2.Liga, Round 20: Restart

Round 19, Feb 6-9

The 2.Liga restarted after the winterbreak, but several clubs still seem like they want to be on vacation. Greuther Fürth is clearly one of those, as they have forgot how to score. Now roughly 6+ hours without hitting the back of the net. Meanwhile Audi-sponsored leaders Ingolstadt keep marching along, as they did just enough to take all the points from Fürth, and it really looks like a Bundesliga promotion is inevitable.

Erzgebirge Aue however is one club that *was* ready. The “Veilchen” were dead-last, so they needed to do something. Obviously they put the winterbreak to good use. They hosted moneybags Leipzig in a crucial Sachsenderby. The Auer raised their game and pushed the RedBulls around, and came up with a solid win that gives them hope for staying up. The Rasenballers spent all sorts of RedBull money in the break, but were beaten down by a side that wanted it more.

Aalen is battling relegation, but was ready to play against Darmstadt, who might be thinking of sneaking into the top flight. Based on gthis result, maybe they should come back to earth. The favored side perhaps had the better chances, but really didn’t show much, so Aalen was easily able to secure an important point against relegation.

Sandhausen and St.Pauli had a snoozer in a relegation 6-pointer. The visitors started off brightly enough, but then the match tailed off into a tense, but boring, struggle. The Paulistas now prop up the table, almost a Dortmund-nesque situation. The hosts remain in danger, but continue float above the drop.

Despite having a lead, Bochum wasn’t impressive at Berlin. Instead, Union dominated the match and pressed throughout, and were eventually rewarded with a winner late. This should end any relegation worries Union might have had, and although Bochum has a cushion, they shouldn’t get too arrogant.

The big match was in Braunschweig. The hosts celebrated their 500th 2.Liga match, and a promotion spot was at stake against Kaiserslautern. A full house, drama, but that was about it for Eintracht. FCK was clearly superior and deserved the away win, which vaults them into the coveted 2nd spot.

A strong performance by Fortuna Düsseldorf at Karlsruhe. Not only was Fortuna the underdog, but they were down a man for almost an hour and were trailing. And yet through great effort, they fought back and drew the match. KSC has to be disappointed, as they had an opportunity to seize 2nd place, but they were outplayed and shouldn’t complain too loudly.

A poor performance by Nürnberg, and they got dumped by the mini-frankfurters. FCN was outplayed in the first half, but wer fortunate to have a draw. In the 2nd half they began to assert control, but wasted a couple of good chances. They were then stunned as FSV took the lead, and basically couldn’t regroup. Good win for Frankfurt, giving them breathing room against relegation.

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   FC Ingolstadt 04      0:1 (0:1)   10,620

                     0:1  P. Groß (30., Lex)

VfR Aalen	      -   SV Darmstadt 98       0:0 (0:0)    5,287

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   RasenB. Leipzig       2:0 (1:0)   13,600

                     1:0  Alibaz (45., Novikovas)
                     2:0  Schönfeld (59., Hand penalty)

1. FC Union Berlin    -   VfL Bochum	        2:1 (0:1)   19,015

                     0:1  Gündüz (32., Cwielong)
                     1:1  Kobylanski (50., Kreilach)
                     2:1  Kreilach (86.)

SV Sandhausen	      -   FC St. Pauli	        0:0 (0:0)    7,364 	
 	
Eintr. Braunschweig   -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:2 (0:1)   22,775 *

                     0:1  P. Hofmann (35., Jenssen)
                     0:2  Ring (73., Zoller)

Karlsruher SC	     -    Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:1 (0:0)   15,806

                    1:0  Hennings (55., penalty, Yamada)
                    1:1  O. Fink (60., Liendl)

FSV Frankfurt	     -    1. FC Nürnberg	2:1 (1:1)    9,152

                    1:0  Roshi (21., Kruska)
                    1:1  Hovland (41., Kerk)
                    2:1  Grifo (60., M. Engels)


Monday:
1860 München	 -  	1. FC Heidenheim	1:2 (1:0)   15,100

                1:0  Okotie (29., Hand penalty)
                1:1  Göhlert (54., Schnatterer)
                1:2  Niederlechner (66., Titsch-Rivero)
 	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	20   12  7  1 	  33:14  +19 	  43 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	20    9  8  3 	  29:19  +10 	  35
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 3  Karlsruher SC 	  	20    9  7  4 	  29:17  +12 	  34
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 4  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	20    8  10 2 	  25:15  +10 	  34 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	20   10  3  7 	  28:22  +6 	  33 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	20    8  8  4 	  30:23  +7 	  32 
 7  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	20    7  8  5 	  22:14  +8 	  29 
 8  1. FC Heidenheim (N)	20    7  7  6 	  30:21  +9 	  28 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	20    7  6  7 	  24:30  -6 	  27 
10  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	20    8  3  9 	  22:30  -8 	  27 
11  FSV Frankfurt	  	20    7  3  10 	  26:34  -8 	  24 
12  VfL Bochum 	  	        20    4  11 5 	  29:30  -1 	  23 
13  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	20    5  8  7 	  22:24  -2 	  23 
14  SV Sandhausen 	  	20    5  6  9 	  15:25  -10 	  21 
15  VfR Aalen 	  	        20    4  6  10 	  15:25  -10 	  18
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16  1860 München 	  	20    4  5  11 	  25:33  -8 	  17
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	20    4  5  11 	  18:29  -11 	  17 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	20    4  5  11 	  22:39  -17 	  17

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 24: Bielefeld gets owned

Round 24, Feb 6-8

Bielefeld is off to a slow restart, having their first game postponed and then getting slapped silly by Fortuna Köln. The erstwhile leaders were dominated by Fortuna, perhaps their worst game of the season. The hosts on the other hand were determined and continue to secure a place in the safety of midtable.

Preußen Münster is the new leader, with a strong performance against Osnabrück in the “Westfalen-but-the-politicians-say-its-Niedersachen” derby :). No matter geography, politics or culture, it was an exciting match, and the sold out stadium gives indication of the regional interest. Osnabrück played hard, but Münster was the better side and deserved the win.

