No winner in the Hamburg Schnarch Derby

A lot of fuss about nothing!

Sold out weeks ago. Four-digit ticket prices on the black market. Mayor in the stadium. Fan address at the HSV final training. Fan march of the St. Pauli fans to the Volksparkstadion. 5,50 Euro (!) for a big beer.

And at the end such a game. The two rivals HSV and St. Pauli split in the long-awaited Hamburg city derby with a desolate 0:0.

You can see: In the first duel in seven and a half years, there is an incredible amount at stake for both clubs. Both don’t want to lose the game under any circumstances. Result: a lot of fighting, a lot of passion – but hardly any chances. Hwang misses the best chance for Hwang (60./from five meters past). St. Pauli almost manages the 0:1 in injury time, but Pollersbeck defuses a Sahin shot from 45 meters just so (90.+2.).

After all: During the risky game before and during the 90 minutes in the city and in the stadium it remained quiet as far as possible. Only one HSV fan was taken into custody because of “passive armament” and pyrotechnics in the car. Before the whistle started, the St. Pauli fans torched some Bengalos.

A police spokesman to BILD: “After using pyrotechnics from both camps, we will evaluate the video surveillance and then investigate for violations of the Explosives Act.”

The police were represented with service dogs, horses and water cannons and expected 700 to 1000 violent fans from both camps. However, the officers did not have to intervene seriously.

The negative series of the HSV continues! The relegated team remains without a goal for the third time in a row, waiting for a victory during this time. And since 16 years on a compulsory game victory against St. Pauli! In the meantime there were three duels – 1:1, 0:1 and now 0:0. Pocket Vegas gives a gaming experience that the players are looking for whether in online casino games or slots game.

Nevertheless, HSV still holds second place. One point behind: St. Pauli, that is now unbeaten for three games (two wins, one draw).

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1. FC Magdeburg Honours 

European 

  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
    • Winners: 1973–74

League 

  • DDR-Oberliga: 3
    • Winners: 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75
  • DDR-Liga (II)
    • Winners: 1966–67
  • 3. Liga (III)
    • Winners: 2017–18
  • Regionalliga Nordost (IV)
    • Winners: 2014–15
  • NOFV-Oberliga Süd: (IV)
    • Winners: 1996–97, 2000–01, 2005–06

Cup 

  • FDGB-Pokal: 7 (Record, shared with SG Dynamo Dresden)
    • Winners: 1964, 1965, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1983
  • Saxony-Anhalt Cup: 12 (Record)
    • Winners: 1993, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
    • Runners-up: 1994, 2008, 2016

Double 

  • 1973–74: League and Cup Winners’ Cup

Fürth wins in Dresden

The SpVgg Greuther Fürth has made the jump to second place at least temporarily. The Saxons won the chasing duel at Dynamo Dresden with 1:0 (0:0) after a goal by Daniel Keita-Ruel (85th) and celebrated their fourth victory of the season. On Monday, Union Berlin can still pass in the table with a victory at FC Ingolstadt. For Keita-Ruel it was the sixth goal of the season.

First victory for Magdeburg

Christian Beck gave the 1. FC Magdeburg the first victory in the 2. league in the eighth attempt. In the 73rd minute of an otherwise boring game with no major highlights, the centre forward scored the goal by head to a somewhat lucky 1-0 (0-0) win at SV Sandhausen. Previously, the Saxony-Anhalt promoted player had played five draws.

Holtby and Knoll on rivalry, hostility and punishment

Lewis Holtby and Marvin Knoll talk in a double interview with SPORT BILD about the Derby flair, hostilities and punishment catalogues before the explosive Hamburg hit.

SPORT BILD: Welcome to the Derby Summit, Mr. Holtby and Mr. Knoll. The tickets for the duel were sold out within a few hours, at St. Pauli within a few seconds. How many more tickets could you have got rid of?
Lewis Holtby (28): I could have opened my own ticket shop. The fans talk to me after training or write to Instagram to see if I could get them two more tickets somehow. In addition there are my friends, who of course would like to be there as well.
Marvin Knoll (27): Of course many friends have written to me as well. But especially in away games you have to put almost everyone off.
Holtby: Did you also only get one card for this game?
Knoll: Yes, exactly. This is so common that each player receives only one ticket per guest performance.

SPORT BILD: What is it like as a home team?

Holtby: We’ve got a list of them for you to sign up for. Then you have to be lucky that the interest of your colleagues is low, which of course was not the case for the Derby. Matti Steinmann alone wanted to order 50 tickets – he’s just a Hamburg boy!

SPORT BILD: The home dress rehearsal went well wrong with the 0:5 against Regensburg, Mr. Holtby. A warning shot?
Holtby: The game was a huge disappointment for all of us. That must not happen to us again. Against Fürth and in the Derby we have to present ourselves differently of course.

SPORT BILD: What significance does your duel have throughout Germany?

Knoll: A very high one. For weeks now, I’ve been approached almost exclusively about it. And when I think of the game myself, it immediately tingles. I myself have witnessed the Berlin Derby so far. In the 2010/2011 season, when I played for Hertha. Especially at the Alte Försterei there was an incredible atmosphere (1:1.; ed.). Unfortunately, we lost the second leg in the Olympic Stadium.
Holtby: Free kick goal Mattuschka.
Knoll: Right. Such a defeat is several weeks behind you, you have to think about it again and again. That’s the way it will be with the loser.

SPORT BILD: Are derbys harder than other league games?

Holtby: Yes. I experienced it as an ex-Schalker at the Derby against Dortmund: There are a lot of tougher straddles than usual. I remember how Jermaine Jones at that time re-set Kevin Großkreutz on the outer line. The ball wasn’t even nearby anymore.
Knoll: But it’s important that you have the emotions under control in such a game. I don’t want to fly off the pitch after 20 minutes in this game. In this respect, it’s more important for me to brake some players before the whistle instead of spurring them on.

