3.Liga, Round 15: Arminia’s turn

It’s Arminia Bielefeld’s turn to be at the top of the ultra-competitive Dritte Liga. Only 3 points separates the leaders from 10th place, as everyone is jockeying for position.

Bielefeld opened up quickly in the top clash with Erfurt, and basically decided the match. RWE was never really able to get back in, and Arminia coasted to victory. This turned out to be enough to grab first, as Wehen went down in flames at Halle, who have struggled mightily at home. But here it was HFC dominating the match, and Wehen really never got started.

No goals in the clash between Duisburg and Dresden. The visitors can complain though. After the Zebras went down a man, Dynamo took control in the 2nd half, and had a legit goal called back.

Fortuna Köln had Preußen Münster on the ropes, but a late goal salvaged a point for the visitors.

Mainz hosted a huge relegation six-pointer against Regensburg, and their victory gives them a bit of breathing room, whole keeping Jahn formly rooted to the foot of the table.

 	
Fortuna Köln	     -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (1:0)    3,705
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	3:0 (2:0)   11,710
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:1 (0:0)    1,750
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Energie Cottbus	2:2 (0:1)    3,925
MSV Duisburg	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        0:0 (0:0)   13,720
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:0 (0:0)    5,830
Hallescher FC	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	3:1 (1:0)    5,483
VfL Osnabrück	     -   SG S-hof Großaspach	2:0 (1:0)    7,300
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Jahn Regensburg	1:0 (0:0)      668
Borussia Dortmund II -   Hansa Rostock	        1:1 (1:0)    3,110


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	15    8  3  4 	  31:21  +10 	  27 
 2  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	15    8  2  5 	  26:19  +7 	  26
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 3  Dynamo Dresden (A)	  	15    7  5  3 	  22:17  +5 	  26
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 4  Chemnitzer FC 	  	15    7  4  4 	  15:8 	 +7 	  25 
 5  Stuttgarter Kickers 	15    7  4  4 	  26:20  +6 	  25 
 6  MSV Duisburg 	  	15    6  7  2 	  21:15  +6 	  25 
 7  Preußen Münster 	  	15    7  4  4 	  24:20  +4 	  25 
 8  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	15    7  4  4 	  22:19  +3 	  25 
 9  Energie Cottbus (A) 	15    6  6  3 	  17:13  +4 	  24 
10  VfL Osnabrück 	  	15    7  3  5 	  23:23   0 	  24 
11  Holstein Kiel 	  	15    5  6  4 	  19:13  +6 	  21 
12  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	15    6  3  6 	  21:23  -2 	  21 
13  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	15    5  3  7 	  16:16   0 	  18 
14  Hallescher FC 	  	15    5  3  7 	  19:21  -2 	  18 
15  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	15    4  4  7 	  19:23  -4 	  16 
16  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	15    4  4  7 	  22:27  -5 	  16 
17  Hansa Rostock 	  	15    3  4  8 	  20:29  -9 	  13
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	15    2  6  7 	  16:24  -8 	  12 
19  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 15    2  5  8 	  15:29  -14 	  11 		
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	15    3  2  10 	  15:29  -14 	  11

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 9: Dortmund in crisis

Some interesting games this round, following some decent European action midweek. Crap teams are generally continuing to be crap, but a few sides are beginning to get noticed.

Dortmund is in crisis. The team that has been dominant in the Champions League (a midweek 4-0 thrashing in Istanbul over Turkish giant Galatasary good evidence) is flailing in the Bundesliga. Against Hannover, things again dodn’t go right. Despite a ton of chances, BVB was unable to score. The 96ers didn’t create much, but a direct free kick by Hiroshi Kiyotake gave them a stunning win. This is already 6 losses for Dortmund (in the last 4 years, they’ve only lost 7,6,5 and 3 matches the whole season). What are they going to do? It doesn’t appear that injuries is the main excuse any more, as players are coming back. It just seems like lack of focus. Hannover hardly deserved the win, but they came with a plan to escape with a draw and then take whatever they were given. A nice win for the 96ers, but really Dortmund needs to look into the mirror to figure out why.

Bayern München made massive news in the Champions League, as they came away with a legendary 7-1 win at AS Roma. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola said his side could play better. Well, they needed it at Gladbach. The hosts showed no fear against the champs, and came close to victory in the latter stages. Only some fine saves by Bayern GK Manuel Neuer held the draw. Still, it could have been the usual Bayern script, as they completely controlled the match early on and piled up decent chances. Gladbach didn’t panic and held firm, until their strong effort down the stretch. They clearly deserved a point and demonstrated that they’re the top contender for 2nd place…

Wolfsburg is officially a “contender” (for 2nd place). The VWs have quietly moved up the table, and now showed their strength as the bitch-slapped unbeaten Mainz all over the field. The visitors were only able to keep pace at the start, and when they fell behind, they were simply outplayed and overrun. Mainz was clearly shown their limits, but have a decent squad and should be able to ride home strength to decent results

Huge match in Bremen, with Werder desperately needing a result against Köln. The signs were good, as they’ve beaten Köln nine of the last ten times at home. But this was not to be, as the visitors stood firm and let Bremen run around aimlessly. Then they delivered a deadly counter and ended up with the win. This was the end of the line for coach Robin Dutt, who was fired the next day. U23 coach Viktor Skripnik takes over as interim boss. With Werder dead last and still without a win, he certainly has his work cut out. For Köln, this is a nice win that establishes them neatly in mid-table.

Leverkusen completely dominated against Schalke, which was attempting a catenaccio point robbery. The Blues looked completely lame going forward, and you have to wonder what Roberto di Matteo was thinking with this plan. It’s pretty clear that RDM hasn’t figured out what he is going to do with this side. The Aspirins wasted quite a few chances, but a direct free kick from Hakan Calhanoglu (I bet HSV could use him now) was enough to get the win. Leverksuen looks once again to be a potential challenger for the “Vize” spot.

Augsburg has survived by playing hard and getting results at home. There’s little reason to doubt that they won’t do the same this season. FCA was completely in control against Freiburg, who really couldn’t mount much of anything. SCF looked pretty week, ready to get relegated.

Hoffenheim was dominant against Paderborn, but wasted lots of chances. The Hoppers did finally break through, but it was never easy sailing. The guests might have escaped with a draw late, but luck wasn’t on their side. Overall, Hoffenheim deserved the win, and they remain a surprise unbeaten side. Paderborn exhibited good fight. They’re very much like Augsburg in their first season, so as long as they keep plugging away and collect points at home, they’re in good shape.

