Darmstadt does the impossible!

The unbelievable happened in the 2.Liga playoff as 3.division Darmstadt pulled the sensational upset and defeated Arminia Bielefeld in extra-time, gaining promotion to the 2.Liga and sending Bielefeld down.

Bielfeld had won the match in Darmstadt with a solid 3-1 result, so this match in Bielefeld was supposed just to be a celebration of Zweite Liga status. But apparently nobody told Darmstadt, and the Lilies struck hard and pulled off an amazing comeback that nobody – perhaps no even themselves – thought possible.

The guests came out attacking, as expected, but Arminia seemed to have things in control. Even when goal machine Dominik Stroh-Engel put Darmstadt in the lead, things still seemed pretty stable. Indeed, Bielefeld had a slight advantage and kept the 98ers away from goal. In the second period things started heating up. Darmstadt grabbed another goal quickly, but they were barely done celebrating when the hosts scored, gaining the advantage. The guests needed to press forward, and they did. A hammer by midfielder Gondorf gave them a 3-1 advantage and equalized the global mark. They had a few other chances to finish things off, as Bielefeld seemed shell-shocked.

In overtime, both teams relaxed a bit, but soon Darmstadt started to press for the winner. They came close a couple of times, but instead got kicked in the balls: an Arminia counter led to a blast by Przybylko and Bielefeld looked to have survived. In desperation Darmstadt through in everything, including the keeper and kitchen sink. The hero was da Costa, who had only come on for the last assault in the 2nd period of injury time. He fired from 20 meters, and it looked like it bounced off another player into the net. An injury time goal that meant everything! But it wasn’t over. In the last gasp attack before the whistle, Bielefeld’s Feick headed against the post.

With this sensational 4-2, the overall stand was 5-5, but Darmstadt wins on away goals and is promoted to the 2.Liga. Arminia is probably still in shock, but when they revive, they’ll be back down in the 3rd division…


ARMINIA BIELEFELD:

Ortega - 
Strifler, Burmeister, Salger, Feick - 
Schütz - 
K. Przybylko, C. Müller, Riese, Sahar - 
Klos            

Subs:
17. Schönfeld for C. Müller
72. Hille for Sahar
87. Appiah for Klos


SV DARMSTADT 98:

Zimmermann - 
Sirigu, Sulu, Gorka, Stegmayer - 
Behrens, Gondorf - 
M. Heller, Ivana - 
Sailer - 
Stroh-Engel        

Subs:
70. Landeka for Ivana
98. Berzel for Sirigu
112. da Costa for Gondorf

Scoring:


0:1  Stroh-Engel (23., Gondorf)
0:2  Behrens (51., Ivana)
1:2  Burmeister (53., Schütz)
1:3  Gondorf (79., Sailer)
2:3  K. Przybylko (110., Strifler)
2:4  da Costa (120. + 2)

Attendance: 26,200 - Schüco-Arena, Bielefeld (sold-out)

HSV survives!

The promotion second leg ended in a 1-1 draw betweem Hamburger SV and SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The match was the 2nd leg after a 0-0 in Hamburg, and was played in the Trolli-Arena (aka Ronhof) in Fürth in front of a rare sellout of 18,000.

HSV started well against a nervous host, and largely controlled the game. They only needed a goal to get the advantage and Lassogga got it after only 14 minutes on an assist from van der Vaart. This seemed to relax the Hamburgers and they seemed ready to glide through, knowing the Greuthers now had to actually win. And it really didn’t look like it.

Things continued in the 2nd half, but then surprisingly the hosts struck: Fürstner equalized after an hour. This was the signal of a huge performance surge by the Greuther, who now smelled a chance for victory. They pressed hard, and with Hamburg running out of gas, looked close to getting the win. They had a couple of huge chances at the end, Azemi could have squared the ball for an empty net tap-in, but missed it. And a wide open header by Sukalo at the death was way too inaccurate, so HSV survived.

As a result, HSV stays up in the Bundesliga on away goals, and the “Bundesliga clock” in Hamburg continues to run, as they remain the only founding member of the Bundesliga never to get relegated.

SpVgg Greuther Fürth:

Hesl     - 
Brosinski, Mavraj, B. Röcker, Baba - 
Fürstner, Sparv -
Stieber , Weilandt - 
Djurdjic, Azemi

Subs:
72. Füllkrug for Djurdjic
78. Sukalo for Sparv
88. Mudrinski for Brosinski


HAMBURGER SV:

Drobny - 
Diekmeier, Djourou, Westermann, Jiracek - 
Badelj, Arslan - 
Calhanoglu, van der Vaart, Jansen - 
Lasogga    

subs:
31. Mancienne for Djourou
64. Rincon for Arslan
75. Tesche for van der Vaart

Scoring:

0:1  Lasogga (14., header, assist from van der Vaart)
1:1  Fürstner (59., right footed shot, assist from Stieber)

Attendance: 18,000 (sold-out)

Survival playoffs: First leg

Things are *really* beginning to look grim for Hamburger SV. The Bundesliga dinosaur has one foot in the 2. Liga. In the first leg of the Bundesliga playoff, HSV could only reach a 0-0 draw at home against SpVgg Greuther Fürth. This puts the 2.Liga contender in the driver seat of playing at home for all the marbles. The Imtach-Arena was sold out, with 56,479 in attendance (about 1,500 Fürthers made the trip). What they witnessed was a largely drab first half, with the visitors actually having some decent chances to score. HSV raised their game a bit in the 2nd period, controlling the ball, but it was really nothing that bothered the Greuther too much. They were bending, but didn’t break.

