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Hamburg remove their infamous relegation clock

Hamburg’s relegation clock became a bit of a stalwart and icon in German football.

For years it served as a reminder that Hamburg had never been relegated from the Bundesliga. That was, of course, until 2018, when the Red Shorts finally succumbed to the drop.

But now, the club have decided to remove it. The clock will now be retired as Hamburg prepare for their second straight season in the 2. Bundesliga, after Christian Titz and Hannes Wolf were unable to guide Bundesliga football back to the Volksparkstadion at the first time of asking.

hsv relegation

In 2018, when the club were relegated despite a 2-1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hamburg assured fans that the clock would remain at the Volksparkstadion.

The Red Shorts stated that the counter would be reset to 130 years, 7 months and 3 days (at the time in 2018) to mark the anniversary of the club’s foundation.

However just one year on, with Second Division football still prevalent at the Volksparkstadion, Hamburg have chosen to scrap one of German football’s most iconic pieces of infrastructure.

It is thought that the German Football Museum in Dortmund is the most probable destination for the infamous clock. At 14 metres, is is too large to be placed in Hamburg’s own museum.

The move comes just days after the club decided to part ways with another historic tradition at the Volksparkstadion. Last week, the Red Shorts announced that the club’s anthem “Hamburg, meine Perle” would no longer be played.

Bernd Hoffmann, Hamburg Chairman, has suggested that the Red Shorts want to distance themselves from the burden of their illustrious past. “We want to align ourselves with the future. The constant look in the past does not help,” Hoffmann stated.

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Hamburg turn to Second Division experience in their quest to return to the Bundesliga promised land

Hamburg’s first ever season in the 2. Bundesliga was progressing well until the wheels fell from Hannes Wolf’s bus, so to speak. Up until mid March, the Red Shorts had seemed destined to return to the Bundesliga at the first time of asking. Yet in the final nine games of the season, Hannes Wolf and Hamburg would win just one game, as Köln, Paderborn and Union Berlin pipped the Volksparkstadion side to promotion.

The merits of why it all went wrong for Hamburg can be saved for the dogma of academic debate in the future. However, what is clear to see, is that Dieter Hecking intends to anchor Hamburg’s bid for promotion in the 2019/2020 2. Bundesliga season in experienced second division talent.

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The Bundesliga’s new generation

The last few seasons in the Bundesliga has been synonymous with the rise of clubs such as FC Augsburg and 1899 Hoffenheim; but what has been the catalyst for the rise of the Bundesliga’s new generation? The well-publicized decline of the traditionsverein, or combination of astute signings and good management.

It seems only recent memory that VfB Stuttgart were defying all the odds, lifting the coveted Bundesliga shield in 2007; but it’s the club from Baden-Württemberg that have epitomized all the shortcomings of the traditionsverein. Turmoil in the boardroom mixed with questionable signings has led to the downfall of one of the giants of German football, with relegation to the second tier looming like the Grim Reaper, scythe in hand.

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New look HSV?

Last season, the only ever presents in the Bundesliga flirted ever so close to the drop, an experience no one at the club will want to experience again. So what have Mirko Slomka, and HSV done to change Der Dinosauriers fortunes.
The club have been fairly busy in the the transfer market, and have strengthened in positions that they struggled in last season. However, it must also be said, that they’ve also lost their shining prospect. Will these additions be enough to change Hamburgs luck?

Transfer Business :


Zoltan Stieber – Greuther Fürth – £1.14 million.
Pierre Michel Lasogga – Hertha Berlin – £7.48 million
Johan Djourou – Arsenal – £2.46 million
Valon Behrami – Napoli – £2.82 million


Hakan Calhanoglu – Bayer Leverkusen – £12.76 million
Dennis Aogo – Schalke – £1.76 million
Michael Mancienne – Nottingham Forest – £1.12 million
Zhi Gin Lam – Greuther Fürth – £176’000
Thomas Rincon – Genoa – Free

As you can see, the club have been busy, when it comes to strengthening their squad. The signings of Behrami, and also Lasogga however impress me the most as both positions have been troublesome for Hamburg in previous years.
Lasogga provides Mirko Slomka a talisman he can build his squad around, and it must be remembered that it was Lasogga’s goal that ultimately kept HSV in the Bundesliga. With Artjoms Rudnevs returning from his loan at Hannover, the club could have a good strike force that fits perfectly into Slomka’s preferred 4-2-3-1.
Valon Behrami’s addition to the squad provides a perfect replacement to the outgoing Thomas Rincon, and is most definitely a step up from the Venezuelan. The robust Swiss midfielder will give the HSV midfield the legs it needs, whilst Milan Badelj can provide the technical aspects to the teams play.
With the impending signings of Mainz midfielder Nicolai Müller for around £3.5 million, it solves yet another weak position for HSV. His speed and skill will provide another dimension, to a side that was very ‘one dimensional’ last season.