Erfurt got a huge away win in Dresden. Because of poor behaviour of Dynamo fans (from a November match at Rostock), the DFB ordered this match played with empty stands. Dresden was looking for the win, but RWE was too clever and instead stole the match at the end and vault over their eastern rivals in the promotion struggle.

MSV Duisburg looked strong and pushed a hapless Chemnitz side around. The Zebras took their foot off the gas pedal in the 2nd half, otherwise it could have gotten ugly.

Kiel had a strong performance at Cottbus, defeating Energie and leaving the easterners pondering how they get back into the promotion race…

A relegation 6-pointer in Rostock, and Regensburg has to be the happier side. Jahn played well and fully deserved the point, and although they remain dead last, they’ve shown signs of life. Hansa could have used a win to jump out of the drop zone.

Bad weather caused four matches to get canceled.

Preußen Münster	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        2:0 (0:0)   14,300 *
Hansa Rostock	     -   Jahn Regensburg	2:2 (1:2)    8,100
Energie Cottbus	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:2 (0:1)    5,884
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	0:1 (0:0)    0
MSV Duisburg	     -   Chemnitzer FC	        3:0 (3:0)   11,260
Fortuna Köln	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	3:0 (1:0)    4,912 	

Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Hallescher FC	        postponed
Borussia Dortmund II -   SG S-hof Großaspach	postponed
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II     postponed
VfB Stuttgart II     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden     postponed


 1  Preußen Münster 	  	24   13  6  5 	  37:25  +12 	  45 
 2  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	23   13  4  6 	  42:26  +16 	  43
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	24   11  9  4 	  35:22  +13 	  42
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 4  Stuttgarter Kickers 	23   11  8  4 	  38:26  +12 	  41 
 5  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	24   11  7  6 	  36:30  +6 	  40 
 6  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	24   10  8  6 	  31:27  +4 	  38 
 7  Holstein Kiel	  	24    9  10 5 	  29:17  +12 	  37 
 8  Energie Cottbus (A) 	24   10  7  7 	  26:24  +2 	  37
 9  VfL Osnabrück 	  	23   10  5  8 	  36:34  +2 	  35 
10  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	23   10  4  9 	  37:28  +9 	  34 
11  Fortuna Köln (N)	  	24    9  6  9 	  30:24  +6 	  33 
12  Chemnitzer FC 	  	24    9  4  11 	  23:24  -1 	  31 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	23    8  5  10 	  28:32  -4 	  29 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	        23    7  6  10 	  28:36  -8 	  27 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	22    7  5  10 	  33:41  -8 	  26 
16  Borussia Dortmund II	23    4  10 9 	  24:31  -7 	  22 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	23    5  6  12 	  26:37  -11 	  21
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18  Hansa Rostock 	  	24    5  6  13 	  32:49  -17 	  21 
19  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 22    5  6  11 	  22:39  -17 	  21 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	24    4  4  16 	  24:45  -21 	  16


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 20: Back to normal

Round 20, Feb 6-8

Are things turning normal in the Bundesliga? A routine win for Bayern, and Dortmund finally showing some backbone, HSV squeaking a win…it’s kinda what was expected.

Bayern had a routine win in Stuttgart. VfB dropped to dead last, but they did put up a great defensive effort. Bayern controlled the ball and eventually broke through, and that was it. Stuttgart had nothing going forward, so GK Neuer was basically taking a nap.

Dortmund also showed signs of returning to form. The Neons might have been quite worried with the relegation 6 pointer at Freiburg, who are battle hardened in relegation battles. However an early brain-fart on defense led to an easy Marco Reus tap-in, and that seemed to relax the Neons. The hosts were very active, indeed had more ball possesion. But Dortmund was much more dangerous, especially Kevin Aubemeyang, who may have given indications that he can be the Lewandowski replacement so desperately needed. The Neon defense was also rock solid, so there wasn’t much Freiburg could do. Indeed, if their GK hadn’t been sharp, it could have turned embarrassing. This doesn’t mean that Dortmund is out of the woods, but they did show that they can put things together, so lets see how they do next week…

Schalke didn’t show much, but Gladbach didn’t do enough to split the points. The Blues took advantage of an early Gladbach mistake, and then made sure they didn’t do anything stupid. The visitors had a few chances to equalize, but wasted them. Overall, a boring derby.

Wolfsburg has apparently figured out that they should use Chelsea as a farm team :). The VWs signed Chelski castoff Andreas Schürrle for 32 million euros, and the World Champion made a fine debut. Their other Chelski purchase, Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, is on fire, a notched another two. The result was an easy win for the VWs over Hoffenheim, and solidifying their current position as no.2 in Germany.

Berlin got a huge boost with an away win at Mainz. Hertha had fired coach Jos Luhukay, and interim Pal Dardai was in charge. Hertha played solid football, but Mainz self destructed as GK Loris Karius got red carded for a foul, and Berlin took full advantage. There was no way back for the home side, so Hertha picks up critical relegation battle points.

Hamburg was a lucky winner in the Nordderby with Hannover. HSV benefitted from a couple of howlers by 96 defender Marcelo, and generally looked fairly nervous. Hannover controlled the ball and applied pressure, but weren’t cold-blooded enough. HSV isn’t going to complain though, as they needed the points, and got them.

Most pundits picked the Köln-Paderborn match as the crap game of the round, and they were right. Each side had one/two chances that they disgracefully blew. Neither side showed squat, so in the absence of both teams (deservedly) losing, a goalless draw is about right.

Bremen’s turnaround under Viktor Skripnik continues, as Werder dumped Leverkusen in a hard fought match. That pretty much ends their relegation worries – at this point they’re closer to Europe than the drop. Bayer was decent, but couldn’t cope with the hosts fighting spirit, so they really can’t complain too much.

Augsburg hosted Frankfurt, and the high-flying Fuggers got off to a great start, and seemed well on their way to strengthening an unbelievable Champions League bid. But Eintracht had other ideas and fought their way back into the match. Indeed, it was the visitors that pressed and pushed Augsburg into defensive mode. They weren’t intimidated by FCA’s physical play, and seized the initiative. In the end, the hosts had to be happy to hold a draw.