Hertha was completely in control against a lame Hamburg side. HSV has been showing some fight, but they were crap here, perhpas a sign that the coach firing effect is wearing off. Berlin was a bit cautious in the first half, but then when they really started to pressure, the guests cracked and Hertha skated to an easy win. Berlin looks capable of more, but they seem a bit tentative. For HSV, the next few matches are crucial, because they are dangerously looking like falling into their earlier sucky pattern.

An insane match in Frankfurt. Stuttgart looked to have things in firm control, jumping to a 3-1 lead, and looking the better side. But Eintracht came roaring back to take the lead, before VfB turned thing in their favor in the end-spurt. Overall, VfB seemed slightly better, but Frankfurt will certainly feel hard done by that they didn’t manage a point after seizing the lead. Stuttgart had been looking like a prime relegation candidate, but they showed that they have plenty of will and skill to pull themselves out. With other teams sucking in the drop zone, they could soon find themselves in safety with a few more solid performances.

Total attendance 395,729 (avg 43,970), sellouts in Bremen, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Gladbach.

 	
Werder Bremen	     -   1. FC Köln	   0:1 (0:0)   42,100 *

                    0:1  Ujah (59., Svento)

Borussia Dortmund    -   Hannover 96	   0:1 (0:0)   80,667 *

                    0:1  Kiyotake (62., direct free kick)

FC Augsburg	     -   SC Freiburg	   2:0 (1:0)   28,324

                    1:0  Verhaegh (11., penalty, Klavan)
                    2:0  Halil Altintop (66., Esswein)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   SC Paderborn 07   1:0 (0:0)   25,712

                    1:0  Volland (73., Beck)

Hertha BSC	     -   Hamburger SV	   3:0 (0:0)   58,768

                    1:0  Ben-Hatira (59., Stocker)
                    2:0  Heitinga (65., Hosogai)
                    3:0  Ben-Hatira (85., Skjelbred)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   VfB Stuttgart	   4:5 (1:2)   49,700

                    1:0  Madlung (21., Seferovic)
                    1:1  Harnik (34.)
                    1:2  Harnik (36., Maxim)
                    1:3  Gentner (51., Maxim)
                    2:3  Meier (57., Aigner)
                    3:3  Aigner (61., Russ)
                    4:3  Madlung (65., Stendera)
                    4:4  Ti. Werner (81.)
                    4:5  Gentner (84., Kostic)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   FC Schalke 04	   1:0 (0:0)   30,210 *

                    1:0  Calhanoglu (53., direct freekick)
 
VfL Wolfsburg	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05   3:0 (1:0)   26,238

                    1:0  Naldo (15., M. Schäfer)
                    2:0  Perisic (59., Naldo)
                    3:0  D. Caligiuri (87., Junior Malanda)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Bayern München	   0:0 (0:0)   54,010 *
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	9    6 	3  0 	  21:2 	 +19 	  21 
 2  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	9    4 	5  0 	  12:4 	 +8 	  17 
 3  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	9    5 	2  2 	  16:9 	 +7 	  17
 4  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	9    4 	5  0 	  13:7 	 +6 	  17
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 5  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	9    4 	4  1 	  17:14  +3 	  16 
 6  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	9    3 	5  1 	  12:10  +2 	  14
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 7  Hannover 96 	  	9    4 	1  4 	   6:11  -5 	  13 
 8  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	9    3 	3  3 	  13:12  +1 	  12 
 9  FC Augsburg 	  	9    4 	0  5 	  11:11   0 	  12 
10  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	9    3 	3  3 	   7:7 	  0 	  12 
11  Eintracht Frankfurt 	9    3 	3  3 	  17:18  -1 	  12 
12  FC Schalke 04 	  	9    3 	2  4 	  13:13   0 	  11 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	9    3 	2  4 	  14:16  -2 	  11 
14  VfB Stuttgart 	  	9    2 	3  4 	  14:19  -5 	  9 
15  Borussia Dortmund 	  	9    2 	1  6 	  10:15  -5 	  7
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16  Hamburger SV 	  	9    1 	3  5 	   3:12  -9 	  6
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17  SC Freiburg 	  	9    0 	5  4 	   8:14  -6 	  5 
18  Werder Bremen 	  	9    0 	4  5 	  10:23  -13 	  4

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

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 10: Who’s in charge?!

Unlike the Bundesliga, the 2.Liga doesn’t have a clear view of who is going to be top. In fact, it’s really anybody’s game. Right now, you’d have to say the most impressive side is an unlikely one: Ingolstadt. The Schanzer may turn out to be this year’s Paderborn. They remain the only unbeaten side, and top the table. FCI won at FSV Frankfurt in a rather drab encounter, but it was also significant. Ingolstadt has quietly set a new 2.Liga record: 18 straight matches undefeated – on the road.

Heidenheim and Kaiserslautern delivered an up-tempo fighting match. FCH is no pushover in their first 2nd division appearance, and FCK has to be considered one of the favorites for promotion.

Bochum struggled to make headway against Darmstadt, and despite constant pressure, they looked like they were going down. A goal deep in injury time saved them. The scorer was Finnish international Mikael Forssell, who has bounced around quite a bit, always looking overmatched, and then moving to another club where he looks fantastic. (Helsinki-Chelsea-Crystal Palace-Chelsea-Gladbach-Chelsea-Birmingham-Chelsea-Birmingham-Hannover-Leeds-Helsinki-Bochum…)

Nürnberg has struggled mightily, but their win over Leipzig at least shows that they appear to have turned the corner and will be able to grind out some results.

Don’t look now but 1860 sucks. Their fans used to boast that they were the no.1 club among München city dwellers, but that’s clearly not the case anymore. And if they’re looking for a München derby, it looks more likely against Unterhaching than bayern. They stunk again and got rolled in Aue and now find themselves in a relegation spot.

Düsseldorf has quietly moved up and now find themselves 2nd. Fortuna had their hands full with St.Pauli, but managed to pull through.

Total attendance 162,584 (avg 18,065), sellout in Heidenheim.

