2.Liga, Round 4: Aua for Aue

“Aua” is German for “Ouch”, and that would be appropriate to describe the start for Erzgebirge Aue, as they have nothing to show for their matches so far. Visiting Düsseldorf showed no mercy as they jumped out quickly, kicking their hosts in the balls and basically deciding the game in 8 minutes. Erzgebirge was stunned and never got back in the game, and Fortuna waltzed home with a victory that they needed to stabilize their ship. Aue clearly needs to re-group fast, or they’ll be going down “sang und klanglos”…

Bochum is the new leader, as they travelled to Braunschweig for the top clash. It was a hard fought match, and Bochum showed that their rebuilding may be paying dividends. They looked confident and were good for their win. Braunschweig didn’t play poorly, but seemed on their back foot at times and unable to deal with rapid Bochum counterattacks. Still, you have to figure both clubs will be challenging for a promotion spot.

Ingolstadt is a surprise in the early rounds. The Schanzer are usually dicking around and in trouble, then get their act together and end up safe. They’ve started well, and kicked Sandhausen’s ass to slide into 2nd. Sandhausen looks crap and has some serious work to do, as only Aue has done worse.

Two teams off to shaky starts met in Berlin, and only one was happy after the match. Relegated Nürnberg finally impressed as they ripped host Union’s ass. The Berliners didn’t do themselves any favors, as they managed to get two players sent off in an already difficult situation where FCN was on total control. Portuguese midfielder Daniel Candeias had just joined der Club from Benfica, and had a very impressive debut.

Kaiserslautern might whine about crappy refereeing, as host Aalen were awarded a dubious late penalty that enabled them to salvage a point. But despite the pesky Aaleners running around energetically, FCK was in total control the whole match, and should have put this one to bed earlier. Instead they wasted chances and got punished.

Money vs empty pocketbooks. FSV Frankfurt has the smallest budget, Leipzig is swimming in RedBull cash. But it was FSv that controlled the match and pressed the Rasenballsportler to the wall. Leipzig GK Ben Bellot was quite busy, and luckily was in top form, so the RedBulls escape from Bornheim with a point.

Karlsruhe was looking to take the top spot, but promoted Heidenheim wouldn’t cooperate. The visitors showed up with a lot of fight and gave KSC all they could handle. The hosts eventually gained the upper hand, but disciplined defense gave Heidenheim a deserved point.

Another crap result for 1860. The Lions were more like kitty-cats as they were getting pushed around by an aggressive Darmstadt, who completely deserved their lead. Frankly, the 98ers should have won. 1860 got a surprise goal out of nothing from Okotie, but otherwise looked hapless. Darmstadt created several decent chances to win the match, but lacked the killer instinct to take all the points that were on the table.

Monday is an interesting match as Greuther Fürth hosts St. Pauli. Both have kinda sucked at times in their start, and will be looking to right their ships.

1. FC Union Berlin     -   1. FC Nürnberg	0:4 (0:2)   20,421

                      0:1  Candeias (7., R. Koch)
                      0:2  Gebhart (30., Candeias)
                      0:3  Mlapa (67., Gebhart)
                      0:4  R. Koch (78., Schöpf)

VfR Aalen	       -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	2:2 (0:1)   8,306

                      0:1  Stöger (15., Matmour)
                      1:1  Barth (65., Daghfous)
                      1:2  Lakic (71., Younes)
                      2:2  Leandro (87., penalty, Kaufmann)

FSV Frankfurt	       -   RB Leipzig	        0:0 (0:0)    6,043

Karlsruher SC	       -   1. FC Heidenheim	1:1 (0:1)   15,541

                      0:1  Grimaldi (6., Niederlechner)
                      1:1  Yabo (48., penalty, Torres)

Erzgebirge Aue	       -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:3 (0:2)    7,700

                      0:1  Hoffer (2., Schmitz)
                      0:2  Benschop (8., Schauerte)
                      0:3  Hoffer (50., Benschop)

Eintracht Braunschweig -   VfL Bochum	        1:2 (1:1)   22,275

                      0:1  Terodde (5., Sestak)
                      1:1  Boland (17.)
                      1:2  Terodde (77., Simunek)

1860 München	       -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:1 (0:1)   19,300

                      0:1  Stroh-Engel (31., Heller)
                      1:1  Okotie (54., Wood)

SV Sandhausen	       -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:3 (0:1)    3,400

                      0:1  Lex (7., Morales)
                      0:2  Hinterseer (60., Leckie)
                      0:3  Lex (79., Morales)


Monday
SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -   FC St. Pauli	        -:- (-:-) 	



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


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

3.Liga, Round 7: Changing midweek outcomes

Just about anything that looked to be trending from the midweek results was overturned on the weekend.

