2. Bundesliga Match Day 11 Wrap

The top two spots in the 2. Bundesliga table look the same as they did last week with FC Ingolstadt and Fortuna Düsseldorf maintaining their holds on the promotion spots. The bottom two have a slightly new look as FSV Frankfurt bolted out of their spot at the table bottom to drop 1860 München from 17th and into 18th. VrR Aalen joined the Lions in the direct-relegation spots.

In between, things remain tight with just three points separating tenth place from 16th and another three from seventh to third.  Promoted sides continue to tread near the top, while larger clubs struggle toward the bottom.

It’s 2. Bundesliga. What else would you expect?

Another match day, another win, another record for FC Ingolstadt

Last week, FC Ingolstadt became the first club in 2. Bundesliga history to go 18 straight road matches without a loss.

After Sunday’s win over FC Heidenheim, die Schanzer are now the first 2. Bundesliga side to post four consecutive 1:0 victories. The first match of the run came in late September at Karlsruher SC and put Ralf Hasenhüttl and crew atop the league table, where the club has remained since. Ingolstadt remains undefeated and, with 25 points is comfortably five points ahead of second place Fortuna Düsseldorf, which is the largest gap between neighboring sides in the entire table.

For the third consecutive match, it was Lukas Hinterseer providing the only goal needed for Ingolstadt to secure three points. It was the Austrian national’s fifth goal since arriving from FC Wacker Innsbruck in the summer.

The loss was the first in five matches for FC Heidenheim, which dropped two spots in the table to sixth. Heidenheim will return home to face fellow promoted side SV Darmstadt Saturday.

Ingolstadt will feature in a Friday night showdown with a visit to Düsseldorf presenting an opportunity to further increase their large early lead on the rest of the league.

Helloooooo Vincenzoooooo GRIFOOOOOOO!!!

Powered by a hat trick from 1899 Hoffenheim loan Vincenzo Grifo, FSV Frankfurt escaped 18th place and bolted all the way to 13th by winning at SpVgg Greuther Fürth for the first time since 1982.  Friday night’s 2:5 was the first home loss of the season for the Kleebläter, who’d posted four wins and a draw in the five prior home matches.

It would usually be enough to say a guy scored three goals, but Grifo’s first two goals . . . well, just look:


Goran Sukalo accounted for both of Fürth’s goals, both coming when FSV keeper Patric Klandt was unable to control shots whereupon the ball literally bounced Sukalo’s way.

Tom Beugelsdijk and Zlatko Dedic rounded out the five-goal night for the visitors.

Frankfurt have now won two of their last three matches after taking just one of their first eight. All three of their victories on the season, though, have come on the road.

Super Sören Brandy

That Union Berlin took their second consecutive victory by winning 1:2 at VfR Aalen is certainly newsworthy. Norbert Düwel certainly will welcome the result as a relief to the heat from a very rocky start to his tenure in Germany’s capitol.

Also of note would be how Union fought back after Andre Hainault gave the hosts a halftime lead, despite the visitors having the better of the play up until Aalen took the lead. Toni Leistner drew Union even in the 62nd minute to at least make things seem more reasonable.

But I’ve put this match in there strictly to draw attention to Sören Brandy’s game-winning goal. It was a thing of beauty and is certain to be a candidate for Sportschau’s goal of the month.

Enjoy it!


Big City Frights

The disappointing start to the season for two of the 2. Bundesliga’s larger clubs continued over the weekend with both FC St. Pauli and 1860 München dropping home matches and finding themselves in the relegation zone.

Despite hosting an opponent which had gone without a goal in three consecutive matches, St. Pauli took a 0:4 drubbing at the feet of Karlsruher SC Saturday. A Hiroki Yamada brace book-ended goals from Rouwen Hennings and Selcuk Yamada to power the rout.

St. Pauli had managed points in three consecutive matches after new coach Thomas Meggle returned from a suspension, but have now failed to score in back-to-back outings with no points to show from either.

Yet, as bad as things may seem in Hamburg right now, a bad situation in München seems to grow increasingly worse. Since winning Markus von Ahlen’s first match after the dismissal of Ricardo Moniz, the Bavarian Lions have now lost three on the run after Sunday’s 1:2 home loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.

1860 have been outscored eight goals to two over that stretch of matches.

New captain Christopher Schindler got the lone goal for the home side. Raphael Korte and Hendrick Zuck each got their second goal of the season for the victorious Niedersachen Lions.

Match Day 11 Table

Home Away
FSV Frankfurt
VfL Bochum
1.FC Union Berlin
Karlsruher SC
Fortuna Düsseldorf
FC Erzgebirge Aue
1.FC Heidenheim 1846
Eintracht Braunschweig
1.FC Nuremberg
Wins Draws Losses Goals Differential Points
FC Ingolstadt 04 7 4 0 18:6 12 25
Fortuna Düsseldorf 5 5 1 20:12 8 20
RasenBallsport Leipzig 5 4 2 16:8 8 19
SV Darmstadt 98 5 4 2 18:11 7 19
1.FC Kaiserslautern 5 4 2 17:13 4 19
1.FC Heidenheim 1846 4 4 3 20:14 6 16
Karlsruher SC 4 4 3 15:10 5 16
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 4 3 4 18:16 2 15
VfL Bochum 3 6 2 18:16 2 15
Eintracht Braunschweig 4 2 5 16:15 1 14
1.FC Union Berlin 3 4 4 11:17 -6 13
1.FC Nuremberg 4 1 6 11:20 -9 13
FSV Frankfurt 3 2 6 16:21 -5 11
FC Erzgebirge Aue 3 2 6 11:17 -6 11
SV Sandhausen 3 2 6 8:16 -8 11
FC St. Pauli 3 2 6 11:20 -9 11
VfR Aalen 2 4 5 9:13 -4 10
TSV 1860 Munich 2 3 6 12:20 -8 9
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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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