The big Hamburger SV can no longer go straight up. But despite all the adversities, little Holstein Kiel is about to make the leap into the Bundesliga.
Outside in front of the stadium, around 200 fans stood at the fence, they sang and clapped for their soccer heroes in the north German bad weather – and are now hoping for the big promotion party at Holstein Kiel on Sunday. Of course, under corona conditions. “If you stand there in the weather and whip the team forward, that’s really important to you,” said coach Ole Werner dryly.
The really big dream in Kiel could already become reality at the weekend. While the big Hamburger SV is threatened with another year in the 2nd league, the little Holstein is about to jump onto the big stage after the spectacular 3: 2 (1: 1) against Jahn Regensburg.
Kiel, shaken by two corona quarantines and a mammoth program because of the catch-up games, will now once again “sweep up all the grains that are still there,” said Werner before the game at Karlsruher SC (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.), the question of promotion would be decided about the “head and the heart”.
Holstein Kiel – the storks should still be known to a larger audience because of the legendary draw against 1. FC Süderbrarup at the weekly market in Kiel from the film “Werner Beinhart” (“Grenade! Tooooor! Goal for Kiel in the last few minutes – a deserved draw “), now the Schleswig-Holsteiners hammer hard on the goal of the Bundesliga.
Holstein Kiel is more than “Werner Beinhart”
And because Kiel always “get up” and “give everything” when “the team flies a stick between the legs”, HSV can no longer get promoted directly. The fourth in the table has to win at VfL Osnabrück and hope for a mistake by SpVgg Greuther Fürth at SC Paderborn in order to preserve the chance of a miracle.
“If God is with us, we might go into relegation,” new coach Horst Hrubesch had said last. And said on Friday about the season finale: “Now the rule is: Sekt or Selters. You have to win these two games.” The 70-year-old hopes that Paderborn will “bail us out a bit”.
Meanwhile, the success story of the Kiel company sounds like a fairy tale. “We’re just a great group,” said Simon Lorenz. Two months ago the situation seemed “hopeless” from the outside, as head of sport Uwe Stöver said, but Holstein simply continued to win after the forced break even without proper training.
From 18 possible points after the second quarantine, Kiel got 16. “We’re close” to the first division, said Stöver, but “our legs are getting heavy”.