2.Liga, Round 3: Favorites struggle

Some of the favorites are struggling, but the newcomers to the 2.Liga are generally off to positive starts.

Nürnberg is in crisis already. After getting bitch-slapped by Fürth in the Frankenderby last week, der Club at least figured to get some easy points against minnows FSV Frankfurt. They really couldn’t do anything right, despite an early gift. Ex-Nürnberger Hanno Balitsch had just signed for FSV, and was whistled for a penalty, even though the fould was outside the box. But Nürnberg couldn’t take advantage, as Pinola’s penalty was stopped by Klandt. Then Balitsch got revenge, as headed in a corner off Grifo’s corner. FCN was stunned and ran around aimlessly, until halftime, when they were treated to a whistling concert by enraged Club fans (for those that don’t know, whistling is essentially the German way of booing). In the 2nd period, Nürnberg was much better, with some period of sustained pressure. However, Frankfurt showed discipline and held the win.

Düsseldorf looked crap against Karlsruhe, basically continuing after their cup fiasco in Würzburg. KSC pretty much did whatever they wanted, and easily got an important road win.

Braunschweig disappointed, but mainly because they didn’t rise to the occasion. The match at Kaiserslautern was clearly the top attraction of the round, and both teams could be considered contenders. So it’s disappointing in the sense that Braunschweig struck immediately, and then went to sleep. They conceded an equalizer only a few minutes later, but basically just wandered around aimlessly. Only when they finally realized that they were losing did they begin to show initiative, and then it was too late. Good win for FCK, but hardly impressive.

Greuther Fürth was another disappointment. After crushing FCN last week, they certainly looked like they were ready to return to the Bundesliga. But then they look lame in a Bavarian regional clash against nearby Ingolstadt, and get totally owned. The host Schanzer dominated from start to finish, Greuther looked like they didn’t want to be there. (OK, probably nobody wants to be in Ongolstadt, not even FCI fans, but at least you could give some effort before you head back to the train station). Ingolstadt toyed with the visitors before finally realizing they were nothing, and coasted home to a win.

A first ever Sachsen derby at Leipzig as the RasenBulls took on Aue. The Redballsportler pretty much dominated the game and took an early lead. Erzgebirge tried ahrd, but were clearly inferior and need to go back to the drawing board. So the money bags take over the lead in the 2.Liga and certainly look a reasonable contender for promotion.

St.Pauli has beens truggling at home – they hadn’t won since March last season – but fan support remains strong, despite a relatively ho-hum opponent. However, the Paulistas once again looked nervous and tentative, whereas Sandhausen was generally playing much better. In the end, it was with some luck that the home side pulled out the win.

Exciting match in Heidenheim, as both teams went for the win. FCH had a slight edge, and probably created enough chances to win, but they also need GK Zimmermann to stop a penalty by 1860’s Okotie. After some lackluster performances, the München side can take away some positives from their energetic play.

Darmstadt got another win, and have started nicely. In fact, they’d probably be happy if the season ended today and return to the Bundesliga :)
They must be counting their lucky stars, as a couple of years ago, they were relegated to the 4th division, but were saved because Kickers Offenbach’s management failed their bookeeping class. With that reprieve, they managed to reach a playoff spot in the 3.Liga, and stunned Bielefeld on away goals to jump to the 2.Liga. They certainly have a good chance of staying up, especially if they grab points. Aalen actually looked the better team over wide stretches, but Darmstadt got the goals when needed.

Monday night had Bochum hosting Union Berlin. The hard fought match ended in a draw, both teams have looked reasonable so far, but have lacked the killer instinct to get the points.

Total attendance 197,805 (avg 21,978), sellout in Heidenheim

FC St. Pauli	     -   SV Sandhausen	        2:1 (1:1)   26,581

                    1:0  Nöthe (5., Budimir)
                    1:1  Gartler (23., Pfertzel)
                    2:1  L. Sobiech (90. + 2)

1. FC Heidenheim     -   1860 München	        2:2 (0:1)   13,000 *

                    0:1  Okotie (13.)
                    1:1  Niederlechner (51., Leipertz)
                    2:1  Griesbeck (55., Heise)
                    2:2  Leonardo (66.)

