2.Liga, Round 29: Bottom clubs revolt

Round 29, Apr 17-20

The relegation battle was turned up another notch, as the threatened clubs were desperately seeking points. And in fact all bottom four clubs got full points as they show that the battle will go to the bitter end.

St.Pauli set the stage on Friday night, with a tough performance against Nürnberg. The visitors were the better team for most of the match, having better chances and controlling the match. The Paulistas defended desperately and the packed house went nuts when Lars Sobiech headed home the winner in the final minute.

The story had a similar end in München. 1860 was locked in a difficult struggle with Bochum, and an injury time goal gave the Lions a crucial victory.

Aalen hasn’t given up either. They have the point deduction, and that is unlikely to be overturned. Therefore they desperately needed points, and the got them surprisingly against Braunschweig. Although the visiotrs took the lead, Aalen quickly bounced back and got the win in a gritty match.

Aue also got a win, perhaps somewhat easier, since FSV Frankfurt did very little in the whole match. Erzgebirge didn’t exactly impress, but pressured enough to get a deserved win.

Greuther Fürth should have been the fifth club with full points. However the hosts had trouble with Union, who basically defended the whole match. The Greuther fell behind early and spent most of the match chasing.

Ingolstadt can’t be stopped on their Bundesliga quest. The Schanzer were locked in a tough battle with Düsseldorf, and on the losing end until a late goal gave them the equalizer. Then in the 6th(!) minute of added time, Marvin Matip notched the winner for the homeside.

If Darmstadt fails, perhaps they will look back at this match. The 98ers struggled against Heidenheim, and didn’t really look like winners. But then they took the lead on a penalty, and only a couple of minutes later FCH was down a man, as Heise got his second yellow. So it looked all said and done for a Darmstadt victory. But the fellow promoted side from the 3.Liga wasn’t done. Florian Niederlechner came on as a sub, and after only seconds scored the equalizer. The remaining minutes actually had the visitors pressing, despite numerical disadvantage. The final result probably was fair, but Darmstadt seemingly had it in the bag.

Monday night is a huge match, as Kaiserslautern can move 2nd, and Leipzig needs a win if they are to keep their tiny promotion hope alive.

Total attendance 132,645 (avg 14,738), 51.7% capacity, sellout in Hamburg

 	
FC St. Pauli	      -   1. FC Nürnberg	    1:0 (0:0)   23,854 *

                     1:0  L. Sobiech (90., Daube)
 
FC Ingolstadt 04      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	    3:2 (0:1)   10,606

                     0:1  Pohjanpalo (33.)
                     1:1  Mo. Hartmann (65.
                     1:2  Bebou (74., Bellinghausen)
                     2:2  Leckie (86., P. Groß)
                     3:2  Matip (90. + 6, P. Groß)

SV Sandhausen	      -   Karlsruher SC	            0:0 (0:0)   12,136

1860 München	      -   VfL Bochum	            2:1 (0:1)   16,000

                     0:1  Gregoritsch (16., Sestak)
                     1:1  M. Wolf (56., Adlung)
                     2:1  S. Hain (90. + 2, Vallori)

VfR Aalen	      -   Eintracht Braunschweig    2:1 (0:0)    7,019

                     0:1  Boland (51., Omladic)
                     1:1  Quaner (54.)
                     2:1  Ofosu-Ayeh (69.)
 	
 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   1. FC Union Berlin	    2:2 (0:1)   11,080

                     0:1  M. Thiel (8., Kreilach)
                     1:1  Freis (50., Stiepermann)
                     1:2  Parensen (79., Schönheim)
                     2:2  Wurtz (89., Gießelmann)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   FSV Frankfurt	            1:0 (0:0)    7,650

                     1:0  Benatelli (59., Alibaz)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   1. FC Heidenheim	    1:1 (0:0)   14,300

                     1:0  Stroh-Engel (64., penalty, Sulu)
                     1:1  Niederlechner (77., Titsch-Rivero)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   RasenBall Leipzig	    1:1 (1:1)   30,000

                     0:1  Poulsen (16., Forsberg)
                     1:1  Zoller (20., Stöger)
 



 1  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	29   16  10  3 	  46:24  +22 	  58 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern        29   13  12  4 	  40:25  +15 	  51
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	29   12  14  3 	  38:21  +17 	  50
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 4  Karlsruher SC	  	29   12  13  4 	  39:21  +18 	  49 
 5  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	29   11  11  7 	  34:23  +11 	  44 
 6  Eintracht Braunschweig (A)	29   13  5  11 	  37:32  +5 	  44 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	29   10  10  9 	  43:43   0 	  40 
 8  SV Sandhausen	  	29    9  10  10   26:31  -5 	  37 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	29    9  10  10   35:46  -11 	  37 
10  VfL Bochum	  	        29    7  14  8 	  45:45   0 	  35 
11  1. FC Heidenheim (N)	29    9  8  12 	  36:37  -1 	  35 
12  FSV Frankfurt	  	29    9  8  12 	  36:44  -8 	  35 
13  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	29   10  5  14 	  33:42  -9 	  35 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	29    6  13 10 	  29:35  -6 	  31 
15  1860 München	  	29    7  8  14 	  37:44  -7 	  29
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16  FC St. Pauli	  	29    7  7  15 	  31:47  -16 	  28
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17  Erzgebirge Aue	  	29    7  7  15 	  23:39  -16 	  28 
18  VfR Aalen	  	        29    6  11 12 	  26:35  -9 	  27


Aalen deducted two points for being wankers, err, financial shenanigans.

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 29: Klopp era over

Round 29, Apr 17-19

This wasn’t a great week for the Bundesliga, as Bayern was stunned in Porto for Champions League – although they still have a chance of overcoming that. Furthermore, high flying Wolfsburg was embarrassed at homeby Napoli, and almost zero chance of turning that around.

