2.Liga, Round 13:

Big win for Darmstadt, as they outplayed Leipzig and deservedly get the win. The 98ers started quickly and had continued pressure on the Redballs. In the 2nd half, the Rasenbulls made an attempt to come back, but it didn’t last too long, and Darmstadt was always closer to the decisive second goal. An interesting aside is that before the game, the Darmstadt fan section handed over some 5,000 euros that they had collected to the club. Darmstadt had been fined that amount by the DFB for poor fan behavior in a previous match, where they had tossed toilet paper rolls onto the field. The fan clubs apologized and paid teh fine for the club, which has got to be a first in football.

Kaiserslautern figured to get the points, as they faced a Bochum team that has fallen apart. Indeed, FCK dominated the match, but they wasted enough chances to win two games. Bochum actually took advantage of their opportunities, grabbing the 1st half lead and then enjoying the Devils waste situations. When FCK finally broke through and grabbed the lead, and a late header by Sestak saved a point for VfL, who really needed something to stop the rot.

A huge relegation battle in Aalen, and FSV Frankfurt gets the win. The first period was a sleeper, but the guests looked better in the 2nd half and get a huge road win.

Another horrible outing for Nürnberg, losing to Sandhausen and getting passed up by the villagers. FCN started decently, but were struggling once SVS equalized. The decisive moment came after an hour, when Petak got his ass tossed for a nasty tackle. Sandhausen smelled an opportunity, and Nürnberg was unable to hold on a man down, and end up losing. After the match, FCN coach Valerian Ismael was fired.

St. Pauli continues to sink. Perhaps 3.Liga treasurers are beginning to salivate over some large home crowds next year as the Paulistas come to town. This time the Hamburgers stunk against newcomer Heidenheim, who basically ran rings around the hapless Paulistas.

Greuther Fürth was surprisingly lame at home, and got ripped by visiting Karlsruhe. The Greuther looked like they needed a nap, so KSC put them out of their misery. Certainly not the type of performance needed for promotion, but at least they’re not far behind. KSC was solid, and if anything, too nice. They could have started dismantling their hosts in the 1st half.

Leaders Ingolstadt needed a wakeup that everything is not simple. The Schanzer are unbeaten in 17 straight going to last season, and certainly expected a win against struggling Union. But the Berliners showed that they have some bite, and the hosts were in desperate straights for most of the match. Only an injury time goal preserved their unbeaten status. For Union, a sign that they can compete, although it’s probably too late to get back into the race. They should just concentrate on not getting relegated.

Relegated Braunschweig has quietly got themselves back into contention. The Lions made in four wins on the trot with their effort in Aue, who have started sliding back down. It was hardly an impressive performance, but the visitors did show steel in defense and just enough to take advanatge of Erzgebirge mistakes.

Total attendance 122,619 (avg 13,624), sellout in St.Pauli

 	
1. FC Kaiserslautern -   VfL Bochum	        2:2 (0:1)   24,708

                    0:1  Terodde (32., Perthel)
                    1:1  Lakic (48.)
                    2:1  Jacob (82., Matmour)
                    2:2  Sestak (88., Tasaka)

VfR Aalen	     -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:1 (0:0)    5,388

                    0:1  Roshi (72., Rechtsschuss, Balitsch)

SV Sandhausen	     -   1. FC Nürnberg	        2:1 (1:1)    6,436

                    0:1  Füllkrug (16., Polak)
                    1:1  Bieler (26., Wooten)
                    2:1  Wooten (77., Thiede)
 
 	
FC St. Pauli	     -   1. FC Heidenheim	0:3 (0:2)   22,844 *

                    0:1  Niederlechner (26., Titsch-Rivero)
                    0:2  Niederlechner (31., Schnatterer)
                    0:3  Leipertz (52., Schnatterer)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   RB Leipzig	        1:0 (1:0)   14,400

                    1:0  Stroh-Engel (5., Heller)

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth -   Karlsruher SC	        0:3 (0:0)   11,485

                    0:1  Yamada (48., Hennings)
                    0:2  Gordon (57., Hennings)
                    0:3  Yamada (75., Nazarov)

FC Ingolstadt 04     -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:3 (2:2)    8,008

                    0:1  Köhler (18., penalty, Quiring)
                    0:2  Quiring (21., Kreilach)
                    1:2  Parensen (36., own goal, Leckie)
                    2:2  Matip (45., P. Groß)
                    2:3  Polter (79., M. Thiel)
                    3:3  Mijatovic (90. + 1, Matip)

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	1:2 (1:1)   10,050

                    0:1  Ryu (9., R. Korte)
                    1:1  Novikovas (43., penalty, Vucur)
                    1:2  Hedenstad (59., Boland)

Monday:
1860 München	     -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:1 (0:1)   19,300

                    0:1  Bruno Soares (4.)
	