Naturally the rematch on Sunday will have all Germany watching, as 50+ years of uninterrupted Bundesliga is clearly at stake. HSV needs to score a goal, pure and simple. That would at least put pressure on the Greuther to win the match.

The 2.Lifga playoff is just about over. Darmstadt laid an egg against Bielefeld, losing at home 1-3. This pretty much means that Arminia will survive another season in the 2.Liga, and Darmstadt’s fine season is for naught. (Well, not really, as they were on wonder time anyway, as they should have been relegated out of the 3.Liga last season, but got a last minute reprieve when Offenbach failed Accountancy 101. However the luck ran out for the 98ers, who started fast in front of 16,500 at the Bollenfalltor. But the energetic start didn’t translate into goals, and Bielefeld was merciless as they struck twice in the first half, and then resisted as Darmstadt attacked desperately after the restart. Basically, unless a disaster happens, the rematch in Bielefeld on Monday should have Arminia staying up in the 2.Liga…

2.Liga, Round 34: FINAL

Paderborn completed the dream season and gain promotion to the Bundesliga, and at the bottom, Bielefeld stunned Dresden and make the relegation playoff, sending Dynamo down.

Paderborn started out nervous and soon was behind against Aalen, who had nothing to play for. The homeside quickly established control and the lead, but Aalen remained pesky throughout the match. SCP however managed to carry it through to victory, thereby gaining an incredible promotion to the Bundesliga.

Greuther Fürth was hoping for a Paderborn slip up, but had theirn hands full with Sandhausen. The Greuther eventually did their job, the victory at least assuring that they get the playoff against Hamburg for a chance to go up.

Düsseldorf overpowered Kaiserslautern in the 2nd half, ending the devils hope of sneaking into 3rd.

A wild match in Dresden, winner fights another day. Bielefeld was quite surprising, pressing back host Dynamo, and generally having the upper hand. Stefan Klos gave them a lead before half-time, and then doubled things after an hour. At that point, the Dresden crowd was furious, and bombarded the field with rockets and fire/pyrotechnics. The match was interrupted for 15 minutes as order was restored. When the match restarted, Dynamo was fast out of the gates and quickly equalized the match. But Arminia was up to the task, and immediately regained the lead. The remaining 20 minutes should have been a desperate Dynamo assault, but instead Arminia easily turned away any attacks, and in fact could have finished off the match themselves. But they achieved their goal by winning, the bitter defeat sending Dresden down. Bielefeld will face off with Darmstadt for the 2.Liga spot

Champions Köln took the day off and was beaten by FSV Frankfurt, in a rare sellout for the Bornheimers.

Total attendance 188,113 (avg 20,901), sellouts in Frankfurt, Berlin, Paderborn and Dresden.

Fortuna Düsseldorf    -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	4:2 (2:2)   45,077

                     1:0  Hoffer (2., Golley)
                     2:0  Halloran (9.)
                     2:1  Matmour (33., Zimmer)
                     2:2  Idrissou (40., Stöger)
                     3:2  Liendl (69., Bolly)
                     4:2  Benschop (87., C. Weber)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   SV Sandhausen	        2:0 (0:0)   16,165

                     1:0  Azemi (52., Stieber)
                     2:0  Stieber (83., Brosinski)

FSV Frankfurt	      -   1. FC Köln	        2:0 (0:0)   12,542 *

                     1:0  Kapllani (65.
                     2:0  Leckie (71., M. Görlitz)

1. FC Union Berlin    -   1860 München	        1:1 (0:1)   21,717 *

                     0:1  Wojtkowiak (17., Stoppelkamp)
                     1:1  Kohlmann (49., Mattuschka)

FC St. Pauli	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	2:2 (2:1)   27,856

                     1:0  Nöthe (14., Maier)
                     1:1  Kocer (28.)
                     2:1  Maier (38., Thy)
                     2:2  Sylvestr (62., Diring)

SC Paderborn 07	      -   VfR Aalen	        2:1 (2:1)   15,000 *

                     0:1  Pohjanpalo (9., Buballa)
                     1:1  Vucinovic (14., Vrancic)
                     2:1  Vrancic (21., Saglik)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   Energie Cottbus	2:0 (1:0)    5,866

                     1:0  Mo. Hartmann (44., P. Groß)
                     2:0  P. Hofmann (68., P. Groß)

VfL Bochum	      -   Karlsruher SC	        1:0 (0:0)   14,282

                     1:0  Zahirovic (62., Gulden)

