HSV embarrassed themselves at the bottom of Würzburger Kickers | NDR.de – Sport

Status: 02/21/2021 4:05 p.m.

Hamburger SV has embarrassed itself to the bone at the bottom of the second division, Würzburger Kickers. After the 2: 3 (0: 2) bankruptcy, the Hanseatic League threatens to lose the championship lead.

by Hanno Bode

The north rival Holstein Kiel on Monday evening in the game at SpVgg Greuther Fürth is enough to displace the Hanseatic League from the place in the sun. How HSV, who had previously been unbeaten eleven times in a row, got there was not apparent on Sunday afternoon. In any case, the performance of the six-time German soccer champions against the Mainfranken did not meet any higher demands. In this condition, the North Germans would probably be a point supplier in the Bundesliga, as is currently FC Schalke 04.

“That wasn’t enough of us in the first 70 minutes. Sometimes there are days when things don’t go that well,” HSV captain Tim Leibold said to NDR: “We made it easy for the Würzburgers, we weren’t aggressive in the duels.” Coach Daniel Thioune was also served. “That is not our expectation, as we presented ourselves here today. It hurts,” said the 46-year-old.

AUDIO: HSV captain Leibold: “Made it easy for Würzburg” (2 min)

Thioune-Elf with no structure in play

The Hanseatic League had a déjà vu in the stadium at Dallenberg. As in the first round duel with the promoted team (3: 1), they weren’t able to put their stamp on the game in the first section despite their individual superiority. The aggressive but not unfair duel behavior of Bayern as well as their high start was not to the gusto of the promotion candidate. And if HSV had once overplayed the home side’s first line of defense, it then acted too imprecisely. The guests didn’t develop a single chance in the first 45 minutes from the game. Top striker Simon Terodde was a phantom before half-time.

Still, not much was missing, and Hamburg would have taken the lead: Sonny Kittel failed with a free kick from 25 meters from the post (10th). The favorite couldn’t offer anything more than this standard.

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Gyamerah stretches before 0: 1 Heyer to the ground

But the Thioune-Elf showed many shortcomings not only in the forward movement. The work against the ball also left a lot to be desired. Right-back Jan Gyamerah met his teammate Moritz Heyer while trying to clear the ball in midfield. The latter went down, Martin Hasek, who was standing next to him, grabbed the play equipment, ran a few meters and then defeated keeper Sven Ulreich with a low shot (19th). The closure of the Würzburg winter access did not seem entirely untenable. The fact that Hamburg’s goalkeeper had almost made an own goal shortly before after a back pass from Gideon Jung (11th) was somehow symbolic of the erratic performance of the North Germans.

HSV offensive harmless, defensive desolate

What was also questionable: After the 0: 1, the HSV showed no reaction worth mentioning until the break. On the contrary, his performance got even worse. Against passionate fighting and running kickers, the Thioune team has now completely bought the guts. And the defense continued to apply for a lot – for example the free swimmer – but not for more minutes in the upcoming matches. It was at least astonishing how indifferent the guests let the ball slip through their rows after a corner kick that was initially blocked. He finally landed at Douglas Franco Teixeira, who defeated Ulreich with a tight right-footed shot (30th) – the half-time result.

Hamburg's trainer Daniel Thioune © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Timm Schamberger / dpa

AUDIO: HSV coach Thjoner: “Das tut schon weh” (3 min)

Leibold’s bad pass destroys almost all hope

At halftime, Thioune took Khaled Narey (tried, but completely ineffective) and Aaron Hunt (primarily because of their position loyalty) from the field and switched to Manuel Wintzheimer and Jeremy Dudziak for the second round. The first Hamburg actions after the restart were also a little bit better than before. But nothing more. Because after two good attacks, Leibold destroyed the tender plant hope of a turnaround by carelessly losing the ball. The Kickers switched vigorously and brought Patrick Sontheimer into position, who scored 3-0 with a left-footed shot (54th).