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


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 17: Tight at the top

Things are tight in the 3.Liga. The gap between 1st place and 10th place is only 3 points!! The 3.Liga is so balanced that no team has really stood out, and it’s anybody’s to win.

The top clash was in Bielefeld, where Arminia looked the better team, but were unable to convert to a win. Wehen held on and then struck late to grab a point and remain in 1st place.

In a mtach played in Reutlingen, Stuttgarter Kickers and Münster had a hard fought draw that keeps both in the thick of things.

MSV Duisburg was the stronger side against Erfurt, their constant pressure rewarded down the stretch with the decisive goals. The Zebras had ben dropping points, so they needed a string showing. RWE remains in the the race,, and will probably just write this one off.

Chemnitz announced themselves back with a thorough thumping of Regensburg. CFC was an early pace setter, but has been dicking around recently, perhaps this string outing will get them back. Jahn looks to be one of the few non-competitive teams. That is perhaps a bit harsh, as they have been in many close matches, but they haven’t been getting any results, and their goal difference is horrible. They’ll need a major turnaround soon, else they’ll fall too far behind.

Dynamo Dresden was the biggest loser this week. The easterners expected a good result from their visit to Unterhaching, who had been almost 10 matches without a win. Instead they got thoroughly biatch-slapped, as the mini-Münchenkins ran all over them.

Well, perhaps Cottbus might want to take issue with the “biggest loser”. Energie certainly had high hopes as they faced penultimate Dortmund-II. But instead they ran into determined BVB-Bubis and got their ass kicked.

Another bottom team that showed spunf was Sonnenhof Großaspach. They showed up at Halle and put in a good performance, getting a win and lifting themselves out of the relegation zone.

Total attendance 62,386 (avg 6,287)

 	
Borussia Dortmund II -   Energie Cottbus	3:0 (1:0)    2,190
VfL Osnabrück	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	2:0 (1:0)    7,672
Hansa Rostock	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	4:1 (2:0)    6,000
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Dynamo Dresden	        3:0 (0:0)    7,000
Arminia Bielefeld    -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:1 (0:0)   12,963
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Jahn Regensburg	4:1 (3:0)    5,070
Hallescher FC	     -   SG S.hof Großaspach	0:2 (0:0)    6,033
MSV Duisburg	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	2:0 (0:0)   10,419
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (0:1)    3,150
Fortuna Köln	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:0 (0:0)    1,889


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

Another walk in the park for leaders Bayern München as they easily dismantled host Eintracht Frankfurt behind Thomas Müller’s hat-trick. Bayern was so dominant they might have as well not even bothered playing. Aside from the obligatory sellout wherever Bayern shows up, Frankfurt had nothing really to cheer about.

Well played by Hannover in Berlin to start off the round on Friday night. The 96ers were clever and well organized. Hertha started off reasonably well, but when they fell behind just before half, they really couldn’t get started back in the 2nd period. So the 96ers controlled the match and eventually finished it off. Despite a pathetic offense, Hannover is sitting pretty in 4th right now. Hertha has had a couple of lame outings now, and could be sinking into serious trouble.

A snoozer in Leverkusen against Mainz. The Aspirins were clearly dominant, but Mainz GK Loris Karius was in top form, and the home side couldn’t get anything past him. Overall, it has to be disappointing for Leverkusen, wasting a likely win, but Mainz has to be happy, given a few difficult outings recently.

The “Itchy and Scratchy Fight Club” derby ended with a thumping Augsburg win. It is perhaps a bit out of order, as Paderborn didn’t play badly, and created a few decent chances, but they neglected to push the ball over the line. FCA has been quite strong at home and notches up more points towards establishing themselves as a Budndesliga stalwart.

A lucky win for Köln at Hoffenheim, in an exciting match. the hosts took a quick lead, but Köln quickly broke them down and answered with three quick goals. Hoffenheim came storming back, and generally dominated the rest of the match, but the visitors stood firm. Then with practically their only shot in the 2nd half, the Kölners grabbed a winner and get a big victory.

Freiburg is back and Schalke is in crisis. The Breisgauer had been poor, but now have shown enough life that they can believe that they are strong enough to avoid relegation. Schalke started well, but when they fell behind, they had no ideas. Instead Freiburg got more confident and started pushing aruond the Blues, and eventually finished them off. It looks like the Di Matteo appointment hasn’t had any effect, as Schalke continue to play poorly.

Bremen won a relegation battle with Stuttgart thanks to a solid performance. It was a hard fought, although hardly attractive, battle. Neither side looked good, but both are in crisis and seeking points.

Wolfsburg didn’t have to do too much to win their northern clash against Hamburg. The VWs were simply better, and had a relatively easy time getting the win. This keeps them in 2nd, even within shouting distance of Bayern. Certainly they have established themselves as Bayern’s backup. I suppose it’s a bit like the Miss America runner-up, should Bayern “be unable to fufill their obligations, blah-blah-blah…”. Still, VfL has been playing good football. HSV showed very little, no surprise.