The big match was in Wiesbaden, but Wehen was completely dominated by visiting Dresden. Dynamo would have won in a cake walk, but Wehen GK Kolke was brillient, basically stopping everything until a late Dresden breakthrough. It has to be somewhat concerning for the hosts, if they can’t get anything going in a big match at home.

Chemnitz is back on top with a solid win over Unterhaching, and CFC pretty much controlled the match. They’ve been able to impress in the big matches, and look like a serious contender for promotion.

Bielefeld looks like they’ve recovered and are back in the hunt. A hat-trick by Christian Müller have Arminia the edge over Stuttgarter Kickers, dropping the visitors from the lead.

Kiel and Münster battled to a draw, and it was the visitors that had more of the play.
Cottbus and Regensburg battled to an even draw.

Halle broke a trend – they didn’t lose at home. But their first point was hard-earned, as BVB-II were all over them and often close to getting the winning goal. HFC must prefer having no fans, since they do well on the road. Perhaps their fans could help out by rioting and getting a “Stadionverbot”, so Halle could play in in “enemy” territory.

The bottom clubs of Fortuna Köln, Mainz and Stuttgart need to start getting results, as a gap has already opened up in the relegation spots. The two Bubdesliga B squads have generally looked weak and I don’t think they would be missed very much. But Köln is at least an interesting club which is just back in the spot light after years in the wilds. They hosted Duisburg, which might have brought back some memories of better times, but ultimately faltered and remain in the trouble zone.

Only 48,853 (avg 4,885) in attendance, so the after decent initial numbers, perhaps now that the Bundesliga and 2.Liga are in full swing, we might expect smaller crowds. Which is a bit sad, since the league lineup is pretty interesting; I count 9 ex-Bundesliga clubs…


1. FSV Mainz 05 II    -  Hansa Rostock	        0:2 (0:0)    1,945
VfL Osnabrück	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	3:1 (1:0)    7,196
SG Shf. Großaspach   -   VfB Stuttgart II	3:3 (1:1)    2,082
Jahn Regensburg	     -   Energie Cottbus	1:1 (0:0)    3,548
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   Dynamo Dresden	        0:2 (0:0)    5,031
Holstein Kiel	     -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (0:0)    4,150
Fortuna Köln	     -   MSV Duisburg	        0:1 (0:0)    4,078
Chemnitzer FC	     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	2:0 (0:0)    4,187
Hallescher FC	     -   Borussia Dortmund II	0:0 (0:0)    6,314
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Stuttgarter Kickers	4:2 (1:1)   10,322



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



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

3.Liga, Round 6: Midweek action bad for the top

This midweek round proved to be fairly tough for the erstwhile leaders, as they had poor results. It seems to indicate that the 3.Liga is going to be fairly compact, and should be wide open for the promotion slots.

Stuttgarter Kickers are the surprise new leaders as they overpowered Chemnitz. The Kickers are usually struggling, but they’ve started well this season.

Wehen held 2nd but went down in Cottbus, as they were totally dominated by Energie. Cottbus seems like they have what it takes to contend, and are indeed one of the pre-season favorites.

Unterhaching was shocked at home by Halle, getting biatch-slapped silly. Halle has proven to be a nasty guest, as they had previously creamed Bielefeld 5-1 away. (Of course they suck at home, so are currently in no man’s land).

Dynamo Dresden continues to slink as they were stunned late by Kiel, despite another big home crowd. They’ve got the largest support in eastern Germany, although RedBull money seems to helping Leipzig, as the fans are starved for a winner.

It’s back to crisis mode on the Ostsee as Hansa stunk and lost against newcomer Großaspach. Not sure what to make of this, but dropping down to the Regionalliga would be a real disaster. For a long time Hansa was the flagship of ex-GDR football, but they have certainly been struggling the last few years.


 	
Hansa Rostock	     -   SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 1:3 (1:2)    8,000
Borussia Dortmund II -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	 1:3 (1:1)    1,789
Fortuna Köln	     -   VfL Osnabrück	         0:1 (0:0)    1,903
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Holstein Kiel	         1:2 (0:1)   24,530
Energie Cottbus	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	 2:0 (2:0)    6,258
VfB Stuttgart II     -   Jahn Regensburg         1:2 (0:0)      850
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Hallescher FC	         0:4 (0:3)    2,600
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Chemnitzer FC	         2:0 (0:0)    3,420
MSV Duisburg	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	 1:1 (1:1)   13,416
Preußen Münster	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	 2:2 (1:0)    8,090


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


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 1: Opener

The Weltmeisterliga (“World Champion’s League”) opened up with some interesting results, but nothing earthshattering.

