3.Liga, Round 38: FINAL

No surprises. Heidenheim won the title with a solid win over Unterhaching. They led pretty much wire to wire, but slacked off after promotion was assured. Still, a deserved champion. Elversberg is relegated, as they got owned in Dortmund. Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered, as Kiel got an impressive win at Dramstadt, who will had nothing to play for. Since Osnabrück was unable to win, Wehen held to the 4th spot for DFB Cup qualification.

Actually there still is a bit of drama. The DFL, which regulates the Bundesliga and 2.Liga, has declared that RB Leipzig must meet certain requirements for the 2.Liga. Among them are changing the club logo. In Germany, clubs cannot be wholly owned by a company or individual (Bayer Leverksuen is an exception, grandfathered in, but they started back in 1904.) Among other things, the club logo cannot be commercial. (It’s OK as a *sponsor* on the jersey, but not the club logo). And the company cannot name the club. Of course, Red Bull owns RB Leipzig, and they get around the regulation by being officially “Rasenballsport”. This has been tried before, notably with LR Ahlen (“Leichtathletik und Rasensport Ahlen e.V.”, although owned by the LR cosmetics company until bankruptcy, now simply “Rot-Weiss Ahlen”). Anyway, the DFL stated that the regulations will be enforced. Red Bull has stated that they won’t comply, even it means they have to withdraw from the 2.Liga (Haha, what a bunch of wankers. I’d like to see them do that!). Most likely there will be some court cases, and we’ll see what happens. But in an extreme case, all clubs would get moved up a notch, which means direct promotion for Darmstadt, playoffs for Wehen and perhaps direct DFB Cup qualification for Osnabrück.

Total attendance 73,536 (avg 7,354)

 	
1. FC Heidenheim     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	2:0 (2:0)   12,600 
Jahn Regensburg	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        0:0 (0:0)    3,156
Chemnitzer FC	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:0 (0:0)    4,562
Borussia Dortmund II -   SV Elversberg	        3:0 (2:0)    1,350
SV Darmstadt 98	     -   Holstein Kiel	        1:3 (1:2)   12,500
Hansa Rostock	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:1 (0:1)    8,100
1. FC Saarbrücken    -   Rot Weiß Erfurt	0:1 (0:0)    2,728
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   RasenBallsport Leipzig	1:3 (0:2)    5,800
Hallescher FC	     -   Wacker Burghausen	2:4 (1:1)    8,278
MSV Duisburg	     -   Preußen Münster	0:1 (0:1)   14,462 


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	38   23  10 5 	   59:25  +34 	  79 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	38   24  7 7 	   65:34  +31 	  79
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	38   21   9  8 	   58:29  +29 	  72
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	38   15  11  12    43:44  -1 	  56 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	38   15  10  13    50:39  +11 	  55 
 6  Preußen Münster	  	38   13  14  11    55:50  +5 	  53 
 7  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	38   13  13  12    43:43   0 	  52 
 8  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	38   13  12  13    45:46  -1 	  51 
 9  Hallescher FC	  	38   14   9  15    50:55  -5 	  51 
10  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	38   14   8  16    53:49  +4 	  50 
11  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	38   12  13  13    51:51   0 	  49 
12  Chemnitzer FC	  	38   12  13  13    43:46  -3 	  49 
13  Hansa Rostock	  	38   13  10  15    45:55  -10 	  49 
14  Borussia Dortmund II	38   12  10  16    47:55  -8 	  46 
15  VfB Stuttgart II	  	38   12  10  16    45:54  -9 	  46 
16  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	38   10  15  13    42:38  +4 	  45 
17  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	38   11  10  17    50:65  -15 	  43
--------------------------------------------------------------------
18  SV Elversberg (N)	  	38   10  10  18    32:54  -22 	  40 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	38    9  10  19    39:58  -19 	  37 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	38    8   8  22    38:63  -25 	  32

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place (Darmstadt defeats Bielefeld)
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga


Goal scorers

27 - Dominik Stroh-Engel (SV Darmstadt 98)
19 - Daniel Frahn        (RasenBallsport Leipzig)
14 - Kingsley Onuegbu    (MSV Duisburg)
13 - Marc Schnatterer    (1. FC Heidenheim)
13 - Dominik Kaiser      (RasenBallsport Leipzig)
12 - Timo Furuholm       (Hallescher FC)
12 - Anton Fink          (Chemnitzer FC)
12 - Vincenzo Marchese   (Stuttgarter Kickers)
12 - Marvin Ducksch      (Borussia Dortmund II)
12 - Adriano Grimaldi    (VfL Osnabrück)


Attendance
Total attendance 2,302,045 (avg 6,058)

 1  RasenBallsport Leipzig  16,734
 2  MSV Duisburg            12,599
 3  Hansa Rostock            9,989
 4  1. FC Heidenheim         8,803
 5  VfL Osnabrück            8,634
 6  Preußen Münster          8,057
 7  Hallescher FC            7,999
 8  SV Darmstadt 98          7,069
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt          5,903
10  Holstein Kiel            5,374
11  Chemnitzer FC            5,142
12  1. FC Saarbrücken        4,697
13  Stuttgarter Kickers      3,993
14  SSV Jahn Regensburg      3,480
15  SV Wehen Wiesbaden       3,282
16  Borussia Dortmund II     2,413
17  SpVgg Unterhaching       2,211
18  Wacker Burghausen        2,144
19  SV 07 Elversberg         1,606
20  VfB Stuttgart II         1,029


2.Liga, Round 33: Last week to decide

Paderborn put in a solid performance at Aue, and has one foot in the Bundesliga. They met with strong resistance from Erzgebirge, but were generally in complete control throughout the match. This means a win next week at home against in-form Aalen sends the Westfalen up to the top, which is certainly something nobody has really seriously thought about except in fantasy football.

Greuther Fürth ripped Cottbus in preparation for promotion. The Greuther figure to defeat Sandhausen at home next week, so they will get direct promotion if Paderborn falters, or will be in the playoff. Energie put up token resistance, but had no chance. This is probably the worst home defeat for Cottbus in 17 years of 1st/2nd division play that I can remember.

