4th Division: Regionalliga

With the main leagues pausing for the World Cup qualifiers, perhaps it’s a good time to take a peek on what’s going on in the 4th division. The Regionalliga are back strong with a somewhat logical organization, which should not only reduce travel costs, but make for some interesting true regional matchups. The main drawback is that it is difficult to get promoted, as the qualifying clubs actually go into a promotion playoff with the qualifiers from the other Regionalligen. Attendance is usually low, although it’s likely to get a few thousand for some of the “traditional” matchups.

REGIONALLIGA NORD

Last year’s champion Holstein Kiel moved up. This year, it looks like the VW-B team will be hard to beat, as they’ve been been slapping the opposition (look at their goal difference). Hard to compete with full pros. (Although oddly enough HSV-II sucks, maybe because their cupboard is bare). A couple of “traditionals”, Oldenburg and Meppen, are doing well. Most of the other clubs aren’t well known.

 1  VfL Wolfsburg II	  	11   8 	1  2 	  35:8 	 +27 	  25
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 2  Goslarer SC 08	  	11   6 	3  2 	  20:11  +9 	  21 
 3  VfB Oldenburg	  	10   6 	2  2 	  24:15  +9 	  20 
 4  SV Meppen	  	        11   6 	2  3 	  20:13  +7 	  20 
 5  ETSV Weiche Flensburg	11   5 	3  3 	  17:10  +7 	  18 
 6  Werder Bremen II	  	11   5 	3  3 	  23:18  +5 	  18 
 7  BSV SW Rehden	  	11   4 	6  1 	  18:13  +5 	  18 
 8  SV Eichede (N)	  	11   5 	1  5 	  18:22  -4 	  16 
 9  TSV Havelse	  	        11   4 	3  4 	  19:20  -1 	  15 
10  Eintracht Norderstedt (N)	11   3 	4  4 	  13:17  -4 	  13 
11  FC St. Pauli II	  	11   4 	1  6 	  17:23  -6 	  13 
12  SV Wilhelmshaven	  	11   2 	6  3 	  12:13  -1 	  12 
13  VfR Neumünster	  	11   3 	3  5 	  12:22  -10 	  12 
14  Hannover 96 II	  	11   2 	5  4 	  14:18  -4 	  11 
15  BV Cloppenburg	  	11   2 	4  5 	  18:25  -7 	  10
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16  Hamburger SV II	  	10   2 	3  5 	  14:18  -4 	  9 
17  Eintr. Braunschweig II (N)	11   1 	4  6 	  8:20 	 -12 	  7 
18  Victoria Hamburg	  	11   1 	4  6 	  9:25 	 -16 	  7

REGIONALLIGA NORDOST

Here you’ll find ghosts of the old DDR-Oberliga, with legendary names such as Carl Zeiss Jena, Magdeburg, Zwickau and Lok Leipzig. All are on hard times, although perhpas for the first two, they can at least see some light. “AK47″ as I like to call them is a relative newcomer to competing in anything but lower divisions of Berlin leagues, but here they are topping the early table. generally this league has a good amount of fan interest because of the well known names and nostalgia.

Also interesting is Viktoria Berlin, fanous during the Kaiser days, but not since. They appeared in the German Finals in 1907, 1908, 1909, winning the title in 1908.