Total attendance 367,139 (avg 40,793), sellouts in Gelsenkirchen, Freiburg, Stuttgart


	
FC Schalke 04	 -   Bor. Mönchengladbach    1:0 (1:0)   61,973 *

                1:0  Barnetta (11., K.-P. Boateng)

VfL Wolfsburg	 -   TSG Hoffenheim	     3:0 (2:0)   26,356

                1:0  Dost (3., Schürrle)
                2:0  De Bruyne (28., Schürrle)
                3:0  De Bruyne (84., Dost)

1. FSV Mainz 05	 -   Hertha BSC	             0:2 (0:2)   26,756

                0:1  Hegeler (35., penalty, Stocker)
                0:2  Beerens (42., Stocker)

SC Freiburg	 -   Borussia Dortmund	     0:3 (0:1)   24,000 *

                0:1  Reus (9., Aubameyang)
                0:2  Aubameyang (56., Gündogan)
                0:3  Aubameyang (72., Kagawa)

VfB Stuttgart	 -   Bayern München	     0:2 (0:1)   60,000 *

                0:1  Robben (41., Weiser)
                0:2  Alaba (50., direct freekick)

1. FC Köln	 -   SC Paderborn 07	     0:0 (0:0)   49,500

Hamburger SV	 -   Hannover 96	     2:1 (1:0)   51,779

                1:0  Marcelo (26., own goal, Stieber)
                2:0  Jansen (50., N. Müller)
                2:1  A. Sobiech (66., Marcelo)
	
Werder Bremen	 -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen     2:1 (2:1)   39,653

                1:0  Selke (17., Bartels)
                2:0  Junuzovic (29., direct freekick)
                2:1  Calhanoglu (43., Wendell)

FC Augsburg	 -   Eintracht Frankfurt     2:2 (2:1)   27,122

                1:0  Klavan (7., Halil Altintop)
                2:0  Bobadilla (37., Callsen-Bracker)
                2:1  Aigner (45. + 2, Meier)
                2:2  Meier (70., Zambrano)



 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	20   15  4  1 	  45:9 	 +36 	  49 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	20   12  5  3 	  41:19  +22 	  41 
 3  FC Schalke 04 	  	20   10  4  6 	  31:22  +9 	  34
 4  FC Augsburg 	  	20   11  1  8 	  28:24  +4 	  34 
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 5  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	20    9  6  5 	  27:17  +10 	  33
 6  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	20    8  8  4 	  30:22  +8 	  32
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim	  	20    7  5  8 	  31:33  -2 	  26 
 8  Werder Bremen 	  	20    7  5  8 	  32:41  -9 	  26 
 9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	20    6  7  7 	  38:41  -3 	  25 
10  Hannover 96 	  	20    7  4  9 	  23:30  -7 	  25 
11  1. FC Köln (N)	  	20    6  6  8 	  19:23  -4 	  24 
12  Hamburger SV 	  	20    6  5  9 	  14:22  -8 	  23 
13  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	20    4  10 6 	  25:26  -1 	  22 
14  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	20    6  3  11 	  26:38  -12 	  21 
15  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	20    4  8  8 	  21:34  -13 	  20
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16  Borussia Dortmund 	  	20    5  4  11 	  21:27  -6 	  19
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17  SC Freiburg 	  	20    3  9  8 	  21:30  -9 	  18 
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	20    4  6  10 	  20:35  -15 	  18

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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 19: Dortmund sucks again!

Midweek action, Round 19,Feb 3-4

Interesting matches in this “Englischer Woche” with midweek action, but the resounding news is that Dortmund continues to suck. This really is the main story of this season, “How can Dortmund suck so much?”. It is unbelievable, but you seriously have to consider them the top relegation candidate. You keep on thinking that they’ll turn things around, but then they seem to find another way to suck and lose. Thus the mighty Neons managed to drop once again, this time against Augsburg at home. Once again they didn’t play terrible, and indeed had a edge throughout the match. But Augsburg stood firm and made no mistakes, and the Neons wasted their chances. A shock visitor lead was then neutralized when Janker got his ass tossed after 64 minutes. Surely with a man advantage Klopp’s troops would pull this one out? But despite running around, nothing.

Leaders Bayern München haven’t really started well after the break, getting pounded by WOlfsburg and not getting anything against Schalke. They’re probably bored, and the Schalke game was going to be difficult, since Boateng managed to get red-carded after only 17 minutes. (But Neuer stopped Choup-Moting’s penalty) So Bayern was down a man most of the match, and couldn’t exert their usual pressure. They did take the lead, but Schalke didn’t have too much difficulty gaining a point, which is always a good result in München.

Wolfsburg didn’t look impressive at Frankfurt. Coming off their stirring victory over Bayern, you’d expect the VWs to be flying high, but it was Frankfurt that looked better early. Wolfsburg eventually got the upper hand, but wasted a few promising chances. Only a late goal by de Bruyne salvaged a point.

Gladbach got a win they hardly deserved against Freiburg. After falling behind, the visitors dominated the rest of the match and were unlucky not to get at least a point. SCF certainly looks battled hardened for the relegation battle. Gladbach is looking to hold on to a Champions League spot, and sometimes you need some luck and grinding to get the points when you aren’t your best, so mission accomplished for them.

Hannover started brightly against Mainz, but lost control of the match as it wore on. Mainz applied constant pressure and might have had a win with some luck.

Bremen has bounced back after winter, and got a huge away win at Hoffenheim. It wasn’t a great match, but it was pretty exciting, and Werder just wanted it more. They’ve now given themselves some breathing room and look like they have enough to stay up.

Disappointing match in Berlin. Hertha was too defensive, risking nothing. Leverkusen was only going to do enough to perhaps snatch a win, which they did. With Berlin playing like a relegation candidate, the Aspirins figured that sooner or later they’d get a chance, and didn’t want to work too hard for it. Hertha is where they belong (relegation), and I suppose Leverkusen is too (Euroliga).

Snoozer in Köln as 1.FC and Stuttgart basically just went through the motions. With VfB in dire straights, I suppose they’re happy with a road point.