Kaiserslautern kept their slight promotion hopes alive by spanking Dresden, who are desperately holding on to the last chance to avoid relegation. Dynamo dug their own grave early, and eventually got rolled. FCK has to hope for Fürth to lose next week (unlikely) to have a chance. However Dresden will face off against Bielefeld next week: loser is automatically relegated, winner is in a playoff with Darmstadt for the 2.Liga spot.

Bielefeld had a chance to improve their position, but were held to a scoreless tie at home against FSV Frankfurt. This point means that FSV survives again, and that Arminia travels to Dresden needing a win, pure and simple.

Champions Köln held a promotion party and beat up their guest St.Pauli, winning easily.

1860 easily beat Bochum, with veteran Benny Lauth scoring in his fair-well to home fans. Lauth is the Lions all-time leading scorer in the 2.Liga.

Aalen beat the stuffing out of Union Berlin, who really collapsed down the home stretch.

Total attendance 178,934 (avg 19,882), sellout in Köln

 	
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Dynamo Dresden	4:0 (1:0)   30,360

                     1:0  Leistner (6., own goal, Matmour)
                     2:0  Idrissou (64., penalty, Linksschuss, Matmour)
                     3:0  Idrissou (84., Zimmer)
                     4:0  Stöger (90. + 2, Dick)

1. FC Köln	      -   FC St. Pauli          4:0 (3:0)   50,000 *

                     1:0  Ujah (13., Nagasawa)
                     2:0  Kalla (39., own goal, Risse)
                     3:0  Helmes (43., D. Halfar)
                     4:0  Bigalke (61., M. Lehmann)

1860 München	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:0 (1:0)   20,600

                     1:0  Osako (31., Wood)
                     2:0  Lauth (90. + 1,  Osako)

Energie Cottbus	      -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:6 (0:2)    8,497

                     0:1  Fürstner (34., Djurdjic)
                     0:2  Azemi (44.)
                     0:3  Djurdjic (69., Brosinski)
                     0:4  Sukalo (74., Gießelmann)
                     0:5  Azemi (84., Gießelmann)
                     0:6  Djurdjic (85., Azemi)

VfR Aalen	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:0 (1:0)    7,579

                     1:0  Pohjanpalo (8., Lechleiter)
                     2:0  Pohjanpalo (68., Klauß)
                     3:0  Buballa (79., Junglas)

SV Sandhausen	      -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:2 (0:2)    5,450

                     0:1  Caiuby (25., penalty, Lex)
                     0:2  P. Hofmann (37., Caiuby)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   SC Paderborn 07	0:2 (0:1)   12,350

                     0:1  Meha (35.)
                     0:2  Vrancic (66., Saglik)

Karlsruher SC	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	2:2 (1:2)   21,907

                     0:1  Hoffer (18., Levels)
                     1:1  Hennings (22., Klingmann)
                     1:2  Bodzek (44., Liendl)
                     2:2  Hennings (68., penalty, Torres)

Arminia Bielefeld     -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:0 (0:0)   22,191


 1  1. FC Köln	  	        33   19  11  3 	  53:18  +35 	  68 
 2  SC Paderborn 07	  	33   17  8   8 	  61:47  +14 	  59
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)    33   16  9   8 	  62:38  +24 	  57
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern	33   15  9   9 	  53:35  +18 	  54 
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	33   12  14  7 	  47:33  +14 	  50 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	33   12  11 10 	  41:42  -1 	  47 
 7  1860 München	  	33   13  8  12 	  37:40  -3 	  47 
 8  FC St. Pauli	  	33   13  8  12 	  42:47  -5 	  47 
 9  VfR Aalen	  	        33   11  11 11 	  35:37  -2 	  44 
10  SV Sandhausen	  	33   12  8  13 	  29:33  -4 	  44 
11  1. FC Union Berlin	  	33   11  10 12 	  47:46  +1 	  43 
12  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	33   10  11 12 	  32:33  -1 	  41 
13  Erzgebirge Aue	  	33   11  7  15 	  40:52  -12 	  40 
14  FSV Frankfurt	  	33   10  8  15 	  44:51  -7 	  38 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        33   10  7  16 	  29:43  -14 	  37
--------------------------------------------------------------------
16  Dynamo Dresden	  	33    5  17 11 	  34:50  -16 	  32
--------------------------------------------------------------------
17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	33    8  8  17 	  37:56  -19 	  32 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	33    6  7  20 	  35:57  -22 	  25

	

1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 33: Who still has hope?

The only thing really left is who will have a chance to survive via the relegation playoff.

Hamburg, Nürnberg and Braunschweig all sucked and lost at home. But they all still have a chance to finish 16th and thereby keep one last hope in the playoff. The likely opponent will be last year’s relegated squad, SpVgg Greuther Fürth (now that would be an intense Franken-derby if it turns out to be Nürnberg, as the two cities are neighbors). All three clubs are on the road next week. Hamburg as a tough assignment, at Mainz. Mainz needs to win to assure that they qualify for Europe, so they’ll certainly be motivated. Nürnberg is at Schalke, who need a point to assure 3rd place. But if Schalke gets that point, Nürnberg is down. There is a “traditional” friendship between the two clubs supporters, but I wouldn’t expect that to play much of a role. Perhaps the Schalke fans will sing a sad goodbye song if der Club goes down. Ironically, Braunschweig has the “easiest” assignment: they’re at Hoffenheim. The Hoppers have nothing to play for, but in fairness, they’ve been playing pretty hard recently. And they score a lot of goals, which isn’t good for Braunschweig.

HSV was without a chance as they faced Bayern München, who were embarrassed mid-week by Real Madrid, perhaps in a mini-crisis. But they didn’t show much of it against Hamburg, who fought hard early, but were lost once they fell behind. Bayern showed little mercy in ripping their hosts.

Nürnberg was completely lame against Hannover. The 96ers didn’t seem too interested in winning, as they were already safe. But a crap Nürnberg was too good to turn down, so the visitors grabbed a couple of goals and take all the points. Really, a disaster for der Club, who really needed to get these points.