RB Leipzig	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:0 (1:0)   34,273

                    1:0  Frahn (3., A. Jung)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:1 (0:1)   26,856

                    0:1  Balitsch (29., Grifo)

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   Karlsruher SC	        0:2 (0:1)   30,278

                    0:1  Gulde (19., Traut)
                    0:2  Yabo (65., Torres)

1. FC Kaiserslautern -   Eintr. Braunschweig	2:1 (1:1)   33,289

                    0:1  Kruppke (3., Theuerkauf)
                    1:1  Matmour (11., Lakic)
                    2:1  Lakic (53., penalty, Matmour)

FC Ingolstadt 04     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:0 (0:0)    8,021

                    1:0  Leckie (62., Lex)
                    2:0  P. Groß (81., Leckie)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   VfR Aalen	        2:0 (0:0)    9,200

                    1:0  Behrens (59., Stroh-Engel)
                    2:0  Stroh-Engel (71., penalty, Gondorf)
 
VfL Bochum	     -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:1 (0:0)   16,307

                    0:1  Brandy (49., Schönheim)
                    1:1  Terodde (69., Tasaka)
 	


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


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 5: Dresden wakeup call

Reality bites. Dynamo Dresden was flying high with a good start and stunning upset of Schalke in the DFB-Pokal. Then they faced Erfurt in an eastern derby and were brought back to earth. RWE dominated the match and slapped the Dynamos silly.

An excellent performance by Wehen as they overpowered Stuttgart-B. The villagers got off to a good start last season too, but faded down the stretch. (They moved their home games to Wiesbaden, although I don’t see the point, given that nobody goes to their games. Wiesbaden is notoriously worthless when it comes to football. Americans would be interested that Wehen was Jeff Agoos’ club when he played in Germany many years ago.)

Unterhaching is also off to a good start. Christian Ziege’s mini-Münchenkins destroyed a hapless Mainz-B squad. And now that the Bundesliga has started, perhaps Mainz-II will get even weaker, and certainly less people will be interested in watching.

Another tense regional derby saw Münster get back on track with a win at Osnabrück. The Preußen had given a respectable showing against Bayern München midweek in the DFB-Pokal, and were able to continue their improvement. The winner was scored by Erik Zenga, who had in fact just transferred to Münster in the offseason – from Osnabrück.

Eric Ziemer was on fire, scoring all four for Rostock in a wild match at Regensburg. This is his first season with Hansa, and if he continues, it could bring the Rostockers out of their doldrums. He’s managed around 70 goals in a 10 year career that is mostly 3.Liga, but also includes even a couple of Bundesliga goals. Regensburg GK Stephan Loboue celebrated his birthday, so he mustn’t have been too happy with Ziemer crapping all over the cake…

Arminia Bielefeld has disappointed, but seemed to get back on track with a commanding win over Fortuna Köln. Bielefeld is one of the pre-season favorites for promotion, only to drop last season in the playoff.

Halle continues their weak home form and were dumped by Stuttgarter Kickers, who have been picked to struggle. The Kickers therefore have to be happy with their start, collecting points.

Sunday Chemnitz hosted Duisburg, with CFC looking to re-take the leadership. Neither team showed too much, and the result was a rather drab draw.

Total attendance: 56,477 (avg 5,648)

 	
SG Shf Großaspach   -  	Borussia Dortmund II	0:0 (0:0)    1,934
SV Wehen Wiesbaden  -  	VfB Stuttgart II	4:1 (2:0)    2,575
VfL Osnabrück	    -  	Preußen Münster 	0:1 (0:1)   12,212
1. FSV Mainz 05 II  -  	SpVgg Unterhaching	1:5 (0:2)      731
Jahn Regensburg	    -  	Hansa Rostock	        4:4 (0:1)    3,807
Holstein Kiel	    -  	Energie Cottbus	        0:1 (0:0)    4,484
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	    -  	Dynamo Dresden	        2:0 (1:0)   10,676
Arminia Bielefeld   -  	Fortuna Köln	        2:0 (2:0)    8,544
Hallescher FC	    -  	Stuttgarter Kickers	1:2 (1:1)    5,390
Chemnitzer FC	    -   MSV Duisburg	        0:0 (0:0)    6,124


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


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

WSV Blog: Finally a result

In the 2nd round of the Oberliga Niederrhein, WSV finally showed what they are capable of. It was a “regional derby” against SSVg Velbert, for supremacy in the Bergische Land. And of course Velbert is now under patronage of Friedhelm Runge, who was WSV boss for some 21 years. (The chief sponsor, Runge’s company EMKA, is actually based in Velbert, so it’s actually not too illogical.) Needless to say, Runge is not the most popular man in Wuppertal, as his “leadership” basically ruined the club. So there was some fear of poor fan behaviour, but in fact in turned out to be nothing. The only acknowledgement was the constant chant of “Nie wieder Runge!” (“Never again Runge”).

