Monatsarchiv: Oktober 2007

Two days, two trips, one stadium, two points

On the past weekend, 1. FC Magdeburg had a friendly of sorts to play. While the match at Eintracht Braunschweig (infamous for being the first club in Germany to have a shirt sponsor, less famous for winning the 1967 German championship) was a league match and played for points, the atmosphere in the stadium itself more closely resembled a friendly. Magdeburg and Brunswick are sister cities and their footballing history is more or less linked as well. The very first football club in Magdeburg had founding members coming from Brunswick, and even during the Cold War friendlies between 1. FC Magdeburg and Eintracht Braunschweig were played occasionally, with Magdeburg on the losing end usually. After reunification, Magdeburg’s first shirt-sponsor was Jägermeister, the owner of which was deeply involved with Eintracht Braunschweig.
League matches between the teams have been rare though, as they played in different leagues, with Braunschweig usually playing in the higher league. But not only the clubs themselves are on friendly terms, but the fans are as well. This has led to Magdeburg receiving the full contingent of tickets reserved for away teams. And all of these 5,000 tickets were sold, too, so the match took place in a packed stadium, with 21,300 people watching.
Unfortunately, the match itself did not quite do the atmoshere justice. It was a hectic affair of two teams desperate for points and therefore nervous as hell, Magdeburg maybe even more so than Braunschweig. This nervousness became obvious when Magdeburg were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute. Andy Müller, who had suffered the foul, took the penalty, sending the ball into the low right corner of the goal. But to the horror of the Magdeburg fans and their goal, referee Manuel Gräfe had the penalty retaken, as Magdeburg’s Björn Lindemann had entered the box too early. And, fitting the current relationship of 1. FC Magdeburg and Lady Luck, Müller missed the goal on his second attempt, putting the ball outside the left post.
Now Braunschweig started to dominate the match, with Magdeburg hardly ever capable of finishing a pass. Logically, Braunschweig took the lead – young talent Oehrl scored his fifth goal of the season to make it 1-0 to the hosts. Magdeburg was thoroughly shocked and only thanks to their goalie Christian Beer having a really good day were they able to go into half-time only one goal down.
After the break, Magdeburg tried to put Braunschweig under more pressure, but this mostly failed as they were unable to solve their passing problem. However, in the 71st defensive midfielder Frank Gerster played a wonderful pass to Lindemann who put a low shot past Braunschweig’s Feijzic. As Christian Beer was able to prevent Braunschweig from scoring another, the game ended in a 1-all draw, a result that doesn’t really help either team.
The first part of my Brunswick weekend wasn’t all that successful, leaving me with a rotten feeling about Magdeburg’s quality of play.

The next day I went to Brunswick again. This time the match was Braunschweig’s Reserve against newly-promoted VfB Oldenburg. This (tier IV) Oberliga match saw Oldenburg with an opportunity to get into the top spot of the league – not that it matters: Due to the league reforms, no team will be promoted to tier III. Instead, only the top 5 teams will remain in tier IV, with the rest facing relegation to tier V.
The game was a rather boring affair in the first half that saw Oldenburg have the majority of the possession, but Braunschweig had the only clear-cut chance that was saved by a reflex from Oldenburg’s keeper Damerow. In the second half Oldenburg’s dominance continued, but also their lack of clear opportunities. By contrast, Braunschweig had two more clear-cut chances, but both were wasted. In the end Oldenburg had to be content with just that one point. Another game that left me somewhat unsatisfied.
Here’s hoping that Magdeburg’s Saturday encounter against league newcomers SV Babelsberg 03 will be of better quality and also have a better result.

Eintr. Braunschweig: Fejzic – Gundelach, Horacek, Reichel, Dogan – Wehlage, Danneberg, Lenze (80′ Pfitzner), Yildirim (76′ Rodrigues) – Oehrl, Schembri (89′ Hauk)

1. FC Magdeburg: Beer – Prest, Otte, Grundmann – F.Müller (58′ von der Weth), Habryka (58′ Tornieporth), A.Müller, Gerster, Neumann – Lindemann (78′ Manai), Jarakovic

Score summary
31′ Oehrl 1-0
71′ Lindemann 1-1


ARD has a video online here, mdr has one here (scroll down).