Dudziak and Wood meet – Onana is thrown off the field

With that, the drop on Dallenberg seemed to have been sucked. And somehow it was, although in the end “only” a 3: 2 for the Kickers on the scoreboard. Because HSV could not exert a longer period of pressure at any time despite his goals from Dudziak (72nd) and Bobby Wood (89th). The yellow-red card for Amadou Onana (90th) was the bitter end of an afternoon that left the neutral audience doubting the Hamburg’s ability to climb. Not with Leibold, however. “The last few weeks have been so strong of us. That doesn’t throw us off track,” said the left-back.

Matchday 22, February 21, 2021 1:30 p.m.

Wurzburger K.

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Hamburger SV

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Tore:

  • 2:0
    Franco Teixeira (30.)

Würzburger K .:
Bonmann – Feltscher, Franco Teixeira, Strohdiek, Feick – Hägele – Sontheimer (90. + 1 L. Dietz), Hasek – Lotric (79. Kopacz) – Pieringer (86. van La Parra), Munsy (79. Baumann)

Hamburger SV:
Ulreich – Gyamerah (81st Vagnoman), G. Jung, Heyer – Narey (46th Dudziak), Onana, Hunt (46th Wintzheimer), Leibold – Kinsombi (82nd Wood), Kittel (69th Heil) – Terodde

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HSV disgrace! Würzburg shocks the front runner

2nd league, 22nd matchday

The leaders of the table suffered an embarrassing defeat at the bottom and could lose first place. Würzburg plays furiously – but in the end it gets exciting again.

Big bankruptcy for Hamburger SV! The leader of the 2nd division made a fool of himself on Sunday at the bottom of Würzburger Kickers and lost 2: 3 (0: 2). Martin Hasek (19th), Douglas (30th) and Patrick Sontheimer (54th) brought Bayern 3-0 in the meantime, Jeremy Dudziak (73rd) and Bobby Wood (89th) brought the red pants up again, too late though. Immediately after the second HSV goal, Amadou Onana (90th) had to leave the field with yellow and red.

The Hamburg team still remain in first place with 42 points, but could be ousted from the top on Monday by both third-placed Holstein Kiel and fourth Greuther Fürth (39) – then both clubs will meet.

After the surprise success, Würzburg is five points short of the relegation place and seven for 15th place.

HSV started dominantly and pushed the outsider into their own half. A free kick by Sonny Kittel hit the outside post (9th). But then the Hanseatic people made their opponent strong. Ulreich let a harmless back pass from Heyer slip through and only cleared it on the line (11th). Würzburg noticed that the favorite was definitely getting its dropouts. And that didn’t change in the second round either.

Düsseldorf wins outnumbered

Despite being outnumbered, Fortuna Düsseldorf may have used their last chance and reported back in the race for promotion places. After five games in a row without a win, the Rhinelander prevailed 3: 2 (1: 1) against Hannover 96 and moved up to six points on the leading trio Hamburger SV, VfL Bochum and Holstein Kiel.

Lower Saxony, on the other hand, received the possibly decisive setback after seven points from the three previous games in the fight to return to the House of Lords.

Rouwen Hennings brought Düsseldorf into the lead with a converted penalty kick (28th). Then Fortuna goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier gave the guests the equalizer: Florent Muslija caught a sloppy pass to the right wing, pulled in and scored to make it 1-1 (37th).

Before half-time whistle, Düsseldorf’s full-back Florian Hartherz saw two yellows within five minutes (40th and 45th) and flew off the pitch. Nevertheless, after the best attack of the game, Felix Klaus made it 2-1 (52nd). Shinta Appelkamp (76th) concluded an exemplary counterattack for a decision. Mick Gudra (79th) shortened for Hanover.

Karlsruhe is losing again

The Karlsruher SC had to accept a severe setback in the promotion race of the 2nd Bundesliga. The team of coach Christian Eichner conceded the first defeat of the year in the 0: 1 (0: 0) against 1. FC Nürnberg. Mats Möller Daehli scored the goal of the day in the 90th minute.

