2.Liga, Round 7: Midweek results

Midweek action in the 2.Liga saw a few minor surprises, although the biggest is that none of the favorites have really established any authority in the league. Bochum probably comes closest, but they’re dropped points left and right and haven’t established any control. Kaiserslautern has eeked out results, but hardly impressed. The others, such as Fürth and Braunschweig have been disappointing, and St.Pauli and Nürnberg have stunk.

Thig match was a traditional derby between Bochum and Düsseldorf. The winner could have taken the lead, so it’s only fitting it ended square. The hosts started off stronger, but Fortuna got back in the 2nd half. Both sides had decent chances to win, but the draw is a fair result.

The new leader is quite stunning: Darmdtadt! The Lilies had a crunching win in a Hessenderby with FSV Frankfurt, as they spanked the bornheimer silly. The vistors actually started brightly, but it only last a quarter of an hour. Then the 98ers grabbed a lead and dominated from then on. Basically they kicked their guests all over the place

The Rasenballsportler had one of their better matches of the season as they eventually overran Karlsruhe. Despite falling behind, Leipzig kept up the pressure and KSC cracked.

Kaiserslautern had to struggle, but held the win against Union. FCK was dominant early and looked ready to sail home with a win, but Union made it tough in the 2nd period as the hosts were losing control of the match.

Greuther Fürth was lazy against Aalen, and even though a man up, were unable to win.

Ingolstadt dominated against Aue, but wasted all their chances. They should have won easily, but couldn’t hit the side of a barn. Erzgebirge has shown recent improvement, but this one also due to luck.

A crap match in Hamburg, but St.Pauli will take the win over Braunschweig. Neither side seemed to know what they were doing, which is perplexing considering both were pre-season favorites to contend. Instead they’ve sucked, but at least the home side is happy to get out of the drop zone.

Nürnberg was horrible in Heidenheim, and deservedly got their ass kicked. Der Club better fire somebody, because they really stink and could be a relegation candidate. Heidenheim jumped on their guests right at the start and was firmly in the saddle for a somewhat historic win.

Sandhausen outplayed 1860 in a surprisingly decent match. They wanted it more and were rewarded in injury time.

Total attendance 145,540 (avg 16,171), sell-out in Heidenheim


SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   VfR Aalen	        1:1 (0:1)    9,045

                     0:1  Ludwig (38.)
                     1:1  Weilandt (69., Gießelmann)

FC St. Pauli	      -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:0 (1:0)   27,013

                     1:0  L. Sobiech (15., Kringe)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   Erzgebirge Aue	1:1 (1:1)    4,814

                     0:1  Löning (20., Kortzorg)
                     1:1  Hinterseer (22., da Costa)

SV Sandhausen	      -   1860 München	        1:0 (0:0)    5,083

                     1:0  Wooten (90. + 2, Thiede)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:0 (1:0)   31,384

                     1:0  Ring (42., Matmour)

1. FC Heidenheim      -   1. FC Nürnberg	3:0 (2:0)   13,000 *

                     1:0  Schnatterer (3., Leipertz)
                     2:0  K. Kraus (9., Schnatterer)
                     3:0  Mayer (59., penalty, Niederlechner)

RB Leipzig	      -   Karlsruher SC	        3:1 (1:1)   18,235

                     0:1  Micanski (33., Yabo)
                     1:1  D. Kaiser (37., direct freekick)
                     2:1  Poulsen (48., D. Kaiser)
                     3:1  Poulsen (58., D. Kaiser)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   FSV Frankfurt	        4:0 (3:0)   12,500

                     1:0  Bregerie (16., Kempe)
                     2:0  Sulu (32., Kempe)
                     3:0  Gondorf (34., Sulu)
                     4:0  Sulu (85., Jungwirth)


VfL Bochum	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:1 (1:0)   24,466

                     1:0  Gregoritsch (14., Perthel)
                     1:1  Pohjanpalo (67., Schauerte)
	


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



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 5: Midweek results

Paderborn came into teh match at teh Allianz riding high, as the stunning leader and darling of eth fans and media. But they were clearly shown their limits by champions Bayern München, who easily shoved the upstarts aside. It didn’t take long for bayern to decide the match, and they really didn’t press the issue, as they could have scored a boat load of goals. Paderborn tried hard and created a few chances of their own. They have to be happy overall that they didn’t give up at least half a dozen, and gave a good account of themselves.

