It’s back at last, after a 6 week winter break – the 2.Bundesliga is back in action this weekend. Not much has changed at St Pauli, the addition of goalkeeper Philipp Heerwagen from Bochum on loan was the only incoming into the squad, set to deputise for the injured Tschauner. The only exit from the club was Rouwen Hennings, who left to join Osnabruck on loan for the rest of the season in order to gain some first team action.
The exciting team news is the return of several key players from long term injuries. Moritz Volz, Carlos Zambrano, Carsten Rothenbach and Lasse Sobiech all returned from injuries – and as discussed in our January newsletter (available here: https://yorkshirestpauli.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/january-newsletter.pdf) it wil leave André Schubert with a few welcome selection headaches ahead of the trip to Aachen.
Fin Bartels and Sebastian Schachten will miss the trip to Aachen through suspension, while Charles Takyi is away with Ghana at the African Nations so won’t feature.
The action starts on Friday, with promotion rivals Paderborn, unbeaten in 15, hosting a decent Union Berlin side. Duisburg, who struggled in the early part of the season but put together a string of results before the winter break, host strugglers FSV Frankfurt and finally second placed Greuther Furth travel to Dynamo Dresden.
On Saturday lunchtime, St Pauli travel to Aachen. Aachen were the bottom placed side during the first weeks of the season, but picked up 3 draws and a win prior to the winter break. They also won 3 of their 4 friendlies during the break, beating Aue, Wacker Innsbruck and Bochum, losing 2-1 to Koln. The other game on Saturday sees leaders Fortuna Dusseldorf travel to Ingolstadt. Dusseldorf were unbeaten until the last game before the winter break – when they lost 1-0 at home to Paderborn.
On Sunday, 3rd placed Eintracht Frankfurt host Eintracht Braunschweig, Bochum are at home to Hansa Rostock and Karlsruhe face Aue.
Finally, on Monday 1860 Munich host Energie Cottbus. 1860 Munich were unbeaten in their last 5 before the winter break, picking up 13 points from 15. They sit in 6th place, but have an outside chance of the challenging for promotion if they can continue that good vein of form.
Enjoy the weekend, Forza St Pauli!