Karlsruhe had been the team of the hour in the second division until matchday 22. With six points behind the relegation place, the rise is still within reach despite the bitter defeat. With their second win since the turn of the year, the Nuremberg team made it into midfield.

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HSV legend Uwe Seeler railed against politics: “A catastrophe”

HSV icon Uwe Seeler is 84 years old and one of the risk groups in the corona pandemic. So far, however, he has not received a vaccination offer – which makes him feel sick.

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Football idol Uwe Seeler (84) is disappointed that he has not yet been made an offer for a corona vaccination. “We haven’t heard or seen anything yet,” said Seeler of the “Hamburger Morgenpost”: “It’s a catastrophe. You don’t even know what to believe the politicians, you hear different, new stories every day. Apparently some have failed. “

In lockdown, almost everything happens in the home of Seeler and his wife Ilka: “We do a lot to relax, watch TV.” Going out, even in your own garden, is currently difficult because of the smoothness, added the HSV icon. The Seelers live in Norderstedt at the gates of the Hanseatic city.

Seeler, vice world champion in 1966, had repeatedly struggled with health problems in recent years.

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HSV legend Uwe Seeler railed against politics: “A catastrophe”

HSV icon Uwe Seeler is 84 years old and one of the risk groups in the corona pandemic. So far, however, he has not received a vaccination offer – which makes him feel sick.

Photo series with 21 pictures

Football idol Uwe Seeler (84) is disappointed that he has not yet been made an offer for a corona vaccination. “We haven’t heard or seen anything yet,” said Seeler of the “Hamburger Morgenpost”: “It’s a catastrophe. You don’t even know what to believe the politicians, you hear different, new stories every day. Apparently some have failed. “

In lockdown, almost everything happens in the home of Seeler and his wife Ilka: “We do a lot to relax, watch TV.” Going out, even in your own garden, is currently difficult because of the smoothness, added the HSV icon. The Seelers live in Norderstedt at the gates of the Hanseatic city.

Seeler, vice world champion in 1966, had repeatedly struggled with health problems in recent years.

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Eintracht Braunschweig announces press conference – VfL Bochum reacts so brilliantly!

Braunschweig. Eintracht Braunschweig is a guest at VfL Bochum on Sunday.

In the run-up, VfL Bochum virtually beat the 1-0 Eintracht Braunschweig shot – if only on Twitter.

Eintracht Braunschweig: Bochum just gives it a try

Before the press conference before the Eintracht Braunschweig game at VfL Bochum, the Lions wanted to collect questions on Twitter for head coach Daniel Meyer and defender Benny Kessel.





“Do you have questions for the two lions? Then put it under this tweet, “wrote the BTSV on Thursday. And in addition to a few fans, VfL Bochum suddenly spoke up.




“Hello Daniel Meyer, greetings from Bochum, also to Benny. Would you just give us your starting XI? Let’s not tell the coach either. Is only for the ticker team, then the colleagues can prepare the line-up as far as possible. Many thanks in advance, ”said VfL.

Eintracht Braunschweig in turn answered that with a GIF.



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One fan commented smugly, looking at the goal statistics: “That won’t be necessary. Other players don’t change anything about our tactics of conceding as many goals as possible early on. “

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In 20 games of the season, the Lions have already conceded 41 goals – only bottom Würzburg (43) is still more open at the back. With VfL Bochum a strong opponent is waiting for Eintracht Braunschweig – the table penultimate competes in the table runner-up. But: BTSV won the first leg 2-1! >> Outnumbered! Braunschweig celebrates first win of the season (ck)

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2. Bundesliga:Lock open

An important victory: also for the no longer undisputed coach Robert Klauß, who hugs the goalscorer Fabian Schleusener.

