3.Liga, Round 19 – Halfway mark

The official half-way mark, and Osnabrück is on top and got a little breathing room since Preussen stepped into a pile of…Anyway, there are a few matches left before the 3.Liga shuts down for winter hibernation, however the purples can celebrate the “Herbstmeisterschaft”, which means nothing, but looks pretty.

Osnabrück gets an away win in Aachen, but it wasn’t easy. Alemannia played hard, much better than their position, but that’s been their story, play decently, then suck at a crucial moment and get kicked in the balls and lose. A late goal gave the leaders a win. For Aachen, it’s all disaster, as the insolvency proceedings have been confirmed, and Alemannia gets relegated. They will finish out the season, but what’s the point? Still, their loyal fans show up in decent numbers, and surely they deserve better?

Münster laid an egg in Potsdam as they were duped by Babelsberg. Nothing went right for the Preussen, as they lose on somewhat dubious penalty, but they really can’t complain. For one thing, they were rewarded their own penalty, by GK Frederic Löhe stopped Stefan Kühne’s penalty. To top things off, Matt Taylor got his ass red carded for a nasty foul in injury time. Important points for the Babelsbergers.

Bielefeld kicked Burghausen’s ass all over the field and easily won, keeping in a promotion spot. Burghausen has been pretty decent so far, but they were clearly shown their limits.

Unterhaching had a hard time putting down the insurection from a sprite Chemnitz. It took a hat-trick by Florian Niederlechner to finally subdue the easterners.

Karlsruhe continues red-hot, seven in a row. Against draw-kings Wehen they quickly got to business, and dominated from start to finish. Frankly, they look the strongest club in the league right now, so they could be sitting in a promotion spot soon. Wehen was overwhelmed and bitch-slapped silly, so I guess with a 0-4 they were “gut bedient” (well served).

Two shizoid squads met in Offenbach. Both Kickers and Heidenheim seem to waft between great and suck. Heidenheim has been the latter, but seems to have recovered and jumped out to a quick lead. Offenbach looked like they were constipated or asleep in the 1st half. They woke up and assaulted FCH’s goal after the restart, but weren’t able to get back. They look done, condemned to mid-table mediocrity. Although Heidenheim could perhaps sneak back into the promotion race, that doesn’t seem like a good wager either.

A tense eastern derby between Erfurt and Rostock, but it was pretty crap. Neither side looked very good, which is perhaps more worrisome for Hansa, as when they suck their fans go beserk…they still have visions of promotion. Erfurt certainly deserved the draw, but remain in danger.

Stuttgarter Kickers and Darmstadt did nothing to show they don’t belong near the bottom. The first half was lame, but they did better after the restart in a fair split of the points. On the positive side, at lesat a few spectators showed up.

Saarbrücken has largely disappointed this season, so the doctor ordered a steaming pile of Halle. The Saar men took full advantage, kicking Halle’s ass, with Marcel Ziemer helping himself to a hat-trick. Actually, if they had been more aggresiive, they probably could have had more. Desolate (non)performance by Halle, their worst of the season.

Attendance this round: 55,590 (avg 5,559). Aachen continues to draw despite sucking and now guaranteed relegation.


SpVgg Unterhaching     -   Chemnitzer FC	 4:3 (3:1)    1,800
SV Babelsberg 03       -   Preußen Münster	 1:0 (1:0)    2,682
Stuttgarter Kickers    -   SV Darmstadt 98	 1:1 (0:0)    3,500
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	       -   Hansa Rostock	 1:1 (1:1)    9,058
Karlsruher SC	       -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	 4:0 (1:0)    9,000
Kickers Offenbach      -   1. FC Heidenheim	 0:1 (0:1)    5,737
1. FC Saarbrücken      -   Hallescher FC	 5:0 (3:0)    3,500
Borussia Dortmund II   -   VfB Stuttgart II	 0:2 (0:1)      282
Alemannia Aachen       -   VfL Osnabrück	 0:1 (0:0)   12,031
Arminia Bielefeld      -   Wacker Burghausen	 3:0 (1:0)    8,000



 1  VfL Osnabrück	  	19   12   4   3    27:12  +15 	  40 
 2  Preußen Münster	  	19   10   6   3    31:15  +16 	  36
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 3  Arminia Bielefeld	  	19   10   6   3    28:17  +11 	  36
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 4  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	19   10   5   4    33:24  +9 	  35 
 5  Karlsruher SC (A)	  	19    9   7   3    29:11  +18 	  34 
 6  1. FC Heidenheim	  	19    9   4   6    32:26  +6 	  31 
 7  Wacker Burghausen	  	19    9   2   8    26:26   0 	  29 
 8  Hansa Rostock (A)	  	19    8   5   6    22:24  -2 	  29 
 9  VfB Stuttgart II	  	19    8   4   7    26:22  +4 	  28 
10  Kickers Offenbach	  	19    7   5   7    29:23  +6 	  26 
11  Chemnitzer FC	  	19    7   4   8    27:25  +2 	  25 
12  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	19    7   3   9    28:32  -4 	  24 
13  SV Babelsberg 03	  	19    6   4   9    16:25  -9 	  22 
14  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	19    3  12   4    24:27  -3 	  21 
15  Hallescher FC (N)	  	19    4   6   9    16:28  -12 	  18 
16  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	19    4   6   9    21:34  -13 	  18 
17  Stuttgarter Kickers (N)	19    4   5  10    19:23  -4 	  17
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18  Borussia Dortmund II (N)	19    4   5  10    16:33  -17 	  17 
19  Alemannia Aachen (A)	19    3   7   9    18:29  -11 	  16 
20  SV Darmstadt 98	  	19    3   6  10    16:28  -12 	  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

Alemmannia Aachen basically relegated due to pending insolvency.

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