Schalke finally got into the win column with an efficient win at Bremen. Werder ran around a lot, and didn’t play badly, but at critical stages they were caught dicking around, and Schalke pounced. With this defeat Bremen drops into the danger zone.

Hoffenheim and Freiburg had a wild shoot-out, and the Briesgauers are probably kicking themselves for not getting a road win. Hoffenheim wasstruggling, and SCF took control, only to see the hosts fight back. Then when it looked like they were going to get the win, Freiburg conceded an injury time goal and let the Hoppers off the hook.

Frankfurt had a huge comeback to escape with a point in a regional match-up against Mainz. The visitors looked the better side, but Eintracht veteran Alex Meier pulled one back just before the half-time whistle. They were still chasing the game, but a late goal allowed them to salvage a point. Mainz remains unbeaten and have to be happy with the way they’re playing.

Stuttgart figured it was too early to fire their coach Armin Veh (even though VfB had sucked out of the block already), but they were in crisis. So they fired Sportsdirector Fredi Bobic, a VfB hero from his playing days. Well, it had some effect, as the Stuttgarters roused themselves in the name of Crispian (a somehwat obscure reference, I know) and battled Dortund to a draw. It was a good performance, as VfB showed discipline here-to-fore lacking, despite Neon dominance. Dortmund did battle back to salvage a point, but clearly BVB is not firing on all cylinders.

Hamburg under Zinnbauer. In his 2nd game in charge, it again was evident that HSV runs around a lot. They try hard. The will is there. But a minor detail is lacking: they still can’t score. So it was pretty ho-hum for hosts Gladbach to win this one. They created a few chances, and only had to use one. HSV basically was worthless in front of goal, so after Kruse scored for Gladbach, it was pretty sure they were going to lose. So if you look at teh bottom of the table, you now see three legendary traditionals all win-less, quite amazing when you think about it.

After getting bitch-slapped in Wolfsburg, how would Luserkusen react when facing revived Augsburg. Clearly the Aspirins had taken some Alka-Seltzer, but they were hardly impressive. The Fuggers were relatively harmless, so Bayer opted to “just win” and not really show much improvement.

Hertha fought a rearguard action all night against Wolfsburg, and ended up with the lead. The VWs dominated and kept Berlin pinned back, but Hertha held on doggedly. They only managed 3 shots in the match, but one was a goal, and they were able to make it standup, as Wolfsburg was disappointing that they did nothing with their control.

Hannover played like crap, but an early goal stood up against Köln, probably because the promoted side didn’t believe that they could win this. If they want to survive in the Bundesliga, they really need to win games like this, but the 96ers were willing to give it up.

Total attendance 401,679 (avg 44,631), sell out in München.

 	
Bayern München	     -   SC Paderborn 07     4:0 (2:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  M. Götze (8., T. Müller)
                    2:0  Lewandowski (14., Lahm)
                    3:0  M. Götze (78., T. Müller)
                    4:0  T. Müller (85., Robben)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   SC Freiburg	     3:3 (1:2)   24,872

                    0:1  Frantz (31., Philipp)
                    0:2  Frantz (33., Schmid)
                    1:2  Elyounoussi (44., Volland)
                    2:2  Rudy (63., direct freekick)
                    2:3  Darida (75., penalty, Schmid)
                    3:3  Vestergaard (90. + 3, Strobl)

Werder Bremen	     -   FC Schalke 04	     0:3 (0:0)   40,139
 
                    0:1  M. Meyer (48., Huntelaar)
                    0:2  Neustädter (51., Fuchs)
                    0:3  Barnetta (85., Huntelaar)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   1. FSV Mainz 05     2:2 (1:2)   44,100

                    0:1  Hofmann (41., Brosinski)
                    0:2  Okazaki (44.)
                    1:2  Meier (45. + 1, Hasebe)
                    2:2  Seferovic (82., Stendera)