Dynamo Dresden	      -   Arminia Bielefeld	2:3 (0:1)   29,608 *

                     0:1  Klos (41., K. Przybylko)
                     0:2  Klos (63., K. Przybylko)
                     1:2  Poté (64., Koch)
                     2:2  Koch (70., Poté)
                     2:3  K. Przybylko (71., Feick)



 1  1. FC Köln	  	        34   19  11  4 	   53:20  +33 	  68 
 2  SC Paderborn 07	  	34   18  8   8 	   63:48  +15 	  62
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 3  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	34   17  9   8 	   64:38  +26 	  60
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 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern        34   15  9   10    55:39  +16 	  54 
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	34   12  14  8 	   47:34  +13 	  50 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	34   13  11  10    45:44  +1 	  50 
 7  1860 München	  	34   13  9   12    38:41  -3 	  48 
 8  FC St. Pauli	  	34   13  9   12    44:49  -5 	  48 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	34   11  11  12    48:47  +1 	  44 
10  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	34   11  11  12    34:33  +1 	  44 
11  VfR Aalen	  	        34   11  11  12    36:39  -3 	  44 
12  SV Sandhausen	  	34   12  8   14    29:35  -6 	  44 
13  FSV Frankfurt	  	34   11  8   15    46:51  -5 	  41 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	34   11  8   15    42:54  -12 	  41 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        34   11  7   16    30:43  -13 	  40
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16  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	34    9  8   17    40:58  -18 	  35
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17  Dynamo Dresden	  	34    5  17  12    36:53  -17 	  32 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	34    6  7   21    35:59  -24 	  25


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

Top goal scorers:

15 - Jakub Sylvestr	   (Erzgebirge Aue)
15 - Mahir Saglik	   (SC Paderborn 07)
14 - Ilir Azemi	           (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)
13 - Mohammadou Idrissou   (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
13 - Simon Zoller	   (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
12 - Alban Meha	           (SC Paderborn 07)
12 - Patrick Helmes	   (1. FC Köln)
12 - Charlison Benschop	   (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
12 - Torsten Mattuschka	   (1. FC Union Berlin)


Attendance:

5.225.944 (avg 17,078)

 1  1. FC Köln            43,550
 2  Fortuna Düsseldorf    33,268
 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern  29,529
 4  FC St. Pauli          28,403
 5  Dynamo Dresden        26,842
 6  1. FC Union Berlin    19,681
 7  TSV 1860 München      19,094
 8  Arminia Bielefeld     16,961
 9  VfL Bochum            16,284
10  Karlsruher SC         16,145
11  SpVgg Greuther Fürth  11,645
12  SC Paderborn 07       10,748
13  Energie Cottbus        9,647
14  Erzgebirge Aue         9,406
15  VfR Aalen              7,317
16  FC Ingolstadt 04       6,828
17  FSV Frankfurt          5,897
18  SV Sandhausen          5,554

BUNDESLIGA, Round 34: FINAL

No surprises here either. Nürnberg and Braunschweig suck and get relegated. Hamburg sucks less and can save themselves in the relegation playoff.

One might have expected the relegation trio to go all out, but they were all basically flat. Schalke showed to their “fan-allies” Nürnberg, and kicked their ass, so that was that. Hoffenheim also played with honor and went for the jugular against Braunschweig, getting an easy win. The Braunschweigers would have had to attack, and were completely unable. HSV actually did the best, and for at least the first half managed to square off evenly against Mainz. However the hosts needed a win to assure they could hold off Augsburg for Europe. They pressed harded, and perhaps HSV knew at that time that their result was irrelevant, and Mainz broke through for the win. The Hamburgers now have to worry about the playoff with the 2.Liga’s Greuther Fürth.

Champions Bayern München dicked around for most of the match, with oldtimer Claudio Pizzarro finally getting the win in injury time.

Dortmund went out in style, ripping Berlin’s ass. Also, Robert Lewandowski finished his Neon career with a couple of goals, which gave him the Bundesliga’s top goal scorer title.

Leverkusen had a rough time with Bremen, but managed to pull out a win to hold on to the last Champions League spot. Wolfsburg was hoping for the Aspirins to slip up. The VWs played a strong match against Gladbach, but their victory still left them in 5th place, outside of the big league.

Augsburg capped off a fine season with a hard fought win over Frankfurt. The Fuggers kept the pressure on Mainz for the last Euro spot, and although they fell short, they finished with their best campaign ever.

