Hoffenheim stays in the Bundesliga. The Hoppers defeated Kaiserslautern in the rematch 2-1 in K-town to complete a 5-2 aggregate sweep. Hoffenheim deserved the victory, as they were too clever for FCK, who basically ran around like chickens with their head cut off. They generally had the match in their grip, and after taking the lead, were a solid bet to coast home.
Dresden remains in the 2.Liga. Dynamo defeated VfL Osnabrück 2-0 in the rematch in front of a sold-out home crowd. They had lost the first match 0-1, so Cristian Fiel’s “equalizer” after 30 and Idir Ouali’s strike in the 71st minute means that Dynamo takes the series 2-1. Dresden really dominated the match, going out for the win, and Osnabrück basically sucked, so no real unfairness here.
Duisburg may get relegated. MSV Duisburg put in a fine late-season run to move out of the relegation zone of the 2.Liga. However it may been in vain as the DFB Finance Board has denied MSV a 2.Liga operating license because they “failed to show that they have adequate funds” for the upcoming season. The MSV board states that they are “shocked”, but if you run your club like a Cypriot investment bank, you shouldn’t be complaining when you get kicked in the balls. Duisburg gets to appeal to the standing “sports court” of the DFB, and hopefully they can show that they are in fact solvent. It would suck to see them go down after the hard work on the field, but if their finances are too crap, well most German fans would want to see them punished. If their appeal is denied, they will be forcibly relegated to the 3.Liga. That would mean that SV Sandhausen, who were relegated as 17th, would get the option of claiming MSV’s spot.
3.Liga promotion is still open. The various Regionalliga qualifiers are battling it out to see who gets promoted to the 3.Liga. The first round is finished, the return matches are this upcoming Sunday. The the first match, “RasenBallsport” Leipzig defeated SpFr Lotte 2-0. Over 30,000 showed up in Leipzig, desperate for some quality football. Interestingly enough, some fellow eastern fans showed up to cheer Lotte, as they were protesting against moneybags RedBull continuing to buy their way to the top. However I guess that if RB moves on, at least the Leipzigers might get over it, since football has sucked there since…forever. Holstein Kiel dominated against Hessen Kassel and also won 2-0. The Kasselers have their work cut out in the return match. And of course in the least interesting match, SV Elversberg defeated 1860 München II 3-2. I think were all in agreement that it would be best if Elversberg got promoted, but I would guess that the kitty-kats get the return done.
In somewhat of a proof that for most it’s already vacation, the DFB squad defeated Ecuador 4-2 on their American tour. Obviously not at full strength, Germany actually jumped out 4-0 after half and hour, and I was annoyed that they didn’t finish off the job, winning something like 8-0. However, as the match was played in Florida somewhere, perhaps they decided to head to South Beach in the 2nd half. (For some reason, Germans seem to like Florida as a vacation spot, perhaps they like getting mugged.) Anyway, obviously no Bayern or Dortmunders in this first match.