1. FC Heidenheim is the 57th club in the Bundesliga. Old champions Hamburger SV already thought they were on top, but they have to be relegated. In the basement, this applies to Arminia Bielefeld.
For about ten minutes, Hamburger SV finally felt like a Bundesliga club again, but at the end of a dramatic promotion thriller, 1. FC Heidenheim celebrated their first leap into the Bundesliga.
Memories of the Schalke four-minute championship 22 years ago came up when the cheering HSV fans on the pitch in Sandhausen found out about the unbelievable turnaround in the parallel game.
With an own goal, a controversial penalty and a goal in the ninth minute of added time, coach Frank Schmidt’s team won 3-2 at Jahn Regensburg after being 2-0 down. HSV’s 1-0 was ultimately worthless. Now there is “total demolition,” said Heidenheim striker Tim Kleindienst, who scored the decisive goal with his 25th goal of the season and became top scorer. “There are no words for it,” said Kleindienst on Sky: “That’s why we love football, that’s why we love sport, because stories like this are written, that’s just awesome, madness, insane, that was just pure belief, but we just deserve it.”
Sandhausen congratulates, HSV storms
Sandhausen’s stadium announcer, who had already congratulated HSV on their promotion, handed the microphone to HSV sports director Jonas Boldt, who appealed to the disappointed fans on the pitch. “It went bitterly today,” said Boldt: “Unfortunately, that’s part of the sport. Concentrate all your strength. The thing isn’t over yet. If we put it all back on the scales next week, then we’ll pull it along an extra round.”
Sandhausen later apologized for the wrong stadium announcement. After a call, the stadium announcer mistakenly assumed that HSV had been promoted, said the relegated team. “SV Sandhausen is aware of the risk and the scope of such announcements and therefore apologizes to Hamburger SV and the fans in the stadium for the incorrect announcement,” wrote the club.
In the relegation, HSV meets VfB Stuttgart. Heidenheim even snatched the championship from Darmstadt, which lost 4-0 (0-0) at SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Arminia Bielefeld has to go into the relegation relegation against SV Wehen Wiesbaden after the 0: 4 (0: 2) at 1. FC Magdeburg, which has to fear the direct crash from the first to the third division. 1. FC Nürnberg, who finally won 1-0 (1-0) at SC Paderborn, and Eintracht Braunschweig despite the 1-2 (0-0) loss at Hansa Rostock secured relegation and can breathe a sigh of relief.
Schmidt statue will probably stay out
In Regensburg, coach Schmidt, who has been coach in Heidenheim since 2007, laughed when he was told that managing director Holger Samwald had promised him a memorial in the event of promotion. “There will be peeing at some point, and I don’t want that,” he said. “A few ribs were crushed” during the celebration, “but I accept that. We more than deserve it. As long as the referee doesn’t blow the whistle, we’ll just keep going. It was impressive how we played for fought this dream”.
He fulfilled. And Hamburg’s coach Tim Walter quickly showed himself combative. “Everyone can do it,” he said: “We did our homework. In the end, the others did it too. Congratulations to Heidenheim. We shake and then we’ll get up and attack again.” He “don’t give a fuck” that Stuttgart is his former club, after failing in the relegation to Hertha BSC last year he believes in promotion this time: “We had the chance last year and this year we’ll take our chance. Because the team has good character”.
The Bielefeld team also have to brace themselves before their relegation after the bitter slap in Magdeburg. “I expected a lot, but not that. I’m totally empty,” said veteran Fabian Klos. “It’s one of the toughest days of my football career, I have to digest that first.”
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