Total attendance was good on the final day, even though there was hardly anything to play for. 412,790 (avg 45,866), and the only venues *not* sold out was Hannover! (Almost, about 98% full)

	
Bayern München	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        1:0 (0:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  Pizarro (90. + 2)

FC Schalke 04	     -   1. FC Nürnberg	        4:1 (2:0)   61,973 *

                    1:0  Matip (6., M. Meyer)
                    2:0  Neustädter (45.)
                    3:0  Draxler (75.)
                    3:1  Drmic (90. + 1, Angha)
                    4:1  Obasi (90. + 2)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   Werder Bremen	        2:1 (1:1)   30,210 *

                    0:1  Gebre Selassie (21., Hunt)
                    1:1  Toprak (34., Can)
                    2:1  Son (53., Derdiyok)

Hannover 96	     -   SC Freiburg	        3:2 (1:0)   48,600

                    1:0  Huszti (45., direct free kick)
                    1:1  Schmid (50., Darida)
                    2:1  Rudnevs (65., Bittencourt)
                    2:2  Zulechner (78., Darida)
                    3:2  Prib (80., Rudnevs)

VfL Wolfsburg	     -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	3:1 (1:0)   30,000 *

                    1:0  de Bruyne (30., Knoche)
                    1:1  Kramer (64., Raffael)
                    2:1  Perisic (68., Olic)
                    3:1  Knoche (81., Rodriguez)

1899 Hoffenheim	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	3:1 (1:0)   30,150 *

                    1:0  Rudy (15., Beck)
                    2:0  Roberto Firmino (64., Strobl)
                    3:0  Volland (70., F. Johnson)
                    3:1  Hochscheidt (88., Davari)

1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   Hamburger SV	        3:2 (1:1)   34,000 *

                    1:0  Soto (7.)
                    1:1  Lasogga (12., van der Vaart)
                    2:1  Malli (65., Koo)
                    3:1  Okazaki (82., Malli)
                    3:2  Ilicevic (84., Jiracek)

FC Augsburg	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	2:1 (1:1)   30,660 *

                    0:1  Joselu (15., S. Jung)
                    1:1  Klavan (29., To. Werner)
                    2:1  Hahn (80., Ostrzolek)

Hertha BSC	     -   Borussia Dortmund	0:4 (0:2)   76,197 *

                    0:1  Lewandowski (41., Hummels)
                    0:2  Jojic (44.)
                    0:3  Lewandowski (80., direct freekick)
                    0:4  H. Mkhitaryan (82., Aubameyang)



 1  Bayern München (M, P)	34   29  3  2 	  94:23  +71 	  90 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	34   22  5  7 	  80:38  +42 	  71 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	34   19  7  8 	  63:43  +20 	  64
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	34   19  4  11 	  60:41  +19 	  61
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 5  VfL Wolfsburg	  	34   18  6  10 	  63:50  +13 	  60 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach	34   16  7  11 	  59:43  +16 	  55 
 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	34   16  5  13 	  52:54  -2 	  53
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 8  FC Augsburg	  	        34   15  7  12 	  47:47   0 	  52 
 9  1899 Hoffenheim	  	34   11  11 12 	  72:70  +2 	  44 
10  Hannover 96	  	        34   12  6  16 	  46:59  -13 	  42 
11  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	34   11  8  15 	  40:48  -8 	  41 
12  Werder Bremen	  	34   10  9  15 	  42:66  -24 	  39 
13  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	34    9  9  16 	  40:57  -17 	  36 
14  SC Freiburg	  	        34    9  9  16 	  43:61  -18 	  36 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	34    8  8  18 	  49:62  -13 	  32
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16  Hamburger SV	  	34    7  6  21 	  51:75  -24 	  27
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17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	34    5 11  18 	  37:70  -33 	  26 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	34    6  7  21 	  29:60  -31 	  25


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

3.Liga, Round 38: FINAL

No surprises. Heidenheim won the title with a solid win over Unterhaching. They led pretty much wire to wire, but slacked off after promotion was assured. Still, a deserved champion. Elversberg is relegated, as they got owned in Dortmund. Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered, as Kiel got an impressive win at Dramstadt, who will had nothing to play for. Since Osnabrück was unable to win, Wehen held to the 4th spot for DFB Cup qualification.

Actually there still is a bit of drama. The DFL, which regulates the Bundesliga and 2.Liga, has declared that RB Leipzig must meet certain requirements for the 2.Liga. Among them are changing the club logo. In Germany, clubs cannot be wholly owned by a company or individual (Bayer Leverksuen is an exception, grandfathered in, but they started back in 1904.) Among other things, the club logo cannot be commercial. (It’s OK as a *sponsor* on the jersey, but not the club logo). And the company cannot name the club. Of course, Red Bull owns RB Leipzig, and they get around the regulation by being officially “Rasenballsport”. This has been tried before, notably with LR Ahlen (“Leichtathletik und Rasensport Ahlen e.V.”, although owned by the LR cosmetics company until bankruptcy, now simply “Rot-Weiss Ahlen”). Anyway, the DFL stated that the regulations will be enforced. Red Bull has stated that they won’t comply, even it means they have to withdraw from the 2.Liga (Haha, what a bunch of wankers. I’d like to see them do that!). Most likely there will be some court cases, and we’ll see what happens. But in an extreme case, all clubs would get moved up a notch, which means direct promotion for Darmstadt, playoffs for Wehen and perhaps direct DFB Cup qualification for Osnabrück.