 	
VfL Bochum	       -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:1 (0:1)   19,618
 
                      0:1  Bregerie (10., Heller)
                      1:1  Forssell (90. + 5, Luthe)

1. FC Heidenheim       -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (0:0)   13,000 *

                      0:1  Younes (77., Gaus)
                      1:1  Schnatterer (79., Janzer)

1. FC Nürnberg	       -   RB Leipzig	        1:0 (0:0)   28,751

                      1:0  Schöpf (74., Füllkrug)

Eintracht Braunschweig -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:2 (0:0)   21,200

                      0:1  Stiepermann (59., K. Przybylko)
                      0:2  K. Przybylko (68., Stiepermann)
                      1:2  Kessel (72., R. Korte)
                      2:2  Kessel (90. + 3, Reichel)
 
1. FC Union Berlin     -   SV Sandhausen	3:1 (0:1)   17,106

                      0:1  Olajengbesi (24., Paqarada)
                      1:1  Polter (52., Brandy)
                      2:1  Brandy (59., Köhler)
                      3:1  Polter (80., M. Thiel)

Karlsruher SC	       -   VfR Aalen            0:0 (0:0)   12,494

FSV Frankfurt	       -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:1 (0:1)    4,160

                      0:1  Hinterseer (19., Danilo)

Erzgebirge Aue	       -   1860 München	        4:1 (3:0)   10,000

                      1:0  Klingbeil (2., Kortzorg)
                      2:0  Novikovas (8., Löning)
                      3:0  Kortzorg (15., Schönfeld)
                      3:1  Rama (51., Claasen)
                      4:1  Benatelli (74., Kortzorg)

Fortuna Düsseldorf     -   FC St. Pauli	        1:0 (1:0)   36,255

                      1:0  Liendl (32., Schmitz)



 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	10    6  4  0 	  17:6 	 +11 	  22 
 2  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	10    5  4  1 	  19:11  +8 	  19
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	10    5  3  2 	  16:12  +4 	  18
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 4  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	10    4  4  2 	  20:13  +7 	  16 
 5  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	10    4  4  2 	  14:8 	 +6 	  16 
 6  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	10    4  4  2 	  15:11  +4 	  16 
 7  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	10    4  3  3 	  16:11  +5 	  15 
 8  VfL Bochum 	  	        10    3  6  1 	  18:14  +4 	  15 
 9  Karlsruher SC 	  	10    3  4  3 	  11:10  +1 	  13 
10  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	10    4  1  5 	  11:17  -6 	  13 
11  Eintracht Braunschweig (A)	10    3  2  5 	  14:14   0 	  11 
12  FC St. Pauli 	  	10    3  2  5 	  11:16  -5 	  11 
13  VfR Aalen 	  	        10    2  4  4 	   8:11  -3 	  10 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	10    3  1  6 	  10:16  -6 	  10 
15  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	10    2  4  4 	   9:16  -7 	  10
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16  SV Sandhausen 	  	10    3  1  6 	   7:15  -8 	  10
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17  1860 München 	  	10    2  3  5 	  11:18  -7 	  9 
18  FSV Frankfurt 	  	10    2  2  6 	  11:19  -8 	  8


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

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 14: Bad day for the leaders

It was not a good day for the leading squads, as they almost all suffered defeats or crappy results. And with the packed table, it means that Erfurt has joined in the hunt by virtue of their win. RWE faced Chemnitz in one of the many regional derbies, and deservedly move up.

Wehen stays on top, despite laying an egg in a regional clash with Mainz-II. Lucky for them, other leaders got owned as well. The Westfalen derby between Münster and Bielefeld ended with a clear win for Preussen, who have moved into contention. Cottbus proceeded to knock off Duisburg to re-join the chase, and the Zebras are quite hard to beat, which makes Energie’s effort more impressive. Another mini-derby in Stuttgart saw VfB-II biatch-slap the Kickers, an embarrassing defeat for SK, who had been a surprise leader at one point.

Dresden had another big crowd, but were unable to get a win against Fortuna Köln, who seem to be adapting a bit more. On the bottom, Regensburg got a needed win to regain connection with the rest of the table.

Another significant result was Kiel overrunning Halle, who looked nothing like the road warrior squad that had been doing well away from home. The Holsteiners are solidly mid-table, but with some decent results could jump into contention as well.

VfB Stuttgart II     - 	Stuttgarter Kickers    5:1 (2:1)    2,200
Hansa Rostock        - 	SpVgg Unterhaching     2:2 (0:1)    6,500
Borussia Dortmund II - 	VfL Osnabrück          2:2 (0:1)    2,519
Jahn Regensburg      - 	SG Sonnenhof G-aspach  2:0 (1:0)    2,723
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   - 	1. FSV Mainz 05 II     1:2 (0:2)    3,476
Holstein Kiel        - 	Hallescher FC          3:0 (2:0)    4,611
Rot-Weiß Erfurt      - 	Chemnitzer FC          2:0 (1:0)    7,493
Dynamo Dresden       - 	Fortuna Köln           0:0 (0:0)   23,811
Energie Cottbus      - 	MSV Duisburg           2:0 (0:0)    7,866
Preußen Münster      - 	Arminia Bielefeld      3:1 (0:1)   14,300


 1  SV Wehen Wiesbaden  	14   8	2  4	 25:16	+9	 26 
 2  Rot-Weiß Erfurt  	        14   7	4  3	 22:16	+6	 25
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 3  Dynamo Dresden (A)  	14   7	4  3	 22:17	+5	 25
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 4  Arminia Bielefeld (A)  	14   7	3  4	 28:21	+7	 24
 5  Chemnitzer FC  	        14   7	3  4	 15:8	+7	 24 
 6  Stuttgarter Kickers  	14   7	3  4	 24:18	+6	 24 
 7  MSV Duisburg  	        14   6	6  2	 21:15	+6	 24 
 8  Preußen Münster             14   7	3  4	 23:19	+4	 24 
 9  Energie Cottbus (A)  	14   6	5  3	 15:11	+4	 23 
10  VfL Osnabrück  	        14   6	3  5	 21:23	-2	 21 
11  Holstein Kiel  	        14   5	5  4	 19:13	+6	 20 
12  VfB Stuttgart II  	        14   5	3  6	 20:23	-3	 18 
13  Fortuna Köln (N)  	        14   5	2  7	 15:15	 0	 17 
14  SpVgg Unterhaching  	14   4	4  6	 22:26	-4	 16 
15  Hallescher FC 	        14   4	3  7	 16:20	-4	 15 
16  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N)  	14   3	4  7	 18:23	-5	 13 
17  Hansa Rostock  	        14   3	3  8	 19:28	-9	 12
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	14   2	5  7	 15:23	-8	 11 
19  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 14   2	5  7	 15:27	-12	 11 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	        14   3	2  9	 15:28	-13	 11


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 8:

The Bundesliga was back after the hangover of European qualifiers, in which Germany did quite poorly. They started with the first loss *ever* against Poland, although basically they had more than enough chances to win the game easily. Still the Poles took their few chances and get the historic victory. Then another horrible result against the Republic of Ireland, giving up a tie in the last minute. Under normal circumstances, you might expect the press to be at fever pitch, but clearly as World Champions, Joggi Löw is going to get quite a bit of slack. I mean, would you rather have wins in ho-hum qualifiers or win the WorldCup? Still, it’s clear that the DFB squad is going to need some re-focus and rebuilding.