 	
Borussia Dortmund    -  	VfB Stuttgart	2:2 (0:0)   79,500

                    0:1  Didavi (48., Gentner)
                    0:2  Didavi (68., Ti. Werner)
                    1:2  Aubameyang (73., Piszczek)
                    2:2  Immobile (86., Schmelzer)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -  	FC Augsburg	1:0 (1:0)   23,081

                    1:0  Son (33., Hilbert)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -  	Hamburger SV	1:0 (1:0)   44,100

                    1:0  M. Kruse (25., Hahn)

Hannover 96	     -  	1. FC Köln	1:0 (1:0)   39,400

                    1:0  Joselu (6., 
Briand)

Hertha BSC	     -  	VfL Wolfsburg	1:0 (1:0)   35,847
	
                    1:0  Kalou (35., M. Ndjeng)


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

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 11: Midweek results

The top match was in Chemnitz, and Energie Cottbus rained on the parade with a stubborn away win.
Drama in Osnabrück: Wehen scored twice in injury time to win the match. The home side was pressuring for most of the game, but the visitors held firm and then ended up stealing the points in what probably should have been a draw.

Münster was probably the big loser of the round, as they got embarassed at Mainz-II. They had been looking like they were going places, but were rudely slapped silly by one of the league’s doormats.

A big eastern derby in Halle, the first in over a decade with Dresden, so a pretty decent crowd for HFC. It was a tense match that ended with a fair division of points.

Fortuna Köln continues their improvement, getting their third win in a row, and giving themselves a small cushion. Rostock is right back into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, Regensburg seems to be the worst off. Jahn was outplayed at home by Kiel in a match that has relegation implications, since both sides have looked vulnerable. As a result, Holstein should be quite happy with the points.

VfL Osnabrück	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:3 (0:1)    7,132
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Preußen Münster	4:0 (0:0)      774
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   SpVgg Unterhaching	3:0 (2:0)    2,200
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Energie Cottbus	0:1 (0:1)    6,285
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	1:1 (1:0)    1,202
Jahn Regensburg	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:2 (0:0)    2,615
MSV Duisburg	     -   Borussia Dortmund II	2:1 (0:0)   11,080
Fortuna Köln	     -   Hansa Rostock	        1:0 (1:0)    2,293
Arminia Bielefeld    -   VfB Stuttgart II	3:0 (1:0)    8,635
Hallescher FC	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        1:1 (1:1)   12,466	


 1  Chemnitzer FC	  	11    6  3  2 	  14:5 	 +9 	  21 
 2  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	11    6  3  2 	  20:13  +7 	  21
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 3  Stuttgarter Kickers 	11    6  2  3 	  19:12  +7 	  20
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 4  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	11    6  2  3 	  22:16  +6 	  20 
 5  MSV Duisburg 	  	11    5  5  1 	  17:11  +6 	  20 
 6  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	11    6  2  3 	  19:14  +5 	  20 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A)	  	11    5  4  2 	  12:7 	 +5 	  19 
 8  Preußen Münster 	  	11    5  3  3 	  18:17  +1 	  18 
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	11    4  4  3 	  17:15  +2 	  16 
10  Hallescher FC 	  	11    4  3  4 	  15:13  +2 	  15 
11  VfL Osnabrück	  	11    4  2  5 	  13:18  -5 	  14 
12  Holstein Kiel 	  	11    3  4  4 	  12:11  +1 	  13 
13  Fortuna Köln (N)	  	11    4  1  6 	  11:12  -1 	  13 
14  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	11    3  3  5 	  15:20  -5 	  12 
15  Hansa Rostock 	  	11    3  2  6 	  16:20  -4 	  11 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 11    2  5  4 	  14:19  -5 	  11 
17  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	11    3  2  6 	  11:20  -9 	  11
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18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	11    2  3  6 	  15:20  -5 	  9 
19  Borussia Dortmund II 	11    2  3  6 	  12:18  -6 	  9 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	11    2  2  7 	  13:24  -11 	  8


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 4: Life signs in Hamburg?