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1. FC Nürnberg is refreshing its reputation as a drama specialist. The club has to manage the first win of this year because of a red card outnumbered. He succeeds through a Darmstadt own goal in the 92nd minute.

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Lower Saxony Derby: 96 gets three points in the Eintracht Stadium | NDR.de – Sport

As of: 02/06/2021 8:55 pm

Hannover 96 won the Lower Saxony derby at Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1 (2-1). While the “Reds” look up in the second division table, the “Lions” remain in a direct relegation zone.

by Florian Neuhauss

The defeat hurts the Braunschweig people in many ways. As in the first leg (1: 4) and most recently against HSV (2: 4), coach Daniel Meyer’s team lost another lead on Saturday – and was thrown off track by conceding a goal. Because actually Eintracht had everything under control. 96 set a double strike and could have won the intensive (six yellow cards) but never high-class derby even higher in the end.

“The defeat hurts a lot because it’s a special derby.”
BTSV goalkeeper Jasmin Fejzic

“We don’t need to blame ourselves for not having cut everything and tried everything,” said Eintracht coach Daniel Meyer. But the pain was deep, as goalkeeper Jasmin Fejzic said: “The defeat hurts a lot because it’s a special derby. And it hurts even more because we actually played a very good game. We play stupidly twice and they score two goals as ice. “

AUDIO: 96 coach Kocak: “Happy to win the derby” (2 min)

Kocak: “Dedicate the victory to our fans”

Marvin Ducksch, one of the two goalscorers, cheered: “We knew what was at stake and how important the win is not only for us, but for the whole city and the fans. We wanted to give something back to the 96 supporters and we are over the moon. ” Hanover coach Kenan Kocak said: “I dedicate this victory to our fans in Hanover.”

Eintracht deserved to take the lead

Even without a spectator, there was fire in the duel of eternal rivals from the start. Referee Benjamin Cortus had to interrupt again and again because of a lot of nicks – the flow of the game hardly developed at first. One of the many free kicks, however, led to the first big chance: Felix Kroos, who later saw his fifth yellow card, sent Fabio Kaufmann towards the baseline, but Nick Proschwitz slipped past the far post after his sharp cross (4th).

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A little surprisingly, the cellar child also had the advantages on his side in the aftermath. The first shot by newcomer Dong-won Ji after winning the ball deep in the guest half was blocked at the last moment (6th), Yassin Ben Balla chased the ball over the goal (13th). Nevertheless, the lead in the 17th minute was well deserved: After a nice combination in the Hanoverian penalty area, Ji came to the end and flicked the ball from a difficult angle into the far corner.

96: 26 minutes to the first shot – then it’s fast

Hanover's Marvin Ducksch (center) celebrates a hit with his teammates.  © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Swen Pförtner / dpa

Hanover’s Marvin Ducksch (center) celebrates his goal.

The “Reds” found it extremely difficult against a concentrated Braunschweig cover. Even in the central midfield, the home side 96 bought the guts. Genki Haraguchi fired the first shot on goal for his colors after 26 minutes (!).

But the action of the Japanese was the wake-up call, now Hanover was in the game – and how! Sei Muroya prevailed on the wing against Lasse Schlüter and crossed. At Ducksch’s header, keeper Fejzic was still there, but the guests followed up, Schlüter picked up the offside at Niklas Hult’s cross and Valmir Sulejmani headed to make it 1-1 (34th). And two minutes later, 96 was already leading. This time Ducksch Hult’s flank nodded off.

Fejzic prevents a third goal

The “lions” couldn’t think of much after the goals they conceded or after the tea break. The Hanoverians had no problems defending their leadership. After falling behind, they had not yet scored away away this season. BTSV coach Meyer reacted and changed three times in the 70th minute.

“We wanted to give something back to the 96 supporters.”
96 striker Marvin Ducksch

But 96 was much closer to the third goal than the hosts. Goalkeeper Fejzic prevented further goals with two very strong saves against Ducksch (78th / 80th). The Braunschweiger only had one chance to equalize: But Joker Marcel Bär was unable to overcome goalkeeper Michael Esser in injury time.

