Monatsarchiv: Juni 2007

Well, that’s something at least

Today, another FC Magdeburg team (after or B and C teams) gained promotion: Our U19-squad won the second of two play-off matches against VfB Oldenburg with the final scoreline of 3-0.
The match was similar to the first leg in Oldenburg, both teams were trying to get a goal right from the start, as both teams needed to win the match in order to avoid extra time. However, Magdeburg got off to a better start, and after a terrible mishap on the part of Oldenburg’s keeper, Magdeburg scored to make it 1-0.
Afterwards, Oldenburg tried to build up more pressure, but they just couldn’t get past the Magdeburg defense, and in the rare instances they did, FCM-goalie Schwabke was there to deny them.
When Magdeburg scored their 2nd goal from a header after a long ball, the game looked all but over – but suddenly Magdeburg became more defensive, less keen on taking the ball out of their own half and thus Oldenburg created some chances, but again they couldn’t convert any of them.
After the half-time break, Magdeburg was already celebrating yet another goal, but the referee ruled it offside. Afterwards the game was in the balance as Oldenburg was now dominating with their short-passing game, but again they were ineffective in front of goal, and so it was only a matter of time until Magdeburg created the 3-0 from a counter. After that, the game was decided and Magdeburg promoted to the U19-Bundesliga. A little consolation after the unfortunate end of the Regionalliga season.

Non-promotion and Cup win

Why could it not have been the other way round?

Anyway, FC Magdeburg youth team will meet VfB Oldenburg in the play-off for promotion to the Youth Bundesliga on the 17th and 24th of June.

The thing that should not be

is apparently the promotion to Bundesliga 2 for FC Magdeburg. After a good game, Magdeburg only managed a 1-all draw with FC St. Pauli and thus dropped to third in the table, since Osnabrück managed to come back from a 0-1 scoreline and won against Ahlen 2-1.

Magdeburg has played an extraordinary season, their first in Regionalliga Nord since their bankruptcy in 2002, but couldn’t put the icing on the cake after they only got 2 points out of the last three matches.

Facts:

1. FC Magdeburg 1 – 1 FC St. Pauli
60′ Kuru 0-1
71′ Lindemann 1-1

Att: 25,400

About 34 hours to go

until the kick-off in this season’s last game for FC Magdeburg.
The opponent is freshly promoted FC St. Pauli from Hamburg, and Magdeburg need to win to be promoted to Bundesliga 2.

Needless to say, there’s excitement all around, people report difficulty sleeping, miscounting the days til the match and all these gorgeous phenomena. I personally can confirm both of them…

Originally, Magdeburg had intended to sell an additional 500 tickets on Wednesday, but the German FA foiled that plan.
Apparently, St. Pauli and Magdeburg fans have an intense rivalry – that certainly is news to me, and probably to many others as well…
Quote from the German FA in response to an email complaining about the decision: „Die Fans von St. Pauli und dem 1. FC Magdeburg haben eine besondere Rivalität.“ The mail goes on to cite the importance of the match as grounds for their decision, however, the impression of a clueless FA remains – especially since there were no significant problems when the two clubs met in December.

The regional TV station, the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk will broadcast the game live from 1345 Berlin, and there will also be public viewing on Magdeburg’s Alter Markt, right in front of the city hall, where 1. FC Magdeburg once celebrated winning the Cup Winners‘ Cup. An internet radio stream will also be available on Saturday. Also, Fangeist will be at the stadium, the match being part of a conference with the other relevant matches of the day, Osnabrück vs. Ahlen and Wuppertal vs. Emden. The stream is here.

Time to go to bed now, the waiting gets harder…