Who are FC Heidenheim?
The 2.Bundesliga has come to modern after a barbarous hindmost day, and the promotion, relegation, and play-off places retain all been confirmed. It is FC Heidenheim who leave guise Werder Bremen in the play-off to decide who commit play in the Bundesliga succeeding season.
Despite a 3-0 rout at champions Arminia Bielefeld, Heidenheim complete in 3rd place after an almighty mistake up from Hamburg. The Volksparkstadion outfit only obligatory a invent castigate SV Sandhausen to leapfrog Heidenheim, but were thrashed 5-1 on home turf to castigate them to a third season in the later tier.
A win in the play-off would see Heidenheim stagecraft in the finest tier for the best time ever in their history. So who are they, and what chances make they posses of upsetting the odds against a side that thwack Köln 6-1 on the second day of the Bundesliga season?
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Heidenheim come from the city of the corresponding advance in the south-western German national of Badem-Württemburg and rack in their current facade after a 2007 disjoining from the Heidenheimer Sportbund (HSB) - a sports bastinado of over 6,000 members from 27 different departments.
As recently as 2004 they played in the Verbandsliga Württemburg, the sixth tier of German football, before spending four years in the Oberliga. After a sole season in the Regionalliga Süd they achieved a twofold promotion and reached the 3.Liga for the best juncture in their history. They achieved promotion to the closing tier in 2014, beating runners up RB Leipzig on goal differential having misplaced bluefish five matches all season.
They enjoyed a honest debut season in the 2.Bundesliga, finishing in 8th calling before establishing themselves as a staple outfit in the division. Last season's 5th alcove finish was an excellent platform that ultimately led to this seasons surge to 3rd.
In charge at the Voith Arena is cudgel stalwart and hometown chap Frank Schmidt. He has been at the cudgel since 2007, forging him the longest serving employer in German professional football, some five years ahead of his nearest challenger. Schmidt elapsed his playing calling at the club when they were tranquillity known as HSB, moulding 112 appearances and scoring 22 times as a defender. He guided them to the local Würtemmburg Cup championship five times, as well as winning both the Regionalliga and 3.Liga titles. Howeve,r a promotion to the Bundesliga would most likely be a job zenith.
Home for Heidenheim is the Voith Arena, which was expanded to its current aptitude of 15,000 in 2015. Should the mace get promotion, it leave be by far the smallest stadium in the Bundesliga, which could prompt to an intimidating environment for some of the division's behemoths.
The club's principal scorer this campaign has been Tim Kleindienst. With 14 goals, the profuse forward has been decisive to the club's success and despite only two goals since the league's return from hiatus - a duo lambaste Jahn Regensburg - he is a companion who knows where the net is. At 6 foot 3, he is a towering prospect, and has led the fashion throughout the season. The lapsed Energie Cottbus man joined the staff in September of last year from SC Freiburg.
Club leader Marc Schnatterer has been at Heidenheim since 2008 and is a cult god between the fanbase. The 34-year-old is hindmost in on 350 appearances for the plane and has been the lynchpin at the emotions of the midfield. He has played in three different leagues with the Badem-Württemburg side.
According to , 22-year-old Niklas Dorsch is their playmaker, and has been credited for to the club's upswing. Chosen by the fans as Player of the Season in the last campaign, stats from Der Spiegel stagecraft he has made the later most passes in the cooperative as well as playing the most wanting balls. Internally, no Heidenheim trouper has completed supplementary dribbles. The obsolete Bayern Munich academy player once occupied the void room of Real Madrid star Toni Kroos at FCB's boarding school, and it is pronounced he has picked up some of his skills, while also having completing more tackles than any further artist in the league.
Since the the relegation play-off was brought back into the German football pyramid in 2008, only three closing tier club's obtain beaten their Bundesliga foe to win promotion. It bequeath be a arduous work to mortise the record of Nürnberg, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Union Berlin, but Werder Bremen keep been unpredictable this season, so Heidenheim must own every ensue of causing an upset.
Bremen spent most of the season as dead certainties for automatic relegation, with their second occure only coming after an uptick in crystallize after the league's return. After 6-1 and 5-1 wins over Köln and Paderborn respectively, Die Grün-Weißen keep shown their skill to cut a bucket haul when needed, but own furthermore shown their weaknesses at the back, having shipped 69 goals throughout the campaign.