Wolfsburg gave defending champion Bayern München all they could handle. Bayern started on strong, but lacked some bite. They eventually got the lead with help from two of the World Cup stars, and looked about to over power the VWs. But ex-Bayern forward Ivica Olic pegged one back, and Wolfsburg got back into the match. They were almost good for a point, and a “legendary” moment happened.
An unbelievable miss by Junior Malanda: on a rebound off the cross bar he managed to miss the open net from about 3 feet out!!
With that, Bayern managed to ride out the storm and get the points. You’d have to say it was Bayern as usual, nothing indicates that they can’t run away with the title again this season. Wolfsburg gets a moral victory, and certainly showed that they can be a force in the league.

Something almost equally amazing in Dortmund: Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi scored a Bundesliga record by opening the scoring in 9 seconds. (This borke the previous record off 11 seconds held by Giovane Elber and Ulf Kirsten, two famous names from the past). He beat Durm to Boenisch’ pass and toe poked it home. That stunned the Neons, and the Aspirins proceeded to play a clever cat and mouse with their hosts before the coup-de-grace: 5 minutes into injury time Stefan Kiessling scored and secured an excellent Leverkusen win. Despite some periods of heavy pressure, Dortmund didn’t create enough chances. For BVB, they need to do better. A solid effort by teh Aspirins, who once again prove that they have what it takes to become Vizekusen. They will need to grind out matches to prove that they can actually challenge for the title though.

Could be a mini-crisis in Schalke already. They stunk in the Cup and then blow the opener. They looked to be working their way to an away win in Hannover, but the 96ers struck and the Blues were stunned, unable to react. After two crap results, if they don’t impress next week at home – against Bayern no less – there could be some disgruntled fans out for blood.

Overall a decent match in Hoffenheim, where the hosts used a one-two punch to decide the match against last year’s surprise Augsburg.

Good result for Bremen on the road in Berlin. Hertha was dominating the game and looked to have things sewn up, but then suddenly collapsed and Werder struck quickly. The visitors then regrouped and withstood late Berlin pressure to grab a precious away point.

Frankfurt prevailed over Freiburg in a rather entertaining match, where both teams had decent chances. This was Thomas Schaaf’s first game in charge of Eintracht, the long time Bremen legend having accepted the challenge of rebuilding the Frankfurters. Not completely convincing, so we’ll have to see. Freiburg figures to struggle again, but at least looked positive.

Köln is back in the Bundesliga, and faced the oldtimer HSV. Hamburg needs to show at lot more than last year’s bare survival, and looked decent in the 1st half. In the 2nd period, Köln realized that HSV was nothing special and began to assert control, but a scoreless draw seems about right. Both teams will have to do more if they don’t want to get into trouble.

Paderborn opened their first Bundesliga season with a draw against Mainz. I wouldn’t expect SCP to last more than this season, and with a small stadium, they lack financial resources to do much. But they played hard, and almost pulled out a win. Unfortunately, Hünemeier, who had given SCP the late lead, committed an unnecessary fould 4 minutes into injury time, gifting Mainz a penlaty which they used to salvage a point.

Gladbach dominated against Stuttgart, but looked to lose, as they wasted tons of chances, and VfB struck when they had theirs. But in the last minute Wolrd Cup winner Christoph Kramer nailed an equalizer to at least save Gladbach a point. Both bteams have a lot of questions this season. For Gladbach, can they start translating their talent into points? Stuttgart obviously has a lot to prove after a crap last season, but at least look decent on paper.

Attendance was pretty decent 444,818 (avg 49,424), sellouts in München, Hannover, Dortmund,Köln. Figure on Paderborn with their small stadium to keep numbers down this year.


Bayern München	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	      2:1 (1:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  T. Müller (37., Robben)
                    2:0  Robben (47., Lewandowski)
                    2:1  Olic (52., Vieirinha)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   FC Augsburg	      2:0 (2:0)   23,792

                    1:0  Szalai (33.)
                    2:0  Elyounoussi (35., Roberto Firmino)

Hannover 96	     -   FC Schalke 04	      2:1 (0:0)   49,000 *

                    0:1  Huntelaar (47., Choupo-Moting)
                    1:1  Prib (67., Bittencourt)
                    2:1  Joselu (70., Prib)

Hertha BSC	     -   Werder Bremen	      2:2 (1:0)   59,672

                    1:0  Schieber (16., Roy Beerens)
                    2:0  Schieber (47., Haraguchi)
                    2:1  Lukimya (53., Junuzovic)
                    2:2  di Santo (55., Elia)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   SC Freiburg	      1:0 (1:0)   46,200

                    1:0  Seferovic (14.)

