With the Bundesliga celebrating an illustrious 50th anniversary, this weekend marked the start of the season. Well, it was for the second tier anyway and TSV 1860 Munich commenced their campaign by hosting newly promoted Jahn Regensburg.
Regensburg is a beautiful cathedral city and because it's located in Bavaria, this match qualified as a derby game with 45,300 fans flocking to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
1860 were strong favourites to win this game (see match report), and justified this billing by running out narrow 1-0 winners. The Lions are quietly confident of earning promotion back to the top flight where they last played eight years ago. With an established core of solid professionals and six top quality new signings the exciting blend of experience and talent is fully expected to lift the team to the higher echelons of the 2nd division table.
The financial problems and boardroom power struggles of the last couple of seasons appear to have been put aside for now. This season it's all about the football and sealing a return to the big time.
"When I arrived at the club we didn't really know whether we could continue with professional football." This is what Director of Football Florian Hinterberger said immediately after last seasons' final league game with Alemannia Aachen. When asked whether he would enjoy a nice summer holiday, Hinterberger replied, "Vacation, no. There is no time, I have to work very hard to get a good team together."
Hinterberger was true to his word. Undoubtedly, he has been exceptionally astute and managed to bring in some outstanding new players.
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