However, the big news midweek, was Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp announcing that he would resign from Borussia at the end of the season. He has been there 7 years, and probably built Dortmund’s greatest teams, winning back-to-back title, playing in the Champions League, basically having outstanding seasons after coming over Mainz, whom he had put on the map. Certinly the last couple of years have been trying, and he seemed a bit baffled, frustrated and tired, but he remains one of the best football minds on the planet. Interestingly enough, he has also stated “that he could come back to Borussia some day”. However after the win, BVB announced that Thomas Tuchel will be taking over next season. This is interesting in that not only is Tuchel considered one of German football’s brightest minds, he is a protege of Klopp. He followed Klopp at Mainz and continued, perhaps even raised the bar for the club. Now he will try and do the same at Dortmund.

Frankfurt and Gladbach battled to draw which keeps both sides aspirations alive. Gladbach of course would prefer automatic qualification for the Champions League, but they’ll be in it next season. Frankfurt is trying to sneak in to Europe, and they could have used a win. They were a bit better than Gladbach, but the draw is probably correct.

The Neons took a while to get fully in gear, but totally dominated Paderborn in what is Klopp’s “goodbye tour”. It looked like old times as BVB controlled the match and left the opponents with nothing.

Leverkusen is certainly in top form these days. The Aspirins easily crushed a hapless Hannover side, getting their 7th straight Bundesliga win, a club record. The 96ers decided to blame their coach, Tayfun Korkut, who was fired shortly afterwards, and replaced by Michael Frontzcek.

Hoffenheim had some chances against leaders Bayern, but in the end the champs were able to hold on for another win. Guardiola’s team has a lot of injuries, so it was a bit of a makeshift lineup, but it was still good enough to get eth job down. Especially in the first half Hoffenheim had some decent chances, but failed to convert and were ultimately punished.

Hertha and Köln have done enough work to stay up, and they “celebrated” their achievement with a dour, boring, defensive draw. Splitting an extra point gives each side a bit more comfort. Köln also set a dubious club record, this was their 8th scoreless draw of the season.

Mainz are like the annoying guest who shows up at your party, gets drunk and ruins everything. Freiburg certainly was hoping to grab some key points and give themselves some breathing room. And the Briesgauers did create a lot of chances, but wasted them. Instead, Shinji Okazaki added to his tally as the Bundesliga’s all-time leading Japanese goal scorer (37), reaching a respectable 12 this season. The Mainzers of course also needed something to allow them to not worry about getting dragged into relegation, and got the result.

Stuttgart largely outplayed hosts Augsburg, but wasted too many chances. The Fuggers on the other hand seized their opportunities and got a win that keeps them in Europe. Stuttgart really should have won this, which would have allowed them to leap out of the drop zone. Instead they remained mired in the dreck for another week at least.

Hamburg remains last as they lost the 102nd Northern Derby at Bremen. It was a typical derby atmosphere, hard fought, with not too many chances. HSV was close to a point, despite being on the back foot for most of the match. But then Behrami was whistled for a foul in the box, and di Santo knocked home the penalty. This was Bremen’s 500th Bundesliga home win, but more importantly it’s another stab that could send HSV down, which should provide a fair amount of glee for the Werder fans. Bremen has turned around their season since Viktor Skripnik took over. HSV had just appointed Bruno Labbadia as their new boss. Their effort was there (which was usually missing in previous matches), but he clearly has his hands full.

Wolfsburg dominated Schalke, but teh Blues defending fiercely and drew blood on a counter. The VWs finally broke through to equalize, but were unable to get anymore. Obviously a better result for the visitors, as they look to secure their Euro spot. Wolfsburg is secure in 2nd, and will be more worried about whether there is continued fallout from their ass-whupping from Napoli.

Total attendance 369,762 (avg 41,085), 93.4% capacity, sellouts in Frankfurt, Dortmund, Hoffenheim, Freiburg, Augsburg, Bremen, Wolfsburg – 7 of 9 venues!

 	
Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	0:0 (0:0)   51,500 *

Borussia Dortmund    -   SC Paderborn 07	3:0 (0:0)   80,667 *

                    1:0  H. Mkhitaryan (48., Aubameyang)
                    2:0  Aubameyang (55., Ginter)
                    3:0  Kagawa (80., H. Mkhitaryan)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   Hannover 96	        4:0 (2:0)   29,482

                    1:0  Toprak (20., Calhanoglu)
                    2:0  Brandt (40., Kießling)
                    3:0  K. Papadopoulos (49., Kießling)
                    4:0  Kießling (70., L. Bender)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   Bayern München	        0:2 (0:1)   30,150 *

                    0:1  Rode (38., Lewandowski)
                    0:2  Beck (90. + 3, own goal, T. Müller)

Hertha BSC	     -   1. FC Köln	        0:0 (0:0)   51,203

SC Freiburg	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05	2:3 (0:2)   24,000 *

                    0:1  Okazaki (39., Jairo)
                    0:2  Okazaki (45., Noveski)
                    1:2  Mehmedi (81., Schmid)
                    1:3  Malli (84., Brosinski)
                    2:3  Schmid (90. + 1, Petersen)

FC Augsburg	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        2:1 (1:1)   30,660 *

                    1:0  To. Werner (7., Esswein)
                    1:1  Ginczek (22., Kostic)
                    2:1  Bobadilla (73., To. Werner)
 	
 	
Werder Bremen	     -   Hamburger SV	        1:0 (0:0)   42,100 *

                    1:0  di Santo (84., penalty, Junuzovic)

VfL Wolfsburg	     -   FC Schalke 04	        1:1 (0:0)   30,000 *

                    0:1  L. Sané (53.)
                    1:1  De Bruyne (78., D. Caligiuri)