Matchday 20, February 6, 2021, 1 p.m.

Braunschweig

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Hannover 96

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Tore:

Braunschweig:
Fejzic – Wiebe, Behrendt, Nikolaou, Schlüter (70th class) – Kammerbauer (85th Otto), Ben Balla – F. Kaufmann (70th Bär), Kroos (70th Kobylanski), Ji (81st Abdullahi) – Proschwitz

Hannover 96:
M. Esser – Muroya, Hübers, M. Franke, Hult (88. Basdas) – Do. Kaiser (88. Ochs), Bijol – Twumasi (57. K. Schindler), Haraguchi (88. Muslija), Sulejmani (71. Weydandt) – Ducksch

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DFL plans: Vision of a paradise – sport

According to the ideas of the “Task Force Zukunft Profifußball” convened by the German Football League (DFL), the Bundesliga should be an instance of perfect happiness in 2030: like its second-class offshoot, it will then be popular all over the world, athletically successful, economically healthy and highly attractive for media companies around the world. The sporting competition of the two leagues is, as the commission’s report puts it, “fair and with integrity and exciting in all table regions, German clubs are among the best in the world”. On the way to future glory, German professional football also realizes exemplary behavior in all directions: It stands for environmental and climate protection, respects human rights, promotes inclusion, women’s football, justice between men and women and social cohesion. He gets along better than ever with fans of all stripes, including through “participatory structures in clubs and associations”. Alleluia.

With its 37 participants from sport, politics, society and business, the task force had discussed the problems of professional football over the past few months and looked for solutions. In addition to football players such as Max Eberl, Fredi Bobic and Oliver Bierhoff as well as politicians Britta Dassler, Cem Özdemir and Martin Schulz, business and advertising experts, officials, representatives of the public and a few more took part in the discourse, which continued in several sessions. The Corona crisis provided the cause for reflection. Last spring, the call for business reform was suddenly heard from both inside and outside.

A bouquet of recommendations emerges from the discussions that DFL boss Christian Seifert and the psychologist Heidi Möller, who is engaged as a moderator, praised as the basis for a change in the industry and its recovery. “Something very special came about,” said Seifert. An opinion that representatives of the fan organization involved in the dialogue expressly do not want to share. You consider the conclusion of the forum discussion to be a missed opportunity. It was not enough “merely to improve the status quo,” said the supporters, organized in various groups, shortly after the brief was presented on Wednesday. What is missing are proposals that attempt to hit the economic core of the system – and thus the sporting imbalance in competition – for example through the introduction of national financial fair play, a “luxury tax” or new measures for the distribution of television revenues.

It goes without saying that the task force’s report does not only consist of the wish for an exemplary soccer paradise, the Vision 2030 merely represents the ideal goal on the horizon – without any claim to complete fulfillment. However, according to Heidi Möller, the group agreed that the professional industry could realize at least part of the positive future image. The catalog becomes more specific, among other things, when it comes to the demand for stricter criteria when checking the liquidity and profitability of the clubs; with the “containment of the consultancy” (Schöller) through licensing and fixed commission limits or with the establishment of a permanent fan committee at the DFL. Another proposal with a broad impact could easily be implemented in the short term: the clubs could commit to relocating the season preparation to their home region more often instead of traveling to China or America. With friendly games against amateur clubs they would create identity on the one hand and do a good deed on the other – by leaving the proceeds to the small clubs. Another sensible plan: to educate parents and young players about the customs in the money business football.

On the other hand, some lines in the nine-page report encourage you to turn the page quickly, because more questions arise than answers: Where the headline calls for the “optimization of exchange formats and benchmarking processes” or the “institutionalization of interdisciplinary dialogue structures”, there is only reference to the football game still hard to guess.

