Season 2016-17

St Pauli Season 2016-17 fixtures and results

GAME -TALK / SPIELENSPIEL

VfL Bochum  1-3  ST PAULI
34/34. 21st May.  What a way to end the season! Pauli spring back from going one nil down in the 7th minute, with a brace from loanee Thy (23 and 86) either side of a goal from Sobiech (55). The result means Pauli leapfrog Bochum to finish 7th in the table, having spent most of the season bobbing around the bottom! 

ST PAULI  1-1  SpVgg Greuther Fürth
33/34. 14th May.  After the relief of escaping relegation last weekend the final home game of the season is a bit of an anti-climax. Pauli manage to pull back an equaiiser (Sobiech, 70min) to negate the visitors’ half-time lead, but it ends a run of five wins (an achievement not seen since 1976, apparently).

STOP PRESS : Gameday #32 sees Pauli safe from relegation! Yes! Pauli take their total points to 41 with a win at Kaiserslautern whilst Bielefeld (17th) and Würzburger (16th) both drew their games to be on 33 and 34 points respectively.  With two games to go Pauli can’t be caught.  So with Karlsruher (18th) already relegated it is now a tussle between 8 teams to avoid the relegation and play-off spots. Luckily Pauli are one point beyond that tussle so can rest easy – although there are sure to be celebrations at the next and last home game of the season (Sunday 14 May). Well done to Lienen and co for having turned Pauli’s season around after the break when the prospects looked bleak and we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to watch Pauli next season on tv at the Zeitgeist…

FC Kaiserslautern   1-2   ST PAULI
32/34. 5th May.  As with last game Pauli get their goals in the second half – Boudhaddouz (who else?) gets the first (49min) and Buchtmann makes it two (69). But it wouldn’t be a Pauli match without the home team pulling one back in the 90th minute and then throwing everything up field for a nail-biting three minutes of time added on; and it’s a relief when the ref blows for the end of the game. So three more valuable points taken from another six-pointer.  Highlights

ST PAULI   3-0  Heidenheim
31/34. 28th April.   Pauli nab the points in the spate of 10 minutes in the second half courtesy of goals from former Pauli player Verhoek (52), then Daelhi (56) and then that man Boudhaddouz again (62).  Pauli stay in 11th position but it’s too early to breathe a sigh of relief as the next game against Kaiserslautern is (yet) another six pointer!

Fortuna Düsseldorf   1-3  ST PAULI
30/34. 21st April.   A fantastic come back in the last 12 minutes overturns 10 man Fortuna’s one goal lead (72min) – with a right foot shot from Ziereis (78min), a spectacular free kick from Buchtmann (83min) and, finally. a cheeky lob over the ‘keeper from Boudhaddouz (90+3). 

ST PAULI   1-0  Würzburger Kickers
29/34. 16th April.    Buchtmann – with an assist from Boudhaddouz – gets the goal and all three points from yet another (and maybe not the last) six-pointer in the 87 minute! That was close and much needed. Pauli ping up a couple of places away from the bottom but there still not much between the teams in the lower half of the table.

FC Nürnberg   0-2  ST PAULI
28/34. 7th April. A nervous game but a brace of goals from Bouhaddouz in the second half  give Pauli the much needed three points.  Unfortunately, the other teams around Pauli in the table are upping their game(s) too, so the yo-yo-ing in relegation zone continues 😦

ST PAULI   0-0  SV Sandhausen
27/34.  4th April. The visitors are down to 10 men after 11 minutes and, as you would expect, shore up the defence and look for the odd counter attack. This they do very well. So much so that Pauli hardly look like scoring.  A frustrating draw. And results elsewhere mean that Pauli slide down into the relegation zone. 

Erzgebirge Aue   1-0   ST PAULI
26/34. 31st Mar.  Getting a point or three from yet another six-pointer, this time against fellow relegation dodgers Aue, was going to be difficult.  Why? Because Aue had been turning themselves around under their new trainer and looked impressive. Coversely, Pauli were without their key striker Bouhaddouz, as well as Sahin and Nehrig who were out due to illness/injury.  Aue seemed to have that extra pace and confidence, whilst Pauli were no nearer to scoring a goal than the away fans were to the pitch (who seemed to be in a section of the stadium a few hundred metres further beyond the pitch than the new – but empty – construction). The only goal was a bit of a fluke – a deflection dropped nicely for Aue to score via a showy over-head kick which left the defender and keeper looking on as the ball shot into the net. Gah. Pauli drop back into the danger zone, taking the relegation play-off spot.  Next up are middle-table guests Sandhausen who biffed Pauli 3-0 earlier in the season.  Whilst it may not be a six-pointer a point or three are crucial!!

