Football – Bielefeld down for the eighth time – Sport

Düsseldorf (AP) – Arminia Bielefeld has taken him again. The 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig marked East Bundesliga’s East West relegation for the eighth time. Only 1. FC Nürnberg went down again.

After all, Arminia is a record climber along with the club. Three times (1980/1999/2004) he managed to return directly to the top category. Twice, from 1985 to 1996 and from 2009 to 2020, eleven years passed before they rose again.

Arminia’s relegation to the Bundesliga and what happened:

1972: The first relegation is a painful point in the history of the club. Because it happened in the course of the Bundesliga scandal. The DFB condemned the club to forced relegation to the second tier regional league in five cases for proven bribery. After years of change, the first trauma of the descent occurred in 1977. In the promotion matches against Munich in 1860, Arminia won the first game 4-0, but lost the second 0-4 and the decisive 0-2. A year later he managed to return as champion.

1979: However, Bielefeld immediately went down. With coach Otto Rehhagel, who was hired on matchday 10, the team seemed to be on the right track, winning 4-0 at FC Bayern in March. After just two wins in 15 games, the fall followed, followed by a direct sovereign resurgence. The +89 goal difference and the 11-0 win over Arminia Hannover are second division records to date.

1985: This time Arminia remained in the front line for five years. In 1983 and 1984, the Westphalians of the East achieved their best places to date with eighth place. In 1985, after the relegation matches against 1. FC Saarbrücken, Bielefeld set down. Major financial problems and more sports accidents followed. After losing promotion in the first year, Bielefeld was relegated to the Oberliga in the third year, 1988. The club remained there for six seasons. In the seventh season, stars such as Fritz Walter and Thomas von Heesen achieved promotion and reached the Bundesliga with coach Ernst Middendorp.

1998: With other star additions like Stefan Kuntz, Arminia managed to stay in the class in 14th place, but was last again the following year and relegated, but also returned immediately with top scorer Bruno Labbadia and coach von Heesen as champions.

2000: The direct descent continued again with coach Hermann Gerland. Accompanied by a record streak of ten consecutive defeats. This time, the East Westphalians did not return directly and, in 13th place, even had to worry about staying in the 2nd division. In 2002, with coach Benno Möhlmann, they were promoted to the Bundesliga again.

2003: Although Arminia led the Bundesliga table for the first time after a 3-0 win over Bremen after the first leg and now had 34 points after 28 games, the team returned to go down. Thanks to a good second half of the season with coach Uwe Rappelnder, however, they immediately rose again.

2009: Despite falling into relegation problems each season, Bielefeld remained for the second time in five years and also reached the DFB Cup semi-finals twice. In 2008, coach Middendorp even ironically proclaimed his team “Bayernjäger” in view of his second place after five games. After the strange decline of 2009 – coach Jörg Berger took over the team as the alleged lifeguard before the last day and went straight down – it was learned that the club had surpassed the construction of the new grandstand.

For a decade, Arminia was almost always close to the abyss financially. 2012 was the last of the 3rd division for a while, the relegation would probably have meant the end of the club. Although the 2013/14 second division season ended in a dramatic relegation against Darmstadt – after a 3: 1 at home followed by a 2: 4 at home after extra time – the following year they laid the groundwork for better times: under coach Norbert Meier, she reached the semifinals of the DFB Cup as a Third Division and was promoted to champion. In 2017, another accident was averted and in 2020 followed the eighth promotion to the Bundesliga under the direction of Uwe Neuhaus.

2022: The popular master builder Neuhaus had to leave in March 2021, successor Frank Kramer managed to stay. Despite ferocious vows of loyalty, he also had to go in April 2022, with only one point in seven games. Goalkeeper coach Marco Kostmann, who was promoted to coach before the fourth penultimate game, could no longer save the game.

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