22.300 in attendance on a beautiful sunny day for the final game of the season against already relegated Ingolstadt. H96 the better team but still made heavy weather of it, eventually running out 3-2 winners.
Result, plus others, drags H96 from 14th up to 11th, which brings in an extra €500.000.
Was also the last appearance for Christoph Dobrowski as H96 trainer, with his contract not being extended. Numerous other players, amongst them scorer of two on the day Cologne bound Linton Maina also made their last appearance for the club.
Dobrowski gets replaced by Stefan Leitl who got relegated with Greuther Fürth. A case of wait and see how it works out, although his appointment doesn't really tie-in with club president's Martin Kind intention of getting promoted whilst spending shit-loads of money.
As already mentioned elsewhere, Werder Bremen got the necessary points against Regensburg, meaning Hamburg take on Hertha Berlin in BL/BL2 the play-off. 1st leg takes place in Berlin on Thursday, return fixture on Monday.
Kaiserslautern play Dresden in the BL2/3. Liga play-off. 1st leg in Kaiserslautern on Friday, followed by return leg in Dresden on Tuesday next week.
Due to the non-conventional WC this year, starts for the leagues next season are BL, 5th August; BL2, 15th July; 3. Liga 22nd July. All 3 leagues shut down on 14th November for the WC and resume in the middle of January.
As regards the DFB-Pokal, Freiburg take on RB Leipzig in this seasons final on Saturday coming. Next seasons tournament starts on the 29th July with the 1st round draw taking place on the 29th May.