Weekend wrap of local football action
Munich - If you listen carefully, that sound from the west is the city of Augsburg partying throughout the night and into the morning after their 2-1 pressure packed victory that earned them promotion into the Bundesliga for next season.
But they are not the only club celebrating a move up. Bayern Munich have their eyes set on improving their finish after clinching a spot in the Champions League. SpVgg Greuther Fürth have one more weekend to play for promotion. Here's your quick weekend wrap.
Bayern blowout St. Pauli, clinch Champions League berth - Mario Gomez scored a hat-trick, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribary both added two more goals, and FC Bayern München blew away St. Pauli 8-1.
The win clinches a Champions League qualification spot for Munich as Hanover 96 lost, and they now set their sights on moving up the table and catch Bayer Leverkusen.
The loss for St. Pauli assures them relegation into the second division of the Bundesliga for next season.
"The (final score) is unbelievable and amazing," said Bayern interim coach Andries Jonker. "The first goal has been reached. I'm looking forward to the Stuttgart match where we will come in full guns blazing and put pressure on Leverkusen."
Gomez opened up the scoring only 10 minutes in with a goal, and they team took only a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Bayern are currently on an 8-match unbeaten streak, outscoring opponents 28-6 becoming the highest scoring team in the league and increasing their goal differential to +40 - a stat that may help them accomplish their next goal.
The Reds now have a shot at moving into second in the league table as Leverkusen drew at Hamburg. If they slip up again next Saturday and lose at Freiburg, and Bayern stay in form and win, both teams will end the season with the same total of points, but it will be Munich who will earn second spot and the automatic Champions League berth based on their goal differential
"It is great that we reached our minimum goal," said league-leading scorer Mario Gomez with 27 goals. "We are happy that we are now third and hopefully second."
The final match day of the Bundesliga will have some excitement. Bayern will host VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena, kickoff Saturday at 15:30.
Fürth's fight to the finish - For a few minutes Sunday afternoon, SpVgg Greuther Fürth enjoyed a move up in the second division table as they finished off a 4-1 victory at Red-White Oberhausen. The team in front of them, VfL Bochum, were about to end their match with VfL Osnabrück in a 1-1 draw. But lighting struck twice for Bochum in stoppage time, giving them a 3-1 victory and the necessary three points to hold onto the promotion playoff spot.
Going into the final match day, Bochum have 62 points, Fürth 60 points. A Bochum win and they will play for a spot in the Bundesliga next year. A draw versus MSV Duisburg and a win by Fürth against Fortuna Dusseldorf will give both teams 63 points, and Fürth's goal difference will keep Bochum in the second league. A loss by Bochum and a win by Fürth has the same result.
1860 and FC Ingolstadt play to 1-1 draw - The last Bavarian Derby of the season, the Lions score early but American Edson Buddle scores the equalizer.
Nuremberg fall short of Europe in loss - After barely surviving a regulation playoff at the end of last season, 1. FC Nürnberg can be proud of this season and solid results. But right now, only disappointment can be felt by the Bavarian neighbors a bit north of Munich. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored minutes from time as 1899 Hoffenheim beat Der Club 2-1 at easyCredit Stadium. The loss only added to the disappointment as Mainz beat Schalke and it will be Mainz who will play in the Europa League next season.
Nuremberg host Augsburg while Bayern Munich travel to take on Kaiserslautern
Munich - Over the past season, the Bundesliga top flight has only had two Bavarian Derby matches per season. With the promotion of FC Augsburg, that number will triple this season. And the first one is this weekend, as the Augsburg side will travel to northern Bavaria (known as Franconia) to take on 1.FC Nürnberg.
Both teams started off the season well, Nuremberg with a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin in week 1 and Augsburg two draws in their first matches in the top flight. Since then, three confidence...
Munich - Two games into their debut season in Germany's premier league and FC Augsburg remain unbeaten. The two points earned so far is the reward for the stalemate at home to Sport-Club Freiburg on the opening weekend, and away to Kaiserslautern last weekend. Further encouragement will be garnered by the fact they have scored 3 goals already and are putting up a real fight against more fancied sides.