For all HSV have strengthened their squad, you cannot forget some of the notable players who have left the Bundesliga giants, most notably Turkish starlet Hakan Calhanoglu. Last years talisman, was snatched up by Leverkusen. It’ll be interesting to see how Mirko Slomka can replace the Turkish attacker, as he was a rare bright spark, in a somewhat awful season for the ever presents.

One position for me that needs to be improved would be the centre of defence. Again, last season Hamburg shipped too many goals, so for them to have any success next season they’ll have to tighten the defence.
With the additions to the squad they’ve made, it wouldn’t be a bad predictions to see Hamburg qualify back into the Europa league. However, a more reasoned prediction could see a relatively ‘safe’ season for HSV, which after a few seasons of turmoil could be a good thing for Hamburg.

Telekom Cup Highlights

  The weekend saw the sixth edition of Germany’s most prestigous pre season tournament,  the Telekom Cup. Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and HSV were the teams that took part.

   Take a look below to see how the tornament panned out.


Hamburg vs Wolfsburg


Bayern vs Borussia Mönchengladbach 


3rd – 4th Playoff





The highlight of the tournament for me, would have to be Robert Lewandowski’s stunning chip against ‘Gladbach. He’s defintely fitting in well at the Bavarian giants.

   Also good signs for HSV after last years shocking season. Unlucky to be beaten on penalties by Wolfsburg, they bounced back and dispatched ‘Gladbach giving fans a glimse of what they could see under Mirko Slomka nextr season.

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2014-15 Kit Round-up

New Dortmund Kit 14 15   All the Bundesliga teams have now released at least one of their kits for the upcoming season. There are some really nice kits, however there are also some shockers! Take a look below to see them all.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund’s kits are once again made by Puma, they’ve produced some classy kits for Die Schwarzgelben. My personal favourite would be the home kit. Well done Puma.

New Dortmund Kit 14 15

BVB Away Kit 14 15
A pinstripe away kit Borussia.

VfL Wolfsburg

For the first time, Kappa will make the Wolfsburg kits. They definitely split opinion, but I actually like them!

VFL Wolfsburg Trikot 14 15

Eintracht Frankfurt

Nike are the new creators for Eintracht’s kits. The home kit is simply a classic!

Eintracht Frankfurt Home Kit 2014 15
A classic!

Eintracht Away Shirt 2014 15

FC Augsburg

Nike have broke tradition wioth this years Augsburg kit, with the absence of green from the home shirt. For that reason i’m not a fan! Must try harder.

Nike FC Augsburg Trikot 2014 15

SC Freiburg

  Freiburg’s kits are once again made by Nike. They’ll have the exact same alternative kit as Augsburg. Nike – Must do better.

Freiburg Trikot 14 15

Freiburg Away Trikot 14 15

Jersey FC Freiburg 2014 2015 Third

Bayern Munich

Once again, Bayern Munich’s kits are made by adidas. As of yet only the home kit has been released. A homage to the classic Bayern kit of the 1990’s.

Arjen Robben Bayern Jersey 2014 2015

Bayer Leverkusen

The 2014/15 Leverkusen kits are made by adidas. Again, only the home shirt has been released.

Leverkusen Soccer Jersey 2014 2015

Hertha BSC

Nike have made this seasons Hertha kit, same as the two above only the home shirt has been released. A simple yet classy design.

New Hertha Berlin Jersey 2014 2015

FC Köln

After two seasons away, Die Geißböcke are back. This years kits are made by Erima. Personally i’m a fan.

FC Koln Jersey 2014 2015

Werder Bremen

Die Grün-Weißen’s are once again produced by Nike. A simple green shirt, with a nice collar. Good job, Nike!

New Werder Bremen Kit 14 15

Borussia Mönchengladbach

‘Gladbach’s kits are once again made by Kappa. The design definitely stands oput, however i’m not too sure on it. Maybe it’ll look good on a cold wednesday night at Borussia Park… who knows?!

New Borussia Monchengladbach Kit 14 15


FC Schalke 04

For the upcoming season, Schalke’s kits will be made by adidas. The home kit is in a retro design and is modelled by Roman Neustädter.

Roman Neustadter Schalke 04 Shirt


Hamburg SV

Hamburg’s kits for the upcoming kits are made by German manufacturer Adidas. In my opinion the home kit is a very good twist on the usual HSV home shirt. Good job, Adidas.


SC Paderborn

The other team joining us this season are Paderborn. Their kits for the season are made by Saller.


1. FSV Mainz

The kits for the Europa League team are made by Nike. They feature the same template as Werder Bremen’s home kit, but this time in red and white.