 1  Bayern München (M, P)	29   23  4  2 	  76:13  +63 	  73 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg	  	29   18  7  4 	  63:31  +32 	  61 
 3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	29   15  9  5 	  56:31  +25 	  54
 4  Bor. Mönchengladbach	29   15  9  5 	  44:22  +22 	  54
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 5  FC Schalke 04	  	29   11  9  9 	  38:32  +6 	  42
 6  FC Augsburg	  	        29   13  3  13 	  36:37  -1 	  42 
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 7  Werder Bremen	  	29   10  8  11 	  44:57  -13 	  38 
 8  TSG Hoffenheim	  	29   10  7  12 	  43:47  -4 	  37 
 9  Borussia Dortmund	  	29   10  6  13 	  38:37  +1 	  36 
10  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	29    9  9  11 	  51:57  -6 	  36 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	29    7  13 9 	  40:41  -1 	  34 
12  1. FC Köln (N)	  	29    8  10 11 	  29:35  -6 	  34 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	29    9  7  13 	  34:45  -11 	  34 
14  SC Freiburg	  	        29    6  11 12 	  29:39  -10 	  29 
15  Hannover 96	  	        29    7  8  14    32:49  -17      29
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14  SC Paderborn (N)            29    6  9  14	  25:56  -31 	  27
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17  VfB Stuttgart	  	29    6  8  15 	  32:53  -21 	  26 
18  Hamburger SV	  	29    6  7  16 	  16:44  -28 	  25
	
M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

3.Liga, Round 33: Tighter at top and bottom

Round 33, Apr 17-19

Things continue to stay packed for both promotion and relegation. In both cases it now looks like there are 4 teams battling. On the top, one will be left out. On the bottom, one gets the prize of staying up.

Unterhaching had a huge win against Rostock in a critical relegation six pointer. The Mini-Münch(en)kins were on the back foot early, but Hansa failed to take advantage. A hard fought second period gave the home side the much needed points. Hansa still needs to look over their shoulder, but their recent good work might be enough.

The Kickers kept their hopes alive of the Stuttgart derby next season being more attractive. This time it was a hard fought match against VfB-II, but with some luck, it could be against VfB-I next year.

Großaspach has probably secured the final points needed to stay up, and are sending Regensburg down. Realistically, Jahn has little chance of surviving now. They needed a win, tried hard, but a late goal left them with nothing.

A huge Westfalen derby in Bielefeld leaves Arminia still in control and ends Münster’s chances for promotion. The visitors had an early edge, but Bielefeld seized control in the 2nd half and the Preußen were unable to hold them off. Arminia has a slight cushion at the top, but can’t afford to get complacent.

Duisburg had a similar result. The Zebras held onto the playoff spot and ended Cottbus minor chance for promotion. Kiel was in a tough battle at Halle, and was losing 0-2 to HFC. The Holsteiners mounted a comeback as their captain Rafael Kazior netted a brace to salvage a difficult point. With both Duisburg and Kickers Stuttgart breathing down their neck, this could be a huge point.

Total attendance 80,033 (avg 8,003), 44.7% capacity

 	
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Hansa Rostock	        2:1 (0:0)    5,000
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   VfB Stuttgart II	2:1 (1:1)    8,100
VfL Osnabrück	     -   Borussia Dortmund II	1:1 (1:0)    7,637
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   Jahn Regensburg	2:1 (1:1)    1,900
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:1 (1:0)    1,024
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	2:1 (0:0)    7,077
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Preußen Münster	2:1 (0:1)   25,172
Fortuna Köln	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        1:0 (1:0)    3,284
MSV Duisburg	     -   Energie Cottbus	3:2 (1:1)   12,556
Hallescher FC	     -   Holstein Kiel	        2:2 (1:0)    8,283


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A)	33   20  5   8 	  65:36  +29 	  65 
 2  Holstein Kiel	  	33   16  12  5 	  44:22  +22 	  60
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 3  MSV Duisburg	  	33   16  11  6 	  54:37  +17 	  59
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 4  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	33   16  10  7 	  53:39  +14 	  58 
 5  Preußen Münster	  	33   14  9  10 	  48:41  +7 	  51 
 6  Hallescher FC	  	33   14  8  11 	  47:43  +4 	  50 
 7  Chemnitzer FC	  	33   14  7  12 	  37:32  +5  	  49 
 8  Energie Cottbus (A)	  	33   13  10 10 	  42:41  +1 	  49 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	33   13  7  13 	  47:39  +8 	  46 
10  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	33   13  7  13 	  44:46  -2 	  46 
11  Dynamo Dresden (A)	  	33   12  8  13 	  38:39  -1 	  44 
12  VfL Osnabrück	  	33   12  8  13 	  45:49  -4 	  44 
13  Fortuna Köln (N)	  	33   11  9  13 	  34:35  -1 	  42 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	33   11  7  15 	  41:48  -7 	  40 
15  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N)	33   10  10 13 	  35:53  -18 	  40 
16  Hansa Rostock	  	33   10  8  15 	  48:59  -11 	  38 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N)	33    8  9  16 	  36:48  -12 	  33
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18  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	33    9  7  17 	  43:57  -14 	  32 
19  Borussia Dortmund II	33    5  15 13 	  30:44  -14 	  30 
20  Jahn Regensburg	  	33    7  5  21 	  37:60  -23 	  26

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

2.Liga, Round 28

Round 28, Mar 10-14

Karlsruhe remains in the promotion hunt, as they thumped St.Pauli. The key was ex-Paulista Rouwen Hennings, who bagged a quick brace to put KSC in commanding position.

Aalen was unlucky to get only a point at Union. They played well and seemed to be on the way to a crucial away win, but a late penalty have the Berliners the draw.

Braunschweig had an easy time with 1860. They scored quickly and then played around before finishing things off against the toothless Lions.

Ingolstadt looks set for the Bundesliga as they get a routine win at Heidenheim. The Schanzer would really have to collapse not to get promoted.

Darmstadt was somewhat fortunate to get a draw at Nürnberg. The 98ers were largely outplayed, but FCN couldn’t finish things off.

Leipzig got their first road win of the year at Bochum, largely deserved.