All-hail the Zinn-mann! HSV’s interim coach Joe Zinnbauer made his debut, against Bayern München, couldn’t be worse. But despite being dominated by the champs, Hamburg showed fight and determination that has been absent for almost two years and managed to hold on for a scoreless draw. Perhaps if Bayern had been a little more exacting, it still would have been a loss, but overall, you can’t say that HSV didn’t deserve a point. München still seems a bit uninterested in the league and it doesn’t seem like Guardiola has added anything. In fact, even the fired HSV coach Mirko Slomka could be doing fine at Bayern, with the squad that they have.

Leverkusen went down in flames at Wolfsburg. Things started out badly, as Donati committed a stupid foul and got sent off, so the VWs basically had a man advantage for the whole match. Although the Aspirins were OK for about 30 minutes, eventually the Wolfsburg pressure took over and Luserkusen got over-run.

Paderborn is the early sensation as they continue their nice start. I’m sure it will come crashing to end at some point, but every point now is one critical one against relegation. That said, they were an equal against Hannover, and Stoppelkamp ended up scoring a Bundesliga record goal-of-a-career: In the closing minutes, with SCP clinging to a lead, a 96er free kick into teh box was headed out. Near teh top of the box, Stoppelkamp chested down, then booted the ball downfield: 83 meters into the net!!

Dortmund was flat at Mainz, and have to worry about their injury list, which just receoved another member: Henrikh Mkhitaryan went down, and the Neons will be missing their Armenian playmaker for weeks. The team was rather lame and tentative against an active Mainz squad, and the hosts won the “Shinji” battle: Mainz’ Okazaki was one of the deicding players, whereas Dortmund’s Kagawa was largely lame like the rest of Dortmund. Forward Adrian Ramos missed a couple of sitters, and Ciro Immobile missed a penalty, so what do you expect? Mainz took their chances and run out deserved winners.

Freiburg must be kicking themselves for letting the hardfought match against Berlin end in a draw. Their problem was they had no defense against Ronny, as the Brazilian seems to be back in favor at Hertha, and he answered with two direct freekicks, the second coming 6 minutes into injury time.

Augsburg has righted their shaky start with another win, a hard fought duel with Bremen. The Fuggers were on their back foot, but eventually they gained the upper hand and pressed Werder back.

Schalke seemed to be undoing everything they gained midweek at Chelski. They were falling apart at home to Frankfurt, and looked for yet another crap result. But they gathered things in the 2nd half and fought back to get a point, and had some winning chances as well.

Stuttgart is definitely in criis, as they were outplayed at home by Hoffenheim, who really didn;t have to work that hard for the win, as they just waited for the incompetent VfB side to fall over.

Gladbach dominated most of the action in the Rheinderby, but Köln did enough to hold them off, and the game ended scoreless.

Total attendance 342,253 (avg 38,028), sellouts in Hamburg, Paderborn and Köln

 	
SC Freiburg	  -   Hertha BSC	     2:2 (1:1)   23,600

                 1:0  Kempf (30., Schmid)
                 1:1  Ronny (36., direct freekick)
                 2:1  Klaus (79., Guedé)
                 2:2  Ronny (90. + 6, direct freekick)

FC Schalke 04	  -   Eintracht Frankfurt    2:2 (1:2)   61,798

                 0:1  Meier (15.)
                 0:2  Russ (24.)
                 1:2  Choupo-Moting (40., Hand penalty)
                 2:2  Draxler (50., Choupo-Moting)

FC Augsburg	  -   Werder Bremen	     4:2 (2:1)   29,044

                 0:1  Selke (3., Garcia)
                 1:1  Baier (14., Halil Altintop)
                 2:1  Verhaegh (45. + 3, penalty, Bobadilla)
                 2:2  di Santo (56., penalty Bartels)
                 3:2  To. Werner (77., Caiuby)
                 4:2  Matavz (90. + 3, To. Werner)

VfB Stuttgart	  -   TSG Hoffenheim	     0:2 (0:1)   44,000

                 0:1  Modeste (15., Rudy)
                 0:2  Elyounoussi (84., Volland)

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

SC Paderborn 07	  -   Hannover 96            2:0 (0:0)   15,000 *

                 1:0  Kachunga (71., Hünemeier)
                 2:0  Stoppelkamp (90. + 3, Hünemeier)

1. FSV Mainz 05	  -   Borussia Dortmund	     2:0 (0:0)   34,000

                 1:0  Okazaki (66., Jairo)
                 2:0  Ginter (74., own goal, Jairo)