The big winner this week was Hamburg. HSV kicked Paderborn’s ass to rise from the relegation zone. They were helped by a penalty after only 8 seconds (!), as Jansen was chopped down in the box. Van der Vaart put HSV head, and then they bunkered down defensively. Paderborn ran around aimlessly and got nothing, so down the stretch HSV struck again and finished off the match. Great win for them. Paderborn seems to have hit reality. They seem likely to go down, although at least for the moment they’re still above the drop.

Total attendance 364,335 (avg 40,482), sellouts in München and Dortmund

	
Bayern München	     -   FC Schalke 04	     1:1 (0:0)   75,000 *

                    1:0  Robben (67., Xabi Alonso)
                    1:1  Höwedes (72., Sam)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   SC Freiburg	     1:0 (1:0)   37,091

                    1:0  Herrmann (23., Rechtsschuss, Hrgota)

Hannover 96	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05     1:1 (1:0)   30,500

                    1:0  Briand (26.)
                    1:1  Soto (77., Brosinski)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   VfL Wolfsburg	     1:1 (0:0)   34,400

                    1:0  Aigner (58., Inui)
                    1:1  De Bruyne (88., M. Schäfer)

Borussia Dortmund    -   FC Augsburg	     0:1 (0:0)   80,667 *

                    0:1  Bobadilla (50., Linksschuss)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   Werder Bremen	     1:2 (1:1)   23,631

                    0:1  di Santo (8., Selke)
                    1:1  Bicakcic (34., Szalai)
                    1:2  Bargfrede (52., di Santo)

Hertha BSC	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0:1 (0:0)   34,646

                    0:1  Kießling (49., Wendell)

1. FC Köln	     -   VfB Stuttgart	     0:0 (0:0)   48,400

SC Paderborn 07	     -   Hamburger SV	     0:3 (0:1) 

                    0:1  van der Vaart (2., penalty, Jansen)
                    0:2  Jansen (72., N. Müller)
                    0:3  Stieber (90. + 1, Rudnevs)


1  Bayern München (M, P) 	19   14  4  1 	  43:9 	 +34 	  46 
2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	19   11  5  3 	  38:19  +19 	  38 
3  Bor. Mönchengladbach	  	19    9  6  4 	  27:16  +11 	  33
4  FC Augsburg 	  	        19   11  0  8 	  26:22  +4 	  33
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5  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	  	19    8  8  3 	  29:20  +9 	  32 
6  FC Schalke 04 	  	19    9  4  6 	  30:22  +8 	  31
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7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	19    7  5  7 	  31:30  +1 	  26 
8  Hannover 96 	  	        19    7  4  8 	  22:28  -6 	  25 
9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	  	19    6  6  7 	  36:39  -3 	  24 
10  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	19    6  5  8 	  19:23  -4 	  23 
11  Werder Bremen 	  	19    6  5  8 	  30:40  -10 	  23 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	19    4  10 5 	  25:24  +1 	  22 
13  Hamburger SV 	  	19    5  5  9 	  12:21  -9 	  20 
14  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	19    4  7  8 	  21:34  -13 	  19 
15  SC Freiburg 	  	19    3  9  7 	  21:27  -6 	  18
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16  VfB Stuttgart 	  	19    4  6  9 	  20:33  -13 	  18
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17  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	19    5  3  11 	  24:38  -14 	  18 
18  Borussia Dortmund 	  	19    4  4  11 	  18:27  -9 	  16


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 23

Restart in the 3.Liga after the winterbreak. The big winner was probably Münster, who downed Dresden in a top-of-table clash and hold the 2nd spot. Rostock and Regensburg also notched wins, as they start the stretch run against relegation with badly needed results.


Holstein Kiel	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	1:1 (1:1)    4,031
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   Hansa Rostock	        1:2 (0:0)    3,374
Jahn Regensburg	     -   Borussia Dortmund II	3:0 (1:0)    2,820
Hallescher FC	     -   MSV Duisburg	        1:2 (0:1)    6,286
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Fortuna Köln	        3:1 (2:1)    4,631
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -   Energie Cottbus	2:0 (1:0)    6,942
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Stuttgarter Kickers	2:3 (0:0)      991
Preußen Münster	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        2:1 (0:0)   12,225
SG Sonhf Großaspach  -   SpVgg Unterhaching	-:- canceled
VfL Osnabrück	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	-:- canceled


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	22   13  4  5 	  42:23  +19 	  43 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	23   12  6  5 	  35:25  +10 	  42
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 3  Stuttgarter Kickers 	23   11  8  4 	  38:26  +12 	  41
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 4  MSV Duisburg 	  	23   10  9  4 	  32:22  +10 	  39 
 5  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	23   10  8  5 	  31:26  +5 	  38 
 6  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	23   10  7  6 	  35:30  +5 	  37 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A)	  	23   10  7  6 	  26:22  +4 	  37 
 8  VfL Osnabrück 	  	22   10  5  7 	  36:32  +4 	  35 
 9  Holstein Kiel 	  	23    8  10 5 	  27:17  +10 	  34 
10  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	22   10  3  9 	  37:28  +9 	  33 
11  Chemnitzer FC 	  	23    9  4  10 	  23:21  +2 	  31 
12  Fortuna Köln (N)	  	23    8  6  9 	  27:24  +3 	  30
13  Hallescher FC 	  	23    8  5  10 	  28:32  -4 	  29 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	23    7  6  10 	  28:36  -8 	  27 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	22    7  5  10 	  33:41  -8 	  26 
16  Borussia Dortmund II 	22    4  9  9 	  24:31  -7 	  21 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	23    5  6  12 	  26:37  -11 	  21
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18  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 22    5  6  11 	  22:39  -17 	  21 
19  Hansa Rostock 	  	23    5  5  13 	  30:47  -17 	  20 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	23    4  3  16 	  22:43  -21 	  15

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 18: DOWN GOES BAYERN!

