It should not be. SV Darmstadt 98 was not promoted to the Bundesliga, and eventually the Lilies took fourth place. Even if there is frustration in the beginning, pride prevails in the end. There is also a declaration of war.
They needed a little reinforcement. The journey was not easy at first. SV Darmstadt 98 had just played for SC Badebourne, and they clearly won 3-0 (3-0) in the end, but missed the big goal. Fourth place, no promotion, no relegation, no party, long lily faces. So he needed someone who gave the initial spark after the match ended. And Torsten Liberknecht went ahead, ran toward the bend, pointed at his team and gave a thunderous applause to his team, which then, after a little hesitation, caught the emotion in the bend of the fan. And that, despite Leylin’s spherical heart being broken just two minutes ago.
In the parallel match, Hamburger SV converted the 0-1 draw with Hansa Rostock to a 3-2 victory in the second half. The match in Darmstadt ended before the game at Ostseestadion, and the Lilien players, who had previously made a furious match against the smashed Paderborn, played the last few minutes live on the field. It’s just over a minute of waiting until 5:23pm. The dream of a big climb has finally been shattered.
‘It was a stab in the heart of football’
“It was a pure disappointment, it was a stab in the heart of football,” goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen gave an insight into his inner life after pulling himself together a bit. Leylin’s goalkeeper was also the first to enter the corner after the end of the game, grabbed the microphone and spoke on behalf of the whole team: “We are so grateful for what you did for us. We left our hearts on the field. We have always stood up and got up again.”
Everyone on the field was commenting on every word of Shuheen at that moment. “It was hard and easy walking,” the goalkeeper then reported about 20 meters from the team’s circle to the microphone and gave insight into his emotional world. “It was easy because we did everything today. But of course it was also difficult because you could see the disappointment on people’s faces.”
The only thing missing is the coronation glory
It was a very emotional moment. The moment everyone at Böllenfalltorstadion realized, even in a moment of disappointment, once again what season of lilies ended in bitterness. This Darmstadt team didn’t just turn their fans away. I annoyed the adults and put pressure on them until the last day of the match. “We’ve pushed these teams forward with our performance,” Lieberknecht confirmed. The only thing missing in the end was the crowning glory, the great feeling of happiness on the last day of the match.
These minutes after the final whistle showed once again how much Lilies were looking forward to the big surprise, the big goal, yes, he hoped for it. “Boys live for something. They play football with a soul,” coach Torsten Liberknecht explained with a touch of compassion appropriate for the day. “It’s okay for a heart to break. It shows me that the boys are alive.”
Pride comes quickly
After these bitter minutes, all the inhabitants of Darmstadt soon felt another feeling: pride. Proud of what we’ve achieved, and proud of the fact that we finished fourth behind the league’s heaviest three. Although this is exactly where Lieberknecht, as he repeatedly emphasized, did not want to get under any circumstances.
“I didn’t want that fourth place on the table, and now we’re there,” Liberknecht, who was able to smile a little, explained, glancing at the celebration planned for the evening. “It is important that we laugh today, even if we are already disappointed.”
“Then it continues”
With which the Southern Hessians reached their third feeling of frustration and pride that afternoon: aggression. Yes, this season has been nothing with great success. But there is also a new season.
“I’ll leave the boys alone for now. But then we’ll carry on,” Shoheen declared. “We will try to surprise again next year,” Liberknecht confirmed. And there was – at the end of this bitter day – yes, the impulse for a new beginning. Then next year.
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