This weekend sees head coach Jos Luhukay's side take on 1899 Hoffenheim who upset the bookmakers last weekend by beating the defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund at home by a...
FC Augsburg earn promotion to Bundesliga with last gasp 2-1 win
impuls arena, Augsburg - "Jos we can win on mothers day!" were the words being held aloft on cards all around the sold out stadium. Word play on the name of Augsburg manager Jos Luhukay (pronounced 'yos') who´s team hosted FSV Frankfurt on a sunny afternoon in rural Bavaria.
Today was a historic day for FC Augsburg who for the first time in their history have reached the dizzy heights of the top flight of German league football. A win today was all that was needed to secure their promotion and despite conceding a penalty after...
Munich - It's Labor Day in Europe and the local football teams all put in an honest effort. FC Bayern rolled over FC Schalke 4-1 at the Allianz Arena Saturday afternoon, but they were not the only hardworking Munich or Bavarian football team this weekend. Here's your football wrap.
TSV 1860 München 2, Hertha BSC Berlin 1 - It's been a season of trials and tribulations - on and off the pitch - for the Lions. But this recent stretch and the match on Friday makes one wonder what could have been this season.
Defenders Necat Aygün and Stefan Buck scored in the second half as 1860 came from...
Der Club move up table while Bayern gaining momentum in Bundesliga
easyCredit Stadium, Nuremberg - Alexander Esswein came into the match in the 60th minute and minutes later scored the only goal in the first Bavarian Derby of the Bundesliga season, as 1.FC Nürnberg beat FC Augsburg 1-0.
In a match void of any offensive flow, Esswein made a run on the left side, with some fancy dribbling turning around the defender Gibril Sankoh, created some space, and beat Augsburg goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch to the far post in the 76th minute.
"I am elated to have made that goal," said Esswein about his...
SGL Arena, Augsburg - FC Augsburg 07 went down 2-0 against a very well organised Hoffenheim outfit. Ryan Babel opened the scoring after just 5 minutes with a clinical strike on the edge of the penalty area after a mazy run. He coolly slotted the ball in low across goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch.
Augsburg were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute that Sascha Mölders took far too casually and was saved easily by Tom Starke who correctly guessed the direction to save it. At the other end Hoffenheim were also gifted a second-half penalty which Sejad Salihovic neatly tucked away for the...
Bundesliga 2nd Division Wrap
False start for 1860 There were great expectations for TSV 1860 München but the team fell short in the first match of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig with the result of 3-1.
The game started with a shock for the Munich Lions as Braunschweig scored in the 6th minute thanks to a header from the captain Dennis Kruppke, which allowed the loud home crowd to celebrate immediately. The long-praised defensive strength that 1860 displayed during the entire preseason vanished so quickly at the beginning of their first match.
After the goal Munich started to...
Local teams to fight for season and regional supremacy
Munich - Saving a season. The final derby. Earning a promotion. It's come down to the final two matches. It's crunch time.
Here's a quick preview of the biggest matches in Bavaria this weekend and the implications:
FC Bayern München at St. Pauli, Saturday, 15:30 - After losing every chance at hardware this season, FC Bayern Munich are scrambling for the last Champions League spot for the Bundesliga. After last week's win and Hanover's loss, the Reds hold a two point lead and have a +30 goal differential advantage. All Bayern...
Munich - This is the part of the season when teams feel the end is near. Either its been mediocre and both players and fans just want to end it now, take a summer break and hope next year is better. Or teams can feel the pressure of a whole season's worth of work going down in flames in just a few matches.
The Munich and regional football teams are involved in some pivotal matches this weekend, making me wish Labor Day was on a Monday to give us time to watch all the action. Here's your preview.
TSV 1860 München at Hertha BSC Berlin, Friday 18:00 - Hertha will earn...