1. FC Köln	     -   Hamburger SV	      0:0 (0:0)   50,000 *

Borussia Dortmund    -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen  0:2 (0:1)   80,667 *

                    0:1  Bellarabi (1., Boenisch)
                    0:2  Kießling (90. + 5, Bellarabi)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   1. FSV Mainz 0	      2:2 (1:1)   14,284

                    0:1  Okazaki (33., Geis)
                    1:1  Kachunga (37.,)
                    2:1  Hünemeier (87., Bakalorz)
                    2:2  Koo (90. + 4, penalty, Okazaki)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   VfB Stuttgart	      1:1 (0:0)   50,203

                    0:1  Maxim (51., Gentner)
                    1:1  Kramer (90., Alvaro Dominguez)

2.Liga, Round 3: Favorites struggle

Some of the favorites are struggling, but the newcomers to the 2.Liga are generally off to positive starts.

Nürnberg is in crisis already. After getting bitch-slapped by Fürth in the Frankenderby last week, der Club at least figured to get some easy points against minnows FSV Frankfurt. They really couldn’t do anything right, despite an early gift. Ex-Nürnberger Hanno Balitsch had just signed for FSV, and was whistled for a penalty, even though the fould was outside the box. But Nürnberg couldn’t take advantage, as Pinola’s penalty was stopped by Klandt. Then Balitsch got revenge, as headed in a corner off Grifo’s corner. FCN was stunned and ran around aimlessly, until halftime, when they were treated to a whistling concert by enraged Club fans (for those that don’t know, whistling is essentially the German way of booing). In the 2nd period, Nürnberg was much better, with some period of sustained pressure. However, Frankfurt showed discipline and held the win.

Düsseldorf looked crap against Karlsruhe, basically continuing after their cup fiasco in Würzburg. KSC pretty much did whatever they wanted, and easily got an important road win.

Braunschweig disappointed, but mainly because they didn’t rise to the occasion. The match at Kaiserslautern was clearly the top attraction of the round, and both teams could be considered contenders. So it’s disappointing in the sense that Braunschweig struck immediately, and then went to sleep. They conceded an equalizer only a few minutes later, but basically just wandered around aimlessly. Only when they finally realized that they were losing did they begin to show initiative, and then it was too late. Good win for FCK, but hardly impressive.

Greuther Fürth was another disappointment. After crushing FCN last week, they certainly looked like they were ready to return to the Bundesliga. But then they look lame in a Bavarian regional clash against nearby Ingolstadt, and get totally owned. The host Schanzer dominated from start to finish, Greuther looked like they didn’t want to be there. (OK, probably nobody wants to be in Ongolstadt, not even FCI fans, but at least you could give some effort before you head back to the train station). Ingolstadt toyed with the visitors before finally realizing they were nothing, and coasted home to a win.

A first ever Sachsen derby at Leipzig as the RasenBulls took on Aue. The Redballsportler pretty much dominated the game and took an early lead. Erzgebirge tried ahrd, but were clearly inferior and need to go back to the drawing board. So the money bags take over the lead in the 2.Liga and certainly look a reasonable contender for promotion.

St.Pauli has beens truggling at home – they hadn’t won since March last season – but fan support remains strong, despite a relatively ho-hum opponent. However, the Paulistas once again looked nervous and tentative, whereas Sandhausen was generally playing much better. In the end, it was with some luck that the home side pulled out the win.

Exciting match in Heidenheim, as both teams went for the win. FCH had a slight edge, and probably created enough chances to win, but they also need GK Zimmermann to stop a penalty by 1860’s Okotie. After some lackluster performances, the München side can take away some positives from their energetic play.

Darmstadt got another win, and have started nicely. In fact, they’d probably be happy if the season ended today and return to the Bundesliga :)
They must be counting their lucky stars, as a couple of years ago, they were relegated to the 4th division, but were saved because Kickers Offenbach’s management failed their bookeeping class. With that reprieve, they managed to reach a playoff spot in the 3.Liga, and stunned Bielefeld on away goals to jump to the 2.Liga. They certainly have a good chance of staying up, especially if they grab points. Aalen actually looked the better team over wide stretches, but Darmstadt got the goals when needed.

Monday night had Bochum hosting Union Berlin. The hard fought match ended in a draw, both teams have looked reasonable so far, but have lacked the killer instinct to get the points.

Total attendance 197,805 (avg 21,978), sellout in Heidenheim

FC St. Pauli	     -   SV Sandhausen	        2:1 (1:1)   26,581

                    1:0  Nöthe (5., Budimir)
                    1:1  Gartler (23., Pfertzel)
                    2:1  L. Sobiech (90. + 2)

1. FC Heidenheim     -   1860 München	        2:2 (0:1)   13,000 *

                    0:1  Okotie (13.)
                    1:1  Niederlechner (51., Leipertz)
                    2:1  Griesbeck (55., Heise)
                    2:2  Leonardo (66.)