Total attendance 73,536 (avg 7,354)

 	
1. FC Heidenheim     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	2:0 (2:0)   12,600 
Jahn Regensburg	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        0:0 (0:0)    3,156
Chemnitzer FC	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:0 (0:0)    4,562
Borussia Dortmund II -   SV Elversberg	        3:0 (2:0)    1,350
SV Darmstadt 98	     -   Holstein Kiel	        1:3 (1:2)   12,500
Hansa Rostock	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:1 (0:1)    8,100
1. FC Saarbrücken    -   Rot Weiß Erfurt	0:1 (0:0)    2,728
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   RasenBallsport Leipzig	1:3 (0:2)    5,800
Hallescher FC	     -   Wacker Burghausen	2:4 (1:1)    8,278
MSV Duisburg	     -   Preußen Münster	0:1 (0:1)   14,462 


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	38   23  10 5 	   59:25  +34 	  79 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	38   24  7 7 	   65:34  +31 	  79
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	38   21   9  8 	   58:29  +29 	  72
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 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	38   15  11  12    43:44  -1 	  56 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	38   15  10  13    50:39  +11 	  55 
 6  Preußen Münster	  	38   13  14  11    55:50  +5 	  53 
 7  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	38   13  13  12    43:43   0 	  52 
 8  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	38   13  12  13    45:46  -1 	  51 
 9  Hallescher FC	  	38   14   9  15    50:55  -5 	  51 
10  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	38   14   8  16    53:49  +4 	  50 
11  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	38   12  13  13    51:51   0 	  49 
12  Chemnitzer FC	  	38   12  13  13    43:46  -3 	  49 
13  Hansa Rostock	  	38   13  10  15    45:55  -10 	  49 
14  Borussia Dortmund II	38   12  10  16    47:55  -8 	  46 
15  VfB Stuttgart II	  	38   12  10  16    45:54  -9 	  46 
16  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	38   10  15  13    42:38  +4 	  45 
17  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	38   11  10  17    50:65  -15 	  43
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18  SV Elversberg (N)	  	38   10  10  18    32:54  -22 	  40 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	38    9  10  19    39:58  -19 	  37 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	38    8   8  22    38:63  -25 	  32

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place (Darmstadt defeats Bielefeld)
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga


Goal scorers

27 - Dominik Stroh-Engel (SV Darmstadt 98)
19 - Daniel Frahn        (RasenBallsport Leipzig)
14 - Kingsley Onuegbu    (MSV Duisburg)
13 - Marc Schnatterer    (1. FC Heidenheim)
13 - Dominik Kaiser      (RasenBallsport Leipzig)
12 - Timo Furuholm       (Hallescher FC)
12 - Anton Fink          (Chemnitzer FC)
12 - Vincenzo Marchese   (Stuttgarter Kickers)
12 - Marvin Ducksch      (Borussia Dortmund II)
12 - Adriano Grimaldi    (VfL Osnabrück)


Attendance
Total attendance 2,302,045 (avg 6,058)

 1  RasenBallsport Leipzig  16,734
 2  MSV Duisburg            12,599
 3  Hansa Rostock            9,989
 4  1. FC Heidenheim         8,803
 5  VfL Osnabrück            8,634
 6  Preußen Münster          8,057
 7  Hallescher FC            7,999
 8  SV Darmstadt 98          7,069
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt          5,903
10  Holstein Kiel            5,374
11  Chemnitzer FC            5,142
12  1. FC Saarbrücken        4,697
13  Stuttgarter Kickers      3,993
14  SSV Jahn Regensburg      3,480
15  SV Wehen Wiesbaden       3,282
16  Borussia Dortmund II     2,413
17  SpVgg Unterhaching       2,211
18  Wacker Burghausen        2,144
19  SV 07 Elversberg         1,606
20  VfB Stuttgart II         1,029


2.Liga, Round 33: Last week to decide

Paderborn put in a solid performance at Aue, and has one foot in the Bundesliga. They met with strong resistance from Erzgebirge, but were generally in complete control throughout the match. This means a win next week at home against in-form Aalen sends the Westfalen up to the top, which is certainly something nobody has really seriously thought about except in fantasy football.

Greuther Fürth ripped Cottbus in preparation for promotion. The Greuther figure to defeat Sandhausen at home next week, so they will get direct promotion if Paderborn falters, or will be in the playoff. Energie put up token resistance, but had no chance. This is probably the worst home defeat for Cottbus in 17 years of 1st/2nd division play that I can remember.

Kaiserslautern kept their slight promotion hopes alive by spanking Dresden, who are desperately holding on to the last chance to avoid relegation. Dynamo dug their own grave early, and eventually got rolled. FCK has to hope for Fürth to lose next week (unlikely) to have a chance. However Dresden will face off against Bielefeld next week: loser is automatically relegated, winner is in a playoff with Darmstadt for the 2.Liga spot.

Bielefeld had a chance to improve their position, but were held to a scoreless tie at home against FSV Frankfurt. This point means that FSV survives again, and that Arminia travels to Dresden needing a win, pure and simple.

Champions Köln held a promotion party and beat up their guest St.Pauli, winning easily.