Total attendance 169,147 (avg 18,794), 67.9% capacity


Karlsruher SC	    -  	FC St. Pauli	        3:0 (2:0)   23,359

                   1:0  Hennings (3., Yamada)
                   2:0  Hennings (19., Valentini)
                   3:0  Gulde (69., Valentini)

1. FC Heidenheim    -  	FC Ingolstadt 04	0:1 (0:1)   13,600

                   0:1  P. Groß (27., Morales)

1. FC Nürnberg	    -  	SV Darmstadt 98	        1:1 (1:0)   30,648

                   1:0  G. Burgstaller (34.)
                   1:1  Sailer (73., Bregerie)

Eintr. Braunschweig -  	1860 München	        2:0 (1:0)   22,050

                   1:0  Zuck (5., Hochscheidt)
                   2:0  Hochscheidt (47., Nielsen)

FSV Frankfurt	    -  	SpVgg Greuther Fürth	1:1 (1:0)    4,745

                   1:0  Kauko (20., Huber)
                   1:1  Gießelmann (58., direct freekick)
 	 	
1. FC Union Berlin  -  	VfR Aalen	        1:1 (0:0)   18,622

                   0:1  Quaner (71., Ludwig)
                   1:1  Polter (83., penalty, Skrzybski)

Erzgebirge Aue	    -  	SV Sandhausen	        0:1 (0:0)    9,250

                   0:1  Bieler (74.)

VfL Bochum	    -  	RasenBall Leipzig	1:2 (0:1)   18,529

                   0:1  Poulsen (13., Forsberg)
                   1:1  Terodde (62., Gregoritsch)
                   1:2  D. Kaiser (67., direct freekick)

Fortuna Düsseldorf  -  	1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (0:1)   28,344

                   0:1  Zoller (8., Karl)
                   1:1  Liendl (90., penalty)
 	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	28   15  10  3 	  43:22  +21 	  55 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	28   13  11  4 	  39:24  +15 	  50
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	28   12  13  3 	  37:20  +17 	  49
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 4  Karlsruher SC 	  	28   12  12  4 	  39:21  +18 	  48 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	28   13  5  10 	  36:30  +6 	  44 
 6  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	28   11  10  7 	  33:22  +11 	  43 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	28   10  10  8 	  41:40  +1 	  40 
 8  SV Sandhausen 	  	28    9  9  10 	  26:31  -5 	  36 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	28    9  9  10 	  33:44  -11 	  36 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        28    7  14  7 	  44:43  +1 	  35 
11  FSV Frankfurt	  	28    9  8  11 	  36:43  -7 	  35 
12  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	28   10  5  13 	  33:41  -8 	  35 
13  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	28    9  7  12 	  35:36  -1 	  34 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	28    6  12 10 	  27:33  -6 	  30 
15  1860 München 	  	28    6  8  14 	  35:43  -8 	  26
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16  FC St. Pauli	  	28    6  7  15 	  30:47  -17 	  25
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	28    6  7  15 	  22:39  -17 	  25 
18  VfR Aalen 	  	        28    5  11 12 	  24:34  -10 	  24

Aalen deducted two points for being wankers, err, financial shenanigans.

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 28: HSV continues to s(t)ink

Round 28, Apr 10-12

Hamburg may finally have to turn off the “eternal Bundesliga clock”. They might be the only original Bundesliga founder to never get relegated, but based on recent results, that may be ending. In a crucial northern derby against Wolfsburg, they stunk. The VWs did whatever they pleased, and should have really wrapped things up by halftime. But they were perhaps enjoying their Hamburg vacation, so took things easy. Meanwhile, HSV failed to get a single shot on target. Their pathetic offense – consider this: Alex Meier (19) and Arjen Robben (17) have already scored more than the whole HSV *team* – and sometimes chaotic defending doesn’t bode well for survival. Wolfsburg is of course coasting in the knowledge that they are the dominant no.2 this season, which is pretty respectable.

Paderborn finally picked up some critical points. And it was against their fellow “Itchy-and-Scratchy” side (“Fight, fight fight! Fight, fight fight!”) Augsburg. SCP desperately needed something, as they hadn’t scored in ages, and at least a half dozen home matches without a win. But they wanted this one more than Augsburg, who might yet play themselves out of the last Euro spot.

Most eyes this weekend were on the Borussia derby, as neighbors Gladbach and Dortmund met. The host Gladbachers dominated really, although the Neons had more possession and shots, as they usually do. But their pressure was clumsy, and Gladbach constantly broke out with dangerous counters that cuased consternation in the visitors disorganized defense. Given a blitzstart with a goal after 27 seconds, Gladbach was in complete safety from the start. BVB ran around like chickens with their heads cut off and were easily handled. With a major sell off rumored, perhaps this crappy season will become the norm for future Dortmund seasons. Gladbach could have a bright future, although their young squad will undoubtedly be torn apart as they all transfer to Bayern.

A gritty relegation battle in Hannover, as neither the 96ers or visiting Hertha conceded an inch. So it’s somewhat fair that it ended with a pint split, which probably helps Berlin a lot more. They’re not safe yet, but have a cushion. Hannover continues with no margin for error.

Bayern München likes playing Frankfurt. Well, I suppose you could argue that Bayern enjoys playing any German side, since they usually win. But Frankfurt is especially nice, since they never score. For the 6th straight time Eintracht fails to score against the champs, and were suitably beaten without too much effort. Not much else to say about this one.

Schalke hardly looks like a Euro favorite. The Blues struggled against Freiburg, as both goalies were busy with strong efforts. The visitors had a chance to win, but captain Julian Schuster blasted a penalty over the goal. Neither side really deserved to win this one though, so a draw is fair. An excellent away point for the Freiburgers, keeping their head barely above water.

Leverkusen impressed by seizing control at Mainz, and only a couple of late penalties for the hosts made the result respectable. The Aspirins and the VWs, because of their corporate sponsorship, are perhaps clubs that can keep their talent from Bayern poaching, and at times can be an annoyance to the Bavarian juggernaut. But they don’t have staying power. Mainz could have used a result to increase their cushion against relegation, which is still worrisome.

Köln got an important win over Hoffenheim to keep a nice cushion in the relegation battle. It was an entertaining game that the hosts might have lost control of due to a red card, but they recovered nicely to get the win.

Maybe Stuttgart has a chance. Or they are a team of destiny. Their match against Bremen might be a sign from above… VfB was playing well, but the usually reliable Martin Harnik was having the worst day in ages. He missed a couple of 100% sitters, that could have decided the match. Then he got his ass tossed for a double yellow, minutes later Bremen equalized and the game seemed over. But in injury time Daniel Ginczek pulled out the win for VfB that lifts them off the bottom, and gives them a chance to stay up.

Total attendance 435,865 (avg 48,429), 95.6% capacity, sellouts in München, Hamburg, Mönchengladbach


Hannover 96	     -   Hertha BSC	        1:1 (0:0)   46,000

                    1:0  C. Schulz (75.)
                    1:1  Stocker (83.)
 
Bayern München	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	3:0 (1:0)   75,000 *

                    1:0  Lewandowski (15., T. Müller)
                    2:0  Lewandowski (66., M. Götze)
                    3:0  T. Müller (82., Weiser)

FC Schalke 04	     -   SC Freiburg            0:0 (0:0)   61,471

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Borussia Dortmund	3:1 (2:0)   54,010 *

                    1:0  Wendt (1., F. Johnson)
                    2:0  Raffael (32., Herrmann)
                    3:0  Nordtveit (67.)
                    3:1  Gündogan (77., Dudziak)

1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	2:3 (0:1)   31,578

                    0:1  Son (15., Calhanoglu)
                    0:2  Kießling (60., Hilbert)
                    0:3  Calhanoglu (73., direct freekick)
                    1:3  Koo (78., penalty, Okazaki)
                    2:3  Koo (90. + 1, penalty, Jairo)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   FC Augsburg	        2:1 (0:0)   14,446
 
                    1:0  Kachunga (48., Heinloth)
                    1:1  Höjbjerg (52., Bobadilla)
                    2:1  Lakic (60., Hartherz)

Hamburger SV	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:2 (0:1)   57,000 *

                    0:1  Guilavogui (10., Dost)
                    0:2  D. Caligiuri (73., Dost)

1. FC Köln	     -   TSG Hoffenheim	        3:2 (1:0)   45,000

                    1:0  M. Lehmann (20., penalty, Osako)
                    2:0  Ujah (54., Osako)
                    2:1  Polanski (70., penalty, Modeste)
                    3:1  Hector (78.)
                    3:2  Modeste (88., Rudy)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   Werder Bremen	        3:2 (1:0)   51,330

                    1:0  Gentner (15.)
                    1:1  Selke (50., Fritz)
                    2:1  Ginczek (70., Harnik)
                    2:2  Vestergaard (86., Junuzovic)
                    3:2  Ginczek (90. + 1, Serey Dié)


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	28   22  4  2 	  74:13  +61 	  70 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	28   18  6  4 	  62:30  +32 	  60 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	28   15  8  5 	  44:22  +22 	  53
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	28   14  9  5 	  52:31  +21 	  51
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 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	28   11  8  9 	  37:31  +6 	  41 
 6  FC Augsburg 	  	28   12  3  13 	  34:36  -2 	  39
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim	  	28   10  7  11 	  43:45  -2 	  37 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	28    9  8  11 	  51:57  -6 	  35 
 9  Werder Bremen 	  	28    9  8  11 	  43:57  -14 	  35 
10  Borussia Dortmund 	  	28    9  6  13 	  35:37  -2 	  33 
11  1. FC Köln (N)	  	28    8  9  11 	  29:35  -6 	  33 
12  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	28    9  6  13 	  34:45  -11 	  33 
13  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	28    6  13 9 	  37:39  -2 	  31 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	28    6  11 11 	  27:36  -9 	  29 
15  Hannover 96 	  	28    7  8  13 	  32:45  -13 	  29
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16  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	28    6  9  13 	  25:53  -28 	  27
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17  VfB Stuttgart 	  	28    6  8  14 	  31:51  -20 	  26
18  Hamburger SV	  	28    6  7  15 	  16:43  -27 	  25 



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

3.Liga, Round 32: Big round for Kiel

Round 32, Apr 10-12

Although they were hardly impressive, Holstein Kiel turned out to be a big winner this weekend. The Storks defeated Mainz-II minimally, but other contenders lost, giving them some cushion in the promotion race. Despite some advantages, Kiel could only pull out a penalty for the win against a side battling against relegation.

Stuttgarter Kickers lost ground as they were dumped in Rostock. Hansa has been playing themselves out of relegation and are now close to security.

MSV Duisburg had a hard time, but were able to leap over the Kickers with a win at Stuttgart-II.

Preußen Münster was another contender that was wounded. The Eagles lost at home to Chemnitz, and really can’t complain too much, as CFC was solid and smarter.

Cottbus continues to flounder, as they were unable to defeat Fortuna Köln. The visitors were happy with the point, which pretty much puts them into safety.

Dresden has been terrible, so it’s a bit ironic that they finally broke their horror streak of 8 losses in 9 matches by defeating leaders Bielefeld in a hard fought match.
Halle is making a late season run that might give them some small chances to play in the promotion sweepstakes. HFC won their 4th in 5 matches, winning at Erfurt, who have dropped like a stone.

Großaspach got a huge away win at Wehen, giving them some additional cushion over the drop zone.

Dortmund-II won a huge match against Unterhaching, which allowed them to jump over the mini-Münch(en)kins. It gives them a chance to stay up in the fierce relegation battle, which looks like its now down to 4 teams, only one of which survives.