RB Leipzig	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:0 (1:0)   34,273

                    1:0  Frahn (3., A. Jung)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:1 (0:1)   26,856

                    0:1  Balitsch (29., Grifo)

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   Karlsruher SC	        0:2 (0:1)   30,278

                    0:1  Gulde (19., Traut)
                    0:2  Yabo (65., Torres)

1. FC Kaiserslautern -   Eintr. Braunschweig	2:1 (1:1)   33,289

                    0:1  Kruppke (3., Theuerkauf)
                    1:1  Matmour (11., Lakic)
                    2:1  Lakic (53., penalty, Matmour)

FC Ingolstadt 04     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:0 (0:0)    8,021

                    1:0  Leckie (62., Lex)
                    2:0  P. Groß (81., Leckie)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   VfR Aalen	        2:0 (0:0)    9,200

                    1:0  Behrens (59., Stroh-Engel)
                    2:0  Stroh-Engel (71., penalty, Gondorf)
 
VfL Bochum	     -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:1 (0:0)   16,307

                    0:1  Brandy (49., Schönheim)
                    1:1  Terodde (69., Tasaka)
 	


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


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

3.Liga, Round 5: Dresden wakeup call

Reality bites. Dynamo Dresden was flying high with a good start and stunning upset of Schalke in the DFB-Pokal. Then they faced Erfurt in an eastern derby and were brought back to earth. RWE dominated the match and slapped the Dynamos silly.

An excellent performance by Wehen as they overpowered Stuttgart-B. The villagers got off to a good start last season too, but faded down the stretch. (They moved their home games to Wiesbaden, although I don’t see the point, given that nobody goes to their games. Wiesbaden is notoriously worthless when it comes to football. Americans would be interested that Wehen was Jeff Agoos’ club when he played in Germany many years ago.)

Unterhaching is also off to a good start. Christian Ziege’s mini-Münchenkins destroyed a hapless Mainz-B squad. And now that the Bundesliga has started, perhaps Mainz-II will get even weaker, and certainly less people will be interested in watching.

Another tense regional derby saw Münster get back on track with a win at Osnabrück. The Preußen had given a respectable showing against Bayern München midweek in the DFB-Pokal, and were able to continue their improvement. The winner was scored by Erik Zenga, who had in fact just transferred to Münster in the offseason – from Osnabrück.

Eric Ziemer was on fire, scoring all four for Rostock in a wild match at Regensburg. This is his first season with Hansa, and if he continues, it could bring the Rostockers out of their doldrums. He’s managed around 70 goals in a 10 year career that is mostly 3.Liga, but also includes even a couple of Bundesliga goals. Regensburg GK Stephan Loboue celebrated his birthday, so he mustn’t have been too happy with Ziemer crapping all over the cake…

Arminia Bielefeld has disappointed, but seemed to get back on track with a commanding win over Fortuna Köln. Bielefeld is one of the pre-season favorites for promotion, only to drop last season in the playoff.

Halle continues their weak home form and were dumped by Stuttgarter Kickers, who have been picked to struggle. The Kickers therefore have to be happy with their start, collecting points.

Sunday Chemnitz hosted Duisburg, with CFC looking to re-take the leadership. Neither team showed too much, and the result was a rather drab draw.

Total attendance: 56,477 (avg 5,648)

 	
SG Shf Großaspach   -  	Borussia Dortmund II	0:0 (0:0)    1,934
SV Wehen Wiesbaden  -  	VfB Stuttgart II	4:1 (2:0)    2,575
VfL Osnabrück	    -  	Preußen Münster 	0:1 (0:1)   12,212
1. FSV Mainz 05 II  -  	SpVgg Unterhaching	1:5 (0:2)      731
Jahn Regensburg	    -  	Hansa Rostock	        4:4 (0:1)    3,807
Holstein Kiel	    -  	Energie Cottbus	        0:1 (0:0)    4,484
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	    -  	Dynamo Dresden	        2:0 (1:0)   10,676
Arminia Bielefeld   -  	Fortuna Köln	        2:0 (2:0)    8,544
Hallescher FC	    -  	Stuttgarter Kickers	1:2 (1:1)    5,390
Chemnitzer FC	    -   MSV Duisburg	        0:0 (0:0)    6,124


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


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: Finally a result

In the 2nd round of the Oberliga Niederrhein, WSV finally showed what they are capable of. It was a “regional derby” against SSVg Velbert, for supremacy in the Bergische Land. And of course Velbert is now under patronage of Friedhelm Runge, who was WSV boss for some 21 years. (The chief sponsor, Runge’s company EMKA, is actually based in Velbert, so it’s actually not too illogical.) Needless to say, Runge is not the most popular man in Wuppertal, as his “leadership” basically ruined the club. So there was some fear of poor fan behaviour, but in fact in turned out to be nothing. The only acknowledgement was the constant chant of “Nie wieder Runge!” (“Never again Runge”).

