On Friday, 18.30pm CET, Kieler SV Holstein will be hosting VfL Bochum. Here’s a closer look at “the Storks” from Northern Germany.
Kiel is not only the northernmost city in Germany, but also the capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Located on the Baltic Sea, on the Kiel Fjord to be exact, Kiel is home to a population of just under 250,000. The North German city is not only home to Holstein Kiel football club, but also to European handball giants THW Kiel and an international naval base. The city also annually hosts the "Kieler Woche" regatta. Kiel Town Hall has been the major landmark of the city for over 100 years, with its tower visible from afar.
Kiel's Holstein-Stadion is located in the north of the city about three miles away from the central train station. The club has been playing its home games at this venue since 1911. The east stand of the Holstein-Stadion has been renovated and expanded in recent years, and the new grandstand was opened in April 2019. Since then, the stadium has now been able to accommodate around 17,000 spectators, with the city council granting a permit for up to 15,034 spectators. In the five home games of the season so far, however, the average attendance has only been 11,283. Blocks K3 and L, which are located in the north stand, are reserved for visiting supporters.
THE HEAD COACH
Having sacked André Schubert earlier this season, Holstein Kiel are currently being coached by interim coach Ole Werner. The 31-year-old has coached the Holstein Kiel First Team for the past four games now after previously being in charge of the U23s. Since his promotion to the first team in mid-September, KSV have won twice and lost twice – a points average of 1.5. Like VfL assistant coach Heiko Butscher, Ole Werner is currently completing the final coaching step in becoming a fully qualified coach, the UEFA Pro License, a step up from the UEFA A License, a coaching qualification that both men currently hold. It has yet to be announced as to whether or not he will become permanent head coach.
THE SEASON SO FAR
After Matchday 10, KSV Holstein leapfrogged VfL Bochum 1848, rising to 14th place with eleven points from ten games. Somewhat surprisingly, Ole Werner’s lads managed a 1-0 away win at promotion favourites VfB Stuttgart on Sunday afternoon, with South Korean Jae Sung Lee heading home to secure all three points. After a red card for VfB’s Holger Badstuber, the visitors from Kiel had a numerical advantage for a significant period of the game, and missed numerous chances to extend their lead. Generally, Holstein’s Achilles heel has been their consistency, or lack thereof: They have landed three wins so far, but have also suffered five defeats in the 2. Bundesliga in the 2019/20 season. They have also drawn twice this year.
SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR
Less than a year and a half ago, Holstein narrowly missed promotion to Bundesliga 1. After a strong second season in 2. Bundesliga in 2017/18, they finished third to reach the relegation play-offs against top-tier side VfL Wolfsburg. After a great contest Kiel, then coached by Markus Anfang, were beaten 3-1 in the away match, with a 1-0 home defeat consigning the side to another season in 2. Bundesliga. Many experts feared that, after missing out on promotion, Holstein might suffer the same fate as many other teams and get relegated the subsequent season, but they built on the 2017/18 season and consolidated their place in 2. Bundesliga in 2018/19 with a sixth-place finish.
HEAD-TO-HEAD AND STATS
So far, there have only been five encounters in the history of both clubs. The first clash took place in November 2002, in the second round of the DFB Pokal with VfL earning a hard-fought 2-1 away win in Kiel and progressed into the next round. In the 2. Bundesliga, however, the Blau-Weiß are still winless against Kiel: In all four matches, Holstein won twice and drawn twice against their opponents on Friday. Janni Serra - the striker who was on loan at VfL for the second half of the 2017/18 season – has managed two goals in two games against Bochum.
Major bust in Kiel. VfL Bochum 1848 were forced to return home pointless from Northern Germany. The hosts quickly took the lead through Lee (9’), before a bizarre penalty decision allowed VfL to get back into the game. Ganvoula duly converted the (39’). After the break, the ex-Bochumer Serra scored the winner for the hosts (52’).
The statistics were not in VfL's favour ahead of the game. Never before has there been a Blau-Weiß victory in the league against the Storks. This game came at the perfect time to buck that trend. Head Coach Thomas Reis made three changes to the side that started at home against Karlsruher SC. Zoller and Janelt were dropped to the bench, with Weilandt and Eisfeld starting. In the warm-up, Gamboa picked up an injury and Celozzi took his place in the starting XI minutes before the game.
2': Kiel with the first chances. Cross from the left, before three KSV players try to score. All shots are just about blocked!
9': GOAL. The Storks go in front. Soares lets a cross in, and Riemann can only steer Mühling's shot in the direction of Lee, whose central positioning allows him to tap the ball into an empty net. 0-1.
20': Lucky. Kiel continues forward and Mühling combines with a fellow Kieler on the edge of the penalty area, and his shot flies just wide left of the post!
22': Finally our first chance! Cross from Maier, swinging in from out wide, finds Blum, but his head goes high!