Turning back to the Bundesliga, I’m not sure you can draw too many conslusions just yet. Aside of course that bayern is going to defend their title easily (although most probably would have said so even before any matches were played). But the matches seem to going as predicted, at least as far as teh champions are concerned: A walk in the park in München as Bayern ripped hapless Bremen to shreds. Luckily the hosts took their foot off the gas in the 2nd period, otherwise it could have easily been double digits. Werder was shockingly horrible, and desperately need to do something quickly before the situation becomes hopeless.

Perhaps Gladbach is one team that might at least “challenge”, i.e. become runner up. They traveled to Hannover for a big match, and did quite well. The 96ers ran around a lot, but Borussia was clinical and beat them silly. MG remains unbeaten, and looks like they could contend for 2nd place.

Leverkusen looks like a challenger, but only part time. The Aspirins showed why they will always fail when it counts. They built up a huge lead at Stuttgart, and in fact could have easily inflicted a record loss on their hosts. But then in the 2nd half, they evidently forgot how to play football, and Stuttgart came roaring back. Overall, it was a fair result, but obviously much better for VfB, since they showed they still have some bite.

Mainz continues as a surprise unbeaten side. They defeated Augsburg in a tough match. The hosts jumped out early, and although Augsburg had sustained pressure, they only got back into the match too late.

Hoffenheim also has quietly remained unbeaten. The Hoppers faced a stiff challenge at Hamburg, as HSV under Zinnbauer at least shows fight in every match now. The hosts pressed hard, but Hoffenheim was up to the challenge and come away with a fair point. It’s a bit of a surprise they’re unbeaten, but they seem solid, if not impressive. HSV basically needs to solve their goal scoring (or rather “lack of…”) problem. If they can do that, they actually seem to be in better shape than the lucky escapee from last season.

Köln got a huge victory against Dortmund. The hosts were clearly technically inferior, but made it up with a lot of effort. BVB is clearly a squad in crisis, and probably shouldn’t have lost this one – but they found a way to lose. This time veteran GK Roman Weidenfeller basically just missed a lazy cross into the box and a surprised Simon Zoller tapped into the empty net for the winner. For Dortmund, the real highpoint was the return of Ilkay Gündogan after his long injury layoff, and he had a promising match. Still, Jürgen Klopp has a lot of work to do to get BVB straightened out. For Köln, every point is precious, so they’ve got to be pretty happy.

Schalke could perhaps make a run at things. They got off to a poor start and finally canned Jens Keller, so this was Roberto Di Matteo’s debut. He was probably happy with the win, and a solid defensive effort. He can’t be too happy about his midfield though, as it was Hertha that controlled most of the match. A fortunate second goal gave Schalke to edge to withstand, and Berlin was unable to come back. So can Schalke make a run? If RDM can sort things out in midfield perhaps. And of course the defense will have to continue their recent improvement. Berlin isn’t very far above the relegation zone, but Hertha looks like they have enough skill to float above.

Paderborn is back to their surprisingly good start. The match with Frankfurt was a snoozer, but then the guests made the mistake of taking the lead :). This seemed to galvanzie SCP, and they ran around leaving Eintracht in the dust. They might have been slightly fortunate, but the visitors defense was full of holes, and they got owned. Great win for SCP, who have certainly given indication that they might be able to stay up. Frankfurt could have become “a team to watch” if they had won, but I guess now you can continue to ignore them.

Perhaps Wolfsburg is going to grow into a “watchable team”. They won at struggling Freiburg on a double by ex-Freiburger Daniel Caligiuri. They’ll need to notch up a few more wins before they can be taken seriously. SCF is certainly in trouble, having yet to register a win, so something else that they have in common with the other great suckitude this season, Werder Bremen.

Total attendance 388,063 (avg 43,118), sellouts in München, Hannover, Köln, Schalke and Paderborn

 	
Bayern München	  -   Werder Bremen	     6:0 (4:0)   71,000 *

                 1:0  Lahm (20., T. Müller)
                 2:0  Xabi Alonso (27., direct free kick)
                 3:0  T. Müller (43., penalty, T. Müller)
                 4:0  M. Götze (45., Alaba)
                 5:0  Lahm (79., Shaqiri)
                 6:0  M. Götze (86.)

1. FSV Mainz 05	  -   FC Augsburg	     2:1 (2:0)   27,687

                 1:0  Hofmann (20.)
                 2:0  Jairo (23.)
                 2:1  To. Werner (78., Baba)

Hannover 96	  -   Bor. Mönchengladbach   0:3 (0:1)   49,000 *

                 0:1  M. Kruse (14., Alvaro Dominguez)
                 0:2  G. Xhaka (49., direct free kick)
                 0:3  M. Kruse (90., Hazard)

SC Freiburg	  -   VfL Wolfsburg	     1:2 (0:1)   23,500

                 0:1  D. Caligiuri (8., De Bruyne)
                 0:2  D. Caligiuri (66., De Bruyne)
                 1:2  Kerk (90. + 1)

VfB Stuttgart	  -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen    3:3 (0:3)   40,900

                 0:1  Son (4.)
                 0:2  Son (9.)
                 0:3  Bellarabi (41., Son)
                 1:3  Ti. Werner (57., Klein)
                 2:3  Klein (67.)
                 3:3  Harnik (76., Kostic)

1. FC Köln	  -   Borussia Dortmund	     2:1 (1:0)   50,000 *

                 1:0  Vogt (40., Risse)
                 1:1  Immobile (48., Reus)
                 2:1  Zoller (74., Osako)

FC Schalke 04	  -   Hertha BSC	     2:0 (1:0)   61,973 *

                 1:0  Huntelaar (19., Draxler)
                 2:0  Draxler (65.)