Dortmund is in desperate straights, considering that the match against Gladbach began with BVB in last place! Now the Neons gave an indication that they really wanted to get a result, and completely dominated against their unbeaten opponents. How much? Consider that they outshot their opponents 22-1. However despite the sustained pressure Dortmund was not getting the result they needed. It took a “Goal of the Year” nominee to get them the points. And it was truly legendary, since it was an own goal. Gladbach’s World Cup winner Christoph Kramer tried a backpass from about 45 meters, but GK Sommer slipped, was unable to recover, and the ball went into the net. All things considered, I suppose it was no less than Dortmund deserved, but coach Klopp isn’t going to complain, since they desperately needed the points. A rather disappointing outing from Gladbach. They were disciplined, but showed zero going forward, so in that sense they deserved to lose.

Total attendance 353,780 (avg 39,309), sellouts in Hoffenheim, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Wolfsburg, Dortmund


Hertha BSC	     -   Hannover 96	        0:2 (0:1)   39,710

                    0:1  Briand (44., Kiyotake)
                    0:2  Kiyotake (76., Bittencourt)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   1. FSV Mainz 05	0:0 (0:0)   29,714

FC Augsburg	     -   SC Paderborn 07	3:0 (1:0)   27,755

                    1:0  To. Werner (7., Halil Altintop)
                    2:0  To. Werner (47., Verhaegh)
                    3:0  Callsen-Bracker (68., To. Werner)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   1. FC Köln	        3:4 (3:3)   30,150 *

                    1:0  Szalai (2., Strobl)
                    1:1  Olkowski (5.)
                    1:2  M. Lehmann (12., direkct freekick)
                    1:3  Ujah (35., Olkowski)
                    2:3  Roberto Firmino (39., Elyounoussi)
                    3:3  Roberto Firmino (45., Volland)
                    3:4  Olkowski (83., Brecko)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Bayern München	        0:4 (0:1)   51,500 *

                    0:1  T. Müller (23., Ribery)
                    0:2  T. Müller (64., Ribery)
                    0:3  T. Müller (67., M. Götze)
                    0:4  Shaqiri (86., Rode)

SC Freiburg	     -   FC Schalke 04	        2:0 (1:0)   24,000 *

                    1:0  C. Günter (22., Freis)
                    2:0  Schmid (68.)

Werder Bremen	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        2:0 (1:0)   40,284

                    1:0  Prödl (30., Junuzovic)
                    2:0  Bartels (57., Junuzovic)

 	
VfL Wolfsburg	     -   Hamburger SV	        2:0 (1:0)   30,000 *

                    1:0  Olic (27., De Bruyne)
                    2:0  Hunt (64., De Bruyne)

Borussia Dortmund    -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:0 (0:0)   80,667 *

                    1:0  Kramer (58., own goal)



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

2.Liga, Round 12: No changes

Nothing really changed this week – the top 8 clubs all drew – except perhaps that 1860 finally woke and kicked Bochum’s ass. but Bochum has been falling apart and seems to be in freefall right now, so although it raises some eyes, it’s not a shock. Still, for 1860, it’s a big win, since they’ve basically sucked all season and at least get out of the bottom slots – even if only on goal difference.

The fist top match was between Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt, and neither side was willing to risk much. So a rather boring draw, and Ingolstadt remains unbeaten a sole leader.

Leipzig hosted Kaiserslautern, and it was pretty similar. Neither side could gain a grip on the match, and although perhaps there was a bit more action than in Düsseldorf, it was ultimately scoreless as well.

St.Pauli has been surprisingly sucky, but they looked like they were going to pull one out at Nürnberg. But der Club pulled a late goal and salvaged a point. Both sides look vulnerable

 	
Karlsruher SC	     -   SV Sandhausen	        1:1 (0:0)   13,203

                    1:0  Torres (65., Micanski)
                    1:1  Stiefler (73.)

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (0:0)   33,878

1. FC Union Berlin   -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:1 (0:1)   18,702

                    0:1  K. Przybylko (3., B. Röcker)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   FC St. Pauli	        2:2 (1:1)   37,033

                    0:1  Rzatkowski (1., Maier)
                    1:1  Sylvestr (18.)
                    1:2  Maier (59., Daube)
                    2:2  Sylvestr (87., Füllkrug)

1. FC Heidenheim     -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:1 (1:1)   12,000

                    0:1  Stroh-Engel (8., Sailer)
                    1:1  Morabit (37., Heise)

Eintr. Braunschweig  -   VfR Aalen	        2:1 (1:0)   21,140

                    1:0  Ryu (32., Boland)
                    1:1  Ludwig (60., Klauß)
                    2:1  Kruppke (72.)

