Professional football in Germany starts the 2022/2023 season with the 2nd Bundesliga. Who will go to the House of Lords? There are several candidates.
With the opening match between 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Hannover 96 this Friday (8.30pm / Sat.1 and Sky) the new season of the 2nd Bundesliga begins.
There is great euphoria in the Palatinate at a return after four years in the Third Division, while Lower Saxony is among the candidates for promotion. A look at the five contenders for the Bundesliga jump – and what speaks for and against them.
This speaks for the promotion: HSV is the favorite for the promotion. The team has largely stayed together and has even been strengthened in some positions. In addition, for the first time in four years in the second division, the coach has not been changed. And the team has recently been getting better at implementing Tim Walter’s football.
This speaks against the promotion: three-fourths and finally a third-place defeat in relegation to Hertha BSC is a burden. We will also see if continued unrest within the club, such as the recent sacking of sports director Michael Mutzel, will have a negative impact on the team’s performance.
This speaks for growth: no other second tier team has improved as much as Hannover. New coach Stefan Leitl has already led Greuther Fürth to the Bundesliga in 2020. Of the eleven new players, five were also from the Premier League. In addition: 96 has a World Cup stadium, a large community and financially strong shareholders.
This speaks against promotion: Leitl himself speaks of “a completely new start with many new players, a new team of coaches and the implementation of a new game idea. It will take some time. ” The environment in Hanover is both an opportunity and a risk. Professional soccer boss Martin Kind and the management of the parent club 96 eV work more together than with each other.
This speaks in favor of growth: East West Waveers can rise. The jump into the football upper house has already been successful eight times. So Arminia leads along with Nuremberg appropriate ranking. Relegated from the Bundesliga could benefit primarily from the high, attacking duo of Janni Serra and Fabian Klos.
That speaks against a promotion: a lot will depend on how Arminia compensates for the departures of top players such as Stefan Ortega (Manchester City), Patrick Wimmer (VfL Wolfsburg) and Amos Pieper (SV Werder Bremen). Another obstacle may be the lack of experience of the new Italian coach Uli Forte in German football.
1. FC Nuremberg
That speaks in favor of a promotion: for a team with promotion ambitions, 1. FC Nürnberg scored too few goals with 49 goals last season. Now the offensive has intensified again. The Franconians are very familiar with the promotion: Nuremberg has already been promoted eight times – the last time it was promoted in 2019. So time again.
This speaks against the promotion: Kilian Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg) left the right-back with a lot of potential. Bitter, because the defense was shaky last season – only seven teams conceded more goals. Well-known duties are mainly about offensive – defensive can be a moot point.
SpVgg Greuther Furth
This speaks in favor of a rise: Greuther Fürth is automatically one of the favorites for the top places as he was relegated to the Bundesliga. Many players in the national team gained match training in the Bundesliga and showed better results at the end of the season. It could be an advantage in the second division.
This speaks against the rise: the clover has lost many of its permanent workers along with retirements such as Jamie Leweling, Paul Seguin and Maximilian Bauer. Coach Stefan Leitl also left Fürth. Fürth was able to win over a novice with an outstanding name: Lucien Littbarski is known only thanks to his father, world champion Pierre. The other new additions can also be assigned to the “Young researchers” category.
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