Total attendance 70,136 (avg 7,014), 39.8% capacity


Jahn Regensburg	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        1:1 (0:0)    4,300
Holstein Kiel	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:0 (1:0)    7,094
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   SG S-hof Großaspach	0:1 (0:0)    2,077
Hansa Rostock	     -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:0 (0:0)   10,600
Energie Cottbus	     -   Fortuna Köln	        1:1 (1:1)    6,555
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	2:0 (1:0)   21,653
Preußen Münster	     -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:3 (2:2)    8,414
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -   Hallescher FC	        1:2 (1:2)    5,848
Borussia Dortmund II -   SpVgg Unterhaching	1:0 (0:0)    2,785
VfB Stuttgart II     -   MSV Duisburg	        1:2 (0:2)      810


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	32   19  5   8 	  63:35  +28 	  62 
 2  Holstein Kiel	  	32   16  11  5 	  42:20  +22 	  59
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	32   15  11  6 	  51:35  +16 	  56 
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 4  Stuttgarter Kickers 	32   15  10  7 	  51:38  +13 	  55
 5  Preußen Münster 	  	32   14  9   9 	  47:39  +8 	  51 
 6  Hallescher FC 	  	32   14  7  11 	  45:41  +4 	  49 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A) 	32   13  10  9 	  40:38  +2 	  49 
 8  Chemnitzer FC 	  	32   13  7  12 	  35:31  +4 	  46 
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	32   13  7  12 	  43:44  -1 	  46 
10  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	32   13  6  13 	  46:38  +8 	  45 
11  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	32   12  8  12 	  38:38   0 	  44 
12  VfL Osnabrück	  	32   12  7  13 	  44:48  -4 	  43 
13  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	31   11  7  13 	  39:44  -5 	  40 
14  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	32   10  9  13 	  33:35  -2 	  39 
15  Hansa Rostock 	  	32   10  8  14 	  47:57  -10 	  38 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 32    9  10 13 	  33:52  -19 	  37 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N)	32    8  8  16 	  35:47  -12 	  32
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	32    5  14 13 	  29:43  -14 	  29 
19  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	32    8  7  17 	  41:56  -15 	  29 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	32    7  5  20 	  36:58  -22 	  26


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 27: Freiburg leaps into safety

Round 27, Apr 3-5

No real significant results, although perhaps some important ones in the relegation zone. Freiburg had an important win as they jumped out of the drop positions. It wasn’t pretty, and actually Köln had some pressure throughout the match, but the Breisgauer managed to hold on for a precious win. Overall, perhaps deserved, in a gritty and exciting struggle.

Hertha defeated Paderborn in another crucial relegation battle, but this one was basically a snoozer. Both teams sucked, but at least Berlin tried something a bit in the 2nd period and were rewarded with what might be decisive points for them. SCP is in trouble since they clearly don’t have enough talent to stay up, and it’s beginning to look like their fighting spirit is waning.

New HSV coach Peter Knäbel needed some of their hosts products. Alka-Seltzer comes to mind. HSV stunk and the only person feeling good is probably ex-coach Josef Zinnbauer as he doesn’t have to watch them anymore. Leverkusen had an easy time and could have run up the scoreline.

Stuttgart actually played decently for about one half at Wolfsburg. The VWs figured they only needed to phone it in, and were somewhat fortunate to take the lead. Stuttgart immediately came back and deserved the point at half. However Wolfsburg pressed a bit harder in the 2nd half, and VfB began to fall apart, eventually conceding and taking yet another loss.

Bayern München showed that they can defend as well. The champs were in a tough match against Dortmund, as the Neons pressed and created some decent chances. The difference was of course that Bayern took one of their few chances, whereas BVB wasted theirs, or were stopped by a sharp GK Neuer. So another Bayern win and Dortmund fails to get anything.

Gladbach showed ruthless efficiency in slicing up their hosts Hoffenheim. The “Foals” were relying on counterattack, and in a ten minute period ripped apart the Hoppers.

Bremen and Mainz played a tense, even match. Both can score, but neither did, and a scoreless draw was a fair result. Both are looking pretty secure from the drop zone.

Frankfurt seemed to be cruising to a win, but Hannover showed fight and came back to salvage a crucial point. The 96ers have dropped into serious trouble and need to keep ahead of HSV (although given how the Hamburgers have sucked, perhaps thats not too big a task).

Augsburg and Schalke fought hard and ended scoreless. Both keepers were solid and neither side was willing to risk too much. Since none of their competitors won, they remain secure in their Euro spots.

Total attendance 351,581 (avg 39,946), 89.3% capacity, sellouts in Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Hoffenheim, Dortmund, Augsburg

 	
Bayer 04 Leverkusen -  	Hamburger SV	     4:0 (2:0)   30,210 *

                   1:0  Castro (7., Bellarabi)
                   2:0  Kießling (44., Castro)
                   3:0  Kießling (56., Castro)
                   4:0  Castro (63., Bellarabi)

VfL Wolfsburg	    -  	VfB Stuttgart	     3:1 (1:1)   30,000 *

                   1:0  Rodriguez (41., penalty, D. Caligiuri)
                   1:1  Harnik (44., Kostic)
                   2:1  Rodriguez (65., direct freekick)
                   3:1  Schürrle (76., De Bruyne)

TSG Hoffenheim	    -  	Bor. M'gladbach	     1:4 (1:3)   30,150 *

                   1:0  Schipplock (17., Roberto Firmino)
                   1:1  M. Kruse (26., penalty, F. Johnson)
                   1:2  Herrmann (31., Wendt)
                   1:3  Raffael (36., M. Kruse)
                   1:4  Herrmann (51., M. Kruse)

Werder Bremen	    -  	1. FSV Mainz 05	     0:0 (0:0)   41,000

Eintracht Frankfurt -  	Hannover 96	     2:2 (1:0)   49,600

                   1:0  Madlung (27., Oczipka)
                   2:0  Aigner (54., Seferovic)
                   2:1  Marcelo (69., Kiyotake)
                   2:2  Ya Konan (82., Stindl)

SC Freiburg	    -  	1. FC Köln	     1:0 (1:0)   23,800

                   1:0  Frantz (37., Sorg)

Borussia Dortmund   -  	Bayern München	     0:1 (0:1)   80,667 *

                   0:1  Lewandowski (36., T. Müller)