FSV Frankfurt	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:1 (1:0)    4,056

                    1:0  Oumari (23., M. Engels)
                    1:1  Vucur (70., Schönfeld)

VfL Bochum	     -   1860 München	        0:3 (0:0)   15,607

                    0:1  Okotie (62., Adlung)
                    0:2  Okotie (74., Adlung)
                    0:3  Adlung (87.)


Monday:
RB Leipzig	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:0 (0:0)   25,637 	


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



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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 10: Dortmund relegated!?

Dortmund relegated! Well, obviously not yet, since there are another 24 games. But with Freiburg’s win, the Neons are now in 17th and scheduled for automatic relegation. Certainly this raises the prospect of BVB winning the Chmapions League and getting demoted in the same season. OK, it’s not too likely on either account. Despite a great campaign winning all their matches so far, undoubtedly Real Madrid and Bayern München are stronger teams. The Neons are probably reasonably close to others such as Chelsea, PSG and Barcelona. So it’s not impossible that they could sneak into the finals once again. And you have to believe that at some point they’ll turn things around in the Bundesliga. But just think of the truly legendary story you could tell if it were to come true!

The balance between Bayern and Dortmund is suprisingly close, even though Bayern has been faboulous since the mid 1960s, and Dortmund has often been crap and even spent four seasons in the 2nd division in the 1970s. Bayern has 39 wins, Dortmund 23, 28 draws. But this was a year when Bayern was on top and Dortmund struggling, so it wasn’t really expected that the Neons could hold out. But they seem to raise themselves for big matches, and battled Bayern from the start. They even took the lead, and then withstood the home side dominance. In the end, a silly penalty did them in. So now the 5th straight Bundesliga loss, and clearly a crisis in Dortmund. Bayern had to work very hard for this one, but once again proved that they’re unstoppable.

Wolfsburg is looking like a team to watch. The VWs were models of efficiency at Stuttgart, who actually didn’t play badly. The hosts created some chances, but wasted them. Instead they watched helplessly as Wolfsburg was ruthless in front of goal, and kicked their ass.

The home fans couldn’t have been too happy, but Schalke held on grimly for a tight win over Augsburg. Surprisingly it was FCA that dominated the match, as Schalke did squat and was on the defensive for the whole match. However a goal by Huntelaar was enough to get the Blues the win, one that they hardly deserved.

Hamburg needs anything they can get, and Leverkusen was willing to leave points. HSV ran around a lot, but were clearly inferior. But the Aspirins hardly seemed interested, and didn’t really look like they wanted to be there. So a huge win for HSV. Leverkusen could have solidified their challenger status, but clearly they’re back to “pretender”, with emphasis on “pretend”.

Werder Bremen got a huge win as well, winning at Mainz. Despite falling behind, the Bremer showed energy under interim coach Viktor Skripnik, and managed to come back and win the match.

Hannover and Frankfurt slugged it out in a snoozer that was eventually decided by a late own goal.

Freiburg got their first win, a tough win at Köln. It was basically a boring match until the guests took the lead on a penalty. Köln then attacked furiously, but the Breisgauer were able to defend and get the points.

Gladbach may be the 2nd best team in the league now. They defeated previously unbeaten Hoffenheim. After a somewhat slow start, the home side began to dominate, and the Hoppers had nothing left to hold them off. A deserved win for MG, along with Bayern the only remaining unbeaten team. Next week is a very interesting match at Dortmund, where a Gladbach win is not out of the question.

Another great result for Paderborn, but their opponent Hertha was total crap, almost just going through the motions, without ideas or urgency. So SCP kept battling and realized that the Berliners were emperors without clothes, and finished them off.

Total attendance 424,750 (avg 47,194), sellout in München, as usual.

 	
FC Schalke 04	     -   FC Augsburg	        1:0 (1:0)   60,954

                    1:0  Huntelaar (37., Uchida, Atsuto)
 	
1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   Werder Bremen	        1:2 (1:1)   31,017

                    1:0  Okazaki (3., , Koo)
                    1:1  di Santo (45.)
                    1:2  di Santo (49., F. Kroos)


Hannover 96	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	1:0 (0:0)   42,200

                    1:0  Madlung (88., own goal, Marcelo)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:4 (0:2)   50,050

                    0:1  Perisic (15.)
                    0:2  Knoche (45. + 1, De Bruyne)
                    0:3  De Bruyne (48., Vieirinha)
                    0:4  Perisic (88., De Bruyne)

Hamburger SV	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	1:0 (1:0)   52,990

                    1:0  van der Vaart (26., penalty, Jansen)

Bayern München	     -   Borussia Dortmund	2:1 (0:1)   71,000 *

                    0:1  Reus (31., Aubameyang)
                    1:1  Lewandowski (72.)
                    2:1  Robben (85., penalty, Ribery)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   TSG Hoffenheim	        3:1 (2:1)   52,409