Some 2,500 fans showed up in Velbert, which is a pretty decent crowd for Oberliga standards. (If you look at numbers, the average club draws around 300 per game, although for WSV it’s usually closer to 2,000).

This turned out to be a dominant WSV performance, as they shook off their horrible opener against Sonsbeck and crushed Velbert 4-0, perhaps one of the best performances in over a year. However, it’s too early to say what team is the “real” WSV, since they’ve sucked for so long, you never know what to expect.

If you’re interested, highlights and interviews on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuAkBq0StQ. They did screw up the microphone on the interviews, but this is the Oberliga Niederrhein, not the Premier League, so cut them some slack. Not quite “Match of the Day” quality. Perhaps some day “WSV-TV” will be right up there with those crappy “Milan-TV” or “Barca-TV” shows…certainly more interesting!

DFB-Pokal: Round 1

The 1st major round of the German Cup, one of the premier cup tournaments in Europe. All 36 Bundesliga and 2.Liga clubs are automatically qualified, with the top 4 from the 3.Liga. The remaining 24 clubs are winners of their regional cup tournaments, and can range from “traditionals” on hard-times to amatuer sides you’ve never heard of. One nice feature of the German Cup is that the amateur side *always* gets home field advantage, which can sometimes lead to upsets, or at least a nice pay day. Given the tough competition, the Bundesliga sides generally show up with close to full strength sides as well, and tend to take the Cup fairly seriously. However, some didn’t take it seriously enough, as no less than five Bundesliga clubs don’t get past this 1st round.

The craziest match was in Chemnitz, as the 3.Liga club upset Mainz after penalties. The match was a crazy see-saw that ended with amazing scoreline of 5-5 after extra-time. Mainz thus becomes the first Bundesliga side to fall. Stuttgart also failed to advance, although they were vanquished by a Bochum side that has started well in the 2.Liga and has hopes for promotion. They were soon followed by Augsburg, who were upended by 4th division Magdeburg. The Fuggers had 80% of the possession, but really didn’t threaten the host’s goal. FCM fought well and took advanatge in a defensive mistake to grab a historic win. Paderborn was the 3rd Bundesliga club to fall, losing at RedBull Leipzig. This isn’t so much of an upset, as Paderborn has yet to actually play a Bundesliga match, and Leipzig has RedBull money. It was a pretty even match, but Leipzig pulled it out in overtime.

However the biggest Bundesliga fail happened on the closing game of the round, on Monday night. Schalke went down at 3.Liga side Dynamo Dresden.
The Blues played horribly – coach Jens Keller spoke of 6 “total failures” in the lineup – and were falt throughout the match. Dresden didn’t have much either, but energetically fought for every ball and were rewarded with a famous victory.

Wolfsburg was on the verge of getting knocked out by Darmstadt, but eventually prevailed on penalties as a couple of the Darmstadters lost their nerves. Eintracht Frankfurt didn’t do much at all at Viktoria Berlin, only finishing the match off in the closing minute. Hamburg had a rough time at Cottbus, but Rene Adler stopped two penalties as HSV prevailed on spot-kicks.

Another upset was 4th division Würzburger Kickers taking down 2.Liga Fortuna Düsseldorf. A similar result was last year’s Cup success, 4th division Kickers Offenbach, dumping 2.Liga side Ingolstadt.

There were a few wipeouts. Hoffenheim had little mercy for Paloma Hamburg as they ran up a big score. Stuttgarter Kickers had the biggest crowd in years, but it was little help against overpowering Dortmund.
Stefan Kiessling warmed up for the coming Bundesliga season as he scored the first 5 goals for the Aspirins against the battling 6th division Waldalgesheim side. Bayern München really had no problems against Preußen Münster.

 	
Chemnitzer FC	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05	5:5 (5-4 p) 10,287 
Alem. Waldalgesheim  -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	0:6 (0:4)    7,524
MSV Duisburg	     -   1. FC Nürnberg	        1:0 (1:0)   18,108
FC 08 Homburg	     -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:3 (1:2)   17,000
Optik Rathenow	     -   FC St. Pauli	        1:3 (0:2)    4,500
Bremer SV	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	0:1 (0:0)    2,901
VfL Bochum	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        2:0 (1:0)   22,694
FC Viktoria Köln     -   Hertha BSC	        2:4 (0:2)    5,239
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Borussia Dortmund	1:4 (0:1)   37,000
FC Astoria Walldorf  -   Hannover 96	        1:3 (0:1)    3,400
FT Braunschweig	     -   1. FC Köln	        0:4 (0:0)    9,067
SV Waldkirch	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:3 (0:0)    3,820
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:0 (3-5 p)  9,496
Viktoria 1889 Berlin -   Eintracht Frankfurt	0:2 (0:1)   10,514
Sportfreunde Siegen  -   FSV Frankfurt	        3:3 (4-5 p)  4,226	