1860 easily beat Bochum, with veteran Benny Lauth scoring in his fair-well to home fans. Lauth is the Lions all-time leading scorer in the 2.Liga.

Aalen beat the stuffing out of Union Berlin, who really collapsed down the home stretch.

Total attendance 178,934 (avg 19,882), sellout in Köln

 	
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Dynamo Dresden	4:0 (1:0)   30,360

                     1:0  Leistner (6., own goal, Matmour)
                     2:0  Idrissou (64., penalty, Linksschuss, Matmour)
                     3:0  Idrissou (84., Zimmer)
                     4:0  Stöger (90. + 2, Dick)

1. FC Köln	      -   FC St. Pauli          4:0 (3:0)   50,000 *

                     1:0  Ujah (13., Nagasawa)
                     2:0  Kalla (39., own goal, Risse)
                     3:0  Helmes (43., D. Halfar)
                     4:0  Bigalke (61., M. Lehmann)

1860 München	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:0 (1:0)   20,600

                     1:0  Osako (31., Wood)
                     2:0  Lauth (90. + 1,  Osako)

Energie Cottbus	      -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:6 (0:2)    8,497

                     0:1  Fürstner (34., Djurdjic)
                     0:2  Azemi (44.)
                     0:3  Djurdjic (69., Brosinski)
                     0:4  Sukalo (74., Gießelmann)
                     0:5  Azemi (84., Gießelmann)
                     0:6  Djurdjic (85., Azemi)

VfR Aalen	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:0 (1:0)    7,579

                     1:0  Pohjanpalo (8., Lechleiter)
                     2:0  Pohjanpalo (68., Klauß)
                     3:0  Buballa (79., Junglas)

SV Sandhausen	      -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:2 (0:2)    5,450

                     0:1  Caiuby (25., penalty, Lex)
                     0:2  P. Hofmann (37., Caiuby)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   SC Paderborn 07	0:2 (0:1)   12,350

                     0:1  Meha (35.)
                     0:2  Vrancic (66., Saglik)

Karlsruher SC	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	2:2 (1:2)   21,907

                     0:1  Hoffer (18., Levels)
                     1:1  Hennings (22., Klingmann)
                     1:2  Bodzek (44., Liendl)
                     2:2  Hennings (68., penalty, Torres)

Arminia Bielefeld     -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:0 (0:0)   22,191


 1  1. FC Köln	  	        33   19  11  3 	  53:18  +35 	  68 
 2  SC Paderborn 07	  	33   17  8   8 	  61:47  +14 	  59
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 3  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)    33   16  9   8 	  62:38  +24 	  57
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 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern	33   15  9   9 	  53:35  +18 	  54 
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	33   12  14  7 	  47:33  +14 	  50 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	33   12  11 10 	  41:42  -1 	  47 
 7  1860 München	  	33   13  8  12 	  37:40  -3 	  47 
 8  FC St. Pauli	  	33   13  8  12 	  42:47  -5 	  47 
 9  VfR Aalen	  	        33   11  11 11 	  35:37  -2 	  44 
10  SV Sandhausen	  	33   12  8  13 	  29:33  -4 	  44 
11  1. FC Union Berlin	  	33   11  10 12 	  47:46  +1 	  43 
12  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	33   10  11 12 	  32:33  -1 	  41 
13  Erzgebirge Aue	  	33   11  7  15 	  40:52  -12 	  40 
14  FSV Frankfurt	  	33   10  8  15 	  44:51  -7 	  38 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        33   10  7  16 	  29:43  -14 	  37
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	33    5  17 11 	  34:50  -16 	  32
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17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	33    8  8  17 	  37:56  -19 	  32 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	33    6  7  20 	  35:57  -22 	  25

	

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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 33: Who still has hope?

The only thing really left is who will have a chance to survive via the relegation playoff.

Hamburg, Nürnberg and Braunschweig all sucked and lost at home. But they all still have a chance to finish 16th and thereby keep one last hope in the playoff. The likely opponent will be last year’s relegated squad, SpVgg Greuther Fürth (now that would be an intense Franken-derby if it turns out to be Nürnberg, as the two cities are neighbors). All three clubs are on the road next week. Hamburg as a tough assignment, at Mainz. Mainz needs to win to assure that they qualify for Europe, so they’ll certainly be motivated. Nürnberg is at Schalke, who need a point to assure 3rd place. But if Schalke gets that point, Nürnberg is down. There is a “traditional” friendship between the two clubs supporters, but I wouldn’t expect that to play much of a role. Perhaps the Schalke fans will sing a sad goodbye song if der Club goes down. Ironically, Braunschweig has the “easiest” assignment: they’re at Hoffenheim. The Hoppers have nothing to play for, but in fairness, they’ve been playing pretty hard recently. And they score a lot of goals, which isn’t good for Braunschweig.

HSV was without a chance as they faced Bayern München, who were embarrassed mid-week by Real Madrid, perhaps in a mini-crisis. But they didn’t show much of it against Hamburg, who fought hard early, but were lost once they fell behind. Bayern showed little mercy in ripping their hosts.

