to equalize, but when they blew them, FCK pounced and essentially ended the match.

Karslruhe has moved into 3rd by downing Braunschweig. Both teams have been doing well recently,. KSC unbeaten in 6th – with only giving up a single goal, and EB having won 5 in a row. The hosts looked the better team and came away with an important win.

Well, last week Düsseldorf stubbed their toe, this week they got rammed with a cattle prod up their…whatever, you get the idea. An it wasn’t bad luck, as visiting Sandhausen was simply the better side. The lower ranked team looked ready to play, and Fortuna was tired and disorganized.

Heidenheim was stunned by Aalen in a local derby, but they can’t complain too much. Hard-fought, but Aalen was generally better and FCH acted confused. The visitors actually missed a penalty early, but Heidenheim’s Kraus got his ass tossed just before half, and that gave the visitors a permanent upper hand. Huge points for them, and FCH’s run has been slowed.

Two rudderless ships met in Bochum, as St.Pauli actually put together a decent match, taking the lead three times. However the Hamburgers have the worst defense and Bochum is among the best in scoring, so not surprisingly StP wasn’t able to hold on. Still, a good effort for the struggling visitors and a crucial away point. Bochum remains in disarray, despite the comebacks.

Darmstadt and Greuther Fürth played a cautious battle, seemingly mostly in the midway circle and lacking much goal action.

Union Berlin got some important points as they got a deserved win over FSV Frankfurt. The visitors had been hot on the road, but they’ve never done well in Berlin, and were outplayed for most of the match.

Monday night a Bavarian derby between Nürnberg and 1860. Normally this would be big, but both teams have been sucking.

 	
Fortuna Düsseldorf    -   SV Sandhausen	        1:3 (1:1)   27,274

                     0:1  Bouhaddouz (4., Thiede)
                     1:1  Halloran (23., Pohjanpalo)
                     1:2  Olajengbesi (66., Kübler)
                     1:3  Bouhaddouz (77., Adler)

VfL Bochum	      -   FC St. Pauli	        3:3 (1:2)   17,134

                     0:1  Verhoek (33., Buballa)
                     1:1  Ziereis (38., own goal, Terodde)
                     1:2  Daube (40., Maier)
                     2:2  Sestak (58., Celozzi)
                     2:3  Maier (69., Thy)
                     3:3  Weis (81., Terodde)

1. FC Heidenheim      -   VfR Aalen	        0:1 (0:0)   13,000 *

                     0:1  Drexler (50.)
 
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Erzgebirge Aue	3:0 (3:0)   23,418

                     1:0  Orban (7., Demirbay)
                     2:0  Zimmer (27., Jenssen)
                     3:0  Orban (41., Lakic)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:0 (0:0)   11,200
	 	
Karlsruher SC	      -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:0 (1:0)   13,113

                     1:0  Torres (39., Yamada)

1. FC Union Berlin    -   FSV Frankfurt  	2:1 (0:0)   15,802

                     1:0  Skrzybski (47., Polter)
                     2:0  M. Thiel (71., Skrzybski)
                     2:1  Kapllani (90. + 2, Grifo)


RasenBall Leipzig     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:1 (0:1)   23,985

                     0:1  P. Groß (9., Leckie)

