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German 2. Bundesliga

Karlsruher hoping to end Hamburg's 52-year stay in the Bundesliga

Hamburg players salute their fans after beating Schalke, but Stuttgart's victory over Paderborn has them in the relegation play-off spot and will have to continue fighting to avoid dropping to the second division for the first time in their history.

Karlsruher are confident of inflicting a first ever relegation from the Bundesliga on Hamburg when they meet in Germany's relegation/promotion playoff.

The two clubs face each other on Thursday at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion for the first leg of a tie which will decide whether Die Rothosen get relegated to the 2. Bundesliga or Karlsruher gain promotion to the Bundesliga.

Hamburg claimed 10 points in their last five games to secure a place in the playoff for a second consecutive season, rather than...

Darmstadt promoted to Bundesliga after win over St Pauli

Dirk Schuster celebrates Darmstadt's promotion to the German first division.

Darmstadt have followed Ingolstadt in earning promotion to the Bundesliga after a dramatic final day of action in the 2. Bundesliga.

Midway through the second half at the Stadion am Bollenfalltor, Darmstadt were as low as fourth in the standings and not even on course for a playoff berth.

However, a Tobias Kempe goal in the 71st minute of their game against St Pauli earned them the win they needed to march straight through the second division in their first season since promotion from the third...

 By Uli Hesse

Following FC Ingolstadt's remarkable rise to the German Bundesliga

FC Ingolstadt 04 mathematically secured the top seed in 2. Bundesliga after building a seven-point gap at first place.

The start was, to say the least, inauspicious. On July 31, 2004, FC Ingolstadt 04 travelled to SC 04 Schwabach, a small town near Nuremberg, to open the new season in the fourth division of German football.

Less than 600 people watched a drab 0-0 draw. The referee booked four players, all of them visitors, which tells you how hard-fought the draw was for Ingolstadt.

Schwabach's star signing, former Nurnberg striker Jurgen Falter, missed three golden opportunities, leading his coach Uwe Neunsinger...

 By PA Sport

Hannover to sign St Pauli keeper Philipp Tschauner

Hannover have secured cover for regular No. 1 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler with Philipp Tschauner arriving from St Pauli in the summer.

The 29-year-old will join on a free transfer in July and should be understudy to the Germany international although,...

 By Uli Hesse

Football still more than just a game at St. Pauli

Bayern's march towards the Bundesliga title took another step at the weekend as they beat Hoffenheim 2-0.

Four-and-a-half years ago, I was in St. Pauli to research an 8,000-word article about the club and its famous support for the Swedish magazine "Offside".

Some of you may know the piece, because the English-language version later appeared in issue zero of "The Blizzard". If so, you'll remember that I met a lot of pleasant people, not to mention interesting characters, and had a great time.

The mood was excellent and the atmosphere was electric during those warm, sunny days in August 2010, when...