BSV SW Rehden	     -   VfR Aalen	        1:1 (3-4 p)    900
Holstein Kiel	     -   1860 München	        1:2 (1:0)    8,408
FV Illertissen	     -   Werder Bremen	        2:3 aet     10,205
Carl Zeiss Jena	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        0:1 (0:1)    8,745
USC Paloma Hamburg   -   1899 Hoffenheim	0:9 (0:7)    4,750 *
Eintracht Trier	     -   SC Freiburg	        0:2 (0:0)    5,292
Preußen Münster	     -   Bayern München	        1:4 (0:2)   16,797 *
Würzburger Kickers   -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	3:2 aet     10,500
1. FC Neubrandenburg -   Karlsruher SC	        1:3 (0:0)    3,000
Arminia Bielefeld    -   SV Sandhausen	        4:1 (1:0)    7,305	
1. FC Magdeburg	     -   FC Augsburg	        1:0 (0:0)   17,854
RB Leipzig	     -   SC Paderborn 07	2:1 aet     24,348
SV Darmstadt 98	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:0 (4-5 p) 13,900
	 	
1. FC Heidenheim     -   1. FC Union Berlin	2:1 (0:0)    7,600
Kickers Offenbach    -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (4-2 p)  7,386
Energie Cottbus	     -   Hamburger SV	        2:2 (1-4 p) 16,184
Dynamo Dresden	     -   FC Schalke 04	        2:1 (1:0)   29,590 *

WSV Blog: They blow the opener…

…so what else is new?

Wuppertaler SV opened the Oberliga Niederrhein (5th division level) camapign with a hugely disappointing 1-1 draw against SV Sonsbeck, which you probably can’t even find on a map. (OK, it’s about 2 miles from Winkendonk and not much further from Fleuthkuhlen. And if you go to the Rhein river, it’s near the park Rheinvorband im Orsoyer Rheinhoyer, I’m sure it rings a bell now…)

Now in their 2nd season in the Oberliga, after insolvency forced them down, the club has been rebuilding slowly, but there is still some interest. 2,111 fans showed up, which is pretty good at this level (And maybe 10 times of what other clubs see). And things started out well when Martin Ellmann, who had 28 goals last season, opened up after only 12 minutes. WSV continued to dominate and wasted a zillion chances to add to the tally. Then with 4 minutes left, Sonsbeck scored on their only shot of the match. In desperation, WSV threw everything forward again in a fierce attack, but the only reward was to hit the post twice…

So it looks like another crappy season for what must be the lowest ranked ex-Bundesligist. (OK, I think Blau-Weiss 90 Berlin is a bit worse off, but they were disbanded and reconstituted as new club)

Well, at least it should be an interesting season, with lots of attractive matchups like
SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter (who won the league last year but refused promotion probably because they can only afford bus fare and trains would be too expensive), newcomers VfR Krefeld-Fischeln and Vdsf Nievenheim, along with perennial favorites TuS Bösinghoven and SC Kapellen-Erf. And who wouldn’t want to be there for the massive Bergisch-derby against SSVg Velbert?!

I think the only good news is that Schwarz-Weiss Essen is still around (Hey, they won the Cup in 1959!!). Long left in the dirt by Rot-Weiss Essen, now SWE is also in the shadow of FC Kray as well. The latter was apparently almost too much to bear, so the club membership actually had a vote whether to disband the soccer section. Luckily reason prevailed and they decided to continue. (And 523 fans showed to watch them lose their home opener to 1.FC Bocholt)

2.Liga, Round 2: Bochum impresses, 1860 Fehlstart

Bochum is the first team to make a strong statement. After a decent outing last week against favorites Fürth, they travelled to Aue and laid waste to the Erzgebirge. Fast, efficient and totally in control. Aue ran around in shock, and had nothing to stop the onslaught. Luckily, Bochum took their foot off the gas, otherwise it could have been a lot worse. The Ruhr side has dicked around the last couple of seasons, but at least with this good start, they’ve shown that they have some talent and can mix it up.