Braunschweig is unfortunate to not hold a point, although it really doesn’t matter too much. They would still need to win at Hoffenheim to have a chance. Augsburg got a late injury time goal to keep the pressure on Mainz for the last Euro spot. Overall the Fuggers probably deserved the win.

Stuttgart actually lost at home to Wolfsburg, but since the others lost, they are now officially safe. They only have to ponder why they have sucked so much, but at least they can figure out what to do next season. This keeps Wolfsburg’s hope of sneaking into the Champions League if Leverkusen should slip next week. However the Aspirins looked pretty solid with a strong performance winning at Frankfurt.

Schalke assured a Champions League spot with a win at Freiburg. They would like to hold 3rd, which is direct qualification, but they are guaranteed at least the playoff. It was a solid performance, similar to their Euro clinching win last year at Freiburg.

Dortmund said goodbye to Robert Lewandowski in an entertaining match with Hoffenheim. Neither side had much to play for, but both teams went for the win.

Total attendance 434,924 (avg 48,325), sellouts in Dortmund, Gladbach, Bremen, Freiburg, Hamburg, Frankfurt

 	
Borussia Dortmund     -   1899 Hoffenheim	3:2 (3:1)   80,200 *

                     0:1  Roberto Firmino (5.)
                     1:1  Großkreutz (29., Jojic)
                     2:1  H. Mkhitaryan (31., Reus)
                     3:1  Piszczek (34.)
                     3:2  Süle (66.)

Bor. Mönchengladbach  -   1. FSV Mainz 05	3:1 (1:0)   54,010 *

                     1:0  Stranzl (22., Alvaro Dominguez)
                     2:0  M. Kruse (54.)
                     2:1  Choupo-Moting (65., Pospech)
                     3:1  Kramer (77., M. Kruse)

VfB Stuttgart	      -   VfL Wolfsburg	        1:2 (0:1)   58,000

                     0:1  de Bruyne (13.)
                     1:1  Gentner (62., Cacau)
                     1:2  Olic (90. + 1, Vieirinha)

Werder Bremen	      -   Hertha BSC	        2:0 (0:0)   42,100 *

                     1:0  Hunt (48., di Santo)
                     2:0  Hunt (90. + 1, Fritz)

1. FC Nürnberg	      -   Hannover 96	        0:2 (0:1)   46,014

                     0:1  Huszti (5., Rudnevs)
                     0:2  Schmiedebach (51., Rudnevs)

SC Freiburg	      -   FC Schalke 04	        0:2 (0:1)   24,000 *

                     0:1  Ayhan (13.)
                     0:2  Huntelaar (65.)

Hamburger SV	      -   Bayern München	1:4 (0:1)   57,000 *

                     0:1  M. Götze (32., Robben)
                     0:2  T. Müller (55., M. Götze)
                     0:3  M. Götze (70., T. Müller)
                     1:3  Calhanoglu (72., Demirbay)
                     1:4  Pizarro (75.)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -   FC Augsburg	        0:1 (0:0)   22,600

                     0:1  Bobadilla (90. + 4, Hahn)

Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	0:2 (0:2)   51,000 *

                     0:1  Castro (27., Derdiyok)
                     0:2  Can (36., Brandt)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P)	33   28  3  2 	  93:23  +70 	  87 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	33   21  5  7 	  76:38  +38 	  68 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	33   18  7  8 	  59:42  +17 	  61
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	33   18  4  11 	  58:40  +18 	  58
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 5  VfL Wolfsburg	  	33   17  6  10 	  60:49  +11 	  57 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach	33   16  7  10 	  58:40  +18 	  55 
 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	33   15  5  13 	  49:52  -3 	  50
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 8  FC Augsburg	  	        33   14  7  12 	  45:46  -1 	  49 
 9  1899 Hoffenheim	  	33   10  11 12 	  69:69   0 	  41 
10  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	33   11  8  14 	  40:44  -4 	  41 
11  Hannover 96	  	        33   11  6  16 	  43:57  -14 	  39 
12  Werder Bremen	  	33   10  9  14 	  41:64  -23 	  39 
13  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	33    9  9  15 	  39:55  -16 	  36 
14  SC Freiburg	  	        33    9  9  15 	  41:58  -17 	  36 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	33    8  8  17 	  49:61  -12 	  32
--------------------------------------------------------------------
16  Hamburger SV	  	33    7  6  20 	  49:72  -23 	  27
--------------------------------------------------------------------
17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	33    5  11 17 	  36:66  -30 	  26 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	33    6  7  20 	  28:57  -29 	  25


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

3.Liga, Round 37: Leipzig up

RedBull Leipzig is going up. They kicked Saarbrücken’s ass and hold off Darmstadt. If fact the Rasenballsportler could actually win the title, as Heidenheim still has their promotion hangover and lost at Osnabrück. A large crowd helped celebrate a return for respectability that disappeared when VfB Leipzig got relegated from the 2.Liga in 1998.

The relegation battle is also almost over. Unterhaching is safe, their impressive stomping of Duisburg along with a decent goal difference pretty much assures their survival. It basically comes down to the fact that Elversberg has to win next week at Dortmund-II. They had a chance to gain points, but could not beat Chemnitz. Since Kiel also was held to a scoreless draw with BVB-II, that means that from a practical standpoint, a draw at Darmstadt next week assures Kiel’s survival. Seems unlikely, but So does an Elversberg victory.

With Darmstadt winning at Wehen in a regional Hessen derby, both Duisburg and Osnabrück have a chance at the 4th play DFB-Cup qualifier.

