Monatsarchiv: April 2007

31 down, 5 to go

Only 5 matches remain in the Regionalliga Nord season, and since yesterday, 1. FC Magdeburg are once more on a promotion spot. Should Osnabrück win their match today, they would move past FCM, but that doesn’t matter, as they have the tougher program remaining.
Euphoria in Magdeburg is high, for evidence let’s look at attendance numbers.
In the last two home matches, 18,700 people came to see the reserves (!) of Dortmund and Bremen. For the next home match against Union Berlin more than 6,000 tickets have been sold already. Yesterday, Magdeburg’s team was accompanied by about 2,000 fans, making the away game at Hertha BSC’s reserves into a home match – 2,409 spectators overall, 2,000 of them from Magdeburg.

Just a friendly reminder, until December Magdeburg averaged under 4,000 spectators a match…

And apparently, there is some respect to be gained from creating huge away crowds – this video was create at the Hertha – FCM match…

Hertha U23-FCM – MyVideo

Saxony-Anhalt Cup

For the first time in the history of the Saxony-Anhalt Cup there will be a Magdeburg only final.
On Saturday, MSV Preußen had beaten Wolfen by a goal from Hannemann (formerly at 1. FC Magdeburg). On Easter Monday the second semifinal saw the match between 4th tier side Germania Halberstadt and 1. FC Magdeburg’s Reserves go into extra time as neither team managed to score. While Halberstadt were in general the team that had more plan to their attack, Magdeburg’s Danny Kukulies put the ball into the net with four minutes remaining on the clock.
While the referee from Halle had blown for half time, full time and half time of the extra time right on time without adding a second of injury time, he let play continue for two minutes beyond regular extra time – and blew for a penalty for Halberstadt with about 15 seconds left on the clock. Former Magdeburg player Banser scored against Daniel Rothe, putting the decision off to penalties.

In the penalty shoot-out Magdeburg’s Kauffmann, 3rd taker, saw his weak attempt saved by Halberstadt’s Kischel, but an advantage for Germania it was not: Stefke’s shot hit the post. In the end, Daniel Rothe saved a shot from 19 year-old Tobias Werner, putting Magdeburg’s Reserves through to the final.

If Magdeburg win the final, they will be eligible to play in the German Cup next season, creating additional income for the club. Unless the first team qualifies via the league, by becoming 2nd in the Regionalliga, they will replace the Reserve in the Cup. If the first team qualifies, both teams will take part in the Cup. Of course, FCM Reserves will have to beat Preussen first – but the odds are good, as 1. FC Magdeburg have only lost one out of their 16 finals ever, including youth, national and international finals.

The facts:
1. FC Magdeburg II – Germania Halberstadt 7-6 after penalties
1-0 Kukulies (115′)
1-1 Banser (120′) (pen)

Attendance 1,327


When I was traveling from Bavaria up to Magdeburg, arriving just in time for the Regionalliga match between Magdeburg and Borussia Dortmund’s Reserves, I noticed that in my last train, I had to smell smoke all the way – and just as I was preparing to complain, I noticed that half of the car I was in was indeed a smoker section. Interestingly, there was no separation between the two areas at all. Now where’s the sense in that?

In other areas:

1. FC Magdeburg 2-2 Borussia Dortmund Res.
1-0 Manai (60′)
2-0 Kotuljac (65′)
2-1 Nöthe (77′)
2-2 Nöthe (81′)
Attendance: 8,051

A rather bad game by FC Magdeburg with a lot of small mistakes, imprecise passing and other reasons for the audience to get angry. After Magdeburg went up 2-0, they basically stopped attacking and hardly ever got out of their own half, something which the manager should have prevented.
In consequence, Dortmund scored from a corner and a counter-attack. With this draw, promotion has moved a little further away from Dirk Heyne’s team, but a good result against their direct competition in Lübeck next friday might change this for the better again.