Berlin (AFP) – The tournament has long been decided. Now fans are looking forward to the relegation battle. Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart, Bielefeld – who saves himself, once he goes down, who has to move to the second division?
Also in the lower house will be decided the question of who will follow Schalke in the Bundesliga and who can hope to be relegated at the end of the season.
“Going down would be a disaster,” Hertha coach Felix Magath said during the week. As his side (33 points) failed to secure relegation early against Mainz, Hertha must now tremble again. One point is enough for the Berlin players, but the team plays in second place Borussia Dortmund, while rival VfB Stuttgart (30 points) plays at home against 1. FC Köln. Should Herta defeat and VfB win, the Swabians move to 15th place thanks to a better goal difference. Armenia Bielefeld (27) can still avoid a direct relegation, but that will be very difficult. In addition to Colin’s victory, Bielefeld had to beat RB Leipzig himself and catch up seven goals behind VfB.
It is clear who will play internationally next season. But it is not clear in which European Cup. RB Leipzig is still one point away from returning to the Champions League. Domenico Tedesco’s team wants to get him from Armenia Bielefeld. If the Saxons lose, SC Freiburg can move to the first division by defeating Bayer Leverkusen. 1. FC Union Berlin, who faces VfL Bochum, cannot afford to lose to qualify for the Europa League. Otherwise, 1. FC Köln could still knock out the capital team by defeating VfB Stuttgart and sending it back to the Conference League.
The situation in Bayern Munich
1:3 in Mainz, 2:2 against Stuttgart – Since Bayern became champions, there hasn’t been much going on on the football field. Abroad, transfer rumors and transfer plans define discussions. In the last game of the season in Wolfsburg, the win should definitely be celebrated. So the atmosphere is right: after all, there must be a celebration then, only after returning to Munich on Saturday night at Nockherberg for the Fan Fest and the Indoor Championship Celebration. And on Sunday, the heroes of the series around Captain Manuel Neuer will be greeted by Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) at the city hall. There they will be honored and then want to show their fans the championship trophy again in a good mood on the balcony of the town hall.
An era is coming to an end in both Leverkusen and Dortmund. In Rudi Fuller and Michael Zorc, two influential figures bid farewell to the football scene. 1990 world champion Fuller stopped in Leverkusen as general manager of sport, and will bid farewell to the game with celebration on Saturday. He will serve as a member of the Shareholders Committee and an official ambassador from July 1, 2022. The 62-year-old has been in a management position at Bayer for 21 years, two years prior to that as a player. Michael Zorc has been with his team for much longer. He played for BVB for 20 years, and over the course of 24 years he helped Revierclub achieve significant growth as the person in charge of the sport. “He left unparalleled huge footprints, both as a player on the pitch and as a coach. Michael will be remembered at the same time as the greats of Borussia Dortmund,” said club president Reinhard Raubal.
Who will follow Schalke 04 in the German League? Second-placed Werder Bremen (60 points) has the best chances in the second direct climb. Even a draw in the second leg against Jan Regensburg guarantees a return to the First Division. Hamburger SV (57) is currently on the way to relegating to third, but perhaps he can’t afford a blunder at Hansa Rostock. After all, SV Darmstadt, who meets SC Paderborn at home, is waiting with equal points.