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Kevin Großkreutz Honours 

Club 

Borussia Dortmund 

  • Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
  • DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
  • UEFA Champions League Runners-up: 2012–13

International

Germany 

  • FIFA World Cup: 2014

SPORT BILD: Speaking of braking: There are already public fights going on among the fans. Do you get that as a player?
Holtby: Yes, of course. I can only shake my head there. The game is all about who is the best football team in town. Even after winning, I last heard from our fans from the block about hostility towards St. Pauli, it’s going in the wrong direction. Our fans should look forward to the fact that we can finally take revenge for the last bankruptcy in 2011 – sporty!

SPORT BILD: Were you actually happy, Mr. Knoll, when HSV retired from the Bundesliga last season?
Knoll: Of course I noticed the club very intensively, although I hadn’t been to St. Pauli yet. How they saved themselves again and again. Last season they deserved to be relegated. But: I have already experienced a relegation in my career. That can also release a lot of energy when things just start from zero again. If HSV can use that, they have good opportunities to develop a better image again.
Holtby: And that’s exactly what we’re doing right now. I think that now there is much less hickhack with us, we act much better as a club. And that HSV finally has a face again, because we as a team live humanity.

SPORT BILD: What do you mean by that?

Holtby: If the ice man drives up in his car during training, we as a team like to buy the fans an ice cream. And we don’t do that for marketing reasons, but because it gives us pleasure and we have sworn to appear authentically in public. What is important now is that continuity finally comes into the club.

SPORT BILD: What about St. Pauli?

Knoll: When I came, there was already a good structure and good cohesion, which was very pleasant. Only the penalty catalogue is harder here than with my ex-clubs (laughs).
Holtby: Have you already had to pay a lot?
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Holtby: What does it cost for you?

Knoll: 20 Euro. With this offence our treasurer Daniel Buballa is still gracious (laughs).

SPORT BILD: Mr. Knoll, does St. Pauli belong in the Bundesliga?
Knoll: Yes. And I hope that we will be able to do that at some point.

SPORT BILD: And the HSV?

Knoll: So is a traditional club, yes.

SPORT BILD: Is St. Pauli still the special club in Germany?

Holtby: I think so. St. Pauli is simply another club, just because of the skull and crossbones. But the big club in Hamburg is simply HSV. St. Pauli is the little neighbour who tries to annoy and prick.

SPORT BILD: Are there any friendships between the players of the two clubs?

Knoll: Yes. For example, I get along really well with Pierre-Michel Lasogga, with whom I played with Hertha. A few months ago, he also congratulated me very nicely on my move to St. Pauli. We have to take special care of him in the game. The guy is a bull – and a disgusting one to defend.

SPORT BILD: And how do you deal with the opposing fans, Mr. Holtby?
Holtby: I also go to the neighbourhood as an HSV player. Or always on the cathedral (Hamburger Kirmes; ed.), which is right next to the stadium of St. Pauli. Of course you have to listen to one or the other saying. I was last even addressed by St. Pauli fans at the stand-up paddling. Then you have to listen to an insult, but I can laugh about it.

SPORT BILD: What are your plans in case you win the Derby?

Knoll: That depends on whether the coach will give us the day off for the next day.
Holtby: I’m sure he will. The winner gets the day off.
Knoll: And in a draw?
Holtby: Let’s party together (laughs).

Barca President on Pogba, Messi Future and Pep Return

That Paul Pogba (25) is unhappy at Manchester United and that his relationship with coach José Mourinho is tense – no secret. Speculation about a change, specifically to FC Barcelona – no surprise. But what is it really? Is there a deal with ManUnited who are interested in central defender Yerry Mina (24) and midfielder Andre Gomes (25)?

Barça President Josep Maria Bartomeu has now commented on the rumours, and in an interview with The Times he also spoke about the future of star striker Lionel Messi and a possible return of city coach Pep Guardiola.

“I’ve read about the rumours – not only about Pogba, but also about many other players,” Bartomeu explained, admitting: “But most teams don’t want to sell their players. They want to develop them. The business is no longer just selling players and making money.” In football you have to win to be successful.

Asked again directly about Pogba, the 55-year-old answered only vaguely: “I’m not talking about Pogba, I’m talking in general. When you hear from agents that there are certain players on the market – and I’m not saying that about that player, but in general – I sometimes call the club bosses and ask: ‘Is it true that you want to sell the player? If they say yes, I pass that information on to the technical staff. But usually they say ‘No, not for sale’, and that’s the end of it.”

Meanwhile, Bartomeu is not worried about Lionel Messi’s whereabouts. Rather, he seems convinced that the Argentinian will stay beyond his contract term (2021): “He doesn’t want to leave”. We always tell him that he can be a one-club man. That’s what he wants too.

Barcelona’s concept is not to sell the best players, but to attract new, talented players in order to be more successful and make the fans so happy.

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The Barcelona supporters might also be happy if Pep Guardiola, who is currently coaching Manchester City and may want to end his career with FC Barcelona, returns.

“Pep is a genius. I read a few days ago that he wants to return to Barcelona, perhaps to take responsibility for La Masia (FC Barcelona’s youth academy). I think it would be good news for our club if it came to that.”

The door is always open for the Catalan, who coached Barça from 2008 to 2012 and won the Champions League twice, at any rate “always open”: “Even when he wanted to leave us in 2012, we advised him to look after La Masia. But he preferred a clear break. Nobody told him to leave Barcelona back then.” For those player that is looking for great design and interface, Mr. Mobi is for you.