The Bundesliga re-started after the winterbreak, and it was with a huge bang: Leaders Bayern München went down in flames in Wolfsburg! And it wasn’t just any old loss, it was a rip. In fact, Bayern conceded the same amount of goals in this match as they did the *whole* first round of 17 matches!! The Wolfies jumped out right at the start and caught bayern with their pants down, and continued with aggressive, speedy counterattacks throughout the match. As usual, Bayern controlled the ball, but were sliced open by the well organized VWs. The possesion ball (some 68%) wasn’t enough to squeeze their opponents, and the champions couldn’t react quick enough. Indeed, the generally outstanding Max Arnold had several chances to add to the VWs goal tally.

The Wolfsburgers played a perfect game, and will certainly be looking forward to continuing their good run. The VWs pulled off a mini-coup as they signed Andreas Schürrle from Chelsea for 30 million euros, and look to be building a squad that can again be a force in the Bundesliga.

Of course, what does this all mean? Is there suddenly going to be a title race in the Bundesliga? Nope. It’s basically just an isolated result and it will probably be back to normal next week. But at least the fans can rejoice to see the arrogant Bavarians taken down a notch.

The other match everyone was interested in was Dortmund at Leverkusen. BVB being dead last is the real sensation of the Bundesliga season, so it was with keen interest that everybody wondered how Klopp’s troops would rebound after the winterbreak. The jury is still out. For one thing, a cleansheet away at Leverkusen isn’t really a bad result. In the first half, they would have made some idiotic defensive brain-fart and lost. But on the other hand, they didn’t really do much against an Aspirin side that has been wishy-washy as well. Overall, probably a step forward for the Neons. For Bayer, they really showed little of their attacking skill, so unless BVB is revealed to be back to old strength, it’s hardly a result to crow about.

Schalke struggled against Hannover and were somewhat fortunate to win. The 96ers had their chances, but wasted them. Schalke gets a win that allows them to hold a Champions League spot, but also Huntelaar got his ass tossed, so that means a ban down the road.

Mainz bounced back in a big way from recent ho-hum performances. They biatch-slapped newcomers Paderborn in a match they totally dominated. SCP looked hapless and clueless, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. They’ll need to forget this one and get back to their scrappy ways immediately.

Freiburg is a veteran of relegation scrapes, and they showed that they’re primed for another. The Breisgauers overran Frankfurt, despite a shock start by Eintracht after only a few seconds. The outstanding figure was Nils Petersen, signed from Bremen over the winter-break, who came on in the 2nd half and debuted with a hat-trick! (Why did Werder let him go? It’s not as if they’ve scared anyone with their brilliant attacking form)

Bremen got a huge relegation battle win as they downed Hertha. It wasn’t a very enticing matchup, as both sides were pretty lame, but Werder didn’t make mistakes, and go out as deserved winner, lifting them off the relegation spots. Berlin slides further into the morass.
An interesting fact: don’t expect a scoreless draw when these guys play. The last scoreless bout between Werder and Hertha was in 1970.

Stuttgart was crap against Gladbach, wasting chances, and generally sucking. Gladbach didn’t play very well, but eventually noticed that VfB was ripe for the taking, so grabbed a winner on a counter. Nothing to boast about, but it’s a win in the books.

Hamburg was also lame at home, in a crucial battle with Köln. They hoped the return of Ivica Olic would jumpstart the offense, but no such luck. Köln looked relatively solid and were good for their win, which lifts them nicely above relegation. HSV clearly still has work to do. 9 goals in 18 matches, that sounds like relegation material.

Augsburg continues as one of the surprises, and this time they downed Hoffenheim. The match was ho-hum in the 1st half until things went crazy in the last few minutes before half, with the Fuggers grabbing the lead. The Hoppers then assaulted the FCA goal in the 2nd half, desperately seeking an equalizer. But the home side stood firm, their “fight-till-you-drop” style holding steady, and they finished off Hoffenheim with an injury time counter. You’ll note that Augsburg has now won more matches than any other team save Bayern and Wolfsburg.

Total attendance 342,500 (avg 38,056), sellouts in Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Leverkusen

 	
VfL Wolfsburg	     -   Bayern München	        4:1 (2:0)  30,000 *

                    1:0  Dost (4., De Bruyne)
                    2:0  Dost (45. + 2, )
                    3:0  De Bruyne (53., Arnold)
                    3:1  Juan Bernat (55.)
                    4:1  De Bruyne (73., Arnold)

FC Schalke 04	     -   Hannover 96	        1:0 (1:0)   61,646

                    1:0  Höger (32., Fuchs)

1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   SC Paderborn 07	5:0 (1:0)   27,114

                    1:0  Malli (6., de Blasis)
                    2:0  Malli (46., de Blasis)
                    3:0  de Blasis (69., Malli)
                    4:0  Allagui (82., Bengtsson)
                    5:0  Geis (87., penalty, Allagui)

SC Freiburg	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	4:1 (0:1)   24,000 *

                    0:1  Russ (1., Stendera)
                    1:1  Darida (62., penalty, C. Günter)
                    2:1  Petersen (64., Klaus)
                    3:1  Petersen (70., Frantz)
                    4:1  Petersen (88., Schmid)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	0:1 (0:0)   46,200

                    0:1  Herrmann (71., Hrgota)

Hamburger SV	     -   1. FC Köln	        0:2 (0:0)   56,053

                    0:1  Risse (62., Peszko)
                    0:2  Risse (78., Ujah)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   Borussia Dortmund	0:0 (0:0)   30,210 *

Werder Bremen	     -   Hertha BSC	        2:0 (1:0)   40,187

                    1:0  di Santo (43., Gebre Selassie)
                    2:0  di Santo (69., Fritz)

FC Augsburg	     -   TSG Hoffenheim	        3:1 (2:1)   27,090

                    1:0  Halil Altintop (39., Höjbjerg)
                    2:0  To. Werner (42., direct freekick)
                    2:1  Roberto Firmino (45., Schwegler)
                    3:1  Bobadilla (90. + 3, Kohr)