FC St Pauli  0-0  Hannover 96.
25/34. 18th March. There were times in this game when you think it could have gone either way, but ex-Paulianer ‘keeper Tschauner  kept the ball out of the H96 net whilst a H96 ‘goal’ was disallowed for something or other (phew).  A very respectable, and needed, point. But more of a win for Pauli than for H96, football relativity fans 😉

FC St. Pauli  1-2  Union Berlin
24/34. 10th March. Getting a point from promotion-chasing Union was going to be hard and so it proved. Pauli managed to keep the score at 0-1 at half time, but when Berlin scored their second goal early in the second half it looked like game over.  Bouhaddouz pulled one back in the 83rd minute.but the remaining time (where are those extra 7 minutes when you want them?) wasn’t enough to get an equaliser. Oh well. Next up, promotion-chasing Hannover 96. Getting a point from promotion-chasing Hannover is going to be hard…

TSV 1860 München  1-2 FC St. Pauli
23/34. 4th March. Another six-pointer this week as Pauli visit the team above them (ie 14th plays 15th, and with 4 points difference between them), and a dramatic one as Pauli come from behind to take the points with a penalty (which Sobiech slots home for Pauli’s 1000th bundesliga2 goal, fact bores!) and a sweet flying header from that man Bouhaddouz again. And that was all in the first half! The second was tense with 1860 at 6s and 7s but Pauli hold firm for the 48 mins that is the half. A crucial win, especially as Karlsruher (16th, just below Pauli) win against Hannover (who were 2nd), and with Arminia Bielefeld (17th) and Aue (18th) due to play each other this game day. Nail biting stuff, eh? 😉

FC St. Pauli  5-0 Karlsruher SC
22/34.  27 Feb. Wow! Where has this team been all season? Full on attack, and crucial saves from Himmelmann, leads to a whopping five goals (four in the second half) and a ‘Lupenreiner’  (see our Football Vocabulary) hat-trick for Bouhaddouz. When did that last happen? Who cares. It has now!  Woo Hoo!

Arminia Bielefeld   1-1  FC St. Pauli
Game 21/34. 19 Feb.  The Curse of Injury Time strikes again! Until then it looked like it was going Pauli’s way – an early goal disallowed for off-side, decent chances on goal, and a goal early in the second half from Buchtmann (50min). Bielefeld were clearly frustrated but gradually applied the pressure and when the ref gifted 5 minutes of fergie time from nowhere the home side were all over Pauli and a final scramble in the goalmouth (90+3) saw the ball go in just before Himmelmann could get his hands to the it. A win was critical and a loss would have been disastrous, but as it is there are four teams (Karlsruhe, Pauli, Aue and Bielefeld) at the bottom all on 18 points with only goal difference/rules separating them. With Pauli due to face Karlsruhe next week – and Aue at the end of March – this is sure to change…

FC St. Pauli  2-0  Dynamo Dresden
Game 20/34. 12 Feb. You wait all season for a win, then two come along in succession 😉 Not complaining obviously, as a well earned win (with goals from Choi, 28th min, and Sahin – that man again! – 59th min) on an atrocious pitch (must have been a mole invasion over-night) lifts Pauli up to third from bottom (on goal difference). So the next game is a six-pointer with Bielefeld – who Pauil beat earlier in the season – and the one after that could be equally as crucial against Karlsruhe – who Pauli drew with earlier. Dare we to dream?

Eintracht Braunschweig  1-2  FC St. Pauli
Game 19/34. 5 Feb. No, that’s not a typo but is a real result (in more ways than one…). Who would’ve thunk it (what with the ‘weig being one of three contenders at the top)? Obviously, ‘Kopfball Koenig’ Sobiech did, as he rose like a salmon from a corner to make it 0-1 (7min). It was only comedy attacking from de’tracht that kept that scoreline at half-time. In the second half a counter attack had Sahin one-on-one with the keeper and then it was 0-2 with a sweet but cheeky nutmeg (73min).  But an unheard of SEVEN minutes of injury time stretched out the tension, as the home team racked up a goal (90+6min) to make the last few seconds/minutes/hours (time is subjective in injury time) nerve-wrangling. Phew-hoo!

FC St. Pauli  0-1 VfB Stuttgart
Game 18/34. 29 Jan.  The second half of the season starts with another home disappointment as Stuttgart grab the spoils in the 84th minute.  Like, that has never happened before. Talk about being condemned to repeat your (losing) history….

* * WINTERPAUSE * *

ST PAULI  1-1 Bochum.
Game 17/34. 17 Dec.  Pauli  salvage the point – and as the teams above also draw – it’s as you were for the Winterpause.  The fight back starts in the Ruckrunde….

Greuther Fürth  0-2  ST PAULI.
Game 16/34. 11 Dec. *Rubs eyes to check score-line* Ein Tor! Two Tor! Three points to the Lienen Elf!  It’s the first league away win of the season. The relief was palpable when Sahin made a solo run/counter attack (with a bit of faff) from deep in the Pauli half up to the oppo penalty area and then finish with a cheeky lob over the keeper to make it 0-2 in the dying moments. Next week it is the last game before Winterpause and it is at the Millerntor! Dare we hope for another (ie second) home win to tide us over the bleak mid-winter break?

ST PAULI  0-0  Kaiserslautern.
Game 15/34. 02 Dec. A point! A point! Things look promising early on as Pauli hit the woodwork, but then everyone seems to be picking up injuries. Then the visitors are awarded a penalty…And Himmelmann has to be replaced before it can be taken. It can only get worse eh? But it seems the visitors have spent too much time at the School of Football Drama and Falling About A Bit and not on the ‘kicking-the-round-object-thing’ into the ‘rectangular-space-bound-by-white-sticks-object’ : and the shot goes wide… There were chances in the game for Pauli but the visitors’ inability to stand up for more than a few seconds or metres took its toll on the ref who finally whistled it a day after 97 mins. In short: some promise, some more worries, and a point…

Heidenheim  2-0  ST PAULI.
Game 14/34. 26 Nov. No Eigentor this week – unless you want to count an Elfmeter as a bit of an own goal – and former-Paulianer Verhoek has a hand – or right foot – in the build up to both goals.  Still, there was only one yellow card in the game – to Pauli. So that’ something eh? Pauli are now 5 points adrift at the bottom. The vultures are circling…but there’s nothing to see here. Please move along… 😦

ST PAULI  0-1  Düsseldorf.
Game 13/34. 20 Nov. Pauli, the team that likes to help others… In this case, another own-goal gifts the 3 points to the visitors.  Aue and Karsruher above Pauli both lose their games so, erm, Pauil stay 4 points adrift at the bottom: yes, it has now got to that stage… By the way, if you feel the need to expand your German vocab. the word is ‘eigentor’. You may be seeing that again  😦

Würzburger Kickers 1-0 ST PAULI.
Game 12/34. 7 Nov. “First as tragedy, then as farce…”. A tragi-comic own-goal (can’t bear to describe the slow-mo car-crash of it) in the 84th minute (it would be wouldn’t it?) sinks ‘pudding legged’ (Puddingbeinen) Pauli. (who earned one corner but three yellow cards, fact fans). Laugh? It’s a crying game, football. The misery continues.

NEWS : Sporting Director, and St Pauli legend, Thomas Meggle is dismissed over ‘directional differences’. Not sure about that – surely the only way is up when you’re at the bottom? – but the sacrifice better be worth it.

ST PAULI  1-1 Nürnberg.
Game 11/34. 31 Oct. Pauli end their losing streak, and ruin the visitor’s winning streak, with a fighting performance. However, a point means that Pauli are two points adrift at the bottom of the table. And Sporting Director, and long time Pauli stalwart, Thomas Meggle, carries the can for the poor season and is dismissed the following day.  Inevitable some might say, but sad nevertheless.

ST PAULI  0-2  Hertha BSC.
DFB Cup R2.  25 Oct.  The cup run runs-out, as expected, to Hertha and their flare-throwing, homophobic banner waving fans. Good riddance to them and trophy chasing distraction. 

Sandhausen  3 – 0  ST PAULI.
Game 10/34. 22 Oct. The nightmare continues with a drubbing from the badgers in Baden-Württemberg.  Only seven more league games until Winterpause…

ST PAULI  1 – 2 Aue
Game 09/34. 14 Oct. Pauli take the lead three minutes in with a penalty. It’s 1-1 at half-time. Pauli would have taken the lead if a sharp-eyed lino hadn’t seen an offisde, although the officials failed to spot decent shouts for a couple of more penalties – which indicates the cynical fouls/tactics of the visitors. There’s no just reward for all the hard graft though as Aue get a winner at the final moments. Auch!

Hannover ’96  2 – 0 ST PAULI 
Game 08/34. 1 Oct.   In spite of a scare in the first half – when a Hannover goal is disallowed for a dubious offside – it isn’t until the 75th min. that the home side take the lead, and then sit back for the counter attack. The second goal comes at 90+3 but the game is really up then. So Hannover remain on target for a quick return to the Bundesliga whilst Pauli slump into the relegation zone. At what point does the poor start to the season become a poor season? And become a re-run of 2014-15 with a desperate scramble to avoid relegation? Hannover and out.

Union Berlin  2 – 0  ST PAULI 
Game 07/34. 26 Sep.  Pauli can’t see the wood-work for the trees in the Old Forest and a rickety de-fence allows the Irons to steam-roller ahead to  all 3 points. 

ST PAULI  2 – 2  1860 Munchen
Game 06/34.  22 Sept. Pauli’s home performance now reads one loss, one win and one draw. Pauli get the first goal in the 16min (Buchtmann) and then it’s all crew to the pump as 1860 pile on the pressure – but the Pauli ship manages to stay afloat and sailing ahead at half-time. Come the second half, a controversial penalty gives the visitors the equaliser (70min).  Anything but becalmed, a tempest rages with both sides toiling for the spoils. It looks like Pauli may grab the booty with a goal six minutes later (Nehrig) only for Munchen to scupper all chances with an immediate equaliser. More firing and repelling of boarders ensued in a feisty ending to a game of 10 yellow cards (3-7) – although no-one was forced to walk the plank. Oh well, a draw of bilge is better than a case of scurvy, I suppose. 

Karlsruher 1 – 1  ST PAULI
Game 05/34. 18 Sep.  Aziz Bouhaddouz gets his third of season for Pauli (32mins) but the still winless KSC earn the point with an equaliser (57min) before parking the tram.

ST PAULI  2 – 1 Arminia Bielefeld.
Game 04/34. At last! Pauli bag all 3 points – although it was only looking like 1 until 90+3 minutes on the clock – and move off the bottom of the table. Phew. 10 Sep.

Dynamo Dresden 1 – 0  ST PAULI
Game 3/34. The poor start to the season continues away at newly promoted Dresden. 28 Aug.

Lubeck  0 – 3  ST PAULI
POKAL (Round1). After the poor start in the league the Boys in Brown defy tradition by advancing into the second round of the VW low emissions cup (or the DFB Pokal) with a victory over Regionalliga Nord’s table topping Lubeck – who, only last Sunday, beat the St Pauli II team in the league, fact fans. It’s only a short trip to Lubeck and it doesn’t take long for Pauli to get on the scoresheet. A great free kick by Hedenstad from just outside the penalty box beats all to snuck into the corner of the goal (16min). In the second half, another free kick from the half way line sends the ball onto the head of an onrushing Gonther and its 0-2 (61). And with two minutes to go, Ducksch comes on as substitute and immediately rushes on goal and scores – super Joker! (88). We could moan about the clear penalty that wasn’t given but under the circumstances… (19 Aug).

ST PAULI  0 – 2  Braunschweig
Matchday 02/34. The visitors win both halves so Pauli lose their first home game of the season. Which isn’t unusual. Nothing to worry about 😦  (13 Aug.)

Stuttgart  2 – 1  ST PAULI
Matchday 01/34. Pauli start off brightly but dim-inishing attacking and defending throw away the half-time lead in the last couple of minutes. Didn’t see that coming 😉 (8 Aug.)


NEW SEASON As usual there are some new faces in the team this year and some departures. Sadly the little dynamo Marc Rzatkowski has grown wings and flown off to RB Salzburg. Well, at least it wasn’t RB Leipzig 😉