After the crucial away game at Wiesbaden, our next competitors in the relegation dogfight now lies in wait for VfL Bochum 1848, with the Blau-Weißen up against SG Dynamo Dresden on Saturday (13:00CET KO). We take a look at our upcoming opponents.
The capital of the German state of Saxony is not only known for its football club. There's lots in fact to see in the twelfth-largest city in Germany. In addition to the Frauenkirche and Neumarkt, the Semper Opera House and the Brühlsche Terrasse are popular tourist destinations.
With 32,066 seats, the Rudolf Harbig Stadium is one of the 20 largest football stadiums in Germany. Particularly impressive is the North Stand, where more than 9,000 Dresden fans stand in unison. In 2010, the Rudolf Harbig Stadium was, like the Vonovia Ruhrstadion, a venue for the U20 Women's World Cup and the 2011 Women's World Cup.
Dynamo Dresden won the East German championship eight times, GDR Pokal winners seven times and played 98 games in the European Cup between 1967 and 1991. After reunification, football was increasingly professionalised along Western lines. In 1990, the club started its last Oberliga season with the aim of qualifying for the Bundesliga. Der Schwarz-Gelben succeeded in doing so on the penultimate Matchday. Dresden then played in the top tier for four seasons before their licence was revoked in 1995 and the club was relegated to the Regionalliga, then the third division.
THE HEAD COACH
Seven defeats from eight games was just too much to take for the board: SG Dynamo Dresden pulled the cord on head coach Cristian Fiél at the beginning of December. A few days later, the board presented Markus Kauczinski as the new coach of Dynamo. "He immediately signalled his desire to help us with his experience in getting out of this challenging situation," explained Dresden's Sporting Director Ralf Minge. "He knows the 2. Bundesliga, is absolutely committed to the issue and has already proven several times that he can make a difference even in difficult situations". The 50-year-old, who has already been in the technical area at Karlsruher SC, Ingolstadt and St. Pauli, and has managed over 160 second division matches. His record with the Saxons to date is mixed. So far, the Schwarz-Gelben have been able to win once under his leadership. In addition, there've had two draws and three defeats.
HEAD TO HEAD
VfL have played twelve matches in Dresden so far, and the balance of these matches is completely even: VfL and Dynamo have won three times each, and the teams have drawn each other six times - as they did in their last match in Saxony. Back then, the Bochum-based side gave up a 2-0 lead after a fast start, with goals from Lukas Hinterseer and Miloš Pantovic. VfL's last win in Dresden came in December 2012, when Mirkan Aydin, Christoph Dabrowski and Christoph Kramer scored in a 3-0 win.
EARLIER THIS SEASON
It was the first game for Thomas Reis as head coach of VfL: On the Matchday 6, the Bochum team welcomed the Saxons to the Anne Castroper and the spectators were treated to a wild game: VfL dominated in the first half, but after the restart the guests took the lead with their first chance. After a good hour, the Schwarz-Gelben doubled their lead to 2-0, but VfL staged some comeback. Danny Blum (78') and Anthony Losilla (85') rewarded the untiring efforts of the Bochum team and salvaged a point. Crowning Reis' first game with a 3-2 win unfortunately didn't materialise despite further chances late on.