They had big plans, and the expectations were correspondingly high. Possibly too high. The boos followed promptly. The fans moan, task force member and anti-corruption activist Sylvia Schenk warns that the report could become a “paper tiger”, and the sponsors’ association S 20 has raised concerns. “We are measured by the implementation,” said DFL boss Seifert. The sentence should be understood as a promise.

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1. FC Nürnberg: fans press team bus after defeat – sport

Robert Klauß doesn’t really know the famous and sometimes notorious fans of his club. He has been the coach of the second division club 1. FC Nürnberg since last summer, and since then he has almost exclusively seen ghost games in the Max Morlock Stadium. Nevertheless, he is sometimes recognized and spoken to on the street, for example on the waste glass container, as he once said. Now on Sunday evening he came extraordinarily close to the rather notorious part of the Nuremberg fans for the first time. It wasn’t a happy occasion, but one that looked rather threatening.

On the way back from 0-2 in Sandhausen, the fourth defeat in a row, the journey of the Nuremberg team bus at the intersection in front of the training area at Valznerweiher became difficult. Around 60 people, “allegedly members of the Nuremberg ultra scene”, tried to stop the bus, the police wrote in a press release. The angry Ultras would have drummed their hands on the bus, they probably wanted a debate, that’s how people who were there describe it. Then it became confusing for a few minutes.

Emergency forces from the Central Franconia Support Command had formed a chain – and used baton to attack the Ultras. Three people were arrested, and the police started investigations into suspicion of a breach of the peace, assaulting law enforcement officers and violating the Infection Protection Act. According to the police, nobody was injured.

In 2015, the Ultras had the team dance to a rest area

Now you have to know that the relationship between the Nuremberg ultra scene and their football club is a very special one. It was not the first time that there were sensational scenes in front of the team bus. In 2015, the Ultras cited the professionals after a 3-6 defeat in Freiburg to the Renchtal service area on the A5, the then sports director Martin Bader arranged the unplanned stop. For 30 minutes, professionals debated with around 200 ultras, “We endured that,” said then coach René Weiler afterwards.

In 2019, although that is also part of the history of this relationship, the Ultras placidly cheered the team that had just been relegated to the second division after an adventurously weak Bundesliga season.

Also in Corona summer 2020, when Nuremberg avoided relegation to the third division in the last seconds of the relegation in Ingolstadt after an even weaker season, fans at the Valznerweiher waited for the team as so often. Some celebrated, others scolded, some set firecrackers on fire. The players preferred not to get out on advice from the police. This time the police cordoned off the area after a warning. There was no official statement from the club on Monday about the incidents. As if the anger of the fans was somehow understandable this season, which is reminiscent of past horror seasons.

A new departure had been proclaimed: the return of Dieter Hecking as sports director conjured up memories of better times, and the trainer Klauß, trained in the RB cosmos, was supposed to bring fresh ideas and successful football to the Valznerweiher. But the euphoria quickly fizzled out, and soon people in Nuremberg were happy to experience at least a year without existential hardships.

Coach Robert Klauss doesn’t want to know anything about the relegation battle

But the club doesn’t seem to spare its supporters this time either, there is creaking in the back and front of the game. The defense around goalkeeper Christian Mathenia regularly fails, and Klauss’ experiment with a three-man chain recently did not change anything in the 0: 1 against Regensburg. And little is achieved in the front either. After Pascal Köpke (cruciate ligament tear) and Felix Lohkemper (adductor injury), striker Manuel Schäffler is also in danger of being sidelined. Somehow it fits the club season, in which so much is tried and so little succeeds: Schäffler broke his thumb when attempting a fall back against Sandhausen, he will be operated on on Wednesday.

The bitter balance: In 2021 the club is still without a win and won only one of 18 possible points. The team slipped to 14th place, slowly it is getting tight in the table cellar: Two points separate the Nuremberg from the relegation place, three points from the direct relegation place. So relegation battle in Nuremberg? Klauss does not want to hear anything about it yet: “We are in a bad phase,” he said on the BR program Blickpunkt Sport. “But we know it’s serious.” A look out of the bus window on Sunday was enough for the realization.