Hamburger SV	  -   TSG Hoffenheim	     1:1 (1:1)   49,003

                 0:1  Modeste (15., Schwegler)
                 1:1  Lasogga (34., Arslan)

SC Paderborn 07	  -   Eintracht Frankfurt    3:1 (0:0)   15,000 *

                 0:1  Meier (57., Inui)
                 1:1  Ducksch (66., Kutschke)
                 2:1  Hünemeier (79., Vrancic)
                 3:1  Kutschke (85., Koc)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	8    6 	2  0 	 21:2 	+19 	  20 
 2  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	8    4 	4  0 	 12:4 	+8 	  16 
 3  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	8    3 	5  0 	 12:7 	+5 	  14		
 4  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	8    3 	5  0 	 12:7 	+5 	  14
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 5  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	8    4 	2  2 	 13:9 	+4 	  14 
 6  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	8    3 	4  1 	 16:14 	+2 	  13
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 7  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	8    3 	3  2 	 13:11 	+2 	  12 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	8    3 	3  2 	 13:13 	 0 	  12 
 9  FC Schalke 04 	  	8    3 	2  3 	 13:12 	+1 	  11 
10  Hannover 96 	  	8    3 	1  4 	  5:11 	-6 	  10 
11  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	8    2 	3  3 	  6:7 	-1 	  9 
12  FC Augsburg 	  	8    3 	0  5 	  9:11 	-2 	  9 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	8    2 	2  4 	 11:16 	-5 	  8 
14  Borussia Dortmund 	  	8    2 	1  5 	 10:14 	-4 	  7 
15  VfB Stuttgart 	  	8    1 	3  4 	  9:15 	-6 	  6
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16  Hamburger SV 	  	8    1 	3  4 	  3:9 	-6 	  6
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17  SC Freiburg 	  	8    0 	5  3 	  8:12 	-4 	  5 
18  Werder Bremen 	  	8    0 	4  4     10:22 	-12 	  4


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

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

WSV Blog: Things getting better?

It has been a good run recently for WSV in the Oberliga.

The squad was going OK, but was not overly impressive. Other clubs were getting to a fast start, and WSV was shaky at times. Then came the real disaster as they totally sucked in a loss at TuRU Düsseldorf – a club that was near bottom of the table.

Things looked like they were headed to a horrible season, but then WSV managed to get things together.

After a win against MSV Duisburg-II, WSV travelled to Krefeld to play in the famous Grtenburg-Stadion against the newcomers VfB Krefeld-Fischeln. Although they were a newly promoted side, Krefeld had been doing quite well, winning all previous eight matches and leading the league. Wuppertal played a fine match, and ended up winning 3-0

For some highlights (German only), WSV-TV at Krefeld-Fischeln

Wuppertaler SV – SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter 5:1

This was an other important match. Last season, the Hönnies were the runaway winners of the Oberliga. They were entitled to promotion into the Regionalliga, but declined due to budgetary limitations. They did biatch-slap WSV on both occasions, the Zoo Stadion a 1-5 debacle. So the fact that WSV turned the tables this time is quite a positive development. A pair of goals from Marvin Ellmann and Dennis Schmidt started the rout, with some 2,000+ in attendance.

Highlights:
WSV-TV against Hönnepel-Niedermörmter

Finally, during this period there was some financial success. Two years ago, WSV had club elections that brought in a new board to get rid of the old leaders that had saddled the club with debt and basically run into the ground. The new board brought the club into insolvency state, and accepted obligatory relegation into the 5th division Oberliga Niederrhein, the lowest point in WSV history. The 1st season was difficult, but at least financially things were quickly turning around. Now officially the club is coming out of insolvency, and can think about moving forward…

Things in the 5th division Oberliga Niederrhein are at least palatable for WSV, given the last coupke of good results. It is pretty tough, because you have to win the title outright to get promoted into the Regionalliga West. And of course depending on who gets relegated from the higher league, 15th and 16th place are not necessarily secure.

The early surprise is of course Krefeld-Fischeln, the unknown cousin of Krefeld’s most famous side, KFC Uerdingen. They had just come up, and are already kicking ass, although WSV have them a “What’s up?!” as mentioned above. Bocholt is also a bit of a surprise, having just got promoted as well. Others that could be a threat are of course the defending champs, Hönnepel-Niedermörmter and the relegated Velbert side. Velbert is run by ex-WSV boss Friedhelm Runge, largely responsible for WSV’s current mess. Of course, WSV did rip them 4-0 away early this season to get things going. So already early on, Wuppertal has established themselves, having beaten 1st, 4th,5th and 6th…

 1  VfR Krefeld-Fischeln (N)	9    8 	0  1 	 19:7 	+12 	  24
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 2  1. FC Bocholt (N) 	  	9    6 	2  1 	 21:6 	+15 	  20 
 3  Wuppertaler SV 	  	9    6 	2  1 	 23:9 	+14 	  20 
 4  MSV Duisburg II 	  	9    6 	0  3 	 23:9 	+14 	  18 
 5  SSVg Velbert (A) 	  	9    6 	0  3 	 22:13 	+9 	  18 
 6  SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter 	9    5 	2  2 	 18:12 	+6 	  17 
 7  Ratinger SV 	  	9    5 	1  3 	 20:13 	+7 	  16 
 8  VfB Hilden 	  	        9    5 	1  3 	 24:20 	+4 	  16 
 9  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen II 	9    5 	0  4 	 17:14 	+3 	  15 
10  TuS Bösinghoven 	  	9    3 	2  4 	 18:19 	-1 	  11 
11  TV Jahn Hiesfeld 	  	9    3 	2  4 	 16:20 	-4 	  11 
12  TuRU Düsseldorf 	  	9    3 	1  5 	  9:14 	-5 	  10 
13  Vdsf Nievenheim (N) 	9    3 	1  5 	 13:27 	-14 	  10 
14  SC Kapellen-Erft 	  	9    3 	0  6 	 15:20 	-5 	  9 
15  Sportfreunde Baumberg 	9    2 	1  6 	  7:22 	-15 	  7 
16  Schwarz-Weiß Essen 	  	9    1 	2  6 	  6:13 	-7 	  5
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17  SV Sonsbeck 	  	9    1 	2  6 	  6:21 	-15 	  5 
18  VfB Homberg 	  	9    0 	1  8 	  4:22 	-18 	  1

2.Liga, Round 9: Schanzer on top

Ingolstadt outfought Braunschweig and hold the top spot. The Schanzer just seemed to want it a little more than Eintracht, and they ended up taking one of the few chances to get a winner. Certainly a surprise that they top the table, but they’re the only unbeaten team, so they must be doing something right. Braunschweig has generally played poorly, certainly giving less effort than in their Bundesliga season.

Kaiserslautern played one of their best matches against Karlsruhe, The home side was dominant and wanted the win, KSC was too passive and was overrun.

A rare sellout at promoted Darmstadt, perhaps because the fans hadn’t been believing that teh 98ers could mount anything. This time, they packed the stadium, and unfortunately they were caught with their pants down, as visiting Fortuna Düsseldorf ripped their ass. The home side had some hope when they scored just after half, but Benschop put an end to that dream almost immediately after the re-whistle. Outstanding for Fortuna was Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo, who grabbed 3 goals and generally caused chaos in the Darmstadt defense. Both should still be considered contenders, although this might have been a “statement” match for Düsseldorf.