Total attendance 93,332 (avg 9,333, but only 5,624 without Leipzig)

 	
SpVgg Unterhaching      -   MSV Duisburg	   4:1 (1:0)    3,100
Preußen Münster	        -   Hallescher FC	   2:3 (1:1)    8,332
Wacker Burghausen       -   Stuttgarter Kickers	   2:0 (1:0)    1,700
RasenBallsport Leipzig  -   1. FC Saarbrücken	   5:1 (4:0)   42,713
Rot Weiß Erfurt	        -   Hansa Rostock	   1:1 (1:1)    9,481
SV Wehen Wiesbaden      -   SV Darmstadt 98	   0:1 (0:0)    8,562
Holstein Kiel	        -   Borussia Dortmund II   0:0 (0:0)    7,716
SV Elversberg	        -   Chemnitzer FC	   1:1 (0:1)    1,648
VfB Stuttgart II        -   Jahn Regensburg	   1:1 (1:0)      430
VfL Osnabrück	        -   1. FC Heidenheim	   1:0 (0:0) 	9,650


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	37   22  10  5 	   57:25  +32 	  76 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	37   23  7   7 	   62:33  +29 	  76
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	37   21  9   7 	   57:26  +31 	  72
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	37   15  10  12    42:43  -1 	  55 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	37   15  9   13    50:39  +11 	  54 
 6  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	37   13  13  11    43:42  +1 	  52 
 7  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	37   13  12  12    44:43  +1 	  51 
 8  Hallescher FC	  	37   14  9   14    48:51  -3 	  51 
 9  Preußen Münster	  	37   12  14  11    54:50  +4 	  50 
10  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	37   12  12  13    51:51   0 	  48 
11  Chemnitzer FC	  	37   12  12  13    43:46  -3 	  48 
12  Hansa Rostock	  	37   13  9   15    44:54  -10 	  48 
13  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	37   13  8   16    52:49  +3 	  47 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	37   12  9   16    45:54  -9 	  45 
15  Borussia Dortmund II	37   11  10  16    44:55  -11 	  43 
16  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	37   11  10  16    50:63  -13 	  43 
17  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	37    9  15  13    39:37  +2 	  42
--------------------------------------------------------------------
18  SV Elversberg (N)	  	37   10  10  17    32:51  -19 	  40 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	37    8  10  19    35:56  -21 	  34 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	37    8  8   21    38:62  -24 	  32


A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

Euro-flop: Guardiola raus!

I’m kidding, at least sort of…

Well, it has all come crashing down on Bayern München as they flopped to a disgraceful defeat at home to Real Madrid. Losing itself isn’t a disgrace, it’s the manner in which they did it. They got their asses ripped and played without soul, and were deserved losers. The tiki-taka import is been revealed to be an emperor without clothes. Perhaps Pep Guardiola was a Spanish plant to get La Liga back to the top, mission accomplished :)

I jest of course, as Real was clearly better, and Atletico is the surprise of the year. So it’s not shocking that Spain grabs both spots in the final, which matches last year’s German faceoff.

I think that the differences between Heynckes squad of last year and Guardiola’s version are pretty obvious. Heynckes opted for a traditional German pressing and aggressive style, with fast breaks and assaults. Pretty much the strengths of German football. Guardiola pretty much imposed a “pass the ball around aimlessly until the opponent falls asleep” style. It was fairly successful if you look just at the Bundesliga, and the Euro campaign wasn’t horrible. But other sides are figuring out the tiki-taka and it’s just plain boring, and it seems to put Bayern asleep just as much as the opponent. And once the Bayern players lost some of their focus, things started going south. You could see it in some of their recent Bundesliga matches, especially getting ripped by Dortmund at home. Certainly part of it was that the title was already wrapped up, but the lack of focus seemed to permeate a lot of their recent play.

It will be interesting to see if there is any fall-out. Obviously Bayern will be under pressure to win the German Cup against Dortmund. Then a double and a semi-final in Champions League, doesn’t seem too bad. But the Bayern bosses undoubtedly had at least the CL final penciled in, and certainly not getting embarrassed at home. It would be hard to say that Guardiola is i trouble, although Bayern have been known to be ruthless when they don’t reach expectations. But since his signing was such a big deal, I doubt that there would be any movement for replacement. However a loss to Dortmund would certainly have some folks getting second thoughts and increase grumbling.

It does probably mean that Bayern need to probably win the CL next season (along with the Bundesliga title, obviously). That’s an interesting position for the coach…

BUNDESLIGA, Round 32: Relegation battle …for playoff

The relegation battle seems almost over, with only the playoff really left to play for. Stuttgart now has 5 points on 16th, and almost a seem safe. They played a rather dull game at Hannover, and actually looked the better team, but ultimately were probably statisfied with another point. The 96ers are officially out of trouble, so no worries there.

The battle for 16th is still on – even though all three contenders lost. Braunschweig might have thought they had a chance at Berlin, since Hertha has been terrible since winterbreak. But they showed nothing and the home side eventually built up enough pressure to break through and win. Nürnberg was pretty much done by halftime at Mainz. Der Club had nothing in the tank, and never looked threatening. Mainz is now serious about Europe. Since Dortmund and Bayern are both going Champions League – but also in the DFB Cup final – the Cup Europe spot will go to the 7th placed team. Mainz is in the driver seat. Hamburg also did squat, and in fact were even worse, as they were getting routed by Augsburg. HSV tightened up, or perhaps the Fuggers loosened up a bit, but the result didn’t change. So the “race” for the relegation playoff is still hot. HSV has a point edge and a goal-difference advantage, but they really haven’t shown much to merit holding on. Of course, neither Nürnberg nor Braunschweig have given indications that they could grab the win that would leapfrog into 16th…

In other matches, perhaps the most significant was Gladbach getting the win at Schalke and opening up a slight chance at Champions League. The visitors simply played better than a disappointing Schalke side. The Blues had some advantage in possesion, but mostly dicked around aimlessly. Gladbach created a few good chances, and at least capitalized on one.

Leverkusen and Dortmund battled in a fierce match that petered out to a draw. The first half was quite exciting, but both teams settled back into a more relaxed mode and were basically satisfied in the 2nd period.

Wolfsburg could only draw against Freiburg, but they missed a chance to leapfrog Leverkusen. The VWs were the stronger side and wasted early chances. Freiburg managed to regroup and fight their way back, and in the end deserved the draw that lets them celebrate ending relegation worries. All things considered, a nice turnaround for the Breisgauers.

Hoffenheim and Frankfurt fought a regional derby that the Hoppers probably should have won (Firmino missed a deciding penalty). But the home side really didn’t have too much to play for, and Frankfurt’s point also ends any relegation worries they may have had.

werder Bremen played a good 45 minutes against Bayern München, but then got rolled. Ex-Werder man Claudio Pizarro did the damage against his old club, and Bayern eventually overpowered the resistance.