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Waiting for the bus – sport

Robert Klauß doesn’t really know the famous and sometimes notorious fans of his club. He has been the coach of the second division club 1. FC Nürnberg since last summer, and since then he has almost exclusively seen ghost games in the Max Morlock Stadium. Nevertheless, he is sometimes recognized and spoken to on the street, for example on the waste glass container, as he once said. Now on Monday night he came extraordinarily close to the notorious part of the Nuremberg supporters for the first time. It wasn’t a happy occasion, but one that looked rather threatening.

On the way back from 0-2 in Sandhausen, the fourth defeat in a row, the journey of the Nuremberg team bus at the intersection in front of the training area at Valznerweiher became difficult. Around 60 people, “allegedly members of the Nuremberg ultra scene”, tried to stop the bus, the police wrote in a press release. The angry Ultras would have drummed their hands on the bus, they probably wanted a debate, that’s how people who were there describe it. Then it became confusing for a few minutes. Emergency forces from the Central Franconia Support Command had formed a chain – and used baton to attack the Ultras. Three people were arrested, and the police started investigations into suspicion of a breach of the peace, assaulting law enforcement officers and violating the Infection Protection Act. According to the police, nobody was injured.

In 2015, the Ultras had the team dance to a rest area

Now you have to know that the relationship between the Nuremberg ultra scene and their football club is a very special one. It was not the first time that there were sensational scenes in front of the team bus. In 2015, the Ultras cited the professionals after a 3-6 defeat in Freiburg to the Renchtal service area on the A5, the then sports director Martin Bader arranged the unplanned stop. For 30 minutes, professionals debated with around 200 ultras, “We endured that,” said then coach René Weiler afterwards.

In 2019, although that is also part of the history of this relationship, the Ultras placidly cheered the team that had just been relegated to the second division after an adventurously weak Bundesliga season.

Also in Corona summer 2020, when Nuremberg avoided relegation to the third division in the last seconds of the relegation in Ingolstadt after an even weaker season, fans at the Valznerweiher waited for the team as so often. Some celebrated, others scolded, some set firecrackers on fire. The players preferred not to get out on advice from the police. This time the police cordoned off the area after a warning. In Nuremberg there was no comment from the association on the incidents on Monday. As if the anger of the fans was somehow understandable this season, which is reminiscent of past horror seasons.

A new departure had been proclaimed: the return of Dieter Hecking as sports director conjured up memories of better times, and the trainer Klauß, trained in the RB cosmos, was supposed to bring fresh ideas and successful football to the Valznerweiher. But the euphoria quickly fizzled out, and soon people in Nuremberg were happy to experience at least a year without existential hardships.

Coach Robert Klauss doesn’t want to know anything about the relegation battle

But the club doesn’t seem to spare its supporters this time either, there is creaking in the back and front of the game. The defense around goalkeeper Christian Mathenia regularly fails, and Klauss’ experiment with a three-man chain recently did not change anything in the 0: 1 against Regensburg. And little is achieved in the front either. After Pascal Köpke (cruciate ligament tear) and Felix Lohkemper (adductor injury), striker Manuel Schäffler is also in danger of being sidelined. Somehow it fits the club season, in which so much is tried and so little succeeds: Schäffler broke his thumb when attempting a fall back against Sandhausen, he will be operated on on Wednesday.

The bitter balance: In 2021 the club is still without a win and won only one of 18 possible points. The team slipped to 14th place, slowly it is getting tight in the table cellar: Two points separate the Nuremberg from the relegation place, three points from the direct relegation place. So relegation battle in Nuremberg? Klauss does not want to hear anything about it yet: “We are in a bad phase,” he said on the BR program Blickpunkt Sport. “But we know it’s serious.” A look out of the bus window on Sunday was enough for the realization.

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