Bochum probably should have beaten Nürnberg. Despite a decent performance by der Club, Bochum was just too wasteful on chances, and get stuck with a draw. Perhaps it’s still a hangover from their drubbing in Heidenheim. For FCN, at least they got a point, which even in a promotion battle would have been a good result.

Greuther Fürth had a relatively easy time winning against Erzgebirge Aue. Teh visitors had been playing better to get out of the bottom, but were basically back to their old tricks and looked pretty lame.

Aalen got an important win against 1860, stopping their slide. The hosts were just more energetic in the 2nd period, and a couple of late goals gave them a key victory.

FSV Frankfurt stunned Sandhausen, who had been playing somewhat decently in the last few weeks. This time however SVS was totally lame, so the Bornheimer ran around and did whatever they pleased, getting a key win that has stopped their slide.

Union Berlin started brightly in Hamburg, but when Jopek got tossed after 22 minutes for a last man foul, it was easy sailing for St.Pauli. This was a needed result for the homeside, and a disaster for Berlin, who now prop up the table!

Monday night saw a hardfought match in Leipzig, as Heidenheim showed they would be no pushover for the Redballsportlers. The RasenBulls did equalize an early FCH strike with a nice free kick by Kaiser, but that was about all they could achieve against the disciplined visitors.

Total attendance 162,886 (avg 18,098), sellouts in St.Pauli and Darmstadt

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   Erzgebirge Aue	2:0 (2:0)   12,690

                     1:0  Weilandt (8., Schröck)
                     2:0  Weilandt (17.)

VfR Aalen	      -   1860 München	        2:0 (0:0)    9,226

                     1:0  Weiß (83., Ludwig)
                     2:0  Feick (85.)

VfL Bochum	      -   1. FC Nürnberg	1:1 (1:0)   25,094

                     1:0  Gregoritsch (44., Tasaka)
                     1:1  Sylvestr (56., Schöpf)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Karlsruher SC  	2:0 (2:0)   39,079

                     1:0  Lakic (20., Gaus)
                     2:0  Gaus (35., Lakic)

FC St. Pauli	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:0 (1:0)   29,063 *

                     1:0  Nöthe (23., penalty, Budimir)
                     2:0  Rzatkowski (73.)
                     3:0  Verhoek (88., Alushi)
	
FC Ingolstadt 04      -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:0 (0:0)    7,750

                     1:0  Hinterseer (46., P. Groß)
 
SV Sandhausen	      -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:3 (0:0)    5,014

                     0:1  Toski (51., Kruska)
                     0:2  Kapllani (64., penalty, Kapllani)
                     0:3  Grifo (88., Schembri)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:4 (0:2)   16,150 *

                     0:1  Pohjanpalo (12., da Silva Pinto)
                     0:2  Pohjanpalo (26.,)
                     1:2  Kempe (46., Stroh-Engel)
                     1:3  Benschop (47., Bellinghausen)
                     1:4  Pohjanpalo (57., Schmitz)
 

Monday:
RB Leipzig	      -   1. FC Heidenheim	1:1 (1:1)   18,820

                     0:1  Heise (21., chnatterer)
                     1:1  D. Kaiser (31., direct freekick)
 	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	9    5 	4  0 	 16:6 	+10 	  19 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	9    5 	2  2 	 15:11 	+4 	  17
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 3  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	9    4 	4  1 	 18:11 	+7 	  16
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 4  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	9    4 	4  1 	 14:7 	+7 	  16 
 5  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	9    4 	3  2 	 19:12 	+7 	  15 
 6  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	9    4 	3  2 	 14:10 	+4 	  15 
 7  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	9    4 	2  3 	 14:9 	+5 	  14 
 8  VfL Bochum 	  	        9    3 	5  1 	 17:13 	+4 	  14 
 9  Karlsruher SC 	  	9    3 	3  3 	 11:10 	+1 	  12 
10  FC St. Pauli 	  	9    3 	2  4 	 11:15 	-4 	  11 
11  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	9    3 	1  5 	 12:12 	 0 	  10 
12  SV Sandhausen 	  	9    3 	1  5 	  6:12 	-6 	  10 
13  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	9    3 	1  5 	 10:17 	-7 	  10 
14  VfR Aalen 	  	        9    2 	3  4 	  8:11 	-3 	  9 
15  1860 München	  	9    2  3  4 	 10:14 	-4 	  9
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16  FSV Frankfurt 	  	9    2 	2  5 	 11:18 	-7 	  8
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	9    2 	1  6 	  6:15 	-9 	  7 		
18  1. FC Union Berlin	  	9    1 	4  4 	  6:15 	-9 	  7


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

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 13: Wehen goes top

Wehen goes top of the competitive 3.Liga with a solid performance at promoted Großaspach. The Sonnenhofer fought well, but Wehen was too clever and deservedly tale all the points. But their position at the top is not secure: chasing teams are in a five-way tie for 2nd at 24 points.

The top clash in Bielfeld was a statement for Arminia, as they biatch-slapped erstwhile leaders Dresden. In general it was a top-class match, but Dynamo was undone by uncharacteristic errors by their keeper Bernd Kirsten. The homeside mercilessly took advantage and rolled to a thumping win.

Stuttgarter Kickers also made somewhat of a statement as they crushed a crap Hansa Rostock side. Chemnitz also is back in the hunt, although it was a difficult match against Münster, who were hoping to join the top group as well.

Osnabrück wasn’t overly impressive, but they got the job done against Regensburg, who are mired at the bottom.

Dusibrug missed a good chance to move up as they conceded a draw with VfB Stuttgart-II. The Zebras had enough chance sto win, but faltered at critical moments,

Johannes Rahn nailed a hat-trick for Fortuna Köln as they surprised Cottbus.

Total attendance 59,244 (avg 5,924)

 	
VfL Osnabrück	     -   Jahn Regensburg	2:0 (0:0)    7,664
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Borussia Dortmund II	2:0 (1:0)    1,500
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Hansa Rostock	        3:0 (3:0)    4,060
MSV Duisburg	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	1:1 (1:0)   13,441
Fortuna Köln	     -   Energie  Cottbus	3:0 (1:0)    1,911
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Dynamo Dresden 	4:1 (3:1)   14,708
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Preußen Münster	1:0 (1:0)    5,803
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Holstein Kiel	        1:1 (1:0)      732
SG Snhf Großaspach   -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:3 (0:1)    1,089
Hallescher FC	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	1:2 (1:0)    8,336