Some 2,500 fans showed up in Velbert, which is a pretty decent crowd for Oberliga standards. (If you look at numbers, the average club draws around 300 per game, although for WSV it’s usually closer to 2,000).

This turned out to be a dominant WSV performance, as they shook off their horrible opener against Sonsbeck and crushed Velbert 4-0, perhaps one of the best performances in over a year. However, it’s too early to say what team is the “real” WSV, since they’ve sucked for so long, you never know what to expect.

If you’re interested, highlights and interviews on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuAkBq0StQ. They did screw up the microphone on the interviews, but this is the Oberliga Niederrhein, not the Premier League, so cut them some slack. Not quite “Match of the Day” quality. Perhaps some day “WSV-TV” will be right up there with those crappy “Milan-TV” or “Barca-TV” shows…certainly more interesting!

DFB-Pokal: Round 1

The 1st major round of the German Cup, one of the premier cup tournaments in Europe. All 36 Bundesliga and 2.Liga clubs are automatically qualified, with the top 4 from the 3.Liga. The remaining 24 clubs are winners of their regional cup tournaments, and can range from “traditionals” on hard-times to amatuer sides you’ve never heard of. One nice feature of the German Cup is that the amateur side *always* gets home field advantage, which can sometimes lead to upsets, or at least a nice pay day. Given the tough competition, the Bundesliga sides generally show up with close to full strength sides as well, and tend to take the Cup fairly seriously. However, some didn’t take it seriously enough, as no less than five Bundesliga clubs don’t get past this 1st round.

The craziest match was in Chemnitz, as the 3.Liga club upset Mainz after penalties. The match was a crazy see-saw that ended with amazing scoreline of 5-5 after extra-time. Mainz thus becomes the first Bundesliga side to fall. Stuttgart also failed to advance, although they were vanquished by a Bochum side that has started well in the 2.Liga and has hopes for promotion. They were soon followed by Augsburg, who were upended by 4th division Magdeburg. The Fuggers had 80% of the possession, but really didn’t threaten the host’s goal. FCM fought well and took advanatge in a defensive mistake to grab a historic win. Paderborn was the 3rd Bundesliga club to fall, losing at RedBull Leipzig. This isn’t so much of an upset, as Paderborn has yet to actually play a Bundesliga match, and Leipzig has RedBull money. It was a pretty even match, but Leipzig pulled it out in overtime.

However the biggest Bundesliga fail happened on the closing game of the round, on Monday night. Schalke went down at 3.Liga side Dynamo Dresden.
The Blues played horribly – coach Jens Keller spoke of 6 “total failures” in the lineup – and were falt throughout the match. Dresden didn’t have much either, but energetically fought for every ball and were rewarded with a famous victory.

Wolfsburg was on the verge of getting knocked out by Darmstadt, but eventually prevailed on penalties as a couple of the Darmstadters lost their nerves. Eintracht Frankfurt didn’t do much at all at Viktoria Berlin, only finishing the match off in the closing minute. Hamburg had a rough time at Cottbus, but Rene Adler stopped two penalties as HSV prevailed on spot-kicks.

Another upset was 4th division Würzburger Kickers taking down 2.Liga Fortuna Düsseldorf. A similar result was last year’s Cup success, 4th division Kickers Offenbach, dumping 2.Liga side Ingolstadt.

There were a few wipeouts. Hoffenheim had little mercy for Paloma Hamburg as they ran up a big score. Stuttgarter Kickers had the biggest crowd in years, but it was little help against overpowering Dortmund.
Stefan Kiessling warmed up for the coming Bundesliga season as he scored the first 5 goals for the Aspirins against the battling 6th division Waldalgesheim side. Bayern München really had no problems against Preußen Münster.

 	
Chemnitzer FC	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05	5:5 (5-4 p) 10,287 
Alem. Waldalgesheim  -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	0:6 (0:4)    7,524
MSV Duisburg	     -   1. FC Nürnberg	        1:0 (1:0)   18,108
FC 08 Homburg	     -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:3 (1:2)   17,000
Optik Rathenow	     -   FC St. Pauli	        1:3 (0:2)    4,500
Bremer SV	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	0:1 (0:0)    2,901
VfL Bochum	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        2:0 (1:0)   22,694
FC Viktoria Köln     -   Hertha BSC	        2:4 (0:2)    5,239
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Borussia Dortmund	1:4 (0:1)   37,000
FC Astoria Walldorf  -   Hannover 96	        1:3 (0:1)    3,400
FT Braunschweig	     -   1. FC Köln	        0:4 (0:0)    9,067
SV Waldkirch	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:3 (0:0)    3,820
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:0 (3-5 p)  9,496
Viktoria 1889 Berlin -   Eintracht Frankfurt	0:2 (0:1)   10,514
Sportfreunde Siegen  -   FSV Frankfurt	        3:3 (4-5 p)  4,226	