Monday:
1. FC Nürnberg	      -   1860 München	        2:1 (2:1)   31,079

                     1:0  Schöpf (14., Füllkrug)
                     2:0  Sylvestr (17., Schöpf)
                     2:1  Mössmer (28., own goal, Wittek)
	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	16    9  6  1 	  26:11  +15 	  33 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	16    7  7  2 	  25:16  +9 	  28
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 3  Karlsruher SC 	  	16    7  6  3 	  21:11  +10 	  27
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 4  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	16    6  8  2 	  20:12  +8 	  26 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	16    8  2  6 	  24:18  +6 	  26 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	16    6  7  3 	  25:20  +5 	  25 
 7  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	16    6  6  4 	  27:16  +11 	  24 
 8  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	16    6  6  4 	  20:11  +9 	  24 
 9  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	16    5  6  5 	  22:22   0 	  21 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        16    4  8  4 	  27:27   0 	  20 
11  1. FC Union Berlin	  	16    5  5  6 	  19:27  -8 	  20 
12  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	16    6  2  8 	  18:27  -9 	  20 
13  SV Sandhausen 	  	16    5  4  7 	  14:22  -8 	  19 
14  FSV Frankfurt 	  	16    5  3  8 	  21:27  -6 	  18 
15  VfR Aalen 	  	        16    4  4  8 	  13:20  -7 	  16
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16  1860 München 	  	16    4  3  9 	  20:26  -6 	  15
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17  FC St. Pauli 	  	16    3  4  9 	  18:35  -17 	  13 
18  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	16    3  3  10 	  14:26  -12 	  12


1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 20: Top sides keep pace

Bielefeld defended the lead with a routine win against Mainz-II. Not much to say except Arminia always looked like the winner, and only did enough to secure the points.

Münster keeps pace with an away win at Rostock, who are in terrible circumstances. Actually, I’m a bit surprised that they haven’t fired coach Peter Vollmann. It seems like even the vocal Rostock support is losing steam, as they had a tiny crowd for an attractive opponent.

Duisburg stayed relevant with a ho-hum win against tailpipe Regensburg.

Stuttgarter Kickers pushed Wehen further down with a goal deep into injury time. Overall, it was probably deserved, as they had more of the play, but couldn’t score till late…and then Wehen equalized only a couple minutes later.

Kiel hasn’t given up a goal in 6 straight matches, but Unterhaching put an end to that. However the Holsteiners aren’t heartbroken, as they are still unbeaten in 11, a fine run for them. Another critical point for haching to remain above the relegation mess.

Fortuna Köln was dominant in the duel between promoted sides against Sonnenhof Großaspach. They’ve done a decent job and are well on their way to securing their spot in the 3.Liga. They looked strong on both sides of the ball. The only disappointment is the lame support given by the Köln fan base. Even if 1.FCK rules the city (who played and lost at home), you’d think there would be at least a measly couple thousand that would be willing to watch Fortuna.

Chemnitz now has officially fallen out of the race. An early pace-setter, CFC has been drowning, and neighbors Halle basically just completed it by holding their heads under the surface. Of course with things being so tight, they could bounce right back with a few wins, but certainly haven’t been showing anything recently.

 	
Arminia Bielefeld    -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	2:0 (1:0)    9,641
Fortuna Köln	     -   SG Sonhf. Großaspach	4:0 (1:0)      948
MSV Duisburg	     -   Jahn Regensburg	2:0 (1:0)   10,081
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	2:1 (0:0)    2,155
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Holstein Kiel	        1:1 (1:0)    1,600
Borussia Dortmund II -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	0:0 (0:0)    2,080
Hansa Rostock	     -   Preußen Münster	0:2 (0:1)    5,600
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Hallescher FC	        0:2 (0:2)    5,603
Energie Cottbus	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        -:- (-:-) 
VfB Stuttgart II     -   Dynamo Dresden	        -:- (-:-) 


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A)	20   11  4  5 	  37:23  +14 	  37 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	20   10  6  4 	  31:22  +9 	  36
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	20    9  7  4 	  28:19  +9 	  34
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 4  Energie Cottbus (A) 	19    9  6  4 	  22:16  +6 	  33 
 5  Stuttgarter Kickers 	20    8  8  4 	  31:24  +7 	  32 
 6  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	19    8  7  4 	  27:23  +4 	  31 
 7  VfL Osnabrück 	  	19    9  4  6 	  31:28  +3 	  31 
 8  Holstein Kiel 	  	20    7  9  4 	  22:14  +8 	  30 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	20    9  3  8 	  32:26  +6 	  30 
10  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	20    8  6  6 	  27:27   0 	  30 
11  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	20    8  4  8 	  23:18  +5 	  28 
12  Chemnitzer FC 	  	20    8  4  8 	  20:16  +4 	  28 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	20    8  4  8 	  25:25   0 	  28 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	19    7  3  9 	  25:32  -7 	  24 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	20    6  5  9 	  30:35  -5 	  23 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 20    5  5  10 	  21:36  -15 	  20 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	20    5  4  11 	  22:32  -10 	  19
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	20    3  9  8 	  22:28  -6 	  18 
19  Hansa Rostock 	  	20    4  5  11 	  27:38  -11 	  17 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	20    3  3  14 	  17:38  -21 	  12