                    1:0  Hahn (12., Herrmann)
                    1:1  Modeste (30., Zuber)
                    2:1  Herrmann (32., Hahn)
                    3:1  Herrmann (52., Nordtveit)

1. FC Köln	     -   SC Freiburg	        0:1 (0:0)   49,500

                    0:1  Darida (51., Hand penalty)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   Hertha BSC	        3:1 (1:1)   14,630

                    1:0  Bakalorz (28.)
                    1:1  Kalou (41., M. Ndjeng)
                    2:1  Kachunga (52., Wemmer)
                    3:1  Meha (75., Kachunga)
	

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


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

3.Liga, Round 16

Bielefeld couldn’t enjoy their leader-standing, as they went down in Kiel. The Holsteiners seem pretty solid, especially at home, and Arminia gets ejected from the top spot.

Wehen has silently moved into the top spot, as they were strong against Chemnitz, another contender. The villagers have been here before, so it remains to be seen how long they stay at the top.

Preußen Münster has completed a strong comeback. they were a bit flaky last season, and looked similar after a so-so start. But they’ve been strong in the last few weeks, and their win over Duisburg has vaulted them into a promotion spot.

A big match in Dresden, as Dynamo faced off against Kickers Stuttgart. The home side pressed for a win, and looked to have it, but Stein scored for the visitors 4 minutes into injury time to steal a point.

Hansa Rostock showed some life. They were getting clearly beaten by Osnabrück, but scored twice in injury time to pull out a point.

At the bottom, Großaspach got an important win to remain close to the salvation mark. There are a lot of contenders for relegation now…

 	
Hansa Rostock	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        2:2 (0:0)   9,200
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	3:1 (1:1)   2,314
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:0 (1:0)   3,210
Holstein Kiel	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	1:0 (1:0)   7,644
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:1 (0:0)  20,153
Energie Cottbus	     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	3:0 (0:0)   6,860	 	
VfB Stuttgart II     -   Borussia Dortmund II	2:1 (0:1)   1,400
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -   Fortuna Köln	        2:1 (1:1)   5,951
Preußen Münster	     -   MSV Duisburg	        1:0 (1:0)  12,011
Jahn Regensburg	     -   Hallescher FC	        1:1 (0:0)   3,772
	

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

DFB-Pokal: 2nd Round

A fair amount of interest in the DFB-Cup 2nd round, as there were seven sellouts for the midweek clashes.

Some notable upsets, with 3rd division Bielefeld downing Hertha BSC on penalties, and 2.Liga Aalen upending Hannover. Kickers Offenbach remains a dragon slayer, as the 4th division side eliminated another 2.Liga club, this time Karlsruhe (having already disposed of Ingolstadt). MSV Duisburg came close against Köln, and 4th division Magdeburg ended 2-2 against Leverksuen, only to lose on penalties.

The big favorites, Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund had no problems in their trips to Hamburg, winning easily against their hosts.

In an eastern derby, Aue was almost home with a win, but Leipzig scored in injury time. The Rasenballsportler then proceeded to add a couple more in overtime to get the win.

So from the lower division sides, only Bielefeld, Dresden (3.Liga) and Offenbach (Regionalliga) remain.

 	
Chemnitzer FC	      -   Werder Bremen	        0:2 (0:1)   10,161 *
Arminia Bielefeld     -   Hertha BSC Berlin	4:2 pen     23,098 
Kickers Offenbach     -   Karlsruher SC 	1:0 (0:0)   16,106
VfR Aalen	      -   Hannover 96	        2:0 (1:0)    5,448
Dynamo Dresden	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:1 aet     28,053 *
MSV Duisburg	      -   1. FC Köln	        1:4 pen     30,600 *
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:0 (2:0)   23,111
FC St. Pauli	      -   Borussia Dortmund	0:3 (0:2)   29,063 *
1. FC Magdeburg	      -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	4:5 pen     23,855 *
Würzburger Kickers    -   Eintr. Braunschweig	0:1 (0:0)   11,240 *
1860 München	      -   SC Freiburg	        2:5 (1:1)   18,100
RB Leipzig	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	3:1 aet     28,419
Hamburger SV	      -   Bayern München	1:3 (0:2)   57,000 *
TSG Hoffenheim	      -   FSV Frankfurt	        5:1 (2:0)   11,441
VfL Wolfsburg	      -   1. FC Heidenheim	4:1 (2:1)    7,608
Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:2 (0:1)   46,500	


Pairings for the next round:
 	
Bayer 04 Leverkusen    -   1. FC Kaiserslautern
Kickers Offenbach      -   Bor. Mönchengladbach
Bayern München	       -   Eintracht Braunschweig
VfR Aalen	       -   TSG Hoffenheim
RasenBallsport Leipzig -   VfL Wolfsburg
Arminia Bielefeld      -   Werder Bremen
SC Freiburg	       -   1. FC Köln
Dynamo Dresden	       -   Borussia Dortmund