 1  Berliner AK 07	  	9   7 	2  0 	  23:5 	 +18 	  23
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 2  TSG Neustrelitz	  	9   7 	1  1 	  18:6 	 +12 	  22 
 3  Carl Zeiss Jena	       10   5 	4  1 	  18:10  +8 	  19 
 4  1. FC Union Berlin II	9   5 	3  1 	  22:13  +9 	  18 
 5  1. FC Magdeburg	  	9   5 	1  3 	  19:12  +7 	  16 
 6  Germania Halberstadt	9   5 	1  3 	  15:17  -2 	  16 
 7  SV Babelsberg 03 (A)	9   4 	1  4 	  13:12  +1 	  13 
 8  FSV Zwickau	  	       10   4 	1  5 	  16:21  -5 	  13  
 9  VFC Plauen	  	        9   3 	3  3 	  14:19  -5 	  12 
10  Optik Rathenow	  	9   3 	2  4 	   9:12  -3 	  11 
11  Viktoria 1889 Berlin (N)	9   1 	6  2 	   8:10  -2 	  9 
12  VfB Auerbach	  	9   2 	3  4 	   9:17  -8 	  9 
13  Wacker Nordhausen (N)	9   2 	1  6 	  10:14  -4 	  7 
14  ZFC Meuselwitz	  	9   2 	0  7 	   7:16  -9 	  6
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15  Hertha BSC II	  	9   1 	2  6 	   8:17  -9 	  5 
16  1. FC Lok Leipzig	  	9   1 	1  7 	   8:16  -8 	  4

REGIONALLIGA WEST

The West is alwauys one of the more interesting leagues, and shows the fierce competitive nature of the German leagues. Just look at the ex-Bundesliga clubs: Fortuna Köln, Oberhausen, Essen, Aachen, Wattenscheid and Uerdingen!! Actually, there would have been another, but Wuppertal went into administration and was forcibly relegated before the season started, hence only 19 teams.

The class of the league is Lotte, basically because they’ve got some good sponsorship money, but it a good sign is the return to life of clubs like the Köln sides, and the many attractive matchups.

 1  Sportfreunde Lotte (M)	12   8 	4  0 	  27:6 	 +21 	  28
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 2  Fortuna Köln	  	11   8 	1  2 	  28:11  +17 	  25 
 3  FC Viktoria Köln	  	11   6 	5  0 	  19:8 	 +11 	  23 
 4  FC Schalke 04 II	  	11   6 	4  1 	  18:6 	 +12 	  22 
 5  Sportfreunde Siegen	  	11   6 	3  2 	  21:10  +11 	  21 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach II	12   5 	4  3 	  17:11  +6 	  19 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf II	11   5 	3  3 	  22:15  +7 	  18 
 8  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen	  	12   5 	3  4 	  12:15  -3 	  18 
 9  1. FC Köln II	  	12   5 	2  5 	  18:17  +1 	  17 
10  Rot-Weiss Essen	  	12   4 	4  4 	  18:20  -2 	  16 
11  Alemannia Aachen (A)	12   5 	0  7 	  11:19  -8 	  15 
12  SC Verl	  	        11   4 	2  5 	  12:15  -3 	  14 
13  VfL Bochum II	  	11   4 	0  7 	  10:22  -12 	  12 
14  SG Wattenscheid 09 (N)	11   1 	7  3 	  14:15  -1 	  10
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15  SV Lippstadt 08 (N)	  	11   2 	3  6 	  12:19  -7 	  9 
16  Bayer 04 Leverkusen II	10   1 	5  4 	  10:17  -7 	  8 
17  KFC Uerdingen 05 (N)	12   3 	2  7 	  10:30  -20 	  8 
18  SSVg Velbert	  	11   1 	2  8 	   6:18  -12 	  5 
19  SC Wiedenbrück 2000	  	10   0 	2  8 	  11:26  -15 	  2

REGIONALLIGA SüDWEST

This is a big one, combing Baden-Württemberg and Hessen, which are traditionally at least two or even three regional federations. As a result, this Regionalliga gets two spots in the promotion playoffs. There is also a decent Bundesliga pedigree: Homburg, Offenbach, Waldhof and Ulm. Leaders Trier have been a regional powerhouse for quite some time, and pulled off notable upsets in the DFB Cup. Interesting matchups abound, but usually they’re smaller cities than in the West or Northeast. Offenbach clearly doesn’t want to be here, but were forced by DFB since they screwed up financially. Kassel is the defending champion, returning because they failed in the promotion playoffs.