A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 13: OMG! Dortmund really does suck!

Wow! Dortmund *really* does suck! This has to be the top story in the Bundesliga this season. It seems like a bad dream for BVB fans, as they seemingly had something going. Return of Shinji Kagawa. Ilkay Gündogan back from injury. Many others beginning to recover as well. And after almost going bankrupt a few years ago, the club is now *debt-free* and doing well in the Champignons-League. What is going wrong? Hard to say. Except they suck in the Bundesliga…The match in Frankfurt however gives some clues. Eintracht started quickly on a goal from veteran Alex Meier, and BVB was chasing the rest of the match. The Neons were dominant and had several huge chances, but failed to use them, and then Frankfurt finished them off.

Another win for Bayern München, this time in Berlin. Ho-hum. They dominated the first half, and probably should have had more. Then they were on extended break, and Hertha actually had some play in the 2nd half. Of course, they couldn’t score, as Bayern has given up a ridiculous 3 goals all season.

Stuttgart in desperation brought in re-tread Huub Stevens to replace another re-tread (Armin Veh), but it had the desired result: VfB played well and kicked Freiburg’s ass in a southwestern derby.

Schalke needed to show something after an embarassing 0-5 midweek to Chelssea. Surprise! An impressive performance! Well, actually, it was a three goals and an assist by “der Hunter”, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar that was the key, but overall Schalke played well. Mainz ran around a lot, and took lots of shots, but ultimately didn’t know what they were doing, and get spanked.

A fierce Rhein-derby in Leverkusen against Köln was going as expected, neither side giving ground. But then Hakan Calhanoglu’s free-kick was the signal for an Aspriin assault that left the Goats helpless and they got rolled. Bayer’s fierce attack ripped apart the visitors and established them back as a Bayern also-ran.

Wolfsburg actually is the also-ran leader. The VWs downed Gladbach in a strong performance that goves them the dubious honor of being Bayern’s waterboy. Teh hoemside palyed hard and showed efficiency, and Gladbach was rather clueless for most of the match.

HSV continues to suck, as they got beaten down by Augsburg. Despite a surprise lead, the Hamburgers couldn’t really mount anything, and the Fuggers easily cleaned up for their 5th straight home-win, a club Bundesliga record. Lucky for the Cheeseburgers, Dortmund is even crappier, so they’re not last, but it would be an amazing thing if three of the biggest clubs, Stuttgart, HSV and Dortmund got relegated.

Paderborn has been one of the darlings of the season, as the unheralded club has got off to a good start, and hasn’t really gotten hammered as usually happens to Bundesliga virgins. OK, they got slammed by Bayern, but so does everybody else, so that didn’t count. But now it happened, that “Welcome to the Bundesliga” moment when you get biatch-slapped by a so-so squad. Indeed, Werder Bremen may not even qualify as so-so, but they delivered a sound slapping. Bremen dominated and kicked their ass mercilessly.

Hoffenheim and Hannover played an entertaining match, neither side exhibiting any defense. A bit of a surprise, as they hadn’t been particularily attacking in recent matches.

Total attendence 367,648 (avg 40,850), sellouts in Freiburg, Leverkusen, Berlin, Bremen, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt

 	
SC Freiburg	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        1:4 (1:1)   24,000 *

                    0:1  Harnik (31., Rüdiger)
                    1:1  Darida (42., C. Günter)
                    1:2  Gruezo (52., Gentner)
                    1:3  Ti. Werner (68., Leitner)
                    1:4  Harnik (76., G. Sakai)

FC Schalke 04	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05	4:1 (2:1)   60,904

                    1:0  Huntelaar (9., Choupo-Moting)
                    2:0  Huntelaar (25., M. Meyer)
                    2:1  Okazaki (44., Bell)
                    3:1  Barnetta (54., Huntelaar)
                    4:1  Huntelaar (61., Choupo-Moting)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   1. FC Köln	        5:1 (1:1)   30,210 *

                    0:1  M. Lehmann (4., penalty, M. Lehmann)
                    1:1  Bellarabi (26., Calhanoglu)
                    2:1  Calhanoglu (61., direct freekick)
                    3:1  Drmic (79., Son)
                    4:1  Drmic (88., Castro)
                    5:1  Bellarabi (90. + 1, Drmic)

FC Augsburg	     -   Hamburger SV	        3:1 (0:1)   30,321

                    0:1  van der Vaart (45. + 1, Rudnevs)
                    1:1  Halil Altintop (50., Djurdjic)
                    2:1  Bobadilla (62., Baba)
                    3:1  Verhaegh (70., penalty, Djurdjic)

Hertha BSC	     -   Bayern München	        0:1 (0:1)   76,197 *

                    0:1  Robben (27., T. Müller)

Werder Bremen	     -   SC Paderborn 07	4:0 (1:0)   41,800 *

                    1:0  Junuzovic (10., direct free kick)
                    2:0  Selke (48., Junuzovic)
                    3:0  Bartels (50.)
                    4:0  Aycicek (80., Selke)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   Hannover 96	        4:3 (2:1)   22,716

                    1:0  Schwegler (19., direct freekick)
                    2:0  Volland (37., J.-S. Kim)
                    2:1  Stindl (43.)
                    2:2  Joselu (52., Briand)
                    3:2  Polanski (59., Volland)
                    4:2  Süle (63., Schwegler)
                    4:3  Stindl (86., A. Sobiech)

VfL Wolfsburg	     -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:0 (1:0)   30,000 *

                    1:0  Knoche (12., M. Schäfer)


Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Borussia Dortmund	2:0 (1:0)   51,500 *

                    1:0  Meier (5., Russ)
                    2:0  Seferovic (78.



 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	13   10  3  0 	  32:3 	 +29 	  33 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	13    8  2  3 	  25:12  +13 	  26 
 3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	13    6  5  2 	  25:17  +8 	  23
 4  FC Augsburg	  	        13    7  0  6 	  18:13  +5 	  21
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 5  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	13    5  5  3 	  16:10  +6 	  20 
 6  FC Schalke 04 	  	13    6  2  5 	  21:18  +3 	  20
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	13    5  5  3 	  21:21   0 	  20 
 8  Hannover 96 	  	13    6  1  6 	  13:18  -5 	  19 
 9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	13    5  3  5 	  22:24  -2 	  18 
10  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	13    3  7  3 	  16:18  -2 	  16 
11  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	13    4  4  5 	  18:22  -4 	  16 
12  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	13    4  3  6 	  13:18  -5 	  15 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	13    4  2  7 	  17:23  -6 	  14 
14  Werder Bremen 	  	13    3  4  6 	  18:26  -8 	  13 
15  SC Freiburg 	  	13    2  6  5 	  14:20  -6 	  12
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16  VfB Stuttgart 	  	13    3  3  7 	  18:27  -9 	  12
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17  Hamburger SV 	  	13    3  3  7 	   7:17  -10 	  12 
18  Borussia Dortmund 	  	13    3  2  8 	  14:21  -7 	  11


1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 15: Düsseldorf stubs toe

A stunner in Aalen, as the last place side dumped Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Aaleners had the perfect plan: defend like rabid dogs and have swift counterattacks. Fortuna controlled the ball and basically banged their head against the Aalen wall. They had chances, but couldn’t convert, and then got caught with their pants down.