BSV SW Rehden	     -   VfR Aalen	        1:1 (3-4 p)    900
Holstein Kiel	     -   1860 München	        1:2 (1:0)    8,408
FV Illertissen	     -   Werder Bremen	        2:3 aet     10,205
Carl Zeiss Jena	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        0:1 (0:1)    8,745
USC Paloma Hamburg   -   1899 Hoffenheim	0:9 (0:7)    4,750 *
Eintracht Trier	     -   SC Freiburg	        0:2 (0:0)    5,292
Preußen Münster	     -   Bayern München	        1:4 (0:2)   16,797 *
Würzburger Kickers   -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	3:2 aet     10,500
1. FC Neubrandenburg -   Karlsruher SC	        1:3 (0:0)    3,000
Arminia Bielefeld    -   SV Sandhausen	        4:1 (1:0)    7,305	
1. FC Magdeburg	     -   FC Augsburg	        1:0 (0:0)   17,854
RB Leipzig	     -   SC Paderborn 07	2:1 aet     24,348
SV Darmstadt 98	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:0 (4-5 p) 13,900
	 	
1. FC Heidenheim     -   1. FC Union Berlin	2:1 (0:0)    7,600
Kickers Offenbach    -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (4-2 p)  7,386
Energie Cottbus	     -   Hamburger SV	        2:2 (1-4 p) 16,184
Dynamo Dresden	     -   FC Schalke 04	        2:1 (1:0)   29,590 *

WSV Blog: They blow the opener…

…so what else is new?

Wuppertaler SV opened the Oberliga Niederrhein (5th division level) camapign with a hugely disappointing 1-1 draw against SV Sonsbeck, which you probably can’t even find on a map. (OK, it’s about 2 miles from Winkendonk and not much further from Fleuthkuhlen. And if you go to the Rhein river, it’s near the park Rheinvorband im Orsoyer Rheinhoyer, I’m sure it rings a bell now…)

Now in their 2nd season in the Oberliga, after insolvency forced them down, the club has been rebuilding slowly, but there is still some interest. 2,111 fans showed up, which is pretty good at this level (And maybe 10 times of what other clubs see). And things started out well when Martin Ellmann, who had 28 goals last season, opened up after only 12 minutes. WSV continued to dominate and wasted a zillion chances to add to the tally. Then with 4 minutes left, Sonsbeck scored on their only shot of the match. In desperation, WSV threw everything forward again in a fierce attack, but the only reward was to hit the post twice…

So it looks like another crappy season for what must be the lowest ranked ex-Bundesligist. (OK, I think Blau-Weiss 90 Berlin is a bit worse off, but they were disbanded and reconstituted as new club)

Well, at least it should be an interesting season, with lots of attractive matchups like
SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter (who won the league last year but refused promotion probably because they can only afford bus fare and trains would be too expensive), newcomers VfR Krefeld-Fischeln and Vdsf Nievenheim, along with perennial favorites TuS Bösinghoven and SC Kapellen-Erf. And who wouldn’t want to be there for the massive Bergisch-derby against SSVg Velbert?!

I think the only good news is that Schwarz-Weiss Essen is still around (Hey, they won the Cup in 1959!!). Long left in the dirt by Rot-Weiss Essen, now SWE is also in the shadow of FC Kray as well. The latter was apparently almost too much to bear, so the club membership actually had a vote whether to disband the soccer section. Luckily reason prevailed and they decided to continue. (And 523 fans showed to watch them lose their home opener to 1.FC Bocholt)

2.Liga, Round 2: Bochum impresses, 1860 Fehlstart

Bochum is the first team to make a strong statement. After a decent outing last week against favorites Fürth, they travelled to Aue and laid waste to the Erzgebirge. Fast, efficient and totally in control. Aue ran around in shock, and had nothing to stop the onslaught. Luckily, Bochum took their foot off the gas, otherwise it could have been a lot worse. The Ruhr side has dicked around the last couple of seasons, but at least with this good start, they’ve shown that they have some talent and can mix it up.

