3.Liga, Round 23

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


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


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

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 18: DOWN GOES BAYERN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    1:0  Höger (32., Fuchs)

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

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

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

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

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

                    0:1  Herrmann (71., Hrgota)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

WSV Blog: WSV Herbstmeister!

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

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

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


OBERLIGA NIEDERRHEIN

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

2.Liga, Round 19: Winterbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    0:1  Ryu (61., Kessel)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 22: Bielefeld opens small gap

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total attendance 70,096 (avg 7,788)

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

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


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


A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 17: Winterbreak, Dortmund continues to s(t)ink

The Bundesliga now goes into winterbreak until end of January…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

2.Liga, Round 18

Start of return rounds of 2.Liga…

 	
Eintracht Braunschweig -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	2:1 (0:0)   21,410

                      1:0  Nielsen (67., Boland)
                      1:1  Halloran (68., Pohjanpalo)
                      2:1  Kessel (90. + 2, Bakenga)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -   VfL Bochum	        0:0 (0:0)    8,750

1. FC Union Berlin     -   Karlsruher SC	2:0 (1:0)   17,084

                      1:0  Quiring (2., Polter)
                      2:0  Polter (72., Trimmel)

FSV Frankfurt	       -   1. FC Heidenheim	2:0 (1:0)    5,147

                      1:0  Dedic (28., M. Engels)
                      2:0  M. Engels (55., Bittroff)

1860 München	       -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (1:0)   13,800

                      1:0  Y. Stark (26., Adlung)
                      1:1  Karl (85., P. Hofmann)

FC Ingolstadt 04       -   FC St. Pauli	        2:1 (1:0)    9,550

                      1:0  Leckie (22., Morales)
                      1:1  Schachten (78., Gonther)
                      2:1  P. Groß (80.)

VfR Aalen	       -   RasenBall Leipzig	0:0 (0:0)    5,015
 
SV Sandhausen	       -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:2 (0:1)    5,096

                      0:1  Stiefler (15., own goal, Heller)
                      1:1  Bouhaddouz (63., Olajengbesi)
                      1:2  Behrens (86., Stroh-Engel)

Erzgebirge Aue	       -   1. FC Nürnberg	0:1 (0:0)    8,200

                      0:1  Sylvestr (64., Füllkrug)



1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	18   11  6  1 	  30:12  +18 	  39 
2  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	18    8  8  2 	  23:13  +10 	  32
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3  Karlsruher SC 	  	18    8  6  4 	  24:15  +9 	  30
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4  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	18    9  3  6 	  27:20  +7 	  30 
5  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	18    7  8  3 	  26:19  +7 	  29 
6  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	18    7  7  4 	  21:11  +10 	  28 
7  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	18    7  7  4 	  28:22  +6 	  28 
8  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	18    8  2  8 	  21:28  -7 	  26 
9  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	18    6  7  5 	  28:19  +9 	  25 
10  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	18    6  6  6 	  22:28  -6 	  24 
11  VfL Bochum 	  	        18    4  10 4 	  27:27   0 	  22 
12  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	18    5  7  6 	  22:23  -1 	  22 
13  FSV Frankfurt 	  	18    6  3  9 	  23:29  -6 	  21 
14  SV Sandhausen 	  	18    5  5  8 	  15:24  -9 	  20 
15  VfR Aalen 	  	        18    4  5  9 	  14:22  -8 	  17
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16  1860 München 	  	18    4  4  10 	  23:30  -7 	  16
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	18    3  4  11 	  15:28  -13 	  13 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	18    3  4  11 	  19:38  -19 	  13

	

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

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

BUNDESLIGA, Round 16

Midweek action in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund once again failed to win, despite sustained pressure, and got caught with their pants down on counters, failing to win yet again. Wolfsburg is looking good for 2nd place behind runaway leaders Bayern, who were pretty relaxed in their ho-hum win over Freiburg.