Leaders Ingolstadt had no problems with Bochum, and could have scored even more. The Schanzer showed themselves fully recovered from their first loss, and were all over the visitors like white on rice. Once again a crap performance by Bochum, who had given some indications of turning the corner. Instead they crashed into the wall, and need more driving lessons. Who knows where they end up. With Fortuna getting dumped, Ingolstadt has no worries in that regard: they’ve opened up a slight gap at the top.

Au-weh! It will go down as another St.Pauli defeat, but favored Kaiserslautern struggled to keep the points as the home side threw everything into attack in the 2nd half. They were close to salvaging a point, but a cold-blooded counter finally gave FCK the win. The Red Devils are back in the hunt, and amazingly St.Pauli is in last place. They can’t really complain too much, as they have been the suckiest team, but it’s still surprising, since they expected to challenge. Instead, 3.Liga treasurers are licking their chops for some big crowds next year if the traveling Paulista followings come to town.

Another ho-hum-home result by Greuther Fürth, who struggled against Heidenheim. The guests seemed pretty solid and happy with a point, and the Greuther don’t look a side that could regain Bundesliga status.

A double by Croatian Damir Kreilach gave Union Berlin a massive away win in the relegation battle at Aue. Both sides desperately needed the points, so the battle was hard-fought. Union gets some breathing room, while the noose is tight around Erzgebirge’s neck.

Darmstadt was on their back foot for most of the match against Karlsruhe, and can be happy with a point. I suppose the “Lilies” are happy just being in contention, since it’s probably more than their fan base expected. The match was quite poor, and although KSC was better in the 2nd period, a draw is a fair result.

A big win in München for FSV Frankfurt, as the mini-Hot Dogs dumped 1860. Once again the Lions were all over the place, having no clue, and FSV took advantage. They had to hold on with a bit luck in the 2nd period, but were successful. This is the Bornheimers fourth straight road result, a club record, and gives them a huge boost in the relegation battle. 1860 is back in the toilet, and glancing nervously over their shoulder.

RedBull money will likely eventually prevail, and Leipzig will get promoted. But it doesn’t look like it will be this year – based on this sloppy performance. The Rasenballs showed zilch against a well organized Sandhausen, and were lucky they didn’t lose on a late SVS counter-attack. The Ballsportler are still in the race of course, but RedBull should demand more for their money.

Monday night was a massive clash between rejuvenated Braunschweig and struggling Nürnberg. The home side grabbed a hard-fought victory and have leaped into a promotion spot.

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -   1. FC Heidenheim	0:0 (0:0)   10,130

Erzgebirge Aue	       -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:2 (0:0)    9,100

                      1:0  Vucur (56., Kortzorg)
                      1:1  Kreilach (77., Polter)
                      1:2  Kreilach (86., Jopek)

SV Darmstadt 98	       -   Karlsruher SC	0:0 (0:0)   15,200

FC Ingolstadt 04       -   VfL Bochum	        3:0 (1:0)    6,779

                      1:0  Mo. Hartmann (24., Leckie)
                      2:0  Hinterseer (67., )
                      3:0  Leckie (89., P. Groß)

VfR Aalen	       -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	2:0 (1:0)    7,107

                      1:0  Quaner (15., Ofosu-Ayeh)
                      2:0  Daghfous (59., Hand penalty)

1860 München	       -   FSV Frankfurt	0:2 (0:1)   13,800

                      0:1  Dedic (44., Kruska)
                      0:2  M. Engels (89., Grifo)

FC St. Pauli	       -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:3 (0:2)   23,584

                      0:1  Younes (22., Zimmer)
                      0:2  Zimmer (30., )
                      1:2  Halstenberg (59.)
                      1:3  Jacob (87., Karl)