 1  Bayern München (M, P)	18   14  3  1 	  42:8 	 +34 	  45 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	18   11  4  3 	  37:18  +19 	  37 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	18    8  6  4 	  26:16  +10 	  30
 4  FC Schalke 04 	  	18    9  3  6 	  29:21  +8 	  30
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 5  FC Augsburg 	        18   10  0  8 	  25:22  +3 	  30 
 6  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	18    7  8  3 	  28:20  +8 	  29 
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	18    7  5  6 	  30:28  +2 	  26 
 8  Hannover 96 	  	18    7  3  8 	  21:27  -6 	  24 
 9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	18    6  5  7     35:38  -3 	  23 
10  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	18    6  4  8 	  19:23  -4 	  22 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	18    4  9  5 	  24:23  +1 	  21 
12  Werder Bremen 	  	18    4  5  8 	  28:39  -11 	  20
13  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	18    4  7  7 	  21:31  -10 	  19 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	18    3  9  6 	  21:26  -5 	  18
15  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	18    5  3  10 	  24:37  -13 	  18 
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16  Hamburger SV 	  	18    4  5  9 	  9:21 	 -12 	  17
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17  VfB Stuttgart 	  	18    4  5  9 	  20:33  -13 	  17 
18  Borussia Dortmund 	  	18    4  4  10 	  18:26  -8 	  16


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

WSV Blog: WSV Herbstmeister!

It hasn’t been a scintillating performance, but so far WSV has got the job done, or at least partially finished. The Wuppertalers started off indifferently, but eventually began to grind out points and have ended up leaders at the half-way mark. It will remain a difficult task however, as it’s “1st place or bust”, as only the champion is promoted. (Well actually, last season, the champion declined promotion for economic reasons, and FC Kray took their place as runner-up.) However glancing at eth top four contenders, it looks like any of them would gladly accept a promotion into the Regionalliga West. The 5th division Oberliga Niederrhein now takes a winterbreak until February.

WSV was unimpressive early, although the 4-0 away win at Velbert was fairly impressive. After some ho-hum results, they began to gather points, although they were hardly overwhelming the opposition. (An exception was a thumping 5-1 over defending champion Hönnepel-Niedermörmter). Marvin Ellmann and Dennis Schmidt have paced the WSV attack with 10 goals apiece.

From an attendance perspective, WSV is the clear leader, averaging almost 2,000 per home game. The league as a whole averages 385, ranging from Bocholt (528) to Oberhausen-II (156). It is therefore with a mixture of dread (because of “security”) and drool (“ka-ching” at the register) that other clubs await the arrivql of WSV. Average attendance when the Wuppertalers show up is a bit over 1,000, which is at least double what most clubs have been getting. Of course, it is pretty pathetic that WSV only draws some 2,000 for home games, but considering that they’ve sunk to the 5th division, maybe it’s fair.


OBERLIGA NIEDERRHEIN

1  Wuppertaler SV 	  	17   12  3  2 	  36:13  +23 	  39
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2  SSVg Velbert (A) 	  	17   11  3  3 	  45:19  +26 	  36 
3  VfR Krefeld-Fischeln (N) 	17   11  0  6 	  29:22  +7 	  33 
4  1. FC Bocholt (N) 	  	16    9  4  3 	  32:14  +18 	  31 
5  Ratinger SV 	  	        17    9  3  5 	  31:19  +12 	  30 
6  MSV Duisburg II 	  	17    8  5  4 	  35:18  +17 	  29 
7  SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter 	17    7  6  4 	  29:24  +5 	  27 
8  TV Jahn Hiesfeld 	  	17    7  5  5 	  36:28  +8 	  26 
9  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen II 	16    7  4  5 	  29:24  +5 	  25 
10  VfB Hilden	  	        17    7  3  7 	  37:40  -3 	  24 
11  TuRU Düsseldorf 	  	17    6  2  9 	  20:27  -7 	  20 
12  Vdsf Nievenheim (N) 	17    6  2  9 	  24:48  -24 	  20 
13  SC Kapellen-Erft 	  	17    6  1  10 	  27:33  -6 	  19 
14  TuS Bösinghoven 	  	17    5  3  9 	  30:37  -7 	  18
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15  Schwarz-Weiß Essen 	  	17    4  3  10 	  17:22  -5 	  15 
16  Sportfreunde Baumberg 	17    4  2  11 	  16:37  -21 	  14 
17  SV Sonsbeck 	  	17    3  4  10 	  13:39  -26      13 
18  VfB Homberg 	  	17    2  3  12 	  14:36  -22 	  9

2.Liga, Round 19: Winterbreak

Darmstadt underlined their strength as they battled leaders Ingolstadt to a draw.

Karlsruhe dominated against FSV Frankfurt, leaving the visitors no chance as they blasted them off the field.

Braunschweig won a hard-fought match at Heidenheim to remain on pace, and push FCH out of any prospects.

Kaiserslautern dominated afgainst Sanhausen, but the guests attempted to catenaccio their way to a point. Luckily, it didn’t pay off, and FCK scored a late goal to keep pace with the top.

Nürnberg and Greuther Fürth faced off in a local derby, with FCN having a slight edge throughout most of the match. However, it wasn’t really enough to translate into a win, so a draw seems a fair result.

St.Pauli gave new coach Ewald Lienen a huge Xmas present, a win in a critical relegation battle against Aalen. It’s not enough to lift the Hamburgers from the dropzone, but it does give them hope and certainly based on their performance, they should have a chance of recovering.

Bochum sucked and were lucky to get a draw against feeble Aue. They had no ideas and left it until the last second to salavage a point. Theeir big news was that after firing Peter Neururer, the board went out and hired Gertjan Verbeek, which makes no sense. His claim to fame is to lead Nürnberg firmly down the path of relegation from the Bundesliga. But perhaps Bochum is intending to rebuild in the 3.Liga, so therefore he might be a good choice.

Leipzig is unlikely to feature in the Bundesliga next season, despite Red Bull money. The Rasenballers demonstrated why as they basically sucked against a sucky team, 1860. I suppose thats a good thing, because the idea of RedBull buying their way up leaves a bad taste in everybody’s mouth. I suppose if they had quietly sponsored a Leipzig team instead of trying to blatantly advertise football as a sideshow, I wouldn’t mind too much. God knows that the east deserves a Bundesliga side, and Leipzig would be a good candidate. But RedBulls?, Nein, Danke.