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VfL Wolfsburg	  -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen    4:1 (2:1)   27,811

                 1:0  Rodriguez (8., penalty, Junior Malanda)
                 1:1  Drmic (29., Bellarabi)
                 2:1  Vieirinha (45., Rodriguez)
                 3:1  Rodriguez (63., De Bruyne)
                 4:1  Hunt (81., Junior Malanda)

1. FC Köln	  -   Bor. Mönchengladbach   0:0 (0:0)   50,000 *


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


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

2.Liga, Round 6

Bochum was the most impressive squad this weekend, as they ripped FSV Frankfurt away. Their win vaults them to the top, and they have to be considered one of the obvious candidates for promotion.

Ingolstadt will be kicking themselves for not getting the win at 1860. The Schanzer dominated this Bavarian clash and created enough chances to win, but were left with egg on their face as they surrendered a draw. perhaps too much time in an Oktoberfest Bierzelt…

Karlsruhe has announced their intention of returning to the Bundesliga after years in the wilderness. They crushed a horrible Nürnberg squad, who are officially in crisis now. FCN showed nothing whatsover, and KSC wrapped up the game in the 1st half, and if they hadn;t taken their foot off the gas pedal (including missing a penalty), it could have got real ugly.

In another top attraction, Greuther Fürth finally got the better of Kaiserslautern. The Cloverleafs were the better side, but they had a hard time imposing that upon the visiting Devils. In the end they got the deserved win and get back on track.

A tense match in Berlin. An old line ex-GDR club that has always bucked authority is Union Berlin, and they’ve been off to a poor start – but still with some of the most dedicated fans in the country. Facing Rasenballsport Leipzig, and artificial creation of RedBull money who have been flying high. This was obviously was going to be a tense match. It started off with a surreal environment, with Union fans all dressed in black and silent for the first 15 minutes, a protest against teh capitalist carpetbaggery of the Rasenbulls. A tense, tough match developed, and in the end Union was victorious, getting a critical win and stopping the Redballsportlers fine start.

Braunschweig brought Darmstadt their first defeat in a hard fought match. The hosts were solid defensively and some luck up front. Darmstadt was strong, but lacked some of the bite they had shown in previous matches. They might have got a point, but really needed to finish off one of their few chances to do so.

Düsseldorf upended a stubborn Heidenheim to move into contention. Fortuna could be a serious threat if they can continue to grind out points. Heidenheim gave a good account of themselves, but in the end were not rewarded with anything but a moral victory.

A critical bottom match, and Erzgebirge Aue finally jump started their season. The miners were all over St.Pauli, kicking their ass back to Hamburg. Pauli looked horrible, and although it took a while, Aue finally showed that they have some skills and that they’re not quite ready to give up this season. It’s pretty hard to understand what St.Pauli is heading for, as they expected to challenge for promotion, and already that could be impossible.

Total attendance was 145,900 (avg 16,211)

 	
Eintracht Braunschweig	-   SV Darmstadt 98	  2:0 (1:0)   21,805
 
                       1:0  Nielsen (34., Zuck)
                       2:0  Kruppke (90. + 4)

VfR Aalen	        -   SV Sandhausen	  0:1 (0:0)    5,112

Erzgebirge Aue	        -   FC St. Pauli	  3:0 (1:0)    9,400

                       1:0  Löning (41., Könnecke)
                       2:0  Benatelli (56., Löning)
                       3:0  Kortzorg (69., Benatelli)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth	-   1. FC Kaiserslautern  2:1 (0:1)   13,115

                       0:1  Ring (11., Matmour)
                       1:1  Stiepermann (57.)
                       2:1  Weilandt (82., Zulj)

1860 München	        -   FC Ingolstadt 04	  1:1 (1:1)   21,800

                       0:1  P. Groß (16., Morales)
                       1:1  Okotie (20., Rama)

FSV Frankfurt	        -   VfL Bochum	          1:5 (1:1)    5,677

                       0:1  Losilla (29.)
                       1:1  Kapllani (41., Balitsch)
                       1:2  Gregoritsch (57., Sestak)
                       1:3  Terodde (64., Hand penalty)
                       1:4  Terodde (79., Tasaka)
                       1:5  Sestak (84., Terodde)