Total attendance 386,708 (avg 42,968) sellouts in Hannover, München, Hoffenheim, Leverkusen, Augsburg and Schalke.

Hannover 96	    -  	VfB Stuttgart	        0:0 (0:0)   49,000 *

Bayern München	    -  	Werder Bremen	        5:2 (1:2)   71,000 *

                   0:1  Gebre Selassie (10., Makiadi)
                   1:1  Ribery (20., Pizarro)
                   1:2  Hunt (36., di Santo)
                   2:2  Pizarro (53., T. Müller)
                   3:2  Pizarro (57., Alaba)
                   4:2  Schweinsteiger (61., Lahm)
                   5:2  Robben (74.)

VfL Wolfsburg	    -  	SC Freiburg	        2:2 (1:0)   28,255

                   1:0  Perisic (3., Rodriguez)
                   1:1  Mehmedi (61., Darida)
                   2:1  Perisic (70., Träsch)
                   2:2  Terrazzino (83., C. Günter)

1899 Hoffenheim	    -  	Eintracht Frankfurt	0:0 (0:0)   30,150 *

1. FSV Mainz 05	    -  	1. FC Nürnberg	        2:0 (2:0)   33,507

                   1:0  Okazaki (30., Geis)
                   2:0  Moritz (44.)

Hertha BSC	    -  	Eintracht Braunschweig	2:0 (0:0)   51,953

                   1:0  Brooks (61., Baumjohann)
                   2:0  Allagui (77., Ramos)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen -  	Borussia Dortmund	2:2 (2:2)   30,210 *

                   1:0  L. Bender (7., Kießling)
                   1:1  Kirch (29., Reus)
                   2:1  Castro (35., Brandt)
                   2:2  Reus (39., Hand penalty)


Sunday:
FC Augsburg	    -  	Hamburger SV	        3:1 (3:1)   30,660 *

                   1:0  Halil Altintop (6., Verhaegh)
                   2:0  Halil Altintop (32., Hahn)
                   3:0  Hahn (42.)
                   3:1  Westermann (44., Calhanoglu)

FC Schalke 04	    -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	0:1 (0:1)   61,973 *

                   0:1  Herrmann (35., Raffael)
	



 1  Bayern München (M, P)	32   27  3  2 	  89:22  +67 	  84 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	32   20  5  7 	  73:36  +37 	  65 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	32   17  7  8 	  57:42  +15 	  58
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	32   17  4  11 	  56:40  +16 	  55
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 5  VfL Wolfsburg	  	32   16  6  10 	  58:48  +10 	  54 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach	32   15  7  10 	  55:39  +16 	  52
 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	32   15  5  12 	  48:49  -1 	  50
-------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 8  FC Augsburg	  	        32   13  7  12 	  44:46  -2 	  46 
 9  1899 Hoffenheim	  	32   10  11 11 	  67:66  +1 	  41 
10  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	32   11  8  13 	  40:42  -2 	  41 
11  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	32    9  9  14 	  39:53  -14 	  36 
12  SC Freiburg	  	        32    9  9  14 	  41:56  -15 	  36 
13  Hannover 96	  	        32   10  6  16 	  41:57  -16 	  36 
14  Werder Bremen	  	32    9  9  14 	  39:64  -25 	  36 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	32    8  8  16 	  48:59  -11 	  32
--------------------------------------------------------------------
16  Hamburger SV	  	32    7  6  19 	  48:68  -20 	  27
--------------------------------------------------------------------
17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	32    5  11 16 	  36:64  -28 	  26 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	32    6  7  19 	  28:56  -28 	  25


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

2.Liga, Round 32: Disadavantage Fürth

Well, last week it looked like Greuther Fürth had taken the huge step in returning to the Bundesliga. This week they turn around a wail away like a limp noodle and are in trouble…They basically sucked in the Bavarian derby with 1860, and got punished in injury time. Paderborn took full advantage to vault over them. SCP overcame stiff resistance from Sandhausen to get the win. SVS was bunkered down to fend off the host attacks, but when captain Kulovits was ousted on a double yellow, it took only a few minutes for the damn to spring a leak. After that, there was no way back, and indeed Paderborn continued to press for the finisher.

Kaiserslautern missed this golden chance to get back in things, but they were held to a draw in a hard fought battle at Union Berlin. Union has already announced that coach Uwe Neuhaus is finished, but that didn’t seem to effect the team, as they came out strong.

St.Pauli ended their tiny promotion hopes with a stinker at home to Aalen. They had no idea what they were doing, so Aalen kicked their ass.

Dresden is still in hot water because they can’t win. They were always on the back foot against Karlsruhe, and once again settle for a draw. A league leading 17th! But problem is, it’s a 3-1-0 world, not the old 2-1-0. In the old world, they’d actually be tied with Bochum and FSV Frankfurt. But today, they’d better look back as well, since Bielefeld is making a last gasp effort for the playoff spot. Karlsruhe continues a decent return to the 2.Liga, and even has a mathematical chance for promotion.

Arminia was all over a horrible Bochum side and got an impressive win on the road. The visitors jumped all over Bochum from the start and kicked them mercilessly. This was clearly one of their better performances all season – or perhaps it was equally one of Bochum’s worst. But it keeps hope alive that they can still catch Dresden and then save themselves in the playoff against (most likely) Darmstadt.

FSV Frankfurt officially sent Cottbus down, and helped themselves, placing one leg in the safety zone. FSV continues to hang on in the 2.Liga, which is pretty impressive considering they’re pretty much ignored in Frankfurt, have a tiny budget and basically have to rebuild every season.

Ingolstadt might have had a famous win against Köln, as they were the better side, but wasted chances. Köln acted like a champion and struck when they saw the opportunity to salvage a point when they were still hung over from the promotion celebrations last week. For the Schanzer, perhaps a consolation that they are assured from relegation worries.

