Jul 3, 2019, 5:57 PM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Let's see if I can unravel Germany. For the moment I am looking at the top four divisions, leaving the lower stuff for myself or others to post later.
The German Regionalliga, like the Austrian has fixed boundaries, although a small number of teams in North West Bavaria are permitted into the SudWest structure.
Starting with the Bundesliga, where it was good to have a challenge to the dominance of Bayern Munchen. BVB taking them to the final weeks but finishing a Liverpool-like two points short.
Nurnberg and Hannover take the automatic relegation places, while VfB Stuttgart went into a play-off where they were beaten on away goals by Union Berlin.
Abover Union Berlin, 1. FC Koln and Paderborn took the automatic promotion places, which means I need one team (Paderborn) to complete the Bundesliga again. I'm unlikely to pick them off this season. 1. FC Koln are immediately installed as favourites for the 2. Bundesliga title in 2021 as well.
At the other end, MSV Duisburg and Magdeburg took automatic relegation, while Ingolstadt fell into the play-off position
Osnabruck took the 3. Liga title with comfort, despite losing three in a row at the end of the season. Karlsruhe finished second to go up with them. The play-off, as with the one above went to away goals, with both contenders winning the away leg. Wehen Wiesbaden finished third in 3. Liga, but lost 2-1 at home to Ingolstadt. By half time in the second leg, they had a 4-3 advantage. Ingolstadt levelled the aggregate after the break, but could not take the tie.
Bottom of the 3. Liga, it is now four teams relegated and these were VfR Aalen, Fortuna Koln, Sportfreunde Lotte and Energie Cottbus.
With four teams relegated to the Regionalliga, there is room for four, (rather than three in the past) to get promoted. There was a play-off between the Champions of the Nord and Bayern regions, with Wolfsburg II (of Nord) being the team that missed out
Both the champions of Bayern and Nord get direct promotion in 2020, with the West and NordOst teams being those in play-offs
Niedersachsen champions, Hannoverscher SC were promoted to Regionalliga Nord, along with Hamburg champions, Altona 93 and fourth placed Schleswig-Holstein team, Heider SV. I am not certain why the top three here were not permitted into a three team play-off group which also included Bremer SV from the Bremen liga.
The second placed team in Niedersachsen, played against the fourth from bottom side in the Regionalliga, with Luneburger SK Hansa winning both legs against Eintracht Northeim to retain their place at the fourth level.
From Regionalliga NordOst, Chemnitz went up to 3.Liga, while Cottbus made to opposite journey. Promotion into the division is limited to the champions of the two Oberliga, SV Lichtenberg (NordOst-Nost) and Chemie Leipzig (NordOst-Sud). The relegated teams were Budissa Bautzen (last place) and Oberlausitz Neugersdorf (15th of 18), Neugersdorf chosing to take the drop and hence a reprieve for optik Rathenow.
Two teams, Fortuna Koln and Sportfreunde Lotte were relegated from 3. Liga to Regionalliga West, with Viktoria Koln going the other way. This means the league will run with 19, rather than 18 for the season with a minium of four and a maximum of six to be relegated. The bottom four from last season, all relegated were Herkenrath, Wiedenbruck, Straelen and Kaan-Marienborn. Promoted teams are SV Bergish Gladbach (Mittlerhein champions), VfB Homberg (Niederrhein champions), Schalke II and TuS Haltern (top two in Westfalen).
Regionalliga SudWest losed Waldhof Mannheim (promoted to 3. Liga) and the bottom four, Hessen Dreieich, Eintract Stadtallendorf, Wormatia Worms and VfB Stuttgart II. In comes VfR Aalen (relegated from 3. Liga). Into the division comes the champions of Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar, RW Koblenz, from Hessen, Giessen and from Baden-Wurttemberg, Bahlinger SC. The runners-up of each of the three leagues enter a play-off group in which all games were drawn! As Bayern Alzenau were the away team in the first game (2-2) while the others were 1-1, I believe they went up due to away goals. Despite being in Bavaria, Alzenau compete as a Hessen team
Finally, Regionalliga Bayern. The champions Bayern II, beat Wolfsburg II and took promotion to the 3. Liga. The division also lost Pipinsried (bottom) and Ingolstadt II (9th). The latter were relegated to keep a two division gap with their first team who were relegated into 3. Liga. The next two teams up, Heimstetten and 1860 Rosenheim won play-off games against the runners-up of Bayernliga Nord (Gebenbach) and Bayernliga Sud (TSV Rain-am-Lech) respectively. The two champions, Aubstadt and Turkgucu Ataspor Munchen were promoted automatically. As this left a vacancy, Gebenbach and Rain played off for this, with Rain winning promotion
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