Street fight in the suburbs

The unfortunate draw in the heated derby against Unterhaching damps the hopes of the 1860 fans for a march through to the second league. There are reasons why a rise for the lions would come much too early.

The two coaches were only one metre apart. At the press conference in the small media room of the Hachinger Sportpark. In view of the mood, they were worlds. “It was beautiful,” rejoiced Claus Schromm, the coach of  SpVgg Unterhaching. Next to him sat his colleague Daniel Bierofka from TSV 1860 Munich, he looked pale and grumbled in his beard: “That hurts“. A later compensation in injury time cost Bierofkas Löwen the victory in Unterhaching on Wednesday evening. The service trip to the south of Munich, which ended 1:1 (0:0), was thus ruined.

A new damper for all the fans of the old traditional club, who already dreamed of the march through and the return to the second league. In the end, however, the sobering result was perhaps quite good for the club. Because a promotion would be far too early for the Lions. They are not mature enough for second place, the blues are just like the colour of their away jerseys: much too green. And then there are other problems as well.

Toxic, hot, disgusting

The third league derby in the south of Munich, a whole two S-Bahn stations away from the Sechzger home in Giesing, was poisonous, hot, disgusting. Several fouls, nasty kicks, eight yellow cards. The Hachinger Sportpark had been sold out for weeks with 14,200 seats, almost 6,000 tickets went officially to the guests. Measured by the perceived decibel number of cheers, around 13,950 spectators were Löwen fans.

The mood at the side line was also gallant: Haching’s President Manfred Schwabl, who had photographed the reddish evening sky over the blue north curve in the first half of the race, stormed the linesman angrily and later it was loud between Schromm and Bierofka. A humorless derby that kept what it promised – a brand of rude street fight in the suburbs. Including foam at the mouth.

Manfred Schwabl Honours

    • Bundesliga champion: 1986, 1990
    • Bundesliga runner-up: 1991, 1993
    • DFB-Pokal winner: 1986
    • DFB-Pokal finalist: 1985

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Down to earth worker Bierofka

Daniel Bierofka was also visibly taken away by the intensity of the game, but as frustrating as the late goal might be for him, it remained the reassuring realization that the gap to a threatening promotion spot is still reassuring four points.

The down-to-earth worker Bierofka does not believe in dreams and fantasies. Having just been promoted from the regional league, he constantly preaches that one wants to arrive and gain a foothold in the third league. But apart from the lack of sporting maturity – with late goals against Lautern, Osnabrück, Uerdingen and now Haching in 1860 already playing off six points this season – the team lacks completely different prerequisites for promotion.

There is for example the unsettled stadium question.

No plan for an emergency ascent

The venue on Grünwalder Straße fulfils the requirements for the third league, but for the second league it is far from sufficient in the long term. A return to the Allianz-Arena is impossible, not only because the hated Bavarians have decorated the seats in the club colours including the logo.

Even the old Olympic Stadium, where 1860 kicked until the Bundesliga relegation in 2004 and which was under discussion as a possible venue for promotion, is no longer an alternative. The only conceivable exception at the moment seems to be for Grünwalder. The club management around Robert Reisinger does not yet have a real plan for an emergency promotion at the moment, they say they are working on concepts.

And then there’s the investor. Would Hasan Ismaik, the controversial as well as unpredictable investor, even contribute the money for the second league license?

At the moment there is at least some peace. In an interview, Reisinger quantified the relationship to Ismaik on a scale of zero (miserable) to ten (super great) as “six to seven”. Expandable. In view of the fact that the value a year ago was about between 0.3 and 0.4, but in relation quite respectable.

Haching works solidly and quietly

The SpVgg Unterhaching shows how to build a third league club in a deliberate way. President Schwabl cautiously introduced professional structures after his return from the regional league in 2017. His motto is to form a team, perhaps to rise up in two years, to think in the medium term, not to rush things. Genting Bonus has a well designed sports betting website.

It is now 20 years ago that SpVgg Unterhaching came into the Bundesliga as a smiling upcomer, now the village club from the Munich district is almost a role model for the old Giesinger traditional club. “Haching works solidly and calmly”, Reisinger enthused recently, “Envy and envy are foreign to me”. We want to go there again.