2. Bundesliga Preview – Stuttgart vs Hamburg: Off-colour giants’ crucial meeting

Two wounded giants are set to go head-to-head in the 2. Bundesliga on Thursday night. VfB Stuttgart, in ‘crisis’ after two defeats on the spin and fully behind their manager, face off against a Hamburger SV side that remain anxious about their promotion hopes, despite lying in second coming into this matchday*. The pressure inContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Preview – Stuttgart vs Hamburg: Off-colour giants’ crucial meeting”

2. Bundesliga Report – Hamburg 0-0 Bielefeld: Neither side takes advantage of Stuttgart slip

The big match of the weekend in the 2. Bundesliga between Hamburger SV and Arminia Bielefeld remained goalless on Sunday. Neither side was able to make a decisive blow at the top of the table although Hamburg had the better chances to put daylight between themselves at VfB Stuttgart. No decisive blow in promotion raceContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Report – Hamburg 0-0 Bielefeld: Neither side takes advantage of Stuttgart slip”

2. Bundesliga Report – Osnabruck 2-4 Hannover: Ducksch double delight

Marvin Ducksch hit twice from the bench as Hannover 96 came from behind twice to beat VfL Osnabrück in an all-Lower Saxony duel. Assan Ceesay had given the hosts the lead, which was restored early in the second half by Etienne Amenyido after an own goal from Joost van Aken had put Hannover level. Ducksch’sContinue reading “2. Bundesliga Report – Osnabruck 2-4 Hannover: Ducksch double delight”

Where Are They Now? Jürgen Klopp’s Mainz Promotion Team of 2004

1. FSV Mainz 05 are now an established Bundesliga side but they have plenty of history in the 2. Bundesliga. After missing out on promotion in agonising style two years in a row, they finally won promotion out of the league for the first time in 2004, all under the stewardship of one Jürgen Klopp.Continue reading “Where Are They Now? Jürgen Klopp’s Mainz Promotion Team of 2004”

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”