Karlsruher SC	        -   1. FC Nürnberg	  3:0 (3:0)   19,944

                       1:0  Yamada (9., Micanski)
                       2:0  Yabo (20., G. Krebs)
                       3:0  Yabo (40., Yamada)

Fortuna Düsseldorf      -   1. FC Heidenheim      3:2 (2:1)   27,681

                       1:0  Benschop (23., Bellinghausen)
                       1:1  Niederlechner (37., Strauß)
                       2:1  Benschop (42., Liendl)
                       2:2  Niederlechner (68., Schnatterer)
                       3:2  Pohjanpalo (82., Liendl)

1. FC Union Berlin	-   RB Leipzig	          2:1 (0:0)   21,366

                       1:0  Polter (70., Köhler)
                       1:1  Poulsen (77.)
                       2:1  Polter (83., Schönheim)



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


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

3.Liga, Round 10: Things tighten up

Things definitely tightened up a bit, as the favored teams generally were held in check.

Dresden missed a chance and must be kicking themselves. They dominated against Mainz-II, but wasted chances and then got kicked in the balls and surrendered a draw in injury time. A bitter result, as they had the points in the bag. But their fans deserved better: Dynamo should have put this one to bed long ago.

Unterhaching was on the verge of a needed victory, but Duisburg pulled out a point on a free kick by Janjic in the last minute.

Kickers Stuttgart and Osnabrück also battled to a hard fought draw, in a “colorful” match (7 yellow cards).

Finally a home win for Rostock, and somewhat of a surprise, as it was against Bielefeld, who have been stalking the leaders. But Hansa showed great will and organization, perhaps their best match of the season.

Fortuna Köln got an important road win against BVB-II, and have jumped out of the relegation zone.

An impressive effort by Preußen Münster, who overpowered newcomers Sonnenhof Großaspach. The home side led early, but after 25 minutes a deliberate handball not only awared the guests a penalty, but Preußen were down a man. No bother, as they controlled the match and deservedly garb the win, which leaves them in a promotion spot.

Cottbus were stunned at home by Halle, although perhaps “stun” is not correct, since HFC has established themselves as a force to be reckoned with when they visit. (Too bad for them they suck at home). So Energie was basically just beaten down and was unable to hold on to their lead.

Total attendance 64,359 (avg 6,436)

 	
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   MSV Duisburg	        1:1 (0:0)    2,200
Stuttgarter Kickers   -   VfL Osnabrück	        1:1 (0:0)    2,835
Dynamo Dresden	      -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:1 (1:0)   23,211
VfB Stuttgart II      -   Chemnitzer FC	        0:0 (0:0)      720
Hansa Rostock	      -   Arminia Bielefeld	4:2 (2:0)   10,000
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Fortuna Köln	        0:2 (0:0)    1,067
Holstein Kiel	      -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:0 (0:0)    3,945
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	      -   Jahn Regensburg       2:0 (0:0)    4,983
Preußen Münster	      -   SG S-hof Großaspach	3:1 (1:1)    7,385
Energie Cottbus	      -   Hallescher FC	        1:2 (1:0)    8,013


 1  Chemnitzer FC	  	10   6 	3  1 	  14:4 	 +10   21 
 2  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	10   6 	2  2 	  19:12  +7    20
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 3  Preußen Münster 	  	10   5 	3  2 	  18:13  +5    18
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 4  MSV Duisburg 	  	10   4 	5  1 	  15:10  +     17
 5  Stuttgarter Kickers 	10   5 	2  3 	  16:12  +4    17 
 6  Arminia Bielefeld (A)	10   5 	2  3 	  19:16  +3    17 
 7  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	10   5 	2  3 	  16:13  +3    17 
 8  Energie Cottbus (A) 	10   4 	4  2 	  11:7 	 +4    16 
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	10   4 	3  3 	  16:14  +2    15 
10  Hallescher FC 	  	10   4 	2  4 	  14:12  +2    14 
11  VfL Osnabrück 	  	10   4 	2  4 	  12:15  -3    14 
12  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	10   3 	3  4 	  15:17  -2    12 
13  Hansa Rostock 	  	10   3 	2  5 	  16:19  -3    11 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	10   3 	2  5 	  11:17  -6    11 
15  Holstein Kiel 	  	10   2 	4  4 	  10:11  -1    10 
16  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	10   3 	1  6 	  10:12  -2    10 
17  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 10   2 	4  4 	  13:18  -5    10
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	10   2 	3  5 	  11:16  -5    9 
19  Jahn Regensburg 	  	10   2 	2  6 	  13:22  -9    8 
20  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	10   1 	3  6 	  11:20  -9    6


