November 24, 2017

Fighting Relegation: Hamburg, Cologne and Bremen

Hamburg

Hamburg are not new to relegation battles. They are no longer the giant club that used to win trophies. Despite being the proud owner of the ‘Never being relegated from the Bundesliga’ honour the club has failed to impress in the last couple of years, always being found in and around the relegation spots.

The season started in a dramatic manner for The Dino’s. Despite beating Augsburg on Match Day 1 they also lost a key player in Nicolai Müller in the weirdest way you can possibly imagine, celebrating a goal. How is that even possible? You say, the following clip shows that it is possible. Poor lad!

HSV have won a total of three games this season, their latest triumph coming on the last matchday against Stuttgart. They have lost seven games, including narrow defeats to Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and Mainz.

All is not lost however as we are still in the early stages of the season but the club can’t keep on going into every season hoping for some kind of miracle to salvage their Bundesliga status. There should be a fundamental change in the clubs transfer business and adjustments of the current trend of hiring and firing managers every now and again. You might be forgiven to consider that relegation might do a whole lot of good for the Northern club as it might kick them in to gear and enable those in charge to take a long hard look at matters surrounding the club’s stagnant progress.

In the meantime, the famous clock will keep on ticking!

 Cologne

You would hope a season in which your club goes back to Europe will be a lot better than it has been for the Billy Goats. Despite the fans taking in every inch of excitement that comes with the Europa League, the performances on the pitch have been poor. Peter Stöger’s side are yet to win a single Bundesliga game and sit rock bottom with only 2 points from 11 games.

Trouble started brewing in the summer as the club lost its talisman Anthony Modeste and failed to find a proper replacement. Jhon Cordoba  arrived from Mainz but is having a disappointing campaign so far. The club has also lost an important player in Jonas Hector, who has transferred to long-term injury FC (You’re not alone Reus).

The club has already parted ways with the sporting director Jörg Schmadtke and if results keep on not improving Stöger is set to face the same faith, as hard as that is to contemplate for the Cologne faithful.

Werder Bremen

Alexander Nouri’s time is up! (Read more about possible long-term replacements). The club has stated that Florian Kohfeldt will be the manager until at least the winter break. The last two managers who were promoted from the youth team have failed despite promising starts. Perhaps the club ought to look to an established Bundesliga manager to stabilize the club (I don’t mean Thomas Schaff, he needs a break!) who look a far cry from the team that was so impressive in the 2nd half of last season.

With striker Max Kruse back to fitness again, a good manager can perhaps take Bremen into a middle table spot. But the 2004 Bundesliga Champions are yet to record a win in the league this season, despite impressively knocking out Hoffenheim from the DFB Pokal and have five points which all came from draws.  

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Brook lives in Ethiopia, and started following the Bundesliga from a very young age. His favourite players then were Thomas Rosicky - the reason he became a Dortmund fan! - and Marcelinho of Hertha Berlin. He likes to watch, read, write and talk about football with special interest in discussing emerging young talents. Follow @brookge

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