The most entertaining match was probably in Frankfurt, where Eintracht was getting owned by visiting Hertha Berlin. They looked dead an buried, but Alex Meier scored twice in the dying seconds to salvage a point in the wild match.

Schalke had a good win at Paderborn, who fought like rabid hyenas, but were eventually beaten down by a technically superior Schalke side.

Total attendance 397,834 (avg 44,204) sellouts in München, Dortmund, Paderborn

 	
Bayern München	     -   SC Freiburg	      2:0 (1:0)   71,000 *
 
                    1:0  Robben (41., Ribery)
                    2:0  T. Müller (48., Juan Bernat)

Hannover 96	     -   FC Augsburg	      2:0 (1:0)   30,800

                    1:0  Sané (20., Stindl)
                    2:0  Joselu (55., penalty, Stindl)

Hamburger SV	     -   VfB Stuttgart	      0:1 (0:1)   48,223

                    0:1  Klein (42., Maxim)
 
1. FC Köln	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05      0:0 (0:0)   42,900

Borussia Dortmund    -   VfL Wolfsburg	      2:2 (1:1)   80,467 *

                    1:0  Aubameyang (8., Immobile)
                    1:1  De Bruyne (29., direct free kick)
                    2:1  Immobile (76., Kirch)
                    2:2  Naldo (85., Rodriguez)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Werder Bremen	      4:1 (2:0)   44,513

                    1:0  M. Kruse (32., penalty, Traoré)
                    2:0  Wendt (38., M. Kruse)
                    2:1  Junuzovic (51., direkct freekick)
                    3:1  Kramer (64., M. Kruse)
                    4:1  Hrgota (88., Hazard)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen  0:1 (0:0)   24,731

                    0:1  Kießling (79., Brandt)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Hertha BSC	      4:4 (1:3)   40,200

                    0:1  Brooks (21., Ronny)
                    0:2  Ben-Hatira (33., Ronny)
                    0:3  Schieber (37., Ben-Hatira)
                    1:3  Aigner (43., Seferovic)
                    2:3  Seferovic (58., Hasebe)
                    2:4  Niemeyer (80., Ben-Hatira)
                    3:4  Meier (90., Anderson)
                    4:4  Meier (90. + 1, Kittel)


SC Paderborn 07	     -   FC Schalke 04	      1:2 (1:1)   15,000 *

                    1:0  Ayhan (31., own goal, Kutschke)
                    1:1  Choupo-Moting (44.)
                    1:2  Neustädter (78., Fuchs)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	16   13  3  0 	  39:3 	 +36 	  42 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	16    9  4  3 	  31:16  +15 	  31 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach	16    7  6  3 	  24:14  +10 	  27
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	16    7  6  3 	  27:19  +8 	  27
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 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	16    8  2  6 	  28:21  +7 	  26 
 6  FC Augsburg 	  	16    8  0  8 	  20:20   0 	  24
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	16    6  5  5 	  24:25  -1 	  23 
 8  Hannover 96 	  	16    7  2  7 	  19:24  -5 	  23 	
 9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	16    6  4  6 	  33:33   0 	  22 
10  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	16    5  4  7 	  16:21  -5 	  19 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	16    3  9  4 	  18:21  -3 	  18 
12  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	16    4  6  6 	  21:26  -5 	  18 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	16    5  3  8 	  24:30  -6 	  18 
14  Hamburger SV 	  	16    4  4  8 	  9:19 	 -10 	  16 
15  VfB Stuttgart 	  	16    4  4  8 	  20:32  -12 	  16
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16  Borussia Dortmund 	  	16    4  3  9 	  17:24  -7 	  15
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17  SC Freiburg 	  	16    2  8  6 	  15:23  -8 	  14 
18  Werder Bremen 	  	16    3  5  8 	  24:38  -14 	  14

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

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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 15: Nope, Dortmund still sucks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    1:0  Schieber (40., Skjelbred)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

2.Liga, Round 17: Halfway mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

                       0:1  Hoheneder (77., Compper)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                       0:1  Holland (86.)

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

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

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

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




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


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

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted