On the last matchday, the fubball-bundesliga experiences a relegation final as a long-distance duel between hamburger SV and vfl wolfsburg. For the HSV are the chances to avoid the first fall into the 2. League still to avoid, but after the 0:3 in frankfurt dropped dramatically.
League also draws suspense from race for final european cup berths ahead of season finale.
WUNDERGLAUBE: HSV’s bundesliga clock still ticking. But with a two-point gap to vfl wolfsburg, the hamburgers will need a small football miracle next saturday to avoid relegation for the first time. The north germans can only be helped by a win against borussia monchengladbach while helping relegated kolner to wolfsburg. "We know that a lot is possible in fubball. Everyone still believes in it," assured HSV coach christian titz.
CITTER PARTIES: the reeling wolfsburgers were spared the worst despite the 1:4 defeat in leipzig. The lower saxons are still in the relegation zone and could even save themselves directly with a win against koln if freiburg loses to augsburg. It will be the big tremor for the vfl and the SC. "We have to pull together, it’s about the club," wolfsburg coach bruno labbadia asked the angry fans. "Bundle all forces", also warned freiburg coach christian streich.
Rescue squads: hardly anyone expected that mainz would be rid of all their worries on the penultimate matchday. The joy at FSV was all the greater after the 2-1 coup in dortmund: "it’s an indescribable feeling," enthused coach sandro schwarz. Despite many jolts and miserable games, the FSV had held on to the rather pale coach, this patience was now rewarded with a strong final spurt.
VIZEMEISTER: domenico tedesco seemed quite moved. With a 2-1 win in augsburg, his schalker team secured second place and champions league qualification ahead of schedule. "We are very proud that we can make the schalk family happy," said coach tedesco, who has led the konigsblauen back to the top of the bundesliga and into europe after troubled times.
Fleshpots: four becomes two in next week’s race for champions league places. After the embarrassment against mainz, coach peter stoger and dortmund will have to fight until the end for a place in the konigsklasse; in the duel with fourth-placed hoffenheim, things could get tight again. The fifth from leverkusen and the sixth from leipzig are also still in the running for the million euro game. "We still have one battle to fight, let’s see what we will reward ourselves with," RB coach ralph hasenhuttl gave the motto. Behind them, frankfurt, stuttgart and monchengladbach are battling it out for a start in the europe league.