And it’s back! Germany’s third tier kick-started professional German club football for the 2014/2015 season and it did not disappoint. Big teams like Dynamo Dresden and Energie Cottbus have come down while a big name in Fortuna Köln is now in the league, as well as the question marks that are Sonnenhof Großaspach and Mainz II. As for Arminia Bielefeld, a tough test against the former for their new star-studded squad.
Goal-fest in Münster but nobody should leave happy
For entertainment purposes, Hansa Rostock’s visit to Preußen Münster was the highlight of the week. The more than 8,000 spectators enjoyed not only a seven-goal fest but also a match with huge ups and downs. Rostock was 3-0 up within the first half an hour and 4-1 up before the break. But what should have been a match that was wrapped up by half-time became a tricky affair for die Kogge, as a quick double salvo from the hosts courtesy of Marcus Piossek and Marcel Reichwein brought the game to a one-goal difference. Jens Truckenbrod’s second yellow with a few minutes to go did not help Münster’s cause and Rostock held in for the win. However, manager Peter Vollmann cannot be happy with his defensive performance, unlike man-of-the-match Halil Savran. It’s costly mistakes like this that Rostock must avoid if they are going to be considered promotion candidates. They will play better teams that Münster this season and while they might concede the same amount, they certainly won’t put four goals past every team they play against.
Armed robbery in Wiesbaden
It’s no secret that goalkeepers are protected by referees, too much if you ask a few of us. However, it was inexplicable why referee Christian Bandurski disallowed a goal by Vincenzo Marchese, perfectly valid live and even more so in replays. Marchese was 45 yards out on the wing and whipped a ball into the box with minutes to spare. Wehen goalkeeper Markus Kolke came out and completely missed the ball, which bounced into the net. However, Herr Bandurski called a foul on Kolke by Fabian Leutenecker, who was jumping for the ball two yards in front of the home goalkeeper and whose contact with him came after Kolke leaped onto him and fell on the floor missing the ball completely. Perhaps it was the comical situation that made Bandurski feel sorry for Kolke and give Wehen two extra points. Earlier on, Kickers took the lead after 8 minutes thanks to Dominique Fennell but Wehen managed to turn things around in the second half thanks to strikes by José-Pierre Vunguidica and new arrival from Stuttgart II Alexander Riemann.
Living in Vier – Stuttgart II’s veteran suffers own goal embarrassment
The least said the better. An image speaks more than a thousand words.
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Chemnitzer thrash Halle in East German derby, top league
For the first time in a long time, talk of promotion has not been heard much at the Stadion an der Gellertstraße. Karstein Heine jumped over the hurdle last season and avoided a relegation which looked a probability under Gerd Schädlich and has transformed this team into a winning one. Halle, one of the better teams at home at the end of last season, had no response to the Sky Blues and came away with a thrashing and with a performance worthy of a relegation-zone team. Reagy Ofusu opened the scoring just before half time before new signing and man of the match Philip Türpitz made sure of the three points with seven minutes to go, before Tom Scheffel added a third four minutes later. Chemnitz, without the pressure of promotion expectations, now top the table and while it still may be early days, regular performances like this will see them finish high up and perhaps justify the promotion talk.
Krämer off to good start at Cottbus; same problems for Walpurgis at Osnabrück
Stefan Krämer was given the tough task of taking over Energie Cottbus, a team that is not a favourite for promotion after a complete squad renewal that has seen many youngsters come in. However, they didn’t really get out of second or third gear as they completed a convincing 3-1 victory at the osnatel-ARENA. After holding off an early surge from the hosts, Cottbus took the lead through new Czech signing Zbyněk Pospěch on the quarter-hour mark and happily sat back taming the timid attacks by the home XI, who struggled with ideas when in the final third. Sven Michel doubled the lead five minutes after the break and Tim Kleindienst made it a bit embarrassing for the hosts with 20 minutes to go by adding a third. New signing Milad Salem from Elversberg scored a stunner in the dying minutes but too little, too late for a team who finds itself with the same problems as last year but with a squad of inferior quality. Time to go to work, Herr Walpurgis. On the other hand, a fantastic maiden victory for Krämer who might be in line to replicating his feat with Arminia Bielefeld just over one year ago.
RESULTS 1. SPIELTAG
|Sa. 26.07.2014||14:00||Rot-Weiß Erfurt||1:2||B. Dortmund II|
|Dynamo Dresden||2:1||VfB Stuttg. II|
|Hallescher FC||0:3||Chemnitzer FC|
|Wehen Wiesbaden||2:1||Stuttg. Kickers|
|Jahn Regensburg||3:1||MSV Duisburg|
|FSV Mainz 05 II||1:2||Arm. Bielefeld|
|18:00||VfL Osnabrück||1:3||Energie Cottbus|
|So. 27.07.2014||14:00||Preußen Münster||3:4||Hansa Rostock|
TABELLE 1. SPIELTAG
|8||B. Dortmund II||1||1||0||0||2:1||1||3|
|15||VfB Stuttg. II||1||0||0||1||1:2||-1||0|
|17||FSV Mainz 05 II||1||0||0||1||1:2||-1||0|
FIXTURES 2. SPIELTAG
|Sa. 02.08.2014||14:00||VfB Stuttg. II||-:-||Preußen Münster|
|Hansa Rostock||-:-||Rot-Weiß Erfurt|
|B. Dortmund II||-:-||Holstein Kiel|
|Stuttg. Kickers||-:-||Jahn Regensburg|
|Fortuna Köln||-:-||FSV Mainz 05 II|
|Arm. Bielefeld||-:-||Hallescher FC|
|Chemnitzer FC||-:-||VfL Osnabrück|
|So. 03.08.2014||14:00||Energie Cottbus||-:-||Dynamo Dresden|