2. Bundesliga Preview – Osnabrück vs Hannover: Lower Saxony duel for resuming 96ers

Whilst not a derby in the truest sense, there will be an all-Lower Saxony clash in the 2. Bundesliga on Saturday as VfL Osnabrück host Hannover 96, who return to action after being spared last weekend. Daniel Thioune’s side will be hoping to build on the draw against leaders Arminia Bielefeld last weekend, whilst KenanContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Preview – Osnabrück vs Hannover: Lower Saxony duel for resuming 96ers”

2. Bundesliga Report – Heidenheim 1-0 Wiesbaden: Disallowed goal denies struggling Wehen a point

After last week’s win over VfB Stuttgart, things returned to normal for SV Wehen Wiesbaden as they were denied by VAR and had to accept defeat to 1. FC Heidenheim. Tobias Mohr’s first goal for the home side was the difference, with Törlos Knöll having a goal disallowed due to Kevin Müller’s view being obscuredContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Report – Heidenheim 1-0 Wiesbaden: Disallowed goal denies struggling Wehen a point”

Five Things from Matchday 26: Somehow Fußball returned

Well, here we are. The COVID19 pandemic still has its grip on the world, even in Germany, whose response has been one of the best in the world. This UK-based writer has barely left his house in two months. And yet, somehow, 16 teams got the ball rolling in the 2. Bundesliga again this weekend.Continue reading “Five Things from Matchday 26: Somehow Fußball returned”

2. Bundesliga Report – St. Pauli 1-0 Nürnberg: Gyökeres leaves Der Club deep in trouble

A goal from Viktor Gyökeres at an eerie Millerntor-Stadion gave FC St. Pauli a 1-0 win over ten-man 1. FC Nürnberg and a bit of breathing space at the wrong end of the table. Nürnberg had been the better side in the first half but the game changed after Christian Mathenia was sent off forContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Report – St. Pauli 1-0 Nürnberg: Gyökeres leaves Der Club deep in trouble”

2. Bundesliga Report – Karlsruhe 2-0 Darmstadt: Hofmann and Wanitzek earn hosts perfect restart

Karlsruher SC won for just a second time since November with a 2-0 win against a lethargic SV Darmstadt 98. Second half goals from Philipp Hofmann and Marvin Wanitzek gave Christian Eichner’s side a deserved victory after an eventful week at the club. Darmstadt, on the other hand, couldn’t get going in an empty WildparkstadionContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Report – Karlsruhe 2-0 Darmstadt: Hofmann and Wanitzek earn hosts perfect restart”

2. Bundesliga Preview – Fürth vs Hamburg: Tough test for the Kleeblatt

By the time SpVgg Greuther Fürth and Hamburger SV take the field on Sunday, we will already have a sense of the impact on the ‘ghost games’ behind closed doors in the 2. Bundesliga, returning after a two-month break due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, this will be a strange experience for the twoContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Preview – Fürth vs Hamburg: Tough test for the Kleeblatt”

Arsenal prospect Mavropanos on lockdown alone in Nuremburg

Konstantinos Mavropanos, on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg from Arsenal, has spoken to the club’s official website about life in lockdown. Separated from his girlfriend and family, as well as his new teammates he admitted it had been “difficult” being on his own, even if he was able to keep in touch with them remotely.Continue reading “Arsenal prospect Mavropanos on lockdown alone in Nuremburg”

Dresden coronavirus cases highlight issues with football’s return

When the ball rolls in the 2. Bundesliga again this weekend, only 16 of the 18 teams will be involved. This is because the entire Dynamo Dresden is currently in quarantine after three players tested positive for COVID-19. Their case has exposed the foolhardiness of the DFL and its club of bringing back football inContinue reading “Dresden coronavirus cases highlight issues with football’s return”

Osnabrück: Where Has It Gone Wrong?

In light of everything that’s happened in the past couple of months, it’s easy to forget just where we got to in the 2. Bundesliga before the stoppage in the middle of March. It’s fair to say that Daniel Thioune and his VfL Osnabrück side would have rather done just that given the state theyContinue reading “Osnabrück: Where Has It Gone Wrong?”