FC Augsburg	    -  	FC Schalke 04	     0:0 (0:0)   30,660 *

Hertha BSC	    -  	SC Paderborn 07	     2:0 (0:0)   44,031

                   1:0  Stocker (68., Kalou)
                   2:0  N. Schulz (88., Pekarik)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	27   21  4  2 	  71:13  +58 	  67 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	27   17  6  4 	  60:30  +30 	  57 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	27   14  8  5 	  41:21  +20 	  50
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	27   13  9  5 	  49:29  +20 	  48
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 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	27   11  7  9 	  37:31  +6 	  40 
 6  FC Augsburg 	  	27   12  3  12 	  33:34  -1 	  39
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	27   10  7  10 	  41:42  -1 	  37 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt 	27    9  8  10 	  51:54  -3 	  35 
 9  Werder Bremen 	  	27    9  8  10 	  41:54  -13 	  35 
10  Borussia Dortmund 	  	27    9  6  12 	  34:34   0 	  33 
11  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	27    9  5  13 	  33:44  -11 	  32 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	27    6  13 8 	  35:36  -1 	  31 
13  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	27    7  9  11 	  26:33  -7 	  30 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	27    6  10 11 	  27:36  -9 	  28 
15  Hannover 96 	  	27    7  7  13 	  31:44  -13 	  28
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16  Hamburger SV 	  	27    6  7  14 	  16:41  -25 	  25
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17  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	27    5  9  13 	  23:52  -29 	  24 
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	27    5  8  14 	  28:49  -21 	  23


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

2.Liga, Round 27: here comes the judge!

Am grünem Tisch (“on the green table”) the Germans like to say – especially in situations where officials and courts make rulings off the pitch. And once again, the effects have hit home.
VfR Aalen was punished by the DFB for not meeting financial requirements. The club had been ordered to increase their inside capital by 5% as a condition of being granted a license for these season, but despite repeated warnings, the result has not been achieved. So the federation decided to subtract 2 points from the Aaleners. The club apparently is planning an appeal, but the deduction dropped them to dead last, despite a decent result against Karlsruhe.

Other than that, the most significant result this weekend was St.{Pauli showing life and ripping Düsseldorf, which allows the Paulistas to jump out of auto-drop zone. And things are now pretty much over for Fortuna, promotion has got to be off the table. 20 year old South Korean Kyoung-Rok Choi made his debut with two goals and an assist.

Total attendance 156,496 (avg 17,388), 57.4% capacity, sellout in Hamburg

Round 27, Apr 4-5
 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:2 (1:1)   10,280

                     1:0  Zulj (28., K. Przybylko)
                     1:1  Thesker (31., own goal, Nielsen)
                     1:2  Reichel (79., Kessel)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   1. FC Heidenheim	4:0 (2:0)   32,135

                     1:0  Orban (5., Klich)
                     2:0  Matmour (42., Stöger)
                     3:0  Klich (77.)
                     4:0  P. Hofmann (86., Matmour)
 
1860 München	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	0:1 (0:1)   20,300

                     0:1  Kortzorg (5., Mugosa)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   FSV Frankfurt	        2:0 (1:0)    9,926

                     1:0  B. Hübner (22., P. Groß)
                     2:0  Hinterseer (58., Pledl)

VfR Aalen	      -   Karlsruher SC	        2:2 (0:1)    8,474

                     0:1  Hennings (2., Micanski)
                     1:1  J. Gjasula (54., penalty, Ludwig)
                     1:2  Micanski (63., Torres)
                     2:2  J. Gjasula (65., Steinhöfer)

SV Sandhausen	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:1 (1:0)    5,318

                     1:0  Trimmel (6., own goal, Kübler)
                     1:1  Achenbach (51., own goal, Parensen)

RasenBallsp. Leipzig  -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:1 (0:1)   30,479

                     0:1  G. Burgstaller (29., Kerk)
                     1:1  Reyna (46., Klostermann)
                     2:1  D. Kaiser (76.)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:0 (1:0)   16,000

                     1:0  Bregerie (22., Heller)
                     2:0  Balogun (77., Kempe)

FC St. Pauli	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	4:0 (3:0)   23,584 *

                     1:0  Choi (9., Daube)
                     2:0  Choi (16.)
                     3:0  Sobota (40., Verhoek)
                     4:0  Buballa (51., Choi)


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	27   14  10  3 	  	 42:22  +20 	  52 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	27   13  10  4 	  	 38:23  +15 	  49
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	27   12  12  3 	  	 36:19  +17 	  48
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 4  Karlsruher SC	  	27   11  12  4 	  	 36:21  +15 	  45 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	27   12  5   10 	 34:30  +4 	  41 
 6  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	27   10  10  7 	  	 31:21  +10 	  40 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	27   10  9   8 	  	 40:39  +1 	  39 
 8  VfL Bochum 	  	        27    7  14  6 	  	 43:41  +2 	  35 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	27    9  8   10 	 32:43  -11 	  35 
10  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	27    9  7   11 	 35:35   0 	  34 
11  FSV Frankfurt 	  	27    9  7   11 	 35:42  -7 	  34 
12  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	27   10  4   13 	 32:40  -8 	  34 
13  SV Sandhausen 	  	27    8  9   10          25:31  -6 	  33 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	27    6  11  10 	 26:32  -6 	  29 
15  1860 München 	  	27    6  8   13 	 35:41  -6 	  26
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16  FC St. Pauli 	  	27    6  7   14 	 30:44  -14 	  25
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	27    6  7   14 	 22:38  -16 	  25 
18  VfR Aalen 	  	        27    5  10  12 	 23:33  -10 	  23



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 31: Mainz moves

Round 31, Apr 4-5

Mainz-II had a big day, as the Bundesliga U23s managed to knock off Erfurt, thereby leaping out of the drop zone. Bottom clus are fighting to stay alive, and although for a while Mainz looked like they were done, they’ve roared back and have a solid chance. Erfurt had been hoping perhaps to sneak back into the promotion race, but that train has no definitely left the station.

Bielefeld is back in control as they ripped Cottbus. The most interesting thing is all of Arminia’s goals were scored by ex-Cottbusers.