Another statement of sorts in München, but not the positive sort. Rasenbull, or Redballsport, OK, everyone but the DFB knows it’s “Red Bull” thumped their hosts 1860. Oh, no, this could be Hoffenheim x 2, even worse moneybags incursion of corporate interests into German football. But before we send the hooligans to the barricades to protest, lets look a bit closer at the match. The statement was really from 1860: we stink. Leipzig’s footballers merely accepted the gift. This was one of 1860s lamest displays in history (and I’m sure there are quite a bit to chose from). To be sure, Leipzig played well, and could have had more (even missed a penalty). But the Lions were sleepwalking

Aalen put on a strong performance, completely outplayed a hugely disappointing St.Pauli squad. The hosts were quicker and determined, and the Hamburgers looked lackluster and uninterested.

A wild match in Frankfurt, but it was close only because Karlsruhe wasted a huge number of chances. FSV looks like they will struggle once again to stay up, back to their old pattern. (After a couple of reasonably good seasons). KSC got a hat-trick from Bulgarian international Ilijan Micanski, but they need to finish off their opponents if they expect a Bundesliga return.

In Berlin, Union and Fortuna Düsseldorf split the points. Overall it was the fair result, as both teams ran around a lot, but neither had much of an edge.

Heidenheim got a rude awakening to the 2.Liga reality as they got bitch-slapped in Braunschweig. They didn’t play bad, and were almost equal for large periods, but the ex-Bundesligist was simply ruthless when they needed to be, and eventually overpowered the newly promoted side.

Exciting match in Ingolstadt, which looked to give Darmstadt their first 2nd division success in a couple of decades. However in injury time Ingolstadt pulled out a point with a bicycle kick equalizer.

Kaiserslautern disappointed at Sandhausen. They were generally able to control the ball, but couldn’t make much headway against their scrappy opponents. When they finally took a late lead, they were unable to hold against their hosts, who threw everything they had forward and just out-hustled FCK down the stretch, and were rewarded with a last minute equalizer. Good point for Sandhausen, but I really expect more from Kaiserslautern.

Monday night had the huge “Franken-derby” (Franconia in English, but obviously sounds better in German!) as Greuther Fürth hosted Nürnberg. The result was somewhat of a shock, as GF kicked FCN’s ass all over the pitch. The hosts came out aggressively, jumping all over der Club. Nürnberg fought their way back, and the game looked up for grabs by half-time. However after the restart, with FCN pressing for an equalizer, Fürth countered and scored the third, which proved to be the back breaker. Nürnberg collapsed and the Greuther ran all over them.

Total attendance 134,863 (avg 14,985)

 	
VfR Aalen	      -   FC St. Pauli	        2:0 (1:0)    9,583

                     1:0  Daghfous (13., Drexler)
                     2:0  Junglas (70., Mössmer)
 
FSV Frankfurt	      -   Karlsruher SC	        2:3 (2:3)    6,738

                     0:1  Micanski (11., Torres)
                     1:1  Kapllani (16., Huber)
                     1:2  Micanski (18., Seitz)
                     1:3  Micanski (41., Torres)
                     2:3  Kapllani (45., penalty, Bittroff)

1. FC Union Berlin    -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:1 (0:1)   20,562

                     0:1  Liendl (35., Benschop)
                     1:1  Kreilach (64., Brandy)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -   1. FC Heidenheim	3:0 (1:0)   21,430

                     1:0  Nielsen (38., Reichel)
                     2:0  Reichel (56., Nielsen)
                     3:0  Reichel (73., Zuck)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   VfL Bochum	        1:5 (1:3)    8,850

                     0:1  Sestak (5., Gregoritsch)
                     1:1  S. Okoronkwo (16., Novikovas)
                     1:2  Sestak (28., Gregoritsch)
                     1:3  Tasaka (41., direct freekick)
                     1:4  Terodde (66., Losilla)
                     1:5  Terodde (78., Terrazzino)
 
FC Ingolstadt 04      -   SV Darmstadt 98	2:2 (1:1)    9,000

                     0:1  Bregerie (16., Kempe)
                     1:1  Lex (22.)
                     1:2  Stroh-Engel (74., Bregerie)
                     2:2  Lappe (90. + 3, Mijatovic)

1860 München	      -   RB Leipzig            0:3 (0:1)   32,000

                     0:1  Poulsen (39., D. Kaiser)
                     0:2  Morys (68., Poulsen)
                     0:3  Thomalla (82., Morys)

SV Sandhausen	      -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (0:0)    9,500

                     0:1  Ring (77., Fomitschow)
                     1:1  Bieler (89., Linsmayer)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   1. FC Nürnberg	5:1 (2:1)   17,200 	

                     1:0  Baba (8.)
                     2:0  Sukalo (17., Baba)
                     2:1  Pinola (35., Füllkrug)
                     3:1  Baba (57.)
                     4:1  Weilandt (76., K. Przybylko)
                     5:1  Zulj (87.)