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   1860 München	        1:2 (1:1)   16,140

                     0:1  Osako (15.)
                     1:1  Azemi (21., Sparv)
                     1:2  Bülow (90. + 3, Stoppelkamp)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   1. FC Köln	        1:1 (1:0)   11,120

                     1:0  Mo. Hartmann (34., Mijatovic)
                     1:1  Ujah (61., M. Lehmann)

VfL Bochum	      -   Arminia Bielefeld	1:4 (0:3)   19,166

                     0:1  Sahar (14., C. Müller)
                     0:2  Sahar (31., Klos)
                     0:3  Klos (39., Schönfeld)
                     1:3  Butscher (72., Kreyer)
                     1:4  C. Müller (86.)

Fortuna Düsseldorf    -   Erzgebirge Aue	4:0 (2:0)   28,731

                     1:0  Hoffer (35., Liendl)
                     2:0  Hoffer (45. + 1, Liendl)
                     3:0  Bolly (71.)
                     4:0  Halloran (89., Kenia)

FSV Frankfurt	      -   Energie Cottbus	3:1 (2:0)    4,527

                     1:0  Wooten (32., Leckie)
                     2:0  Wooten (34., penalty, Roshi)
                     2:1  Röwer (67., M. Schulze)
                     3:1  M. Görlitz (82., Konrad)


Sunday:

FC St. Pauli	      -   VfR Aalen	        0:3 (0:1)   27,497

                     0:1  Lechleiter (3., Klauß)
                     0:2  Leandro (58., penalty, Mössmer)
                     0:3  Junglas (68., Daghfous)

SC Paderborn 07	      -   SV Sandhausen	        2:0 (0:0)   14,718

                     1:0  Koc (66., Vucinovic)
                     2:0  Saglik (83., penalty, Vrancic)
 
Dynamo Dresden	      -   Karlsruher SC   	2:2 (1:1)   28,963

                     0:1  Hennings (6., hand penalty)
                     1:1  Bregerie (41., penalty, Poté)
                     1:2  Mauersberger (55., Alibaz)
                     2:2  Dedic (75.)


Monday:
1. FC Union Berlin    -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (1:1)   19,185 	

                     1:0  Brandy (9., Köhler)
                     1:1  Lakic (40., Zoller)


 1  1. FC Köln	  	        32   18  11  3 	  49:18  +31 	  65 
 2  SC Paderborn 07	  	32   16  8   8 	  59:47  +12 	  56
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	32   15  9   8 	  56:38  +18 	  54
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern	32   14  9   9 	  49:35  +14 	  51 
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	32   12  13  7 	  45:31  +14 	  49 
 6  FC St. Pauli	  	32   13  8  11 	  42:43  -1 	  47 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	32   12  10 10 	  39:40  -1 	  46 
 8  SV Sandhausen	  	32   12  8  12 	  29:31  -2 	  44 
 9  1860 München	  	32   12  8  12 	  35:40  -5 	  44 
10  1. FC Union Berlin	  	32   11  10 11 	  47:43  +4 	  43 
11  VfR Aalen	  	        32   10  11 11 	  32:37  -5 	  41 
12  Erzgebirge Aue	  	32   11  7  14 	  40:50  -10 	  40 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	32    9  11 12 	  30:33  -3 	  38 
14  FSV Frankfurt	  	32   10  7  15 	  44:51  -7 	  37 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        32   10  7  15 	  29:41  -12 	  37
--------------------------------------------------------------------
16  Dynamo Dresden	  	32    5  17 10 	  34:46  -12 	  32
--------------------------------------------------------------------
17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)       32    8  7  17 	  37:56  -19 	  31 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	32    6  7  19 	  35:51  -16 	  25


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 36: Haching jumps, Leipzig almost in

Darmstadt had a tough win, but it is probably for naught. The 98ers were struggling in a tie match against Erfurt, and then were down a man after 50 minutes. But credit the 98ers for an attitude adjustment, because they willed their way to a win, and you-know-who (Storh-Engel) grabbed a winner near the end. This kept the pressure on Leipzig, but the Redballsportlers were up to the task, winning at Rostock and almost assuring their promotion.

Unterhaching was a huge winner in the relegation battle. They left it late, but scored three times down the stretch against a totally lame Osnabrück. This win allows them to vault out of the relegation zone.

Elversberg had a rough time, but desperately held onto a point at Regensburg. This is huge, as they had lost 10 straight on the road. Although they are in the relegation zone, they’re only a win away, so they can still hope.

Saarbrücken and Burghausen showed why they were crap all season and played a lame draw, which means that both clubs are officially relegated.

Kiel had the game under control at Chemnitz, but then lost their thread and the game as well. This could come back to haunt them, as they’re not out of the woods yet.

Wehen took advantage of others stubbing their toes and had an impressive 2nd half to control the important 4th place (DFB-Cup qualifier). The villagers were getting outplayed, but Dortmund-B was unorganized after the half, and Wehen was rampant, one of their more impressive performances all season.

Heidenheim was stunned at home by Stuttgart-II, who have essnetially avoided any relegation chances. FCH intended to celebrate the championship, but they dicked around and were punished. Now theoretically they could actually get caught by Leipzig…

Total attendance 64,929 (avg 6,493)

 	
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   VfL Osnabrück	        3:0 (0:0)    2,815
Borussia Dortmund II  -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:4 (1:0)    3,290
SV Darmstadt 98	      -   Rot Weiß Erfurt	2:1 (1:1)   12,100
Hallescher FC	      -   MSV Duisburg	        1:1 (0:1)    6,904
1. FC Heidenheim      -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:1 (0:0)   11,500
Jahn Regensburg	      -   SV Elversberg	        0:0 (0:0)    2,859
Chemnitzer FC	      -   Holstein Kiel	        2:1 (0:1)    4,505
Hansa Rostock	      -   RasenBull Leipzig	0:1 (0:1)   14,200
1. FC Saarbrücken     -   Wacker Burghausen	1:1 (0:1)    2,846
Stuttgarter Kickers   -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (0:1)    3,910