Stuttgarter Kickers jumped into 3rd place with a hard fought win over Dortmund-II. Since VfB is upholding their part of the bargain by getting relegated from the Bundesliga, it may be up to Kickers to make the Stuttgart derby become reality next season. Meanwhile, BVB-II looks like they’re about done

Großaspach held Kiel to a draw, and actually might have won. After giving up an early goal, the Sonnenhofer neutralized Holstein for the rest of the way, and eventually climbed back.
It’s too late, but Regensburg was impressive in thumping Wehen. Actually, it was probably more that Wehen sucked, but Jahn played a decent match and deserved the win.

“Münster gets ass ripped” could have been the alternative byline. Preußen showed little of a contender, and were thoroughly pushed around by Halle, who are often flabby at home.

Chemnitz romped over Dresden in an eastern derby, watching Dynamo continue to crash and burn – 8 losses out of nine now. The match was a sellout, although artificially reduced due to security concerns.

Osnabrück dumped Unterhaching, who have now fallen into relegation. The Mini-Münch(en)kins were actually the better team in the 2nd half, but then gave up a goal and compounded things by a couple of red cards a few minutes later.

Total attendance 69,190 (avg 6,919), 41.3% capacity, sellout in Chemnitz

 	
Fortuna Köln	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:1 (0:0)    1,885
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Borussia Dortmund II	2:0 (0:0)    5,550
Jahn Regensburg	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	3:0 (2:0)    2,827
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   Holstein Kiel	        1:1 (1:1)    1,500
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	3:1 (3:0)      881
Hallescher FC	     -   Preußen Münster	3:0 (1:0)    7,498
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        2:0 (2:0)   10,000 *
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Energie Cottbus	3:0 (2:0)   15,814
MSV Duisburg	     -   Hansa Rostock	        2:2 (1:1)   15,689
VfL Osnabrück	     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	1:0 (0:0)    7,546


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	31   19  5  7 	  63:33  +30 	  62 
 2  Holstein Kiel	  	31   15  11 5 	  41:20  +21 	  56
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 3  Stuttgarter Kickers 	31   15  10 6 	  51:37  +14 	  55
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 4  MSV Duisburg 	  	31   14  11 6     49:34  +15 	  53 
 5  Preußen Münster 	  	31   14  9  8 	  45:36  +9 	  51 
 6  Energie Cottbus (A)	  	31   13  9  9 	  39:37  +2 	  48 
 7  Hallescher FC   	        31   13  7  11 	  43:40  +3 	  46 
 8  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	31   13  7  11 	  42:42   0 	  46 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	31   13  6  12 	  46:37  +9 	  45 
10  Chemnitzer FC   	        31   12  7  12 	  32:29  +3 	  43 
11  VfL Osnabrück 	  	31   12  6  13 	  43:47  -4 	  42 
12  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	31   11  8  12 	  36:38  -2 	  41 
13  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	31   11  7  13 	  39:44  -5 	  40 
14  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	31   10  8  13 	  32:34  -2 	  38 
15  Hansa Rostock 	  	31    9  8  14 	  46:57  -11 	  35 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 31    8  10 13 	  32:52  -20 	  34 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	31    8  8  15 	  35:46  -11 	  32
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18  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	31    8  7  16 	  41:55  -14 	  31 
19  Borussia Dortmund II	31    4  14 13 	  28:43  -15 	  26 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	31    7  4  20 	  35:57  -22 	  25


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

WSV Blog: Fallen behind

Things looked good going into the winterbreak, but Wuppertal has been dicking around since the restart and basically has been overrun by Velbert, who have set a blistering pace. WSV had beaten Velbert early 4-0 away, so the re-match in Wuppertal was highly anticipated a couple of weeks ago. Almost 8,000 fans and a wild 4-4 shootout, but that wasn’t enough to keep WSV on pace. Velbert continued to win, and now have a strong position.

Today WSV struggled to beat Düsseldorf at home, whereas Velbert won easily on the road. It is looking tough for Wuppertal to make up the ground, as they are essentially 5 points behind and really haven’t been able to get back to their pre-winterbreak form.

The good news is that the financial situation has become immensely better since accepting administration and voluntary relegation to the Oberliga two years ago. The new management has done a good job in cleaning things up and building a sound foundation, and were recently re-elected at the membership meeting. In theory, the plan envisioned a return to the Regionalliga in 3 years, so I guess you could say they’re still on target, although it would be nice to be able to make the jump this year.


OBERLIGA NIEDERRHEIN (5th Division)

 1  SSVg Velbert (A) 	  	23   16  4  3 	  64:25  +39 	  52
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 2  Wuppertaler SV	  	23   14  6  3 	  48:20  +28 	  48 
 3  MSV Duisburg II	  	23   12  6  5 	  52:21  +31 	  42 
 4  Ratinger SV 	  	23   13  3  7 	  43:28  +15 	  42 
 5  VfR Krefeld-Fischeln (N) 	22   12  2  8 	  37:31  +6 	  38 
 6  SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter	22   10  7  5 	  35:32  +3 	  37 
 7  1. FC Bocholt (N) 	  	21   10  6  5 	  38:20  +18 	  36 
 8  TV Jahn Hiesfeld 	  	22    9  6  7 	  42:38  +4 	  33 
 9  TuS Bösinghoven	  	23    9  4  10 	  46:42  +4 	  31 
10  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen II 	23    9  4  10 	  37:40  -3 	  31 
11  VfB Hilden 	  	        23    9  4  10 	  49:53  -4 	  31 
12  SC Kapellen-Erft	  	23    8  3  12 	  36:42  -6 	  27 
13  TuRU Düsseldorf 	  	23    8  3  12 	  27:34  -7 	  27 
14  Schwarz-Weiß Essen 	  	21    6  3  12 	  24:28  -4 	  21
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15  Vdsf Nievenheim (N) 	23    6  3  14 	  28:70  -42 	  21 
16  Sportfreunde Baumberg 	23    5  5  13 	  24:48  -24 	  20 
17  SV Sonsbeck 	  	22    5  4  13 	  18:48  -30 	  19 
18  VfB Homberg 	  	23    2  7  14 	  21:49  -28 	  13