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


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 3-4: Englische Woche

The so-called “English Week”, which basically means mid-week play has got the Dritte Liga moving. The first team in dire straits is relegated
Bielefeld, who are definitely not where they’d like to be. But it’s still early in the campaign, with plenty of time for everybody to get things right…

Round 3:

The big match was in Osnabrück, where visiting Dresden seemed to have seized control of the match and was well on their way to victory. However the home side came roaring back down the stretch to salvage a point. Promoted Fortuna Köln got their first win in the 3.Liga with a clever performance in Halle, where they took their chances and backed it up with a disciplined defensive effort. Struggling Duisburg got their first win, although they almost threw away a big lead.

Round 4:

A rarity among the “B” sides of German football: a sell-out in Dortmund! The famous old “Rote Erde Stadion” has been repurposed as the playing ground for the Dortmund U23, and was actually packed to it’s maximum. The reason is that the club decided to hold a Fan Appreciation, and the future BVB stars put in a great show as they ripped Regensburg.

Chemnitz defended the top as they had a hard fought win at Fortuna Köln. CFC gave up their first goal of the season, but remain the surprise at the top with a strong performance.

Dynamo Dresden put in a strong display as they overpowered Preußen Münster in front of another big crowd. The Dresdner have looked very good so far, and if they continue, they will be the “Croesus” of the 3.Liga, at least as far as attendance is concerned.

The other big clash was a Westfalen derby in Bielefeld, which was hard-fought, and Osnabrück came out the winner. This should kick off a mini-crisis for Arminia, which is counting on immediate re-promotion after their surprise failure against Darmstadt last season.

Another lackluster outcome for Cottbus, as Energie and visiting Erfurt kicked around aimlessly. Obviously Cottbus is going to do a lot better if they expect to live up to their role as a contender.

Unterhaching is off to a good start, still unbeaten. I would expect the ex-Bundesligist to tail off, although last season they had one of the youngest teams, so perhaps a year of experience will pay dividends.

Hansa Rostock is another ex-Bundesligist, and they are off to a weak start. They were beaten at home by Wehen in a drab match, and even though the had a man advanatge for 30 minutes, Hansa was lame and couldn’t score.

Attendance over the two round wasn’t bad, 150,888 (avg 7,544)

Round 3: (Tue/Wed)

SG Shf Großaspach   -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:1 (1:1)    6,421
Jahn Regensburg	    -  	SpVgg Unterhaching	0:2 (0:1)    5,090
SV Wehen Wiesbaden  -  	Borussia Dortmund II	1:0 (0:0)    3,382
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	    -  	VfB Stuttgart II	3:1 (2:0)    4,618
Chemnitzer FC	    -  	Arminia Bielefeld	0:0 (0:0)    6,834
VfL Osnabrück	    -  	Dynamo Dresden	        2:2 (0:2)   10,131
1. FSV Mainz 05 II  -  	MSV Duisburg	        3:4 (0:2)    2,230
Holstein Kiel	    -  	Hansa Rostock	        2:0 (0:0)    9,023
Preußen Münster	    -  	Energie Cottbus	        0:0 (0:0)    9,781
Hallescher FC	    -  	Fortuna Köln	        0:2 (0:2)    8,568

Round 4: (Sat/Sun)
 	
VfB Stuttgart II      -   Holstein Kiel 	1:0 (1:0)      785
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Jahn Regensburg	5:1 (3:1)    9,999 *
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   SG Snhf Großaspach    3:1 (1:1)    2,800
Stuttgarter Kickers   -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	2:0 (0:0)    2,260
MSV Duisburg	      -   Hallescher FC	        1:1 (0:0)   11,095  
Arminia Bielefeld     -   VfL Osnabrück	        1:2 (1:2)   16,542
Dynamo Dresden	      -   Preußen Münster	3:1 (2:0)   22,344
Energie Cottbus	      -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	0:0 (0:0)    6,149
Sunday:
Hansa Rostock	      -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:1 (0:0)   10,500
Fortuna Köln	      -   Chemnitzer FC	        1:2 (0:0)    2,336


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


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

2.Liga: Round 1 opener

The Zweite Liga started off with hard fought matches that indicate the difference between the top and bottom is pretty small. Overall, the quality was pretty good, and attendance was nice as well. There appear to be several clubs that can gain promotion, but nobody really sticks out as an overwhelming favorite. The ability to grind out points is really going to be key…

Düsseldorf hosted Braunschweig in the opener, and they split the points in a hard fought draw. If this is an indication of the level of play in the 2.Liga this season, then fans are in for a very exciting season. Both clubs are looking to get promoted, and showed flashes of Bundesliga quality, and both figure to have decent attendance throughout the year if they perform. Fortuna had a slight edge, but Braunschweig never gave up and were rewarded with a late goal and the point.