Total attendance: 202,899 (avg 22,544)

 	
Karlsruher SC	     -   FSV Frankfurt	        4:1 (2:0)   12,117

                    1:0  Hennings (16., Meffert)
                    2:0  Yabo (20., Torres)
                    3:0  Hennings (51.)
                    4:0  Nazarov (66., penalty, Hennings)
                    4:1  Aoudia (72., M. Engels)

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:0 (0:0)   28,256

                    1:0  Bolly (89., Golley)
 
1. FC Heidenheim     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	0:1 (0:0)   11,800

                    0:1  Ryu (61., Kessel)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:0 (0:0)   47,501

FC St. Pauli	     -   VfR Aalen	        3:1 (1:0)   21,712

                    1:0  Verhoek (35., L. Sobiech)
                    2:0  Barth (50., own goal, Daube)
                    3:0  Thy (81., Trybull)
                    3:1  Kaufmann (83., J. Gjasula)

1. FC Kaiserslautern -   SV Sandhausen	        1:0 (0:0)   27,818

                    1:0  P. Hofmann (73., Matmour)

VfL Bochum	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:1 (0:1)   12,025

                    0:1  Klingbeil (33., Diring)
                    1:1  Weis (90., Terodde)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	2:2 (1:2)   14,300

                    1:0  Behrens (7., Sulu)
                    1:1  P. Groß (20., direct free kick)
                    1:2  Lex (40., Leckie)
                    2:2  Heller (54., Ivana)

RasenBall Leipzig    -   1860 München	        1:1 (1:0)   27,370

                    1:0  Poulsen (29., Khedira)
                    1:1  Okotie (86., Mulic)
	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	19   11  7  1 	  32:14  +18 	  40 
 2  Karlsruher SC 	  	19    9  6  4 	  28:16  +12 	  33
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	19    8  9  2 	  25:15  +10 	  33
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 4  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	19   10  3  6 	  28:20  +8 	  33 
 5  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	19    8  8  3 	  27:19  +8 	  32 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	19    8  7  4 	  29:22  +7 	  31 
 7  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	19    7  8  4 	  22:12  +10 	  29 
 8  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	19    8  3  8 	  21:28  -7 	  27 
 9  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	19    6  7  6 	  28:20  +8 	  25 
10  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	19    6  6  7 	  22:29  -7 	  24 
11  VfL Bochum 	  	        19    4  11 4 	  28:28   0 	  23 
12  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	19    5  8  6 	  22:23  -1 	  23 
13  FSV Frankfurt 	  	19    6  3  10 	  24:33  -9 	  21 
14  SV Sandhausen	  	19    5  5  9 	  15:25  -10 	  20 
15  1860 München 	  	19    4  5  10 	  24:31  -7 	  17
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16  VfR Aalen 	  	        19    4  5  10 	  15:25  -10 	  17
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17  FC St. Pauli 	  	19    4  4  11 	  22:39  -17 	  16 
18  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	19    3  5  11 	  16:29  -13 	  14


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 22: Bielefeld opens small gap

Bielefeld not only defended their lead, but have opened up a small gap at the top that puts them in a good position. Arminia dominated against a toothless Chemnitz side, which has slid into obscurity.

The huge match in Cottbus between Energie and 2nd place Münster was hard fought and somewhat nasty – Preußen manager Ralf Loose was kicked out shortly before halftime. Energie won the tight battle and move closer to the top.

A critical “chasers” battle in Dresden against Osnabrück was won by the hosts. Both clubs wanted a win to creep closer to the top, and the guests from Osnabrück were doing quite well with an early lead. But after 35 minutes Willers got his ass tossed for a nasty foul, and eventually Dynamo took control and ended up with a big win.

Duisburg disappointed against Mainz-II, as the relegation threatened side defended well and got a deserved point. This allowed Stuttgarter Kickers to claim the important 3rd spot, with a workman-like win over Großaspach.

Regensburg can’t be saved. Jahn led by two at Unterhaching, and looked to finally break out of their funk. Instead the hosts came roaring back and scored three unanswered goals to get the win, leaving Regensburg already at least 9 points off the salvation line.

Things look grim in Rostock. Hansa was kicked in the ass by neighbors Kiel and are in horrible straits. Something drastic needs to change or Hansa will sink. The Holsteiners reamin an tough opponent, and have the best defense in the league.

Total attendance 70,096 (avg 7,788)

The 3.Liga goes into hibernation, reopening January 31st…

Dynamo Dresden	     -   VfL Osnabrück          1:1 (0:1)   22,953
MSV Duisburg	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:1 (1:1)   11,367
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   SG Sonnh. Großaspach   2:0 (1:0)    3,160
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Jahn Regensburg	3:2 (0:1)    2,000
Borussia Dortmund II -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	-:- (-:-) canceled
Hansa Rostock	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:4 (0:1)    7,900
VfB Stuttgart II     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	2:2 (1:2)      636
Energie Cottbus	     -   Preußen Münster	2:1 (1:0)    6,848
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:0 (1:0)   13,411
Fortuna Köln	     -   Hallescher FC	        2:2 (2:2)    1,821


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	22   13  4  5 	  42:23  +19 	  43 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	22   11  6  5 	  33:24  +9 	  39
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 3  Stuttgarter Kickers 	22   10  8  4 	  35:24  +11 	  38
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 4  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	22   10  8  4 	  30:24  +6 	  38 
 5  Energie Cottbus (A) 	22   10  7  5 	  26:20  +6 	  37 
 6  MSV Duisburg 	  	22    9  9  4 	  30:21  +9 	  36 
 7  VfL Osnabrück 	  	22   10  5  7 	  36:32  +4 	  35 
 8  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	22    9  7  6 	  33:30  +3 	  34 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	21   10  3  8 	  36:26  +10 	  33 
10  Holstein Kiel 	  	22    8  9  5 	  26:16  +10 	  33 
11  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	22    8  6  8 	  26:21  +5 	  30 
12  Hallescher FC	  	22    8  5  9 	  27:30  -3 	  29 
13  Chemnitzer FC 	  	22    8  4  10 	  20:20   0 	  28 
14  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	22    7  5  10 	  33:41  -8 	  26 
15  VfB Stuttgart II	  	22    7  5  10 	  27:35  -8 	  26 
16  Borussia Dortmund II 	21    4  9  8 	  24:28  -4 	  21 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	22    5  6  11 	  24:34  -10 	  21
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18  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 22    5  6  11 	  22:39  -17 	  21 
19  Hansa Rostock 	  	22    4  5  13 	  28:46  -18 	  17 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	22    3  3  16 	  19:43  -24 	  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 17: Winterbreak, Dortmund continues to s(t)ink

