Football – Bielefeld relegated for the eighth time – Sport

Düsseldorf (AFP) – Armenia Bielefeld picked up again. A 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig saw Westphalia relegated from the Bundesliga for the eighth time. Only 1. FC Nuremberg is relegated again.

After all, Arminia is a standard climber with the club. Three times (1980/1999/2004) he managed to return directly to the first division. Twice, from 1985 to 1996 and from 2009 to 2020, it took eleven years before it went up again.

German Bundesliga relegation to Armenia – what next:

1972: The first relegation is a sore point in the club’s history. Because it happened in the context of the German Bundesliga scandal. The German Football Association ruled the club forcibly relegated to the second division at the time in five cases, alleging bribery proven. After years of change, a first relegation shock followed in 1977. In the promotion matches against Munich 1860, Armenia won the first match 4-0, but lost the second match 0-4 – and the decisive match 0-2. A year later he managed to return as a champion.

1979: However, Bielefeld relegated immediately. Under coach Otto Rehhagel, who was appointed in the 10th round, the team appeared to be on the right track, as they beat Bayern Munich 4-0 in March. After just two wins out of 15 games, a meltdown ensued – and then a straight return to supremacy. Goal difference +89 and the 11-0 win over Armenia Hannover is a record in the second division to this day.

1985: This time Arminia stayed in the first division for five years. In 1983 and 1984, the East Westphalians held their best placements to date with an eighth. In 1985, after a relegation match against 1. FC Saarbrücken, Bielefeld was relegated to the second division. This was followed by major financial problems and more sports meltdowns. After just missing out on promotion in the first year, Bielefeld was relegated to the Premier League in the third year, 1988. The club remained there for six seasons. In the seventh season, stars such as Fritz Walter and Thomas von Hessen were able to climb to the Bundesliga under coach Ernst Midendorp.

1998: With the additions of other stars such as Stefan Koontz, Armenia managed to stay in 14th place, but came back again the following year and relegated, but also returned immediately with top scorer Bruno Labbadia and coach von Hessen as champions.

2000: Direct relegation followed again under coach Hermann Gerland. Accompanied by a record streak of ten consecutive defeats. This time around, the East Westphalians weren’t right back, and in the thirteenth place, they had to worry about staying in the second division. In 2002, under coach Benno Mullmann, they were again promoted to the Bundesliga.

2003: Although Armenia topped the Bundesliga table for the first time after beating Bremen 3-0 after the first round and had already scored 34 points after 28 matches, the team was relegated again. Thanks to a strong second half of the season under coach Uwe Raplender, they were promoted again immediately.

2009: Despite falling into relegation problems every season, Bielefeld remained promoted for the second time in five years and also reached two FA Cup semi-finals. In 2008, coach Midendorp sarcastically announced his team, “Bayerengiger” in light of their second place finish after five matches. After the strange relegation in 2009 – coach Jörg Berger took charge of the team as the supposed savior before the last day of the match and went straight down – it became known that the club had overstretched the construction of the new stand.

For a decade, Armenia has always been close to the cliff financially. In 2012 it was last in the third tier for a while, maybe relegation meant the end of the club. Although the 2013/14 second division season ended with a dramatic drop to Darmstadt – after a 3:1 away home followed by 2:4 at home after extra time – the foundation was laid for better times the following year: under coach Norbert Mayer-he He reached the third tier in the DFB Cup semi-finals and was promoted as a champion. In 2017, another crash was narrowly prevented, and in 2020 it was followed by an eighth promotion to the Bundesliga under Uwe Neuhaus.

2022: Famous playmaker Neuhaus had to go in March 2021, and his successor Frank Kramer managed to stay. Despite iron promises of loyalty, he also had to go in April 2022 – with just one point from seven games. Goalkeeping coach Marco Kostmann, who was promoted to coach before the game from the fourth to the last, was no longer able to save the match.

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