FAMOUS HSV, a former European champion and one of the biggest German clubs, will play in the 2nd Bundesliga for the third season in a row.
Dieter Hecking’s team lost in the last round at home to Sandhausen with an embarrassing 5: 1 and thus failed to take advantage of Heidenheim’s blunder in the fight for third place leading to the playoffs. Like last season, HSV had everything in their hands, but with a series of incredible mistakes it allowed the competition to overtake it.
HSV was a standard member of the Bundesliga in all of its 55 years of existence, only to be relegated to the second division in 2018, after years of relegation. The club from one of the city’s richest areas has been the victim of poor sports policy for years, resulting in a deficit of more than € 70 million. However, the banks continued to issue loans to HSV because they received guarantees that they would repay them, which pushed the club deeper and deeper into the well.
Relegation to the second league was seen as an opportunity to reorganize the club. The budget was cut to an acceptable 30 million euros and the idea was for HSV to return to the Bundesliga with a slightly cheaper team and start moving towards the top step by step with much smaller ambitions.
It seemed that everything would be fine because HSV opened the season with only one defeat in 15 rounds and was in a comfortable situation at the top of the table. But as the season drew to a close, competitors tightened more and more, but HSV five rounds before the end was still deciding for itself.
Kick after kick
But in the next four games he won only one point and the round before the end he lost all chances even for third place, which would lead him to additional qualifications. This was marked as a major failure because the club calculated that they were strong enough to immediately return to the elite, so this season it was the first and only goal.
Last summer, they sold five players for 23.5 million euros and spent 12 million on reinforcements. Experienced Dieter Hecking was brought in as the coach, who had one task – to return HSV to the first league. And, just like a year earlier, everything was fine until the very end, that is, until the coronavirus crisis.
HSV didn’t play overly attractive, but he was at the top all season and looked like he wouldn’t have a problem until the end. And then came the break because of the coronavirus and it all went into that thing. Everything went well for them because the competitors, apart from Arminia, stumbled from round to round, but the way HSV did it was amazing.
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In the first game of the resumption of the championship, they drew away at Fürth 2: 2 by conceding a goal in the 94th minute. In the next round they had a great chance against Arminia to make a big step towards the Bundesliga, but they played without goals. After that, they were guests of their direct competitor Stuttgart and led 2: 0 at half time.
But they completely fell apart in the sequel and lost 3: 2 receiving the third goal in the 94th minute. They beat Wehen and in the next round at home they played against weak Kiel. It ended 3: 3, you guessed it, with a goal in the 93rd minute.
All spilled in the end
Peace in the house HSV bought itself with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against the written-off Dresden, only to drop the lead in the next round and play only 1-1 with Osnabruck. It was now clear that the car was going downhill because Stuttgart had skipped it in second place, but still all was not lost. In the penultimate round, HSV was a guest of direct competitor Heidenheim. If he wins, he is certainly third with a chance for second place, and a point would be good for him.
Everything went according to plan. With the goal of Pohjanpal in the 46th minute, HSV led 1: 0, only to score an own goal in the 80th minute and then lose the goal in the fifth minute of the referee’s compensation. Heidenheim overtook him with that win, but HSV had another chance. In today’s last round, little Heidenheim had a point advantage, but had to visit the leading Arminia, which, although relieved, plays the best football in the second league.
HSV had to hope that Heidenheim would not win. If he loses, Hecking’s team would have enough points for a better goal difference, and in the event of a draw in Bielefeld, HSV had to win. The opponent was a disinterested Sandhausen who did not care at all about HSV’s problems, but came to outplay himself.
Heidenheim immediately conceded two goals and it was clear that a point would be enough for Hamburg, but he was not able to achieve that either. In the embarrassingly poor performance of HSV, Sandhausen overtook him and cemented another season in the second league with a 5: 1 victory.
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