SV Sandhausen	       -   RasenB. Leipzig	0:0 (0:0)    4,518

Eintracht Braunschweig -   1. FC Nürnberg	1:0 (1:0)   21,515
 	
                      1:0  Nielsen (38., Zuck)
		 


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	15    8  6  1 	  25:11  +14 	  30 
 2  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	15    8  2  5 	  24:17  +7 	  26 
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	15    6  7  2 	  20:12  +8 	  25
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 4  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	15    6  7  2 	  24:17  +7 	  25
 5  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	15    6  7  2 	  22:16  +6 	  25 
 6  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	15    6  6  3 	  27:15  +12 	  24 
 7  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	15    6  6  3 	  20:10  +10 	  24 
 8  Karlsruher SC 	  	15    6  6  3 	  20:11  +9 	  24 
 9  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	15    5  5  5 	  22:22   0 	  20 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        15    4  7  4 	  24:24   0 	  19 
11  FSV Frankfurt 	  	15    5  3  7 	  20:25  -5 	  18 
12  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	15    4  5  6 	  17:26  -9 	  17 
13  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	15    5  2  8 	  16:25  -10 	  17 
14  SV Sandhausen 	  	15    4  4  7 	  11:21  -10 	  16 
15  1860 München 	  	15    4  3  8 	  19:24  -5 	  15
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16  VfR Aalen 	  	        15    3  4  8 	  12:20  -8 	  13
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	15    3  3  9 	  14:23  -9 	  12 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	15    3  3  9 	  15:32  -17 	  12

1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 19: Bielefeld Herbstmeister

Bielefeld is the 3.Liga Herbstmeister (“Fall champion”). Means nothing of course, basically just the leader at the official half-way mark. Indeed, since there are another 3 rounds until the winterbreak, you could argue that being in the lead before hibernation is more important. Of course, things remain very tight at the top, although some of the contending sides had poor results, which means it will take a couple of rounds to climb back into contention for them.

Arminia dominated against promoted side Grossaspach, and probably could have had a few more goals. They go top because Dortmund-II held erstwhile leaders Preußen Münster to a draw.

Cottbus used a minimalist approach to get points at Stuttgart. Energie remains in a playoff spot, and has been looking fairly strong recently.

A big match in Duisburg, and the Zebras managed to dump Wehen. After a slow first period, both teams raised their game and went for the win.

A huge eastern clash in Rostock, and Dresden came out the winner thanks to a hat-trick from Matthias Fetsch. Dynamo looked the better team, and Hansa is in a real crisis.

Fortuna Köln got the points in a huge relegation battle with Regensburg. Fortuna has been playing well recently, and strictly speaking wasn’t threatened with the drop, but the club and coach Uwe Koschinat have been approaching every match as a vital battle to preserve their first 3.Liga season. The win seems to be in order, as Regensburg showed little. Jahn looks like they’re out of touch and it will take a monumental effort to avoid the drop.

Osnabrück saw their 7 match unbeaten streak end, ironically at Halle, who have been one of the weaker home sides. Chemnitz dropped out of contention for a while, as they were stunned at home by Mainz-II

Total attendance 61,321 (avg 6,132)

 	
VfB Stuttgart II     -   Energie Cottbus	0:1 (0:1)      900
Arminia Bielefeld    -   SG S-hof Großaspach	2:0 (1:0)   10,729
Hansa Rostock	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        1:3 (0:1)   20,500
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	4:2 (1:2)    1,300
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Holstein Kiel	        0:0 (0:0)    2,555
MSV Duisburg	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	3:2 (1:1)   10,203
Fortuna Köln	     -   Jahn Regensburg	1:0 (1:0)    1,320
Chemnitzer FC	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:2 (0:1)    4,060
Hallescher FC	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        2:1 (2:0)    5,328
Borussia Dortmund II -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (1:0)    4,426