2.Liga, Round 11: Die Schanzer in charge

Last week we asked “Who’s in charge?!” and now the answer: Ingolstadt!! The Schanzer are the anti-thesis of RedBull Leipzig, a small budget side tearing up the league. They’ve already built out a lead to 5 points, and still remain unbeaten. They did face a tough challenge from Heidenheim, as the newcomers are very much like Ingolstadt. It was a tough, rather drab kickabout, but FCI gets the win. You have to consider them a Bundesliga promotion contender, and really are a team of nobodies. The only familiar name for me is perhaps Marvin Matip, who I believe is the brother of Schalke’s Joel Matip. Aside from matip’s 1 cap for Cameroon, other internationals are Aussie Matthew Leckie (15), Austrians Lukas Hinterseer (4) and GK Ramazan Özcan (2)
Hinterseer (41., Linksschuss, Mo. Hartmann), American Alfredo Morales (4) – hardly household names. Not bad for a club only formed about 10 years ago from a fusion of MTV and ESV…Heidenheim showed their usual toughness, expect them to continue to be a thorn in everyone’s side.

Certainly more was expected in the top clash where Kaiserslautern hosted Fortuna Düsseldorf, just like in old bundesliga days. But Fortuna decided just to play defensively, and FCK was given free reign on the field. The hosts attacked, but couldn’t achieve anything. Then Fortuna stunned the crowd with a late counter, and their plan seemed to work. Luckily FCK launched some furious, desperate attacks and were rewarded in injury time. I suppose a draw is a fair result, as Fortuna’s plan worked to perfection, but you really expect more from a leader.

Bochum continues to fall part, 5 straight matches now without a win. This time they lost in Leipzig, although they could have hardly helped when their coach Peter Neururer stated that “Leipzig makes him want to barf” because he didn’t like the RedBull money invasion, since they weren’t a “tradition” club like either VfB or Sachsen (Hey Peter, who are back to “Lok” and “Chemie”, so get your traditions straightened out, hehehe). Anyway, if the insults were expected to be motivators for VfL, it backfired, as they promptly opened with an own-goal and then proceeded to lose. Bochum didn’t play badly, but showed nothing on offense, and the Rasenballsportler were just a bit better, and deserved the win.

Stunning match in Fürth, where the heavily favored Greuther expected to romp against last place FSV Frankfurt. Instead they ran into a veritable Bornheimer hurricane. The ringleader was Vicenzo Grifo. The German-born Italian was unstoppable. After the hosts went in front early, he equalized almost immediately with a direct free kick. He then ran over to celebrate at the Frankfurt bench, and was handed a 10 euro note. Whether he won a bet or this was his salary, I don’t know. In any case, the rest of FSV was suitably impressed with the prospect of some major funds (FSV has by far the tiniest 2.Liga budget) and they went nuts, fiercely attacking their hosts. The stunned Greuthers tried fighting back, but were no match for the rabid Bornheimers, and Grifo proceeded to knock in a couple of others. An amazing win for FSV, getting them off the bottom, and a bitter defeat for the host’s promotion ambitions.

Karlsruhe ripped St.Pauli, completely outplaying their hosts. SCP started brightly, but teh cold shower of KSC goals basically ended the match. The visitors then kicked the ball around until the end when they decided to insult their hosts by banging in a couple more. The Paulistas now fall into a relegation spot with this crap performance, while Karlsruhe breaks their recent unsuccessful run and are back on track.

Union Berlin continues their recovery with a tough win in Aalen. Both sides desperately wanted the points, and it was Soren Brandy who decided the game with a nice scissors-kick-volley to give Union the points. They seem to have stabilized, but even though Aalen has dropped into relegation, they remain a tough opponent.

The battle of the Lions (both 1860 and Braunschweig are known as “Löwen”) was more like a meowing from kitty-kats. Both sides have been horrible all season, and it continued along these lines in the match, where both sides looked lame. Obviously things went a bit better for Eintracht, who got their first road victory in over a year. I think they still have some bite, but they lack the will power that they showed last season (despite their Bundesliga relegation)

An alternate headline could have been “Der Club gets biatch-slapped!!!”, because thats basically what happened on Montagnachtfussball. Darmstadt was all over Nürnberg like white on rice. Well, actually FCN controlled most of the game, basically because the 98ers wanted to rely on counters. They launched them whenever they felt like scoring a goal, and der Club bumbled around aimlessly the rest of the time. The result was an emphatic Darmstadt win, perhaps their biggest win since the 1982 Bundesliga season. (Well, their biggest recent win was a couple years ago when Kickers Offenbach’s bookkeepers were shown the red card by the DFB Finance committee). Nürnberg looks pretty confused, as their mini-revival comes to a screaching halt.