Nürnberg was completely lame against Hannover. The 96ers didn’t seem too interested in winning, as they were already safe. But a crap Nürnberg was too good to turn down, so the visitors grabbed a couple of goals and take all the points. Really, a disaster for der Club, who really needed to get these points.

Braunschweig is unfortunate to not hold a point, although it really doesn’t matter too much. They would still need to win at Hoffenheim to have a chance. Augsburg got a late injury time goal to keep the pressure on Mainz for the last Euro spot. Overall the Fuggers probably deserved the win.

Stuttgart actually lost at home to Wolfsburg, but since the others lost, they are now officially safe. They only have to ponder why they have sucked so much, but at least they can figure out what to do next season. This keeps Wolfsburg’s hope of sneaking into the Champions League if Leverkusen should slip next week. However the Aspirins looked pretty solid with a strong performance winning at Frankfurt.

Schalke assured a Champions League spot with a win at Freiburg. They would like to hold 3rd, which is direct qualification, but they are guaranteed at least the playoff. It was a solid performance, similar to their Euro clinching win last year at Freiburg.

Dortmund said goodbye to Robert Lewandowski in an entertaining match with Hoffenheim. Neither side had much to play for, but both teams went for the win.

Total attendance 434,924 (avg 48,325), sellouts in Dortmund, Gladbach, Bremen, Freiburg, Hamburg, Frankfurt

 	
Borussia Dortmund     -   1899 Hoffenheim	3:2 (3:1)   80,200 *

                     0:1  Roberto Firmino (5.)
                     1:1  Großkreutz (29., Jojic)
                     2:1  H. Mkhitaryan (31., Reus)
                     3:1  Piszczek (34.)
                     3:2  Süle (66.)

Bor. Mönchengladbach  -   1. FSV Mainz 05	3:1 (1:0)   54,010 *

                     1:0  Stranzl (22., Alvaro Dominguez)
                     2:0  M. Kruse (54.)
                     2:1  Choupo-Moting (65., Pospech)
                     3:1  Kramer (77., M. Kruse)

VfB Stuttgart	      -   VfL Wolfsburg	        1:2 (0:1)   58,000

                     0:1  de Bruyne (13.)
                     1:1  Gentner (62., Cacau)
                     1:2  Olic (90. + 1, Vieirinha)

Werder Bremen	      -   Hertha BSC	        2:0 (0:0)   42,100 *

                     1:0  Hunt (48., di Santo)
                     2:0  Hunt (90. + 1, Fritz)

1. FC Nürnberg	      -   Hannover 96	        0:2 (0:1)   46,014

                     0:1  Huszti (5., Rudnevs)
                     0:2  Schmiedebach (51., Rudnevs)

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

                     0:1  Ayhan (13.)
                     0:2  Huntelaar (65.)

Hamburger SV	      -   Bayern München	1:4 (0:1)   57,000 *

                     0:1  M. Götze (32., Robben)
                     0:2  T. Müller (55., M. Götze)
                     0:3  M. Götze (70., T. Müller)
                     1:3  Calhanoglu (72., Demirbay)
                     1:4  Pizarro (75.)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -   FC Augsburg	        0:1 (0:0)   22,600

                     0:1  Bobadilla (90. + 4, Hahn)

Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	0:2 (0:2)   51,000 *

                     0:1  Castro (27., Derdiyok)
                     0:2  Can (36., Brandt)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P)	33   28  3  2 	  93:23  +70 	  87 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	33   21  5  7 	  76:38  +38 	  68 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	33   18  7  8 	  59:42  +17 	  61
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	33   18  4  11 	  58:40  +18 	  58
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 5  VfL Wolfsburg	  	33   17  6  10 	  60:49  +11 	  57 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach	33   16  7  10 	  58:40  +18 	  55 
 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	33   15  5  13 	  49:52  -3 	  50
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 8  FC Augsburg	  	        33   14  7  12 	  45:46  -1 	  49 
 9  1899 Hoffenheim	  	33   10  11 12 	  69:69   0 	  41 
10  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	33   11  8  14 	  40:44  -4 	  41 
11  Hannover 96	  	        33   11  6  16 	  43:57  -14 	  39 
12  Werder Bremen	  	33   10  9  14 	  41:64  -23 	  39 
13  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	33    9  9  15 	  39:55  -16 	  36 
14  SC Freiburg	  	        33    9  9  15 	  41:58  -17 	  36 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	33    8  8  17 	  49:61  -12 	  32
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16  Hamburger SV	  	33    7  6  20 	  49:72  -23 	  27
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17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	33    5  11 17 	  36:66  -30 	  26 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	33    6  7  20 	  28:57  -29 	  25


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

3.Liga, Round 37: Leipzig up

RedBull Leipzig is going up. They kicked Saarbrücken’s ass and hold off Darmstadt. If fact the Rasenballsportler could actually win the title, as Heidenheim still has their promotion hangover and lost at Osnabrück. A large crowd helped celebrate a return for respectability that disappeared when VfB Leipzig got relegated from the 2.Liga in 1998.