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	19   10  4  5 	  35:23  +12 	  34 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	19    9  6  4 	  29:22  +7 	  33
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 3  Energie Cottbus (A) 	19    9  6  4 	  22:16  +6 	  33
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 4  MSV Duisburg 	  	19    8  7  4 	  26:19  +7 	  31 
 5  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	19    8  7  4 	  27:23  +4 	  31 
 6  VfL Osnabrück 	  	19    9  4  6 	  31:28  +3 	  31 
 7  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	19    9  3  7 	  31:24  +7 	  30 
 8  Holstein Kiel 	  	19    7  8  4 	  21:13  +8 	  29 
 9  Stuttgarter Kickers 	19    7  8  4 	  29:23  +6 	  29 
10  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	19    8  5  6 	  27:27   0 	  29 
11  Chemnitzer FC	  	19    8  4  7 	  20:14  +6 	  28 
12  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	19    7  4  8 	  19:18  +1 	  25 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	19    7  4  8 	  23:25  -2 	  25
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	19    7  3  9 	  25:32  -7 	  24 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	19    6  4  9 	  29:34  -5 	  22 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 19    5  5  9 	  21:32  -11 	  20 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	19    5  4  10 	  22:30  -8 	  19
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	19    3  8  8 	  22:28  -6 	  17 
19  Hansa Rostock 	  	19    4  5  10 	  27:36  -9 	  17 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	19    3  3  13 	  17:36  -19 	  12

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 12: HSV scores a goal, even two!

The headlines could have been that Bayern’s “chasers” got dumped, but that’s hardly news that they self destruct. So I guess I figured that Hamburg actually scoring a goal is big news, and it came in a critical Nord-derby match against Bremen, lifting them out of the relegation zone. Let’s no get crarried away, because the 2nd “strike” was an own goal…but overall, HSV dominated the match against Werder, but were banging their head against a brick wall. It wasn’t till the closing minutes that they finally broke through to get a deserved win.

The big news for the leaders Bayern München was not their ridiculously easy cake walk over Hoffenheim, but the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger from injury.
Not much to say about the match except, ho-hum.

Schalke jumped all over Wolfsburg, but then had to hand on desperately as the VWs almost came all the way back in the 2nd half. So far, the new regime in Schalke doesn’t appear to have them playing any better, although at least they’re getting a few results. Wolfsburg was too lazy early on, and that’s why they ended up losing, since this was certainly a winnable match.

A stunner in Gladbach, as the home side was deservedly beaten by Frankfurt. The hosts started quickly, and seemed to be a superior side, but Frankfurt didn’t let that bother them. Eintracht simply got stronger as the match wore on, and by the early 2nd half, it was clear Gladbach were in trouble. The strong effort by the visitors and they deservedly take all the points.

Hannover was rather clueless throughout against Leverkusen, so they lose. The Aspirins at least had an idea what to do, and Stefan Kiessling finally figured it out, scoring for the first time in something like 10 games. The 96ers just were going through the motions, so no surprise that they lose “sang- und klanglos”…

A good effort by Freiburg at Mainz. They had the hosts on the rope until a late goal salvaged a point for Mainz.

Another disastrous outing for Dortmund. They had the match at Paderborn well under control, but let it slip away. SCP fought hard and had a chance, but when the ref denied a clear goal by BVB’s Kevin Grosskreutz, they actually got a reward and managed to salvage a point. What is even worse for Dortmund is that Marco Reus got injured again and is out for a couple of months. Perhaps the Neons should voluntarily withdraw from the Champions League, since they are in a serious relegation struggle, and since their players seem to fall out injured when somebody even looks at them sideways, they really ought to concentrate on the Bundesliga. For Paderborn, they obviously celebrated the draw as a win, great result for them.

Köln wasted chances against Hertha, and therefore lose. Not much else needs to be said here.

