Last home game of the season. We have SpVgg Greuther Fürth come as guests. The "Kleeblatt"s have played out a solid round under coach Stefan Leitl. We have to chance to prove ourselves after a less than desirable first match. Our 'A look at' presents the most important facts about our opponents and the state of play so far.
Fürth is known for its green clover in its coat of arms, which SpVgg Greuther Fürth has also included in its club emblem. Worth seeing in the town is the neo-baroque town theatre, the town hall with its high tower and the castle Burgfarnbach with its English park. Fürth offers green havens and idyllic corners of the city with over 2,000 monuments.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth hold their games at the Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer. The stadium is located in the Fürth district Ronhof, near the A73 and has been renamed several times. Between 1997 and 2010 it was named The Playmobil Stadium, until 2014 Trolli Arena and between 2014 and 2016 Stadion am Laubenweg. Since 2016, the real estate agent Thomas Sommer has had naming rights. The facility was opened in 1910, making the Kleeblatt one of the German football clubs that has played on its current pitch the longest. It has a seated capacity of 16,626.
Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth is known for its successful years between 1914 and 1929, when the team was German Champions three times. The Fürth team celebrated their first championship title in a curious way: Karl Franz scored the winning goal for a 3-2 victory against VfB Leipzig in the 153rd minute of play. After 120 minutes, the game was extended for another ten minutes each time until a winner was determined. In 1996, TSV Vestenbergsgreuth joined the SpVgg Fürth, adding Greuther to the club name.
With three German championships in 1914, 1926 and 1929, Fürth occupy tenth place in the overally champions' ranking. In addition, in 2013 the Kleeblatt won the 2. Bundesliga title, thus advancing to the Bundesliga for the first time. Meanwhile, with over 30 years in the division and 1602 points earned, SpVgg lead the all-time 2. Liga table with a lead of over 100 points.
The head coach
Stefan Leitl has been in office at Fürth since February 2019. His first match on the sidelines with a first team was with FC Ingolstadt, for whom he had also been a player for a long time. After the Ingolstadt team were relegated from the Bundesliga in 2017, things didn't go well in the second tier either. After three defeats at the start, Leitl took over from Maik Walpurgis. After an opening defeat in Bochum, FCI under Leitl started a tremendous race to drive up the table, which resulted in going up to fourth place. Towards the end of the season, however, they ran out of steam, and in the end, they finished ninth. After a weak start to the following campaign Leitl was dismissed and came to Fürth a few months later - after Damir Buric was relieved of his duties there after he lost to Ingolstadt in a negative run of form. Leitl steadied the team over time and saw the team finish in 13th place, with a good chance of a top half finish this season.
Head to Head
The head to head between VfL and SpVgg is evenly balanced. Each side has won seven times, with the teams drawing 11 times. Even with goal difference the difference is negligible, with the goals head to head slightly favouring SpVgg by 38 goals to 37. The last two matches have seen balanced results: although VfL lost the first match this season against Fürth, losing 3-1 away, the Blau-Weißen won the previous season's home game 3-2 with three goals from Lukas Hinterseer. Before that, the three previous head to heads ended in draws.
As it stands
Like the VfL, Spielvereinigung have preserved their league states prematurely and are in eighth place with 43 points. After Matchday 24, just before the coronavirus interruption, Stefan Leitl's team were even within striking distance of the promotion playoff place (six points behind third place), but since then they have only managed one victory in eight matches, with five draws. However, the Franconians do seem to be getting back on track for the final stretch of the season. A draw against Dresden was followed by strong performances and clean sheets in Nuremberg (1-0 win) and against Heidenheim (0-0). However, the game at Anne Castroper will be their fifth in 16 days, so physical fatigue could also play a role.