The relegation battle is also almost over. Unterhaching is safe, their impressive stomping of Duisburg along with a decent goal difference pretty much assures their survival. It basically comes down to the fact that Elversberg has to win next week at Dortmund-II. They had a chance to gain points, but could not beat Chemnitz. Since Kiel also was held to a scoreless draw with BVB-II, that means that from a practical standpoint, a draw at Darmstadt next week assures Kiel’s survival. Seems unlikely, but So does an Elversberg victory.

With Darmstadt winning at Wehen in a regional Hessen derby, both Duisburg and Osnabrück have a chance at the 4th play DFB-Cup qualifier.

Total attendance 93,332 (avg 9,333, but only 5,624 without Leipzig)

 	
SpVgg Unterhaching      -   MSV Duisburg	   4:1 (1:0)    3,100
Preußen Münster	        -   Hallescher FC	   2:3 (1:1)    8,332
Wacker Burghausen       -   Stuttgarter Kickers	   2:0 (1:0)    1,700
RasenBallsport Leipzig  -   1. FC Saarbrücken	   5:1 (4:0)   42,713
Rot Weiß Erfurt	        -   Hansa Rostock	   1:1 (1:1)    9,481
SV Wehen Wiesbaden      -   SV Darmstadt 98	   0:1 (0:0)    8,562
Holstein Kiel	        -   Borussia Dortmund II   0:0 (0:0)    7,716
SV Elversberg	        -   Chemnitzer FC	   1:1 (0:1)    1,648
VfB Stuttgart II        -   Jahn Regensburg	   1:1 (1:0)      430
VfL Osnabrück	        -   1. FC Heidenheim	   1:0 (0:0) 	9,650


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	37   22  10  5 	   57:25  +32 	  76 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	37   23  7   7 	   62:33  +29 	  76
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	37   21  9   7 	   57:26  +31 	  72
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 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	37   15  10  12    42:43  -1 	  55 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	37   15  9   13    50:39  +11 	  54 
 6  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	37   13  13  11    43:42  +1 	  52 
 7  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	37   13  12  12    44:43  +1 	  51 
 8  Hallescher FC	  	37   14  9   14    48:51  -3 	  51 
 9  Preußen Münster	  	37   12  14  11    54:50  +4 	  50 
10  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	37   12  12  13    51:51   0 	  48 
11  Chemnitzer FC	  	37   12  12  13    43:46  -3 	  48 
12  Hansa Rostock	  	37   13  9   15    44:54  -10 	  48 
13  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	37   13  8   16    52:49  +3 	  47 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	37   12  9   16    45:54  -9 	  45 
15  Borussia Dortmund II	37   11  10  16    44:55  -11 	  43 
16  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	37   11  10  16    50:63  -13 	  43 
17  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	37    9  15  13    39:37  +2 	  42
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18  SV Elversberg (N)	  	37   10  10  17    32:51  -19 	  40 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	37    8  10  19    35:56  -21 	  34 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	37    8  8   21    38:62  -24 	  32


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

Euro-flop: Guardiola raus!

I’m kidding, at least sort of…

Well, it has all come crashing down on Bayern München as they flopped to a disgraceful defeat at home to Real Madrid. Losing itself isn’t a disgrace, it’s the manner in which they did it. They got their asses ripped and played without soul, and were deserved losers. The tiki-taka import is been revealed to be an emperor without clothes. Perhaps Pep Guardiola was a Spanish plant to get La Liga back to the top, mission accomplished :)

I jest of course, as Real was clearly better, and Atletico is the surprise of the year. So it’s not shocking that Spain grabs both spots in the final, which matches last year’s German faceoff.

I think that the differences between Heynckes squad of last year and Guardiola’s version are pretty obvious. Heynckes opted for a traditional German pressing and aggressive style, with fast breaks and assaults. Pretty much the strengths of German football. Guardiola pretty much imposed a “pass the ball around aimlessly until the opponent falls asleep” style. It was fairly successful if you look just at the Bundesliga, and the Euro campaign wasn’t horrible. But other sides are figuring out the tiki-taka and it’s just plain boring, and it seems to put Bayern asleep just as much as the opponent. And once the Bayern players lost some of their focus, things started going south. You could see it in some of their recent Bundesliga matches, especially getting ripped by Dortmund at home. Certainly part of it was that the title was already wrapped up, but the lack of focus seemed to permeate a lot of their recent play.

It will be interesting to see if there is any fall-out. Obviously Bayern will be under pressure to win the German Cup against Dortmund. Then a double and a semi-final in Champions League, doesn’t seem too bad. But the Bayern bosses undoubtedly had at least the CL final penciled in, and certainly not getting embarrassed at home. It would be hard to say that Guardiola is i trouble, although Bayern have been known to be ruthless when they don’t reach expectations. But since his signing was such a big deal, I doubt that there would be any movement for replacement. However a loss to Dortmund would certainly have some folks getting second thoughts and increase grumbling.

It does probably mean that Bayern need to probably win the CL next season (along with the Bundesliga title, obviously). That’s an interesting position for the coach…