Eintracht Braunschweig II: Lauenstein, Littmann, Pieper, Dimitrijevic, Barkallah, Ladwig, B. Fuchs, Pfitzner, Washausen, Koitka, Eilers (75′ Latus).

VfB Oldenburg: Damerow – Baal (75′ Woycik), Tailor, Frye, Rizzo – Eckel, van der Leij (85′ Puschkaruk), Thölking – Ghasemi-Nobakht (56′ Koc), Salomo, Kilicaslan


And on to the quarterfinal

And that is all the positive things I have to say about today’s cup match versus Preussen Magdeburg.
Jarakovic scored the sole goal for FCM in the 49th, but Preussen equalised with 6 minutes left on the clock.
Frank Gerster also put a penalty kick onto the bar before it was goalkeeper Marian Unger’s moment of glory. He saved two penalties and thus secured 1. FC Magdeburg’s win.

Now that was fun!

Yesterday, while Germany celebrated its national holiday (Day of German Unity, read about it here), several of the football associations that are part of the German FA used the opportunity to play their respective cup tournaments.
In Saxony-Anhalt, it is called Lotto-Pokal, and the record winners are 1. FC Magdeburg. As a Regionalliga side they had a bye in Round 1, and the U23 received another bye, on the grounds of having won the cup in the last season. Yesterday, both teams played in the second round, and both won. Naturally I was unable to attend both games, so a friend and I decided t go to Wernigerode to watch the match of FC Magdeburg first team there.
The pitch was one of the smallest I have seen so far. The distance between the touch line and the spectators can’t have been more than two feet and thanks to this the pitch had another peculiarity: both benches were behind one of the goals.
Magdeburg faced a tier VI side, FC Einheit Wernigerode, and so the game was widely expected to be a rather one-sided affair, although some doubt had crept up due to Magdeburg’s series of bad results.
Dirk Heyne fielded an experimental squad, with a freshly fit Ivica Jarakovi? up front together with Matthias von der Weth. Florian Müller got valuable bench time, as did Stephan Neumann and Christopher Kullmann. Nevertheless, Magdeburg dominated the game from the start and took an early lead, only to have it promptly disallowed for offside. Then Wejsfelt scored, with the same result. But when Wejsfelt headed a corner into the goal, it finally stood and Magdeburg were one up. For the remainder of the first half Magdeburg dominated, but were unable to capitalize on their superiority, thanks to some decent reflexes by Einheit’s goalie.
In the second half, this continued and when Magdeburg got a freekick in front of goal, the choice fell on Lindemann to hit it – and hit it he did, firing a low shot past the wall into the corner that was goalkeeper territory. At least it should have been, judging from the position of the wall, yet the goalie was nowehere to be seen.
Eric Agyemang who had been subbed in for von der Weth brought home another goal after some great work by Jarakovi?. All in all, a very fun hundred-mile round trip with a decent result.

Line-up (only the Magdeburg one, I didn’t catch a program so I’m at a loss for the Wernigerode players)
Unger – Wejsfelt (Grundmann), Prest, Otte – Kallnik (Habryka), Müller – Lindemann, Manai, Tornieporth – von der Weth (Agyemang, Jarakovi?

Wejsfelt 1-0
Lindemann 2-0
Agyemang 3-0

The U23 team beat Tier IV side VfB Sangerhausen with one goal from defender Marcel Probst apparently.
In the next round, 1. FC Magdeburg will not travel very far – the first team will play Magdeburger SV Preußen (last season’s finalists) while the U23 squad will face Germania Halberstadt, who they beat in the semi-final of last season’s competition. Matches are scheduled to be played on October 13 and 14, although at the moment both the first team and the U23 match are assigned the same date – but here’s hoping I can see both.

On an entirely unrelated matter, FC Magdeburg U19 won their first Bundesliga match when they beat Tennis Borussia Berlin on a 4-2 scoreline.