The times when coaches smoked on the sidelines were Hamburg's glory days. They were also Thomas Berthold's teenage years. He enjoyed the Clasico between HSV and Munich, and sees a tiny glimmer of hope for a return to that rivalry.
An eventful match at the Volksparkstadion resulted in HSV being finally relegated. However, it was an afternoon to be proud of for most of Hamburg’s support, proving the magnitude of the club will pull them through.
With their first ever relegation looming large, Hamburg appear in drastic need of a major overhaul. Eintracht Frankfurt’s makeover from relegation candidates to European contenders offers them a template.
They'd been written off once again, but a sudden run of form has given Hamburg real hope of another miraculous escape. But for a couple of German World Cup contenders, this weekend didn't go quite so well.
Cologne have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the sixth time in their history after a 3-2 defeat away at SC Freiburg. Elsewhere, Hamburg beat Wolfsburg to move them within two points of a miraculous escape.
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