 1  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	13    8  2  3 	  24:14  +10 	  26 
 2  Stuttgarter Kickers 	13    7  3  3 	  23:13  +10 	  24
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 3  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	13    7  3  3 	  27:18  +9 	  24
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 4  Chemnitzer FC 	  	13    7  3  3 	  15:6 	 +9 	  24 
 5  MSV Duisburg 	  	13    6  6  1 	  21:13  +8 	  24 
 6  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	13    7  3  3 	  22:17  +5 	  24 
 7  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	13    6  4  3 	  20:16  +4 	  22 
 8  Preußen Münster 	  	13    6  3  4 	  20:18  +2 	  21 
 9  Energie Cottbus (A) 	13    5  5  3 	  13:11  +2 	  20 
10  VfL Osnabrück 	  	13    6  2  5 	  19:21  -2 	  20 
11  Holstein Kiel 	  	13    4  5  4 	  16:13  +3 	  17 
12  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	13    5  1  7 	  15:15   0 	  16 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	13    4  3  6 	  16:17  -1 	  15 
14  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	13    4  3  6 	  20:24  -4 	  15 
15  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	13    4  3  6 	  15:22  -7 	  15 
16  Hansa Rostock 	  	13    3  2  8 	  17:26  -9 	  11 
17  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 13    2  5  6 	  15:25  -10 	  11
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18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	13    2  4  7 	  16:22  -6 	  10 
19  Borussia Dortmund II 	13    2  4  7 	  13:21  -8 	  10 
20  Jahn Regensburg J	  	13    2  2  9 	  13:28  -15 	  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 7: Dortmund sucks!

Dortmund sucks! That is the verdict from the 7th round of the Bundesliga. Now strictly from a legal point, perhaps you cannot label them as the suckiest team in the league, since they aren’t last. But ferhevinsakes, you lost at home to Hamburg!! And HSV was officially the suckiest team. So a good lawyer might be able to make a case…Anyway, as far as the game itself, hats off to HSV. One thing under Zinnbauer is at least they look like they’re trying. They fought hard, scored on a counter, and defended as if they were armed with a shotgun to defend their teenage daughter’s virginity. Meanwhile the Neons dicked around aimlessly without a care in the world. They did finally wake up in the last 20 minutes and attacked ferociously, but HSV stood firm and gets a huge win, which could jump-start their season. BVB is in ruins (well, obviously, half the team is in the hospital anyway), and this Bundesliga season is basically over!!

Leaders Bayern München had no problems with visiting Hannover. Bayern dominated, did whatever they wanted, and finally let up in the 2nd half against the Angsthasen from the north. You could argue the game was over after 6 minutes when Lewandowski scored, and certainly after 13 on Robben’s goal. Basically, the hosts could have scored 10 easily if they had pressed the issue, as the 96ers were disgraceful. Yeah, you will likely lose, but have some dignity and play. I suppose it’s premature to say that Bayern has retained their title (after only 7 games), but it certainly has that feeling…

Very quietly, Hoffenheim has advanced to being a pretty good side. Nobody pays attention anymore. This is not the Dietmar Hopp moneybags team from a few years ago that had all the purists upset. It’s basically a team of young talents and a few discarded veterans that have melded nicely under coach Markus Gisdol. But since they’re not the lightening-rod for over-commercialization (Red Bull, I mean “Rasenballsportler” Leipzig a much worse offender these days), they fly under the radar. But they’re a solid side, as Schalke found out today, getting beat fairly soundly. Soundly not because of the scoreline, but because the Hoppers looked solid throughout, and Schalke seemed half-asleep. When they finally started putting things together, it was too late.

Leverkusen would seem to deserve better. They generally play attractive football, get decent results. They of course always suck at the critical moment when staring glory in the face (hence their deserved moniker “Luserkusen”). They have a nice stadium courtesy of Bayer Aspirin that is almost never full. But they always seem to reurn to the Luserkusen traits. Like I said, usually their stadium ain’t full – unless they’re playing some regional derby (in which case more visiting fans) or of course Bayern, who sell out every game where ever they play (I wonder what was the last game that a domestic Bayern match was not sold out. barring the worthless Ligapokal, I can’t think of one). Anyway, the Aspirin Arena was sold out, against Paderborn no less. And instead of making a statement, the home side flopped. (Well, you could argue that WAS the statement, “We’re Luserkusen!”). Anyway, they were chasing their tail against Paderborn all game, and then things got worse, as SCP took the lead at the end – despite being a man down. Lucky for Bayer, Karim Bellarabi scored in the last second to avoid total disgrace (BTW, keep an eye on Bellarabi, he looks like the next German youngster to perhaps force his way into the national team). Obviously a great result for Paderborn, who continue to impress in their first top-flight season.

Hertha BSC got back on track with a win over Stuttgart. They put in a strong effort, but also benefited from some shoddy defending by VfB. Stuttgart remains in crisis, but given several other teams in the same boat, it wouldn’t take much to straighten things out.

Bremen hosted Freiburg in a battle of winless sides, so obviously they both lost. OK, the result was predictable (draw), but it probably feels like a loss for Werder. The hosts controlled and pressed most of the match, but in the end still couldn’t get the win. In that sense, obviously a decent result for Freiburg.

Frankfurt toppled Köln in an exciting match, full of mistakes on both sides. The hero was probably veteran Alex Meier, who headed in two goals for the home side.

Wolfsburg was generally the better team against Augsburg, and got their first home win against the Fuggers.

Gladbach had advantages against Mainz, but was unable to convert, and thereby weren’t able to secure 2nd place. They pressed, and although Mainz gave a good account, the Gladbachers should have won the match.

Total attendance 425,835 (avg 47,315), sellouts in München, Dortmund, Leverkusen, Frankfurt


Hertha BSC	     -   VfB Stuttgart	  3:2 (1:1)   46,312

                    0:1  Leitner (5., Klein)
                    1:1  Kalou (22., penalty, Stocker)
                    2:1  Kalou (64., Stocker)
                    3:1  Roy Beerens (74., Ben-Hatira)
                    3:2  Wagner (83., own goal, Leitner)
 	
Bayern München	     -   Hannover 96	  4:0 (3:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  Lewandowski (6., Rafinha)
                    2:0  Robben (13.)
                    3:0  Lewandowski (38., Juan Bernat)
                    4:0  Robben (79.)