 1  Eintracht Trier	  	12   7 	4  1 	  21:8 	 +13 	  25 
 2  1. FSV Mainz 05 II	  	12   8 	0  4 	  33:19  +14 	  24
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 3  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach	12   7 	2  3 	  23:14  +9 	  23 
 4  SC Freiburg II	  	12   6 	5  1 	  17:10  +7 	  23 
 5  1. FC Kaiserslautern II	12   5 	6  1 	  22:10  +12 	  21 
 6  FC 08 Homburg	  	12   5 	4  3 	  20:14  +6 	  19 
 7  SpVgg Neckarelz (N)	  	11   5 	4  2 	  20:15  +5 	  19 
 8  SVN Zweibrücken (N)	  	12   5 	4  3 	  12:13  -1 	  19 
 9  Hessen Kassel (M)	  	12   4 	5  3 	  18:20  -2 	  17 
10  Kickers Offenbach (A)	12   5 	1  6 	  12:14  -2 	  16 
11  Eintracht Frankfurt II	12   4 	3  5 	  21:21   0 	  15 
12  TuS Koblenz	  	        12   4 	3  5 	  16:16   0 	  15 
13  Waldhof Mannheim	  	12   4 	3  5 	  13:20  -7 	  15
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14  1899 Hoffenheim II	  	12   4 	0  8 	  17:20  -3 	  12 
15  Wormatia Worms	  	12   1 	8  3 	  13:17  -4 	  11 
16  SC Pfullendorf	  	12   2 	1  9 	  14:31  -17 	  7
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17  SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball	11   1 	3  7 	  12:20  -8 	  6 
18  KSV Baunatal (N)	  	12   2 	0  10 	  10:32  -22 	  6

REGIONALLIGA BAYERN

Bavaria is a bit like Texas, everything is bigger, including their heads. But Bayern has enough clubs and geography to get their own division, although it’s probably the least interesting. Most of the teams represent B sides or villages, so you’ve probably never heard of most of them. Only perhaps Bayern Hof has any pedigree, somewhat of a regional powerhouse in the 60s and 70s, with a few attempts at the Bundesliga playoffs. Schweinfurt has also occasionally poked it’s head into the 2nd division. Bayern München II is the strongest side, which is no surprise, given some decent talent that has come out of the giant’s youth teams.

 1  Bayern München II	  	15   13 0  2 	  46:10  +36 	  39
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 2  FV Illertissen	  	18   11 4  3 	  40:19  +21 	  37 
 3  FC Augsburg II	  	16   10 3  3 	  30:13  +17 	  33 
 4  1860 München II (M)	  	17   10 3  4 	  32:21  +11 	  33 
 5  TSV Buchbach	  	16   9 	3  4 	  31:23  +8 	  30 
 6  FC Ingolstadt 04 II	  	17   7 	6  4 	  31:25  +6 	  27 
 7  FC Eintracht Bamberg 2010	16   7 	4  5 	  24:26  -2 	  25 
 8  SpVgg Greuther Fürth II	17   7 	3  7 	  31:22  +9 	  24 
 9  FC Memmingen	  	17   6 	5  6 	  27:25  +2 	  23 
10  SV Seligenporten	  	17   6 	5  6 	  26:30  -4 	  23 
11  1. FC Nürnberg II	  	17   5 	7  5 	  28:27  +1 	  22 
12  Würzburger Kickers	  	16   6 	3  7 	  27:24  +3 	  21 
13  TSV 1860 Rosenheim	  	17   5 	4  8 	  21:24  -3 	  19 
14  SpVgg Bayern Hof	  	17   5 	3  9 	  19:28  -9 	  18
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15  1. FC Schweinfurt 05 (N)    17   4 	5  8 	  24:37  -13 	  17 
16  SV Schalding-Heining (N)	17   4 	4  9 	  24:40  -16 	  16
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17  Viktoria Aschaffenburg	17   3 	4  10 	  19:39  -20 	  13 
18  SV Heimstetten	  	17   2 	6  9 	  19:42  -23 	  12 
19  TSV Rain/Lech	  	17   0 	6  11 	  17:41  -24 	  6

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