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 grades

Well the first main round of Euro action, so how has the Bundesliga done?

In the Champions League, the answer has to be “Very Well”, perhaps an A- or B+. I’m still not sure how Thomas Muller managed to miss the open net from about 6 inches, but Bayern deserved their win against Man City. A tough opponent, so a good result. Also great was Schalke’s point at Chelski, which was really unexpected, since Schalke has sucked and Chelski has been on fire, so getting a point at Stamford Bridge is quite an accomplishment. Dortmund and Arsenal you could expect to be a toss-up, but the Neons dominated that match and looked quite good doing so – despite a hospital list of injuries requiring replacements. Leverkusen managed to ruin things somewhat by losing at Monaco, otherwise the overall grade would have been a solid A.

As for the Europa-League (the one nobody cares about), I suppose the grade has to be something like D-, but so what? It’s like your grade in Art class, nobody cares. Gladbach probably threw away a win in a 1-1 home draw with Villareal, and Wolfsburg got biatch-slapped at Everton. OK, I get it, this is a worthless competition, but if you are going to play in it, you might as well give a decent effort. From the season perspective, it’s an interesting conversational aspect when you can talk about somebody “in the race for a Eurospot”, but that really is only relevant to clubs like Augsburg or Wuppertal, not serious contenders. And instead of the at least palatable knockout UEFA Cup, the Euroleague now has group stages. It’s about as relevant as those old Summer leagues, I think it was called the “Totto League” where various disinterested sides played in groups just so the betting companies would have something to put up in the offseason.

Maggot raus!

OK, only really a side show in regards to German football. But inevitably, it happened: Felix Magath was fired as boss of English 2nd division club Fulham. Considering they were relegated last season – not his fault, since they had sucked anyway, but bringing in Magath was like throwing gasoline on the fire. Then in this year’s “Championship” they are dead last, having lost 6/7 and facing the prospect of a London derby next year with Leyton Orient.

The fans have been chanting “Magath out” forever, and it sounds like the players were in open revolt. Now perhaps both are understandable, as Magath’s Special Forces training regimen would not sit well with British players pub traditions, but his revolving door hardly could have helped either. And of course, when things go badly, they *really* go bad, and you’ll never recover. In fact, at the first sign you should fire him before it’s too late. It’s a bit surprising that it’s lasted this long. The way to do it would have been to let him go when Fulham were relegated (which really wasn’t his fault), said “thank you” and then rebuild. But Fulham ownership was actually pretty patient until it was all too obvious that it wasn’t going to work here.

So what does this mean to us? Well, the ideal would be to send him over to HSV and finish them off! (I lean towards St.Pauli anyway, hehehe). HSV is in a total mess, and after denying that he was even qualified, they’ve appointed Zinnbauer (or whatever his name is) as interim boss. The thing is, the Zinn man couldn’t possibly do any worse than his immediate predecessors, and he might even get them back on track. That would suck, because the fans down in Sandhausen are looking forward to HSV visit next season, and of course the prospect of a Hamburg derby should warm the heart of all football fans! So you’ve got to pick the right manager, and who could be better than Magath?! There are other contenders in Germany too, for example, Stuttgart hasn’t gone through their “fire manager in early season” stage yet, so maybe he could show up there. He already ruined Schalke and got fired there, so even though there will be a likely opening there, it’s pretty unlikely. Nurnberg is sucking, how bout them?

3.Liga: Makeup round

Even though the German clubs did quite well in the Champions League round – especially in the Bundesliga vs EPL matchup (Dortmund dominated Arsenal, Bayern dominated Man City and Schalke managed a draw at Chelski, only Luserkusen lost at Monaco), of course all real football fans were keeping a close eye on the midweek 3.Liga matches. Not even the news that HSV appointed nobody Josef Zinnhauser from their U23 squad as interim coach could draw attention away from the Round 8 makeup matches.