Borussia Dortmund    -   Hamburger SV	  0:1 (0:1)   80,667 *

                    0:1  Lasogga (35., N. Müller)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   SC Paderborn 07  2:2 (1:1)   30,210 *

                    0:1  Koc (20., Rupp)
                    1:1  L. Bender (42., Bellarabi)
                    1:2  Stoppelkamp (87., Rupp)
                    2:2  Bellarabi (90., R. Kruse)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   FC Schalke 04	  2:1 (2:0)   30,000

                    1:0  Elyounoussi (13., Roberto Firmino)
                    2:0  Szalai (29., Roberto Firmino)
                    2:1  Huntelaar (83., Uchida)
  	  	
Werder Bremen	     -   SC Freiburg	  1:1 (1:1)   40,029

                    0:1  Darida (8., penalty, Philipp)
                    1:1  di Santo (31., Junuzovic)
 	
Eintracht Frankfurt  -   1. FC Köln	  3:2 (1:1)   51,500 *  

                    0:1  Risse (15., Vogt)
                    1:1  Meier (44., Seferovic)
                    2:1  Meier (54., Seferovic)
                    2:2  Hector (65., Vogt)
                    3:2  Horn (79., own goal, Oczipka)

VfL Wolfsburg	     -   FC Augsburg	  1:0 (0:0)   25,734

                    1:0  Naldo (58., Jung)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   1. FSV Mainz 05  1:1 (1:1)   50,383

                    1:0  M. Kruse (15., Linksschuss, F. Johnson)
                    1:1  Hofmann (31., Hand penalty)




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

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

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 8: Sensation in Heidenheim

A sensational result in Heidenheim, where Bochum visited. VfL has been one of the more impressive sides early, looking to live up to their favorite status, and generally playing quite well. Newly promoted Heidenheim has been quite good, but most pundits figured they would be happy with a point against their famous opponent. Instead, the visiting side was stunned by FCH’s high tempo attack, and despite being one of the better road teams, were completely overrun in a brilliant display. Heidenheim jumped on Bochum and didn’t let up, wrapping up the match in 40 minutes of brilliant football. The 2nd half was a continued show, although the stunned Bochumers perhaps did benefit from their hosts pegging back a gear.

Ingolstadt has been one of the early season surprises. Over the past couple of season, they’ve proven to be an unpleasant opponent, especially at home, always ready to give you a tough match. But the Schanzer would often leave points on the table. This season they are grabbing thos points, and have been challenging at the top. Karlsruhe looked to have gotten on board with their promotion challenge, but seems to have stepped back. A tense match that they could never get control of, and FCI probably deserves all the points.

Promoted side Darmstadt is living the dream, only one season removed from potential 4th division, they’re now a contender for the Bundesliga. Union expected to challenge, but has hit a rough start. The visitors showed confidence and got increasingly better as the match went on. In fact, when they grabbed a lead, it looked like they might actually get a huge road win. But teh Berliners roused themselves and fought back to get a point.

Exciting match in Düsseldorf, as Fortuna battled Leipzig. The hosts were the pressing side, but wasted some early chances to gain a clear advantage. Leipzig was compact and clever, and constantly had Fortuna chasing their tail. Overall, a draw is the correct result, obviously better for the visiting side.

The relegated Bundesligist Braunschweig has found the 2.Liga return to be pretty rough, and their opponent Sandhausen has been grinding out results recently, so it was hard to say what would happen. Braunschweig did manage to keep the game under control, although the visitors threatened at various times to break up the match. In the end the Lions held on to get an important win to steady the ship.

The Bavarian derby between 1860 and Greuther Fürth deserves bigger attendance, but it was mostly 1860 fans that couldn’t get into the Lowenbrau tent at the Oktoberfest. The home side had just fired their caoch Ricardo Minz and installed Markus von Ahlen, and it showed up positively. 1860 was engaged and wanted the win. Greuther Fürth on the other hand, well, they wanted to be at the Oktoberfest. They were shockingly weak, so 1860 had an easy time getting the points. So instead of a statement match against a contender, the win is kinda ho-hum.

After their crap start, Aue desperately needs points, and they continued their mini-revival with a critical win against Aalen. This is the type of club they *have* to beat if they want to stay up, and they got the job done, but it wasn’t easy. Not that Aalen played very well, but Erzgebirge was overly nervous and struggled. But they got their 3rd positive in a row, so it’s been a great “English” week for the Easterners.

A wild match in Bornheim. FSV Frankfurt and St.Pauli looked to be locked into a drab relegation battle, and when the Paulistas took teh lead, it looked like FSV was cooked. But the hosts re-organized and threw everything into attack, and pulled things back to take the lead. St.Pauli was however to shift gears as well just in time and salvage a draw in what turned out to be a riveting match.

Monday night was an abosultely critical match as Nürnberg hosted Kaiserslautern. A defeat for FCN would have been disastrous. Der Club did however do enough to get the points. Kaiserslautern wasted chances, and FCN used counters to build up a huge lead. Since they are still crap, they weren’t able to sail home though. Kaiserslautern got back into the match and there were nervous minutes until the final whistle.


Eintr. Braunschweig  -   SV Sandhausen	        2:1 (1:0)   20,680

                    1:0  Kessel (38., R. Korte)
                    2:0  Bakenga (54., R. Korte)
                    2:1  Wooten (90. + 2, Hand penalty)

1860 München	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:0 (1:0)   18,300

                    1:0  Okotie (6., Adlung)
                    2:0  Sanchez (74., Rodri)

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   VfR Aalen	        1:0 (0:0)    7,000

                    1:0  Fa. Müller (77., Kortzorg)

Karlsruher SC	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:1 (0:1)   12,000

                    0:1  Gordon (40., own goal, P. Groß)

1. FC Union Berlin   -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:1 (0:0)   18,124

                    0:1  Heller (73., Kempe)
                    1:1  Quiring (85., Schönheim)

 	
Fortuna Düsseldorf   -  RB Leipzig	        2:2 (0:1)   30,477

                    0:1  Teigl (18., Morys)
                    1:1  Pohjanpalo (60., Tah)
                    1:2  Teigl (61., Demme)
                    2:2  Benschop (86., Bolly)
 
FSV Frankfurt	     -  FC St. Pauli	        3:3 (1:2)    8,106

                    0:1  Nöthe (32., penalty, L. Sobiech)
                    0:2  Rzatkowski (35., Daube)
                    1:2  Kauko (44., oshi)
                    2:2  Ziereis (58., own goal, Huber)
                    3:2  Grifo (62.)
                    3:3  Daube (86., Maier)

1. FC Heidenheim     -  VfL Bochum	        5:0 (4:0)   11,500

                    1:0  Mayer (9., Schnatterer)
                    2:0  Schnatterer (20., penalty, Mayer)
                    3:0  Schnatterer (28., Niederlechner)
                    4:0  Niederlechner (39., K. Kraus)
                    5:0  Leipertz (77., Heise)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -  1. FC Kaiserslautern	3:2 (2:0)   25,130

                    1:0  Candeias (24., Schöpf)
                    2:0  Schöpf (41.)
                    3:0  Schöpf (51.)
                    3:1  Ring (62., Löwe)
                    3:2  Löwe (71., Zimmer)
	


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



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