1860 Munich Take First Bold Step Back To Big Time

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 27: players of TSV 1860 Muenchen celebrate during the Third League Playoff Leg 2 match between TSV 1860 Muenchen and 1.FC Saarbruecken at Grunwalder Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Schlichter/Bongarts/Getty Images)
1860 Munich Take First Bold Step Back To Big Time

Daniel Bierofka’s TSV 1860 Munich took the first brave steps towards a glorious return to the Bundesliga. A 2-2 draw with 1.FC Saarbruecken at the Grunwalder Stadion gave 1860 a hard-fought 5-4 aggregate win and a spot in next year’s 3.Liga, the German third division.

Down a couple of goals off a Jan Mauersberger own goal in the 33rd minute and a 58th minute goal from Sebastian Jacob, TSV 1860 bounced back with a Sascha Moelders penalty in the 66th minute and the clincher from Simon Seferings in the 82nd minute of play.

“We have been promoted! This is amazing, what we have made of our possibilities. For me, it’s the first ascent in my professional career,” Moelders said after the match. He ended the season as the club’s top goalscorer with 22 goals.

“I can not believe we’ve done it,” said Bierofka. “When I saw Saarbrücken at 7:1, I thought we had no chance. But what the team did in the two games was sensational.”

Two other key producers for the Lions this season were Nico Karger (15 goals) and Markus Ziereis (14 goals). 1860 Munich finished with a record of 26-5-5 (83 points) and were named Regionalliga Bayern champions. Last year, 1860 Munich were double demoted from the 2.Bundesliga to the Regionalliga Bayern for financial troubles, with their investor Hassan Ismaik being unwilling to pay the fee for a 3.Liga license.

Two other clubs were also promoted through the playoffs. Energie Cottbus defeated Weiche Flensburg 3-2 on the same first leg scoreline and KFC Uerdingen 05 eV also advanced 3-1 on aggregate after the second leg was called off early with Uerdingen leading SV Waldhof Mannheim 2-0 and both sets of fans fighting in the shade. Werder Bremen II, Chemnitzer FC and Rot-Weiß Erfurt were demoted to the Regionalliga.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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