Total attendance 159,767 (avg 17,752), sellout in Darmstadt

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   FSV Frankfurt	        2:5 (2:3)    9,805

                     1:0  Sukalo (10., Weilandt)
                     1:1  Grifo (15., direct freekick)
                     1:2  Beugelsdijk (21., M. Engels)
                     2:2  Sukalo (30., Gießelmann)
                     2:3  Grifo (33., M. Engels)
                     2:4  Dedic (59., Huber)
                     2:5  Grifo (88., penalty, Grifo)

VfR Aalen	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:2 (1:0)    5,435

                     1:0  Hainault (39., Mockenhaupt)
                     1:1  Leistner (62., Köhler)
                     1:2  Brandy (70., M. Thiel)

RB Leipzig	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:0 (2:0)   30,194

                     1:0  Holthaus (7., own goal, D. Kaiser)
                     2:0  Frahn (33.)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:1 (0:0)   36,282

                     0:1  Pohjanpalo (77., Liendl)
                     1:1  Gaus (90. + 2, Löwe)

FC St. Pauli	      -   Karlsruher SC	        0:4 (0:2)   28,029

                     0:1  Yamada (18., Kempe)
                     0:2  Hennings (31., Kempe)
                     0:3  Alibaz (80., Hennings)
                     0:4  Yamada (89.)

1860 München	      -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:2 (1:1)   20,300

                     0:1  Zuck (18., Hedenstad)
                     1:1  Schindler (38., Adlung)
                     1:2  R. Korte (49.)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   1. FC Heidenheim	1:0 (1:0)    9,156

                     1:0  Hinterseer (41., Mo. Hartmann)

SV Sandhausen	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	1:1 (0:0)    4,066

                     0:1  Kortzorg (57., Löning)
                     1:1  F. Hübner (64., Paqarada)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   1. FC Nürnberg	3:0 (1:0)   16,500 *

                     1:0  Stroh-Engel (39., Heller)
                     2:0  Balogun (70., Kempe)
                     3:0  Kempe (82., Gondorf)
			 


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


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 15: Arminia’s turn

It’s Arminia Bielefeld’s turn to be at the top of the ultra-competitive Dritte Liga. Only 3 points separates the leaders from 10th place, as everyone is jockeying for position.

Bielefeld opened up quickly in the top clash with Erfurt, and basically decided the match. RWE was never really able to get back in, and Arminia coasted to victory. This turned out to be enough to grab first, as Wehen went down in flames at Halle, who have struggled mightily at home. But here it was HFC dominating the match, and Wehen really never got started.

No goals in the clash between Duisburg and Dresden. The visitors can complain though. After the Zebras went down a man, Dynamo took control in the 2nd half, and had a legit goal called back.

Fortuna Köln had Preußen Münster on the ropes, but a late goal salvaged a point for the visitors.

Mainz hosted a huge relegation six-pointer against Regensburg, and their victory gives them a bit of breathing room, whole keeping Jahn formly rooted to the foot of the table.

 	
Fortuna Köln	     -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (1:0)    3,705
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	3:0 (2:0)   11,710
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:1 (0:0)    1,750
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Energie Cottbus	2:2 (0:1)    3,925
MSV Duisburg	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        0:0 (0:0)   13,720
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:0 (0:0)    5,830
Hallescher FC	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	3:1 (1:0)    5,483
VfL Osnabrück	     -   SG S-hof Großaspach	2:0 (1:0)    7,300
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Jahn Regensburg	1:0 (0:0)      668
Borussia Dortmund II -   Hansa Rostock	        1:1 (1:0)    3,110


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

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 9: Dortmund in crisis

Some interesting games this round, following some decent European action midweek. Crap teams are generally continuing to be crap, but a few sides are beginning to get noticed.

Dortmund is in crisis. The team that has been dominant in the Champions League (a midweek 4-0 thrashing in Istanbul over Turkish giant Galatasary good evidence) is flailing in the Bundesliga. Against Hannover, things again dodn’t go right. Despite a ton of chances, BVB was unable to score. The 96ers didn’t create much, but a direct free kick by Hiroshi Kiyotake gave them a stunning win. This is already 6 losses for Dortmund (in the last 4 years, they’ve only lost 7,6,5 and 3 matches the whole season). What are they going to do? It doesn’t appear that injuries is the main excuse any more, as players are coming back. It just seems like lack of focus. Hannover hardly deserved the win, but they came with a plan to escape with a draw and then take whatever they were given. A nice win for the 96ers, but really Dortmund needs to look into the mirror to figure out why.