The Bundesliga now goes into winterbreak until end of January…

Bremen got a huge relegation battle win over Dortmund. Werder was the underdog , and played for counterattack. The Neons once again dominated play (70% of possession), created more chances, but wasted them. And they were horrible on defense when it counted, and deservedly lose the match and will be relegated unless something dramatic happens to wake them up. In fact, the only reason they are not *dead last* is that Freiburg gave up two goals against Hannover in the dying minutes and threw away a victory!!

Mainz put up a great fight against Bayern München, even taking a rare lead. (Of course, Bayern has only conceded four goals anyway.) In the end it was a somewhat lucky win for the champions, as Arjen Robben executed the hosts at the end. Mainz is now nine games without a win, and in danger of sliding into relegation.

Wolfsburg had a hard time against Köln in a pretty equal match. They were able to pull out a win thanks to a header by veteran Naldo. This gives them a solid cushion in 2nd place.

Leverkusen dicked around and had to concede a draw to Frankfurt. The Aspirins can’t really complain though, since Eintracht had a fair share of the play, and perhaps the better chances.

Schalke was slightly better, and hit the post twice, but didn’t do enough to really threaten Hamburg, especially since they were sleeping in the first period. HSV is happy to get a point and barely keep their head above water.

Another great fighting effort, and Augsburg was rewarded with a win over Gladbach.

Paderborn got a valuable point at Stuttgart. The Westfalen were somewhat better in the 1st period, but VfB assumed control after the restart and pressed hard for a win. SCP held on for a critical point, and a very satisfying first half of a campaign.

Hoffenheim ended the year with a bang was they routed Hertha in Berlin. It wasn’t really a gala performance, but rather a case of the Hoppers watching Hertha play Keystone-Kops and completely self-destruct. All Hoffenheim had to do is wait patiently and take advantage.

Total attendance 343,921 (avg 38,213), sellouts in Mainz, Schalke, Leverkusen, Augsburg and Bremen

	
1. FSV Mainz 05	    -  	Bayern München	       1:2 (1:1)   34,000 *

                   1:0  Soto (21., Okazaki)
                   1:1  Schweinsteiger (24., direct freekick)
                   1:2  Robben (90., T. Müller)

FC Schalke 04	    -  	Hamburger SV	       0:0 (0:0)   61,973 *

Bayer 04 Leverkusen -  	Eintracht Frankfurt    1:1 (0:1)   30,210 *

                   0:1  Meier (37., penalty, Inui)
                   1:1  Bellarabi (83., L. Bender)

FC Augsburg	    -  	Bor. Mönchengladbach   2:1 (1:1)   30,660 *

                   0:1  M. Kruse (3., Hand penalty)
                   1:1  Feulner (20., Halil Altintop)
                   2:1  Bobadilla (51., Esswein)

Werder Bremen	    -  	Borussia Dortmund      2:1 (1:0)   42,100 *

                   1:0  Selke (3., Garcia)
                   2:0  Bartels (62., Selke)
                   2:1  Hummels (69., Gündogan)

VfB Stuttgart	    -  	SC Paderborn 07	       0:0 (0:0)   55,000

VfL Wolfsburg	    -  	1. FC Köln	       2:1 (1:1)   26,824

                   0:1  Maroh (11., D. Halfar)
                   1:1  Dost (16., S. Jung)
                   2:1  Naldo (78., De Bruyne)

Hertha BSC	    -  	TSG Hoffenheim	       0:5 (0:3)   39,604

                   0:1  Brooks (23., own goal, Volland)
                   0:2  Salihovic (26., penalty, Schipplock)
                   0:3  Salihovic (39., penalty, Beck)
                   0:4  Schipplock (74., Roberto Firmino)
                   0:5  Rudy (84., Roberto Firmino)

SC Freiburg	    -  	Hannover 96	       2:2 (1:0)   23,550 	

                   1:0  Frantz (45., Linksschuss, C. Günter)
                   2:0  Kempf (81., Kopfball, Schmid)
                   2:1  Bittencourt (83., Linksschuss, Stindl)
                   2:2  Joselu (90. + 3, Linksschuss)


1  Bayern München (M, P) 	17   14  3  0 	  41:4 	 +37 	  45 
2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	17   10  4  3 	  33:17  +16 	  34 
3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	  	17    7  7  3 	  28:20  +8 	  28
4  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	17    7  6  4 	  25:16  +9 	  27
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5  FC Schalke 04 	  	17    8  3  6 	  28:21  +7 	  27 
6  FC Augsburg 	  	        17    9  0  8 	  22:21  +1 	  27
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7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	17    7  5  5 	  29:25  +4 	  26 
8  Hannover 96 	  	        17    7  3  7 	  21:26  -5 	  24 
9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	  	17    6  5  6 	  34:34   0 	  23 
10  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	17    4  7  6 	  21:26  -5 	  19 
11  1. FC Köln (N)	  	17    5  4  8 	  17:23  -6 	  19 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	17    3  9  5 	  19:23  -4 	  18 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	17    5  3  9 	  24:35  -11 	  18 
14  Hamburger SV 	  	17    4  5  8 	   9:19  -10 	  17 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	17    4  5  8 	  20:32  -12 	  17
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16  Werder Bremen 	  	17    4  5  8 	  26:39  -13 	  17
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17  Borussia Dortmund 	  	17    4  3  10 	  18:26  -8 	  15 
18  SC Freiburg 	  	17    2  9  6 	  17:25  -8 	  15


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