The Curse of Sandhausen – How club upgrade points became a mirage – Culture

Our columnist Florian Mangold says Sandhausen is not fiction, but unfortunately reality. The football club of the same name has done nothing less than raise a mirror to 1. FCN. And what did the traditional club team see in it?

As a responsible taxi driver in Nuremberg, I have to firmly confront the rumors that have been circulating since last week that, like Bielefeld or Clausthal, the Sandhausen community did not actually exist.

All hopes for progress are built only on sand?  These dunes give the name of the city of Sandhausen and its football club.

All hopes for progress are built only on sand? These dunes give the name of the city of Sandhausen and its football club.

© Municipality of Sandhausen, N

Anyone who has traveled to the Rhein-Neckar region in northwest Baden-Württemberg can see the opposite of this infamous thesis for themselves. There he encounters not only the famous Sandhausen dunes, but also a settlement of more than 15,000 people, who call their city hall built in the neoclassical style their own.

Doesn't that sound a lot more dull than what the Sandhausener offers?  These sand dunes adorn the Erlenstegen Forest.

Doesn’t that sound a lot more dull than what the Sandhausener offers? These sand dunes adorn the Erlenstegen Forest.

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Every fan of the club can convince himself of the opposite of the theory that Sandhausen is an illusion when he looks at the current schedule of the second Bundesliga. The three points, perhaps now painfully missing in the upgrade race, not only disappeared in quicksand or among the clouds of neighboring Kraichgau, no, they are now at the expense of SV Sandhausen.

A bit like Nuremberg

It kind of looks like “Steggerlaswald” in Nuremberg, doesn’t it? But it is the Sandhausen dunes. With so many similarities, we can only hope that FCN won’t become the Gray Section II mouse like Sandhausen if it has to stay there for a few more years.

© Municipality of Sandhausen, N

This club has managed to become synonymous with the “second-class gray mouse” in the ten years since its rise. It represents a football team that is constantly moving in the middle of the table so that relegation or promotion will not be a problem for the foreseeable future.

Unlucky penalty kick against Sandhausen: Enrico Valentini missed the opportunity for the club and was frustrated.

Unlucky penalty kick against Sandhausen: Enrico Valentini missed the opportunity for the club and was frustrated.

© Sportfoto Zink / Wolfgang Zink, Sportfoto Zink / Wolfgang Zink

Needless to say, this is very painful for the club’s fans. As a supporter of a club that stands for great tradition, great drama, big failures as well as victories, we’ve put our promotion project for this season in – well: the sands – against Sandhausen of all places. A heartbeat final against Schalke, a shipwreck against HSV, all that would be fine and fit for the claim of 1. FCN – but of all the four rotten corners against Sandhausen, it hurts.

Clubs like Sandhausen finally hold a mirror to their opponents. They tend to be underestimated, which often does not lead to a rude awakening: to these same opponents. In this regard, Sandhausen can be attributed not only to the real, but also to the symbolic one: it represents the weaknesses of the first FCN.

You feel almost Mediterranean vibes: the sand dunes in the forest near Erlenstegen are something special.  If the club could be promoted, that would be something special as well.

You feel almost Mediterranean vibes: the sand dunes in the forest near Erlenstegen are something special. If the club could be promoted, that would be something special as well.

© Sabine Jokis, N

Not only did they feature in the game in question, but points have often been missed this season and, if possible, left behind in the final round of the season. It would be stupid for the club to lose ground to Sandhausen of all places. The dramaturgy of the season deserved better – exciting duels to the end. Instead: Sand the gears at the wrong time.

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