 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Another team who’s kits are made by Kappa, are Hoffenheim. The home shirt is blue and white with a diagonal partition. I must say, I’m a fan of this years home kit! The same can’t be said about the away strip, it must be ranked as the worst kit from this seasons offerings. Although is does represent the local coat of arms.


Hannover 96

Hannover are the only team thats kits are made by Jako. In my opinion Jako have done a fairly good job.


VfB Stuttgart

Puma, the company based in the city, are the producers of the Stuttgart kits. They’ve once again stuck to tradition and produced some good kits.



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Matchday 25

Matchday 25 was a crucial one in the battle to avoid relegation, lets see who were the real winners and losers at the weekend.



FC Augsburg v FC Schalke 04      1:2


Friday night saw Europa League hopefuls Augsburg take on Champions League contenders Schalke at the SGL Arena.

  The game got of to an awful start for Schalke when a mistake from Tim Hoogland allowed Timo Werner in on goal, who obliged to make the score 1 nil to Augsburg. But two goals from Schalke talisman Klaas Jan Huntelaar gave Schalke all three points. The second being a lovely move, with Kolasinac setting up the Dutchman for his second.

  The win gives Schalke some nice breathing space in the Champions League places, whilst Augsburg have some work to do if they want to qualify for Europe next season.


Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Monchengladbach     1:2

Another defeat at Signal Iduna Park for Borussia Dortmund just adds to a disappointing season in the Bundesliga for Jürgen Klopps men, albeit an injury stricken one.

  Goals from ‘Gladbachs star men, Raffael and Max Kruse gave the visitors a 2-0 half time lead. Dortmund’s Serbian starlet Milos Jojic, pulled one back for the hosts mid way through the second half, and after Havard Nordtveit saw red it looked like Dortmund would equalise. They thought they had when Marvin Ducksch put the ball into the back of the net from close range, but the goal was dubiously disallowed for a foul on Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. ‘Gladbach then held on for all three points.


Werder Bremen v Stuttgart      1:1

Bremen v Stuttgart saw Huub Stevens manage Stuttgart for the first time after Thomas Schneider was sacked last week. It was a huge match on both parts, as both historic teams have been threatened with relegation.

  It looked to be the perfect start for Stevens when Goerg Niedermeier, on his 100th Bundesliga appearance, scored for the Reds within ten minutes of the restart. But the man in from, Aaron Hunt, equalised with a superb free kick on 79 minutes.


Hertha Berlin v Hannover 96    0:3

Hannover had a brilliant win at the Olympiastadion thanks to goals from Lars Stindl, Jan Schlaudraff and Szabolcs Huszti. A win was needed for Hannover and it has pulled them 7 points away from the relegation places. Hertha meanwhile, remain in mid table. But still a good first year back in the Bundesliga for them.


Eintracht Braunschweig v Wolfsburg    1:1

The reverse fixture saw Braunschweig win 1:0 in the first Lower Saxony derby, and the Lions were hoping to repeat this at Eintracht-Stadion.

   After a scramble in the box Luiz Gustavo gave the Wolves the lead, and there was expected to be only one winner. But in the 48th minute Karim Bellarabi equalised for the hosts. The draw could be a valuable point in Braunschweig’s outside chance of survival, but it will be seen as 2 points dropped for Wolfsburg.


Hoffenheim v Mainz     2:4

Hoffenheim are always involved in high scoring games aren’t they?! Saturday was the 5th time this season they have surrendered a two goal lead. Two stunning goals from midfielders Eugen Polanski and Roberto Firmino looked to have confirmed the points but 4 goals in 23 minutes stole all three points for Mainz.

   The 3 points puts Thomas Tuchel’s Mainz in with a very good chance for the Europa League, and it would be a fitting way to cap a great season for the club.


Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen    2:1 

You cant stop the Bayern juggernaut, even with a ‘weakened team’ they still managed to beat one of the better sides in the league, albeit one in awful form.

   Goals from Croatian football of the year Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Bayern a 2-0 lead, until the closing stages when Stefan Kießling pulled one back for the visitors.


Hamburg v Nuremburg       2:1

Sunday was the day for relegation six pointers and a lot was learn from the two games played. Goals from Turkish prospect Hakan Calhanoglu and an own goal from Mike Frantz gave HSV a two goal lead, Josip Drmic pulled back a consolation goal for Nuremburg. This match could prove vital in the outcome of relegation this year, and Mirko Slomka will be extremely pleased his side got all three points.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg      1:4

Another relegation six pointer and it was Freiburg that took the points, in remarkable fashion also.   Julian Schuster and Karim Guede gave Freiburg a two goal lead, only for Spanish striker Joselu to reduce the deficit 5 minutes later. But two more goals from Felix Klaus and another from Karim Guede gave Freiburg an emphatic victory.   Both sides still have a lot to do, in order to stay up, but the victory will have given Christian Streich’s men a lard morale boost. Armin Veh’s side must do better.

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