Bayern München made massive news in the Champions League, as they came away with a legendary 7-1 win at AS Roma. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola said his side could play better. Well, they needed it at Gladbach. The hosts showed no fear against the champs, and came close to victory in the latter stages. Only some fine saves by Bayern GK Manuel Neuer held the draw. Still, it could have been the usual Bayern script, as they completely controlled the match early on and piled up decent chances. Gladbach didn’t panic and held firm, until their strong effort down the stretch. They clearly deserved a point and demonstrated that they’re the top contender for 2nd place…

Wolfsburg is officially a “contender” (for 2nd place). The VWs have quietly moved up the table, and now showed their strength as the bitch-slapped unbeaten Mainz all over the field. The visitors were only able to keep pace at the start, and when they fell behind, they were simply outplayed and overrun. Mainz was clearly shown their limits, but have a decent squad and should be able to ride home strength to decent results

Huge match in Bremen, with Werder desperately needing a result against Köln. The signs were good, as they’ve beaten Köln nine of the last ten times at home. But this was not to be, as the visitors stood firm and let Bremen run around aimlessly. Then they delivered a deadly counter and ended up with the win. This was the end of the line for coach Robin Dutt, who was fired the next day. U23 coach Viktor Skripnik takes over as interim boss. With Werder dead last and still without a win, he certainly has his work cut out. For Köln, this is a nice win that establishes them neatly in mid-table.

Leverkusen completely dominated against Schalke, which was attempting a catenaccio point robbery. The Blues looked completely lame going forward, and you have to wonder what Roberto di Matteo was thinking with this plan. It’s pretty clear that RDM hasn’t figured out what he is going to do with this side. The Aspirins wasted quite a few chances, but a direct free kick from Hakan Calhanoglu (I bet HSV could use him now) was enough to get the win. Leverksuen looks once again to be a potential challenger for the “Vize” spot.

Augsburg has survived by playing hard and getting results at home. There’s little reason to doubt that they won’t do the same this season. FCA was completely in control against Freiburg, who really couldn’t mount much of anything. SCF looked pretty week, ready to get relegated.

Hoffenheim was dominant against Paderborn, but wasted lots of chances. The Hoppers did finally break through, but it was never easy sailing. The guests might have escaped with a draw late, but luck wasn’t on their side. Overall, Hoffenheim deserved the win, and they remain a surprise unbeaten side. Paderborn exhibited good fight. They’re very much like Augsburg in their first season, so as long as they keep plugging away and collect points at home, they’re in good shape.

Hertha was completely in control against a lame Hamburg side. HSV has been showing some fight, but they were crap here, perhpas a sign that the coach firing effect is wearing off. Berlin was a bit cautious in the first half, but then when they really started to pressure, the guests cracked and Hertha skated to an easy win. Berlin looks capable of more, but they seem a bit tentative. For HSV, the next few matches are crucial, because they are dangerously looking like falling into their earlier sucky pattern.

An insane match in Frankfurt. Stuttgart looked to have things in firm control, jumping to a 3-1 lead, and looking the better side. But Eintracht came roaring back to take the lead, before VfB turned thing in their favor in the end-spurt. Overall, VfB seemed slightly better, but Frankfurt will certainly feel hard done by that they didn’t manage a point after seizing the lead. Stuttgart had been looking like a prime relegation candidate, but they showed that they have plenty of will and skill to pull themselves out. With other teams sucking in the drop zone, they could soon find themselves in safety with a few more solid performances.

Total attendance 395,729 (avg 43,970), sellouts in Bremen, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Gladbach.

 	
Werder Bremen	     -   1. FC Köln	   0:1 (0:0)   42,100 *

                    0:1  Ujah (59., Svento)

Borussia Dortmund    -   Hannover 96	   0:1 (0:0)   80,667 *

                    0:1  Kiyotake (62., direct free kick)

FC Augsburg	     -   SC Freiburg	   2:0 (1:0)   28,324

                    1:0  Verhaegh (11., penalty, Klavan)
                    2:0  Halil Altintop (66., Esswein)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   SC Paderborn 07   1:0 (0:0)   25,712

                    1:0  Volland (73., Beck)

Hertha BSC	     -   Hamburger SV	   3:0 (0:0)   58,768

                    1:0  Ben-Hatira (59., Stocker)
                    2:0  Heitinga (65., Hosogai)
                    3:0  Ben-Hatira (85., Skjelbred)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   VfB Stuttgart	   4:5 (1:2)   49,700

                    1:0  Madlung (21., Seferovic)
                    1:1  Harnik (34.)
                    1:2  Harnik (36., Maxim)
                    1:3  Gentner (51., Maxim)
                    2:3  Meier (57., Aigner)
                    3:3  Aigner (61., Russ)
                    4:3  Madlung (65., Stendera)
                    4:4  Ti. Werner (81.)
                    4:5  Gentner (84., Kostic)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   FC Schalke 04	   1:0 (0:0)   30,210 *

                    1:0  Calhanoglu (53., direct freekick)
 
VfL Wolfsburg	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05   3:0 (1:0)   26,238

                    1:0  Naldo (15., M. Schäfer)
                    2:0  Perisic (59., Naldo)
                    3:0  D. Caligiuri (87., Junior Malanda)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Bayern München	   0:0 (0:0)   54,010 *
	


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

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