RedBull money has seen Leipzig return to the 2nd division (the last was VfB in 1998, and they don’t even exist anymore – back to “Lok” in the lower divisions). However “Rasenballsport” might find things a little more difficult than their previous marching, as they pressed against Aalen, but the visitors held firm and were able to escape with a point.

St.Pauli hopes to contend, but they’ll need to do better. Ingolstadt was the better team for most of the match, with dangerous counters and a solid defense. The Paulistas fought back and were rewarded late, but it was certainly less than they had hoped.

Another “strength-test” of sort in Bochum. Greuther Fürth figures to challenge for promotion, having only lost out to Hamburg last season on away goals in the promotion playoff that saved HSV’s ass. Bochum was horrible, but are hoping to have improvd so they can threaten as well. Both teams looked decent, but horrible defensive patzers led to the goals. And both teams were hot to get started with the season: five (5) yellow cards were issued in the match.

Heidenheim started their promotion season well, with a hard fought win over FSV Frankfurt. Both teams played hard, but FCH generally held the edge. Obviously a bit nervous, a late goal sealed their first ever win and their highest ranking ever in German football :)

Nürnberg started their campaign for immediate return to the top with a decent outing. Der Club dominated against Aue, who retreated back into a defensive shell and tried to hold the point. They managed to hold out for about 70 minutes, but finally broke through to give new coach Valerien Ismael his first win. Obviously FCN has somewhat of a new look after relegation, so we’ll have to see how strong they really are. Erzgebirge showed defensive organization, but were invisible going forward.

Crap match in Karlsruhe, mainly because Union Berlin didn’t want to play. Instead they catenaccio’d their way to a point with a rather destructive display. KSC hit the post a couple of times, but that was the only reward for their efforts, which included constant pressure.

Darmstadt returned after 21 years in the wilderness, but it was a somewhat nerve wracking display against Sandhausen. They had an edge, but their only goal came when Achenbach andled the ball and was tossed…giving Dominik Stroh-Engel the penalty and goal. The Darmstadt goal scorer (27 last season) had been recruited by many clubs in the off season, but has endeared himself to the fans by renewing his contract.

A big match Monday night as Kaiserslautern hosts 1860, two clubs that are looking for promotion…


Fortuna Düsseldorf      -   Eintracht Braunschweig   2:2 (1:0)   41,667

                       1:0  Liendl (34., Halloran)
                       1:1  Reichel (60., Kruppke)
                       2:1  Benschop (65., Hoffer)
                       2:2  Nielsen (84.)

RasenBallsport Leipzig  -   VfR Aalen	             0:0 (0:0)   21,354

FC St. Pauli	        -   FC Ingolstadt 04	     1:1 (0:1)   26,664

                       0:1  Morales (42., P. Groß)
                       1:1  Gonther (78., Thy)

VfL Bochum	        -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth     1:1 (1:1)   18,146

                       1:0  Terodde (15., Sestak)
                       1:1  K. Przybylko (18.)

1. FC Heidenheim        -   FSV Frankfurt	     2:1 (1:1)   11,000

                       0:1  Schlicke (10., Konrad)
                       1:1  Schnatterer (42., Niederlechner)
                       2:1  Mayer (84., Grimaldi)

1. FC Nürnberg	        -   Erzgebirge Aue	     1:0 (0:0)   37,116

                       1:0  Sylvestr (69., Mlapa)

Karlsruher SC	        -   1. FC Union Berlin	     0:0 (0:0)   18,489

SV Darmstadt 98	        -   SV Sandhausen	     1:0 (1:0)   13,400

                       1:0  Stroh-Engel (36., Hand-penalty)

Monday:
1. FC Kaiserslautern    -   1860 München	     -:- (-:-) 	



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


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 2: Arminia lays an egg

The Dritte Liga continued into it’s second round with some eye-opening results, but none was more of a surprise than Bielefeld’s shellacking at home against Halle. The first half was relatively equal, but the 2nd period saw Arminia basically run onto an exposed sword, as Halle kicked them in the balls and countered for a shocking rout.

Chemnitz grabbed the table lead as they had a workman like win over Osnabrück. Basically CFC waited patiently, and VfL committed suicide as Ornatelli got his ass tossed for a dirty foul in the late 1st half. The home side kept up the pressure and the visitors eventually cracked in the 2nd period. Certainly a horrible season start for Osnabrück, who were hoping to contend for promotion.