 		
 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	36   22  10  4 	  57:24  +33 	  76 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	36   22  7   7 	  57:32  +25 	  73
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	36   20  9   7 	  56:26  +30 	  69
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	36   15  10  11   42:42   0 	  55 
 5  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	36   13  13  10   42:38  +4 	  52 
 6  VfL Osnabrück	  	36   14  9   13   49:39  +10 	  51 
 7  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	36   13  12  11   44:41  +3 	  51 
 8  Preußen Münster	  	36   12  14  10   52:47  +5 	  50 
 9  Hallescher FC	  	36   13  9   14   45:49  -4 	  48 
10  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	36   12  11  13   50:50   0 	  47 
11  Chemnitzer FC	  	36   12  11  13   42:45  -3 	  47 
12  Hansa Rostock	  	36   13  8   15   43:53  -10 	  47 
13  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	36   13  7   16   51:48  +3 	  46 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	36   12  8   16   44:53  -9 	  44 
15  Borussia Dortmund II	36   11  9   16   44:55  -11 	  42 
16  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	36    9  14  13   39:37  +2 	  41 
17  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	36   10  10  16   46:62  -16 	  40
--------------------------------------------------------------------
18  SV Elversberg (N)	  	36   10  9   17   31:50  -19 	  39 
19  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	36    8  8   20   37:57  -20 	  32 
20  Wacker Burghausen	  	36    7  10  19   33:56  -23 	  31

	
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 31: Advantage Fürth

Greuther Fürth has the inside tarck on the Bundesliga, as an injury time equalizer allowed them to grab a point in the crucial battle at Paderborn. It as forward Ilir Azemi’s second goal of the match, and it was a bit contraversial, as he looked to have shoved a Paderborn defender in order to create space. The home side argued furiously, but the only result was that their coach got red carded. The match was a tense, hard fought affair, which Paderborn generally had the upper hand and certainly felt they should have won. However now the Greuther can control their destiny, while Paderborn not only needs help, but needs to keep an eye on Kaiserslautern.

FCK had a hard time in beating desperate FSV Frankfurt. The homeside expected an easy win, but instead found themselves in a dogfight as the visitors took the lead and fought for every ball. K’lautern managed to take the lead into the half, but spent most of the second period nervously defending their advantage. They did hold on, and keep their chances for at least the promotion playoff open. FSV might have deserved a point, but remain in grave danger of relegation.

Sandhausen has been tough down the stretch, by playing tough defense and waiting for their chances. But they got a taste of their own medicine, as they got ripped by Düsseldorf. Fortuna had a solid defense throughout the match, but their quick counters at the start basically caught the home side with their pants down.

The eastern derby saw Aue jump out to a quick lead and then sit back and watch Dresden run around aimlessly. This ends the Erzgebirge relegation worries, but leaves Dynamo in bad shape.

Köln’s win on Monday night over Bochum officially means promotion back to the Bundesliga.

Total attendance 156,036 (avg 17,337)

 	
Energie Cottbus	     -   FC St. Pauli	        1:1 (0:0)    9,142

                    0:1  Thy (60., Buchtmann)
                    1:1  Banovic (87., penalty, Michel)

SV Sandhausen	     -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:3 (0:2)    5,750

                    0:1  Halloran (3., Rechtsschuss, Hoffer)
                    0:2  Liendl (9., Rechtsschuss, Benschop)
                    0:3  Liendl (50., Linksschuss, Halloran)

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        2:0 (2:0)   15,000 *

                    1:0  M. Fink (6., Benatelli)
                    2:0  Löning (19.)

1860 München	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	2:1 (1:1)   15,100

                    1:0  Adlung (4., Y. Stark)
                    1:1  Sahar (30., Salger)
                    2:1  Bülow (72., Stoppelkamp)

Karlsruher SC	     -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:2 (0:0)   15,557

                    1:0  G. Krebs (56., Gordon)
                    1:1  Köhler (62., penalty, Skrzybski)
                    2:1  Schwertfeger (71.
                    3:1  Hennings (76., Torres)
                    3:2  Mattuschka (78., penalty, Terodde)

1. FC Kaiserslautern -   FSV Frankfurt	        3:2 (3:2)   26,065

                    0:1  Leckie (3., Konrad)
                    1:1  Dick (23., Stöger)
                    2:1  Idrissou (37., Handpenalty)
                    2:2  Wooten (38., Roshi)
                    3:2  Karl (45., Dick)

VfR Aalen	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (0:0)    6,029

SC Paderborn 07	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:2 (1:0)   14,293

                    1:0  Koc (36., Bakalorz)
                    1:1  Azemi (59.)
                    2:1  Vucinovic (75., Bakalorz)
                    2:2  Azemi (90. + 1, Sukalo)


Monday:
1. FC Köln	     -   VfL Bochum	        3:1 (0:1)   49,100  

                    0:1  Matuschyk (42., own goal, Jungwirth)
                    1:1  Risse (50., Peszko)
                    2:1  Helmes (64.)
                    3:1  Ujah (81., Risse)


 1  1. FC Köln	  	        31   18  10 3 	  48:17  +31 	  64 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	31   15  9  7 	  55:36  +19 	  54
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 3  SC Paderborn 07	  	31   15  8  8 	  57:47  +10 	  53
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern	31   14  8  9 	  48:34  +14 	  50 
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	31   12  12 7 	  43:29  +14 	  48 
 6  FC St. Pauli	  	31   13  8  10 	  42:40  +2 	  47 
 7  SV Sandhausen	  	31   12  8  11 	  29:29   0 	  44 
 8  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	31   11  10 10 	  35:40  -5 	  43 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	31   11  9  11 	  46:42  +4 	  42 
10  1860 München	  	31   11  8  12 	  33:39  -6 	  41 
11  Erzgebirge Aue	  	31   11  7  13 	  40:46  -6 	  40 
12  VfR Aalen	  	        31    9  11 11 	  29:37  -8 	  38 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	31    9  10 12 	  29:32  -3 	  37 
14  VfL Bochum	  	        31   10  7  14 	  28:37  -9 	  37 
15  FSV Frankfurt	  	31    9  7  15 	  41:50  -9 	  34
--------------------------------------------------------------------
16  Dynamo Dresden	  	31    5  16 10 	  32:44  -12 	  31
--------------------------------------------------------------------
17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	31    7  7  17 	  33:55  -22 	  28 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	31    6  7  18 	  34:48  -14 	  25


1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 31: Stuttgart makes their move

VfB Stuttgart took a huge step in avoiding relegation with a solid win over Schalke. vfB jumped all over the Schalkers, and basically had an unbeatable lead. The visitors did try a comeback, and pressed hard, but didn’t have the necessary luck it would have taken. Stuttgart’s chances of surviving just went up immensely, and Schalke looks like they can’t catch Dortmund for 2nd.