24': Özcan in the 18 yard box, getting the ball off Baku. He shots, but his shot hits the side-netting.
36': Ganvoula runs free, ball at his feet. The shot goes well wide, but hang on …
38': Unbelievable situation! The video referee intervenes. A Kiel substitute touches the ball before the ball crosses the by-line, and according to the Laws of the Game this warrants a yellow card and a penalty! Ref’ Gerach points to the point. Correct, but also really quite bizarre!
39':GOAALLLL! Ganvoula is cool as you like, the goal scorer keeping his nerve and scores from the point to make it 1-1!
45': In injury time, the hosts also get a penalty kick! Serra takes it, but Riemann parries the kick!
Half-Time: What a final phase. We go in happy with a draw thus far. Ganvoula brings us back into the game with his 8th goal of the season. 1-1.
49': Tough. Ganvoula sees a yellow card and will miss our next league fixture against FC Nürnberg, as this is his fifth caution of the season.
52': Goal. Asleep again. Decarli does not get the ball away, Serra is naturally very grateful and shoots low and powerfully to go back ahead. 2-1.
61': Reis reacts first. Wintzheimer strengthens the attacking prowess for VfL on the field. Maier comes off.
64': Wintzheimer is directly involved almost immediately, with his shot from the 18 yard box going just over!
67': Second change for VfL: Simon Zoller comes on for Tom Weilandt!
68': Huge chance to equalise! Ganvoula moves well in the box to get himself free, but his shot is well over.
78': Last sub: Chung Yong Lee comes on, appearing for the first time in months since an injury. Eisfeld makes way.
82': Meffert from distance, Riemann helping the Ball over the bar!
88': That was the chance! Ganvoula leaves it for Wintzheimer, but he doesn’t make a good connection to the shot!
89': Soares over! There was more promise in that attack!
90': Three Minutes of Stoppage Time.
90'+3: Last cross from Celozzi, blocked. That’s it here!
Final whistle: Too little in the end. We don't take any chances in the northern city despite the curious incidence that led us to equalise in the first half. Thus we drop even further into the mire at the bottom of the league.
Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum 1848 Head Coach): "Congratulations to Holstein Kiel. It was a curious game, in which we didn't compete in 50-50s in a way that will suffice in 2. Bundesliga. We were ill-disciplined too often, we weren't good enough in decisive moments. We started the game fast asleep and fell behind, but after that our defensive work was quite good. We didn't give Kiel many chances out of the game, but we only had one chance ourselves through Danny Blum. Then came the curious situation in which you are brought back into the game through a lucky penalty. Nevertheless, we didn't manage to get any stability in the game. With Manuel Riemann's penalty save, everything seemed to be going our way. When you see the goals against us though, you see that we concede goals too easily. The defeat hurts, but we still have to look ahead. The game on Tuesday doesn't come at a good time for us, the main focus has to be on the league. We have to get more stability and eliminate the individual mistakes."
Ole Werner (KSV Holstein Head Coach): "Thank you very much for your congratulations. We have witnessed a curious and very intense game. We got into the game very well and took the lead early on. After that we lost our way abit and became too passive. Still, the equaliser is inexplicable. It was of course a mad mistake, but we reacted very well to it. Unfortunately, we didn't take the lead through the penalty kick, but overall we did a lot right in the first half. We defended the result with great passion in the last few minutes, so we're very happy with the result this evening. There were phases that proved to us that we are at the beginning of our development and not at the end. In the end, we rewarded ourselves for our performance and so we can have a laugh about the blunder in the first half tonight. We are going into the next game on Wednesday in Verl and next week in Bielefeld in a positive mindset."
Manuel Riemann (VfL Bochum 1848): "We were gifted a goal for the second time in a row. Then Kiel get a penalty shortly before halftime. And all these events, which actually should help you in football, don't help us at all. I don't know what to say about that. Against Karlsruhe it was unbelievable that we led 3-2 at the break. And then we played such a poor second half. Then you try to address things, to do things differently. I know it's difficult in football that everything is everchanging. You have to work hard and fight hard for things. At the end of the day we only made it to half time. We have to be the ones who profit from such a gift, score to go 2-1 up, and then do the ugly, dirty work and go home with three points. I feel helpless after such a game. At the moment now everyone has to understand that we are not only in a relegation fight here, but a fight for survival."
Stefano Celozzi (VfL Bochum 1848): "It was very bad today. We set ourselves a lot of goals before the game, but we're left incredibly disappointed after the game. We missed a lot, but luckily we got back into the game with the penalty. Then we gift them another goal, it was overall a really poor game. The situation we are in is incredibly dangerous. We are where we are and we will only get out of it together. We have to pull ourselves together and give everything. We have to apologise to the fans who were there. They came a long way and had to watch a game like that."