They are virtually confirmed as champions as well following Hamburger SV’s draw with VfL Osnabruck. The team in second can no longer catch the leaders, whilst VfB Stuttgart in third have a greatly inferior goal difference even if they can catch Bielefeld on points.
The promotion is just reward for a team whose collective displays have shown that it takes more than just pure talent and quality to put together a successful promotion campaign.
Consistency of selection has been a key factor for Uwe Neuhaus’s side, in defence and attack. They have kept 12 clean sheets, they’ve been beaten just twice all season and in Fabian Klos they have the league’s current top scorer with 19 goals.
For a man who has stuck by Arminia through thick and thin over the past decade, it is a perfect reward for his loyalty, whilst for coach Neuhaus, who previously did excellent work with 1. FC Union Berlin and Dresden, next season will be a first in the Bundesliga.
In fact Union will be the model for Bielefeld to follow next season. They are all but safe despite not having the biggest budget, but they have supplemented a steady squad with some valuable Bundesliga experience, such as that offered by Christian Gentner.
Bielefeld will be confirmed as champions if Stuttgart failed to beat SV Sandhausen on Wednesday, or if they avoid defeat against SV Darmstadt 98 on Thursday night. Their other remaining games are against Karlsruher SC and 1. FC Heidenheim.
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