Hamburg is a deep crisis. HSV was totally outplayed by a hungry Wolfsburg side and went down hard. The VWs struck quickly and ruthlessly ripped HSV’s ass. The famous Bundesliga clock in the stadium may be getting stopped, as the original Bundesligist is on the verge of going down. At this point, HSV needs to be concerned about holding the playoff spot, as they have only a precarious hold there (Luckily their rivals suck also). I think that they could perhaps defeat Paderborn, who look to be the likely playoff opponent.

Dortmund and Mainz fought an exciting battle. In general, the Neons had the advantage and controlled the ball for most of the game, but Mainz launched blitz counterattacks that the Dortmunders couldn’t deal with. In the end, a hand ball and red card decided the game as Dortmund finished off the match and strengthened their control on 2nd.

Hannover got a critical win at Frankfurt, who were too disorganized early to come back. This basically ensures that the 96ers are safe.

Bremen also grabbed the needed points to end their worries. Their win over Hoffenheim means that only some unusual occurence could see them could see them going down. (They’d have to lose all three remaining, HSV win all)

Nürnberg is likely going down, and perhaps it’s partially bad luck, but it’s definitely lack of recovery ability. Der Club fell behind early against Leverkusen, but battled back and seized the initiative. But they repeated the pattern in the 2nd half and then collapsed down the stretch. Another loss, and relegation is staring them in the face. Well played by the Aspirins, who basically waited for FCN to fall apart.

Bayern had no problem at Braunschweig, but left it late to break down Eintracht’s stubborn resistance. A good effort by the homeside, but they really had no chance. Still, of all the relegation threatened sides, they at least exhibit 100% fight.

Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Hannover 96	        2:3 (1:3)   48,100

                     0:1  Andreasen (2., Pander)
                     1:1  Lanig (13., Barnetta)
                     1:2  Stindl (20., Pander)
                     1:3  Ya Konan (29., Andreasen)
                     2:3  Meier (68., Aigner)

Borussia Dortmund     -   1. FSV Mainz 05	4:2 (2:1)   80,500 *

                     1:0  Jojic (6.)
                     1:1  Okazaki (14., Malli)
                     2:1  Lewandowski (18., H. Mkhitaryan)
                     2:2  Okazaki (53.)
                     3:2  Piszczek (56., Reus)
                     4:2  Reus (79., Handpenalty)

Werder Bremen	      -   1899 Hoffenheim	3:1 (1:1)   40,100

                     0:1  Volland (3., Roberto Firmino)
                     1:1  Bargfrede (18.)
                     2:1  Garcia (78., Hunt)
                     3:1  Petersen (90. + 2, di Santo)

SC Freiburg	      -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	4:2 (0:1)   24,000 *

                     0:1  Herrmann (9., Arango)
                     1:1  Mehmedi (51., Schmid)
                     2:1  Sorg (71., Darida)
                     3:1  Darida (72., Klaus)
                     4:1  Mehmedi (87.)
                     4:2  Nordtveit (89., direct freekick)

FC Augsburg	      -   Hertha BSC	        0:0 (0:0)   30,059

Eintr. Braunschweig   -   Bayern München	0:2 (0:0)   23,325 *

                     0:1  Pizarro (75., M. Götze)
                     0:2  Mandzukic (86., Raeder)

Hamburger SV	      -   VfL Wolfsburg	        1:3 (0:2)   56,279

                     0:1  Perisic (2., Luiz Gustavo)
                     0:2  de Bruyne (42., Olic)
                     0:3  Olic (49., Naldo)
                     1:3  Ilicevic (58., Tesche)


Sunday:
1. FC Nürnberg	      -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	1:4 (1:1)   40,514

                     0:1  Spahic (16., Boenisch)
                     1:1  Plattenhardt (26., direct freekick)
                     1:2  Boenisch (48., Toprak)
                     1:3  Spahic (80., Son)
                     1:4  Hilbert (87.)

VfB Stuttgart	      -   FC Schalke 04	        3:1 (1:0)   60,000 *

                     1:0  Harnik (23., Didavi)
                     2:0  Cacau (54., Traoré)
                     3:0  Harnik (59., G. Sakai)
                     3:1  Szalai (69., Goretzka)



 1  Bayern München (M, P)	31   26  3  2 	  84:20  +64 	  81 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	31   20  4  7 	  71:34  +37 	  64 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	31   17  7  7 	  57:41  +16 	  58
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	31   17  3  11 	  54:38  +16 	  54 
--------------------------------------------------------------------
 5  VfL Wolfsburg	  	31   16  5  10 	  56:46  +10 	  53
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach	31   14  7  10 	  54:39  +15 	  49
-------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	31   14  5  12 	  46:49  -3 	  47
 8  FC Augsburg	  	        31   12  7  12 	  41:45  -4 	  43 
 9  1899 Hoffenheim	  	31   10  10 11 	  67:66  +1 	  40 
10  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	31   10  8  13 	  38:42  -4 	  38 
11  Werder Bremen	  	31    9  9  13 	  37:59  -22 	  36 
12  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	31    9  8  14 	  39:53  -14 	  35 
13  SC Freiburg	  	        31    9  8  14 	  39:54  -15 	  35 
14  Hannover 96	  	        31   10  5  16 	  41:57  -16 	  35 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	31    8  7  16 	  48:59  -11 	  31
--------------------------------------------------------------------
16  Hamburger SV	  	31    7  6  18 	  47:65  -18 	  27
--------------------------------------------------------------------
17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	31    5  11 15 	  36:62  -26 	  26 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	31    6  7  18 	  28:54  -26 	  25


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