Rostock was up against a determined Erfurt side, and only a late own goal salvaged a point for Hansa. The favorites played hard, but looked like losers against RWE for most of the match. So once again Hansa isn’t showing it’s cards on whether they can be a contender or not.

Crazy match in the München suburbs. Unterhaching looked like a winner early, but gave it a way and actually fell behind. The match was interrupted as bad weather caused fears of lightning strikes.

The Zebras are going to be kicking themselves. Duisburg jumped on the Bavarian villagers right at the start, but then quickly gave up an equalizer. For the remaining 80 minutes it was one-way traffic, as MSV attacked all out. The visitors even went down a man after a double yellow. But Duisburg wasted chance after chance, and Sonnenhof’s GK Kevin Kunz had a brilliant match, so the Zebras only get a point.

The Sunday match saw a huge clash, as Cottbus hosted Dresden. Things couldn’t have gone better for Dynamo, as they jumped all over Energie with three headers that put the match out of reach in the first period.

Attendance 72,501 (avg 7,250). I was somewhat disappointed by the small crowd in Köln, but the local fans have never really supported Fortuna or Viktoria (who drew 973 in their Regionalliga opener). Expect big crowds for 1.FC Köln, but I guess there is no room for anybody else.

VfB Stuttgart II      -   Preußen Münster	0:3 (0:1)    1,050
Hansa Rostock	      -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	1:1 (0:0)   14,000
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Holstein Kiel   	2:2 (2:1)    4,965
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	3:3 (2:0)    3,000
Stuttgarter Kickers   -   Jahn Regensburg	3:1 (2:1)    2,765
MSV Duisburg	      -   SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 1:1 (1:1) 11,512
Fortuna Köln	      -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	2:2 (1:1)    1,640
Arminia Bielefeld     -   Hallescher FC	        1:5 (1:1)   12,628
Chemnitzer FC	      -   VfL Osnabrück	        2:0 (0:0)    6,071
Sunday:
Energie Cottbus	      -   Dynamo Dresden	1:3 (0:3)   14,870



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

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

3.Liga, Round 1

After that minor distraction in Brazil, league football is back on track. (Well, actually the Regionalliga Bayern has been going on for a couple of weeks, but even folks in Bayern don’t care).

The Dritte Liga has started up, and promises to have lots of interesting stories. All eyes are of course on the relegated clubs from the 2.Liga, who are favorites to bounce back. Dresden figured to be the “Croesus” of the league, with strong fan support. A large crowd turned out to see Dynamo open up with a win against Stuttgart-II, and they figure to have a huge home field edge throughout the season. Bielefeld might be the strongest, as they only dropped due to an unbelievable collapse at home in the playoffs against Darmstadt. They opened up with a tough win at Mainz-II. Cottbus figures to be solid as well at this level. Energie had perhaps the most impressive result, as they outplayed Osnabrück on the road, getting a big win against a club that is also hoping to challenge.

Chemnitz had a thumping away win at Halle, and Erfurt was stunned at home by BVB-II. The eastern teams certainly are expected to draw the fans, as they are all “traditional” attractions, going back to GDR days. Hansa Rostock was terrible last season, but if they can get some good results, expect large support for them as well. They started off well, running all over Preußen Münster, but turned off the gas too early. As a result, the hosts almost came back and salavged something. Hansa will have to be more consistent going forward.

In a battle of newly promoted clubs, Sonnenhof Großaspach defeated Fortuna Köln. Fortuna is an ex-Bundesligist that had pretty much disappeared from the radar, but have now made somewhat of a comeback. It will be interesting to see how they do this season.

Total attendance 74,631 (avg 7,463), not a bad start

 	
1. FSV Mainz 05 II	 -   Arminia Bielefeld	    1:2 (1:1)    3,100
Jahn Regensburg	         -   MSV Duisburg	    3:1 (2:1)    4,423
SV Wehen Wiesbaden	 -   Stuttgarter Kickers    2:1 (0:1)    2,591
Holstein Kiel	         -   SpVgg Unterhaching	    0:0 (0:0)    5,247
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	         -   Borussia Dortmund II   1:2 (0:1)    6,400
Dynamo Dresden	         -   VfB Stuttgart II	    2:1 (2:0)   20,653
Hallescher FC	         -   Chemnitzer FC	    0:3 (0:1)    8,794
VfL Osnabrück	         -   Energie Cottbus	    1:3 (0:1)    8,800
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach	 -   Fortuna Köln	    2:1 (1:1)    2,623
Preußen Münster	         -   Hansa Rostock	    3:4 (1:4)   12,000


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