And there were significant results. Chemnitz jumped to the top of the table with a solid away win at Dortmund-II, showing Arsenal how it’s done on the road. It was an effective squad, well organized and disciplined that simply was a step ahead of their hosts. Bielefeld also continued their revival, with an away win at Unterhaching, serving further notice that they look to be a contender for re-promotion. Energie Cottbus is back on track with a win at home against promoted side Aspach. And some 500 Stuttgart fans came to watch the VfB U23 side and took advantage of VfB’s special “Fan Appreciation” lottery: First prize was a pair of tickets to see VfB-A on Saturday, 2nd prize was two pairs of tickets…

16.09. 18:00 	
VfB Stuttgart II      -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:0 (0:0)      510
Energie Cottbus	      -   SG Sonh. Großaspach	2:0 (1:0)    7,419
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   Arminia Bielefeld	1:3 (1:2)    2,400
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Chemnitzer FC	        1:3 (1:3)    1,741 	


 1  Chemnitzer FC	  	9    6 	2  1 	  14:4 	 +10 	  20 
 2  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	9    6 	1  2 	  18:11  +7 	  19
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 3  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	9    5 	2  2 	  17:12  +5 	  17
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 4  MSV Duisburg 	  	9    4 	4  1 	  14:9 	 +5 	  16 
 5  Energie Cottbus (A) 	9    4 	4  1 	  10:5 	 +5 	  16 
 6  Stuttgarter Kickers 	9    5 	1  3 	  15:11  +4 	  16 
 7  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	9    5 	1  3 	  16:13  +3 	  16 
 8  Preußen Münster 	  	9    4 	3  2 	  15:12  +3 	  15 
 9  VfL Osnabrück 	  	9    4 	1  4 	  11:14  -3 	  13 
10  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	9    3 	3  3 	  14:14   0 	  12 
11  Hallescher FC	  	9    3 	2  4 	  12:11  +1 	  11 
12  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	9    3 	2  4 	  14:16  -2 	  11 
13  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 9    2 	4  3 	  12:15  -3 	  10 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	9    3 	1  5 	  11:17  -6 	  10 
15  Holstein Kiel 	  	9    2 	3  4 	  10:11  -1 	  9 
16  Borussia Dortmund II 	9    2 	3  4 	  11:14  -3 	  9 
17  Hansa Rostock	  	9    2 	2  5 	  12:17  -5 	  8
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18  Jahn Regensburg	  	9    2 	2  5 	  13:20  -7 	  8 
19  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	9    2 	1  6 	   8:12  -4 	  7 
20  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N)	9    1 	2  6 	  10:19  -9 	  5

Slomka raus!

Didn’t take long after speculating the other day: Mirko Slomka has been fired as boss of Hamburger SV, the struggling “Bundesliga-Dino”. It apparently happened on the Monday after their lackluster 0-2 Sunday defeat at Hannover.

He becomes the first Bundesliga firing of the season, but it certainly isn’t too much of a surprise, considering he hasn’t been able to get anything going since taking over for Bert van Marwijk last February. He did manage to see HSV squeak by in the relegation playoffs on goal difference, which keeps the famed Bundesliga clock running (Counting off HSV’s role as sole remaining founder of the Bundesliga that has participated in every season – they’ve never been relegated.) Aside from not getting any results, apparently Slomka had lost control of the locker room as well and wasn’t very popular. (Of course, I’m not sure if it wasn’t that he told the players that they suck and need to work harder…)

There is speculation as to who the follow-up will be. The club is known to be in favor of Thomas Tuchel, the young ex-Mainz leader who was pushed out because he had disagreements with management. However Tuchel has stated he plans to take a year off, so it’s unclear whether he could be convinced to comeback early. Huub Stevens has been mentioned as well, having served HSV back in 2007-08.

Perhaps their best candidate however would be the old HSV legend, Felix Magath, who is about to get fired at Fulham. That way they could rebuild down in the 3.Liga and straighten things out…