Another statement of sorts in München, but not the positive sort. Rasenbull, or Redballsport, OK, everyone but the DFB knows it’s “Red Bull” thumped their hosts 1860. Oh, no, this could be Hoffenheim x 2, even worse moneybags incursion of corporate interests into German football. But before we send the hooligans to the barricades to protest, lets look a bit closer at the match. The statement was really from 1860: we stink. Leipzig’s footballers merely accepted the gift. This was one of 1860s lamest displays in history (and I’m sure there are quite a bit to chose from). To be sure, Leipzig played well, and could have had more (even missed a penalty). But the Lions were sleepwalking

Aalen put on a strong performance, completely outplayed a hugely disappointing St.Pauli squad. The hosts were quicker and determined, and the Hamburgers looked lackluster and uninterested.

A wild match in Frankfurt, but it was close only because Karlsruhe wasted a huge number of chances. FSV looks like they will struggle once again to stay up, back to their old pattern. (After a couple of reasonably good seasons). KSC got a hat-trick from Bulgarian international Ilijan Micanski, but they need to finish off their opponents if they expect a Bundesliga return.

In Berlin, Union and Fortuna Düsseldorf split the points. Overall it was the fair result, as both teams ran around a lot, but neither had much of an edge.

Heidenheim got a rude awakening to the 2.Liga reality as they got bitch-slapped in Braunschweig. They didn’t play bad, and were almost equal for large periods, but the ex-Bundesligist was simply ruthless when they needed to be, and eventually overpowered the newly promoted side.

Exciting match in Ingolstadt, which looked to give Darmstadt their first 2nd division success in a couple of decades. However in injury time Ingolstadt pulled out a point with a bicycle kick equalizer.

Kaiserslautern disappointed at Sandhausen. They were generally able to control the ball, but couldn’t make much headway against their scrappy opponents. When they finally took a late lead, they were unable to hold against their hosts, who threw everything they had forward and just out-hustled FCK down the stretch, and were rewarded with a last minute equalizer. Good point for Sandhausen, but I really expect more from Kaiserslautern.

Monday night had the huge “Franken-derby” (Franconia in English, but obviously sounds better in German!) as Greuther Fürth hosted Nürnberg. The result was somewhat of a shock, as GF kicked FCN’s ass all over the pitch. The hosts came out aggressively, jumping all over der Club. Nürnberg fought their way back, and the game looked up for grabs by half-time. However after the restart, with FCN pressing for an equalizer, Fürth countered and scored the third, which proved to be the back breaker. Nürnberg collapsed and the Greuther ran all over them.

Total attendance 134,863 (avg 14,985)

 	
VfR Aalen	      -   FC St. Pauli	        2:0 (1:0)    9,583

                     1:0  Daghfous (13., Drexler)
                     2:0  Junglas (70., Mössmer)
 
FSV Frankfurt	      -   Karlsruher SC	        2:3 (2:3)    6,738

                     0:1  Micanski (11., Torres)
                     1:1  Kapllani (16., Huber)
                     1:2  Micanski (18., Seitz)
                     1:3  Micanski (41., Torres)
                     2:3  Kapllani (45., penalty, Bittroff)

1. FC Union Berlin    -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:1 (0:1)   20,562

                     0:1  Liendl (35., Benschop)
                     1:1  Kreilach (64., Brandy)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -   1. FC Heidenheim	3:0 (1:0)   21,430

                     1:0  Nielsen (38., Reichel)
                     2:0  Reichel (56., Nielsen)
                     3:0  Reichel (73., Zuck)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   VfL Bochum	        1:5 (1:3)    8,850

                     0:1  Sestak (5., Gregoritsch)
                     1:1  S. Okoronkwo (16., Novikovas)
                     1:2  Sestak (28., Gregoritsch)
                     1:3  Tasaka (41., direct freekick)
                     1:4  Terodde (66., Losilla)
                     1:5  Terodde (78., Terrazzino)
 
FC Ingolstadt 04      -   SV Darmstadt 98	2:2 (1:1)    9,000

                     0:1  Bregerie (16., Kempe)
                     1:1  Lex (22.)
                     1:2  Stroh-Engel (74., Bregerie)
                     2:2  Lappe (90. + 3, Mijatovic)

1860 München	      -   RB Leipzig            0:3 (0:1)   32,000

                     0:1  Poulsen (39., D. Kaiser)
                     0:2  Morys (68., Poulsen)
                     0:3  Thomalla (82., Morys)

SV Sandhausen	      -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (0:0)    9,500

                     0:1  Ring (77., Fomitschow)
                     1:1  Bieler (89., Linsmayer)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   1. FC Nürnberg	5:1 (2:1)   17,200 	

                     1:0  Baba (8.)
                     2:0  Sukalo (17., Baba)
                     2:1  Pinola (35., Füllkrug)
                     3:1  Baba (57.)
                     4:1  Weilandt (76., K. Przybylko)
                     5:1  Zulj (87.)


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


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