Stuttgart was definitely unlucky against Augsburg. In fact, they should probably hire a private detective to see if the ref had been bribed by the opposition or gamblers. Basically he gave a ridiculous red card early to Stuttgart, and when that wasn’t enough, called a lame hand ball penalty. Not that Stuttgart is any good, but at least they deserve a competent ref. VfB is now mired in last place, in serious danger. No blame to Augsburg (assuming they didn’t pay a bribe), they certainly were good for a point, and took the extra that the ref gave them…

Total attendance 424,356 (avg 47,151), sellouts in München, Gladbach, Paderborn, Hamburg

Bayern München	     -   TSG Hoffenheim	        4:0 (2:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  M. Götze (22., Xabi Alonso)
                    2:0  Lewandowski (39., Robben)
                    3:0  Robben (82., Lewandowski)
                    4:0  Rode (87., chweinsteiger)

FC Schalke 04	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        3:2 (3:1)   60,989

                    1:0  Choupo-Moting (10., Höger)
                    2:0  Choupo-Moting (22., K.-P. Boateng)
                    3:0  Fuchs (25., direct free kick)
                    3:1  Olic (37., Perisic)
                    3:2  Bendtner (74., Perisic)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Eintracht Frankfurt	1:3 (1:0)   54,010 *

                    1:0  Nordtveit (6., G. Xhaka)
                    1:1  Stendera (54., Seferovic)
                    1:2  Meier (57., Aigner)
                    1:3  Inui (73., RMeier)
 
1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   SC Freiburg	        2:2 (1:1)   28,157

                    1:0  Junior Diaz (27., Geis)
                    1:1  Schmid (30., Mehmedi)
                    1:2  Mehmedi (58., Schmid)
                    2:2  Bell (88., Okazaki)

Hannover 96	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	1:3 (0:0)   40,800

                    0:1  Kießling (46., Castro)
                    0:2  Son (58., L. Bender)
                    1:2  Gülselam (60., Kiyotake)
                    1:3  Bellarabi (72., Hilbert)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   Borussia Dortmund	2:2 (0:2)   15,000 *

                    0:1  Aubameyang (12., Durm)
                    0:2  Reus (45. + 1, Aubameyang)
                    1:2  Rupp (60., Bakalorz)
                    2:2  Saglik (81., Koc)

1. FC Köln	     -   Hertha BSC	        1:2 (0:1)   49,200

                    0:1  Beerens (28., Stocker)
                    1:1  Ujah (58., Osako)
                    1:2  M. Ndjeng (86., direct free kick)
 
Hamburger SV	     -   Werder Bremen	        2:0 (0:0)   57,000 *

                    1:0  Rudnevs (83., Götz)
                    2:0  Wolf (90. + 3, own goal, Arslan)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   FC Augsburg	        0:1 (0:0)   48,200

                    0:1  Verhaegh (72., Hand penalty)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	12    9  3  0 	  31:3 	 +28 	  30 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg	  	12    7  2  3 	  24:12  +12 	  23 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	12    5  5  2 	  16:9 	 +7 	  20
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	12    5  5  2 	  20:16  +4 	  20
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 5  Hannover 96 	  	12    6  1  5 	  10:14  -4 	  19 
 6  FC Schalke 04 	  	12    5  2  5 	  17:17   0 	  17
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	12    4  5  3 	  17:18  -1 	  17 
 8  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	12    3  7  2 	  15:14  +1 	  16 
 9  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	12    4  4  4 	  18:18   0 	  16 
10  FC Augsburg 	  	11    5  0  6 	  14:12  +2 	  15 
11  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	12    4  3  5 	  12:13  -1 	  15 
12  Eintracht Frankfurt 	12    4  3  5 	  20:24  -4 	  15 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	12    4  2  6 	  17:22  -5 	  14 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	12    2  6  4 	  13:16  -3 	  12 
15  Hamburger SV	  	12    3  3  6 	   6:14  -8 	  12 
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16  Borussia Dortmund 	  	12    3  2  7 	  14:19  -5 	  11
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17  Werder Bremen 	  	12    2  4  6 	  14:26  -11 	  10
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	12    2  3  7 	  14:26  -12 	  9


1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted