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Eintracht Braunschweig - Alles Oder Nichts

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Started on 2 November 2013 by Louis O.
Latest Reply on 7 January 2014 by k1rups
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Great win, but it must've been nerve-wrecking to see the penalty shootout, with the possibility of either going into the semi's or crashing out :P

Braunschweig players looking for first team football can confirm that two Eintracht Braunschweig players are looking for a way out having not had enough first team football. Strikers Simeon Jackson and Torsten Oerhl have played a combined 15 games this season out of the 22 that have been played.

Current manager Benno Mohlmann took charge of Braunschweig in the summer after former manager Torsten Lieberknecht's departure. Both Oerhl and Jackson were new signings made by Lieberknecht, in the summer.

Canadian forward Jackson joined the club from Norwich City who he had played for since 2010. He began his career at Dulwich Hamlet after being rejected by Gillingham after a trial at 13. From there he went to Rushden And Diamonds where he scored 43 goals in 88 games. He then joined Gillingham who had previously rejected him, and here he made his name with 35 goals for the club in just 101 games, before joining Norwich, then managed by former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Paul Lambert.

Jackson, speaking to, was excited to have joined the prestigious club in the Bundesliga at the start of the season. He said that he hopes the club can survive the season but also that he wants a lot of football and talked of how he rejected a number of clubs to join.

"I had offers to leave Norwich other than here, at err, Eintracht, from a range of teams. I had one from AFC Bournemouth, in the English Championship, I got a phonecall from Doncaster and an email from Ryan Nelsen, back home in Canada, in charge of Toronto, yet I came here. I did have a wealth of offers and I could really have gone anywhere. Now I'm here in the Bundesliga. I think we may not quite be up to the standards of the league but we will fight and not go down."

Jackson has so far made just 8 appearances, failing to score.

The other striker, Torsten Oerhl has been a lot more public about his intentions to leave.

The club claim that not Eintracht Braunschweig, Benno Möhlmann nor the chairman Sebastian Eden have been confronted by Oerhl asking for a transfer. However, in an exclusive interview in Tuesday's Kicker, he admitted he was prepared to leave and that the coach was the main reason why.

"I loved Eintracht Braunschweig when I joined, and Torsten (Lieberknecht) made sure I was comfortable and felt at home, he told me I would be playing a lot. Then he went to Stuttgart and my world's turned upside down. I've made probably just one start, and I've scored one goal. I want to play proper first team football, I don't want to come on in injury time and be blamed for not scoring. I want a move.

Möhlmann has promised me first team football and I've not got it. He's got us in the relegation zone and I have to regret leaving Augsburg. I thought I could become a key player at a side just as good but we've been a lot worse and I'm stuck on the bench. Möhlmann keeps changing the tactics and formation, and we're not going to improve unless we stick to a solid tactic and I get more game time."

Eintracht fans have already taken to the main club fansites to discuss the claims made by Oerhl. Some fans seem to be behind the striker and have asked for Oerhl to play more first team football. Others argue that Jackson has played well, Domi Kumbela has returned from injury and Orhan Ademi has scored 5 goals but the debates rage on as first, pro Oerhl supporters have pointed out that midfielder Dennis Kruppke, who has played less games than Ademi, is in fact the team's top scorer, but others have claimed Oerhl is too arrogant in a way not dissimilar to FSV Frankfurt coach Franco Foda, who was not offered the Braunschweig job after protests from fans.

Keep tuned for the next few games to see if either player's wishes are granted.
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10 yearsEdited

February - Fighting

Another month goes past for Eintracht Braunschweig after the break, but how did it go?

After a poor return to Bundesliga football having lost to Dortmund, Braunschweig were desperate to find their way out of the relegation zone and they had the chance to do that against Bayer Leverkusen, down in 9th after a poor season so far. Braunschweig took the lead very early on, through Omar Elabdellaoui who turned a defender and fired past Leno after a great Caliguiri pass. Braunschweig went in at half time 1-0 up but Eren Derdiyok, back at Leverkusen on loan, equalised after an hour with a calm finish when clean through. Leverkusen then dominated but Braunschewig held on to draw.

After winning a point against Leverkusen with a bit of luck, Eintracht Braunschweig's luck ran out completely at Nurnberg as they lost to Der Club at the Grundig Stadion. The visitors took the lead through Omar Elabdellaoui, which seemed to be turning into a recurring theme, after just 16 minutes as the Norwegian beat his marker from Kratz's free kick and beat Rafael Schafer in the Nurnberg goal with ease. Nurnberg responded quickly as Timothy Chandler found Timo Gebhart in space and he beat Kostas Lamprou. Jan Hochsheidt was forced off for Braunschweig after breaking his collarbone, and only after 70 minutes did the winner come for Nurnberg - though anyone could see it had been coming. A long ball was played into Daniel Ginczek who beat Caligiuri in the air and knocked it down to Hiroshi Kiyotake who volleyed from outside the area to win the game for Nurnberg.

Two consecutive defeats were in store for Braunschweig and not for the first time this season. It was Gladbach who ran out the winners at Eintracht Stadion on the 15th of February in the freezing cold, but the game was uneventful except for the controversy after 33 minutes as Rajkovic went down softly in the area as Elabdellaoui nudged him from behind, and the referee pointed to the spot. Thorben Marx sent Lamprou the wrong way from the spot for the only goal of the game.

Fortunately for neutrals - and Braunschweig fans - Die Lowen's next game against FC Augsburg was a lot more exciting, and was a much better performance from Braunschweig that could have given them all 3 points - as long as they knew how to keep a lead. Dennis Kruppke put Eintracht Braunschweig in front with a first time effort after Elabdellaoui was tackled in the box, but 15 minutes later Augsburg made it all square through Arkadiusz Milik who was unmarked and beat Lamprou at the near post. It was Orhan Ademi who then put Braunschweig back into the lead, admittedly with the most fortunate goal this season. Bellarabi crossed into the box and whilst Gianluca Korte latched onto it Klavan came in with a slide tackle to win the ball. He then cleared, only for it to come of Tesche's head and fall to Ademi, who tapped in with Alex Manninger, in goal for Augsburg, wrongfooted. Straight from kick off and without Braunschweig touching the ball, Jan Moravek levelled the scores again after a neat one two with Milik that went undefended by Braunschweig. The second half featured just as many chances but not any goals though both sides will be disappointed with their result.

Braunschweig needed a good result in their next game and having beaten Stuttgart in the cup the side seemed confident they could do it again. And oh yes they could. And they didn't just win, they dominated. It took just 7 minutes for the breakthrough, and it was Dennis Kruppke who scored, blasting in after a pass from Mirko Boland. Boland was a constant threat and he nearly helped Braunschweig go two goals ahead after he crossed into Elabdellaoui late on, who was fouled by Thorsten Kirschbaum inside the box, though Timo Perthel's spot kick was kept out by the Stuttgart goalkeeper Kirschbaum. Stuttgart didn't get into the game at all, and it was no surprise that come the end of the game they had not only lost but slipped down to 7th.

Good win against Stuttgart. I hope you survive though
Wow! Just read through the story and your updates are amazing!
The detail is superb hopefully your results can match your writing ability and you stay up :)

Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Braunschweig

Hans Friedrich: Hello and welcome to ESPN's live coverage of the Bundesliga!
Edgar Schmidt: Today, we have Bayern Munchen, at home in their huge Allianz Arena, versus Eintracht Braunschweig, down in the relegation zone. Who's your pick, Hans?
HF: Braunschweig, I think, have no chance.
ES: What makes you think that?
HF: Well, if you look at the league table, Braunschweig are second to bottom, Bayern are second - to the top. They should be ahead of Borussia Dortmund but at the moment they are just behind, Braunschweig on the other hand have only done the double over one team this year, Hertha BSC. That's the only team behind Braunschweig, and they are certainly down in my opinion.
ES: Well, that's a fair point, Hans. Let's look at the line ups.

HF: Well first, look at Bayern's squad here! It's not their strongest side, but it's a line up a lot stronger than most sides in the league. They've got Van Buyten and Dante at the back, and Arjen Robben, who won the last meeting between these two, is missing, Shaqiri on the right wing instead. Up front is Mario Gotze, out of position but he should still be a top player. Edgar?
ES: Yes, I think Bayern have got the stronger of the two sides but let's have a look at Braunschweig for a moment, look at the formation. After the recent stories of two strikers demanding more playing time, you'd expect them to play a few people up front, but no, they've gone with no strikers at all. I think it may work though.

HF: Let's get on with the game.

1 - Kick Off
HF: And Braunschweig kick off.

10 - Chance
HF: Lahm takes the throw to Martínez, Martínez to Lahm, Lahm plays the ball to Xherdan Shaqiri on the right, Shaqiri beats Ciro Capuano, and the cross!
ES: OHHHH! So unlucky!
HF: Mario Gotze's header there, great chance for Bayern, but it hits the post! Perthel and Bicakcic can only watch him, and Correia gets it away.
ES: Close there, Bayern Munchen.

19 - GOAL! Bayern 0-1 Braunschweig
HF: Van Buyten, to Schweinsteiger, pass to Kroos, oh, he's lost it, it's Kratz, Perthel, Boland, Oerhl's through!
ES: It's Torsten Oerhl here... he beats Van Buyten for pace... he's in... he is in...
HF: Neuer comes to tackle! He gets the ball off Oerhl, great keeping!
ES: It's not done yet, it's Timo Perthel, Elabdellaoui's in space, he finds Bellarabi out the box, AND NEUER'S ONLY LIMPING BACK, IT'S 1-0! KARIM BELLARABI! HE CATCHES OUT NEUER AND BRAUNSCHWEIG LEAD!
HF: No way! 1-0!

45 - No Goal!
HF: Ribéry takes the free kick, Lahm, he lays it off to SHAQIRI...
ES: GOAL! 1-1! It's Martínez I think! He got onto Shaqiri's shot and turned it in, 1-1 just on half time.
HF: No, no goal! The linesman's flag is up, Javi Martínez was offside, and it is still 1-0!
ES: Ha! Care to rethink your earlier statements, Hans?
HF: Wow, this is a great game, it could still go either way though!

Half Time
45 - Kick Off
ES: And we're back underway! It's Bayern who begin the second half.

49 - GOAL! Bayern 1-1 Braunschweig
ES: Free kick out wide for Bayern.
HF: It will be Kroos to take it. Toni Kroos, he steps up, ball in the box, MULLER! THE SUB MAKES AN INSTANT IMPACT!
HF: I think this one will count! 1-1! Thomas Muller!
ES: Yes, great goal! Good header from Muller.

71 - Chance
ES: Goal kick from Lamprou, it goes upfield, Kroos is there, he heads it forwards... to Bicakcic, oh no, bad backpass from Bicakcic, Muller is there, ohhhhh!
HF: Muller, how did he miss. How? That was a great chance!

76 - GOAL! Bayern 2-1 Braunschweig
ES: Bayern relaxing, they are just keeping possession, building forwards, it's Van Buyten, to Javi Martínez, long ball to Ribéry, he outpaces Kessel and Bellarabi...
HF: He plays the pass to DAVID ALABA! 2-1! BAYERN LEAD!
ES: DAVID ALABA IS THE SCORER! Great goal! He beat Lamprou at his near post, should the keeper have done better?
HF: Ohh, certainly. But he couldn't stop it, it's 2-1!

79 - Chance
ES: It's a free kick to Bayern Munich on the wing, they scored their first from a similar situation, it's Kroos who takes it again, in the box...
HF: NEARLY! OHHHH! The crowd thought it was in!
ES: I can't quite tell what happened there!
HF: I think it was Timo Perthel, the Braunschweig defender! He headed it the wrong way! So close to an own goal! It hit the post, it's cleared by Correia, Bayern nearly went two goals up.

88 - Chance
ES: It's Schweinsteiger, for Bayern, he plays the ball to Toni Kroos, it's Kevin Volland on the right wing, Volland.
HF: Good run by Volland, past Capuano, Kratz, Correia, it's a pass to Alaba... GREAT SAVE! HE GOT PAST KESSEL, BUT LAMPROU MANAGED TO GET THERE!
ES: He should have got his second there, Alaba. Simple chance.

90+3 - GOAL! Bayern 3-1 Braunschweig
HF: One last roll of the dice, deep in injury time, the substitute Boateng for Bayern.
HF: Muller on the volley! What a finish!


HF: How does that win affect the league table?
ES: Bayern still behind Borussia Dortmund, I'm afraid, but Braunschweig have it a lot worse, they've slipped behind Hertha Berlin who are now 16th, Mainz drop down to 17th but Braunschweig now sit rock bottom - again.

Great update unlucky about the result though :)

Mohlmann needs the fans

Eintracht Braunschweig manager Benno Mohlmann has told the fans of the club that he will keep them up - but only with the help of the fans. Mohlmann, 65, spoke to Braunschweiger Zeitung's Louis Keil on Monday about the prospect of relegation, with the side having lost to Bayern Munich and Schalke in their last two games.

Mohlmann is a recent appointment at the Eintracht Stadion, having arrived with the club now promoted to the Bundesliga, after Torsten Lieberknecht who took the club up from the Regionalliga, has left for Stuttgart, but the new boss hasn't so far got the team really, going, and as the team sit in the relegalation zone leaving the fans somewhat worried. Mohlmann, however, is anything but.

"Our first season was always going to be difficult, but so far I think we've done well. We are in last place, I know, but if you look at the league table we are very, very close to the sides far above, even those in the top half, maybe. The season isn't over. We have 7 games left to get a few points, and the hardest game is the derby, vs Wolfsburg and the derby vs Hannover. Every other side we will now play is just as deep down in the mire as we are. We will survive if we can beat them - and we can. But that also depends on the fans, we have to have the fans. They are the key to survival. The fans need to get behind us and cheer us off the field - even if we lose."

The fans are still disappointed, given the success that Lieberknecht enjoyed, thinking that he could have kept them up with ease. Mohlmann is not giving up, and the board don't seem to be losing patience, whilst the side's form has improved, winning two of their last 4 games that they were not expected to win.
Hopefully you can have one last push at the end of the season to stay safe! :D
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10 yearsEdited

March - Close

Braunschweig's relegation battle took another turn as half of the sides in the league suddenly became involved. Let's see if they managed to escape the bottom 3.

Eintracht Braunschweig went into the game not expecting much and didn't get much. Despite Bayern's dominance Braunschweig broke the deadlock through Karim Bellarabi, as Torsten Oerhl was tackled by Manuel Neuer who injured himself and couldn't get back in time. Bayern levelled through Javi Martínez on half time only for it to be ruled out, but soon they had equalised through a Thomas Muller header. David Alaba put Bayern ahead after Kostas Lamprou was beaten at his near post, and Bayern made it 3 goals in the last minute through a Muller volley.

Having drawn Freiburg in the DFB-Pokal's Semi Final this league clash could prove important for the simple matter of getting in the player's heads, and it was Braunschweig who won this psychological battle but not before a lot of controversy. Freiburg's Fallou Diagne came off with an injury after just 6 minutes, and 5 minutes later Timo Perthel scored for Braunschweig, firing in from a corner after it wasn't properly cleared. Just before half time referee Hans Richter booked Gelson Fernandes for a foul on Mirko Boland, and ten minutes later he received his marching orders after coming in from behind on Kevin Kratz. Freiburg protested furiously, but Braunschweig didn't let their ten men past and they held on to win.

Schalke was said to be a tougher challenge for Braunschweig - and Die Konigsblauen did, in the end, prove to be too much. It certainly looked that way after 58 seconds as Schalke's Jefferson Farfán beat Lamprou to put his side ahead. Farfán added his second 15 minutes in with a penalty, and Braunschweig looked out of the game. However, Timo Perthel got his 2nd goal of the month after being played in by Kratz and firing past Hildebrand, and he levelled the scores moments later and it was Kratz with the assist again, Kratz's low corner being poked in by Perthel. The game looked over at 2-2 until the last minute when Maximillian Meyer crossed for Mame Biram Diouf who headed in the winner.

Perhaps Braunschweig's biggest test of the month was not the games against Bayern or Schalke. It would be the game against overacheivers Wolfsburg in the Lower Saxony Derby. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for Wolfsburg to go ahead through Diego, getting the rebound after his free kick was blocked by the Braunschweig wall. Orhan Ademi later levelled, getting on the end of Ciro Capuano's cross and Braunschweig again held out with a backs to the wall performance that earned them one more point.

Almost there buddy. I hope the last remaining are victorious.
I think you will easily avoid relegation, good luck!

DFB-Pokal Semi Final

We're nearing the final of the DFB-Pokal, the German cup! What's going on today? Well! In our two games today, we have the two sides near the top of the table, VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, and the two sides in a relegation fight - SC Freiburg and Der BTSV, Braunschweiger TSV Eintracht, more commonly known as Eintracht Braunschweig.
VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund

Of course, Borussia Dortmund are the favourites, but Wolfsburg shouldn't be underestimated, They're in 4th, and with a little luck they might even catch Dortmund in the league. It's possible, as Dortmund have not had success in the UEFA Champions League this year, giong out in the group, and they've recently gone out of the UEFA Europa League to Rubin Kazan, so Die Wolfe do have a chance.

Eintracht Braunschweig vs SC Freiburg

Two sides fighting it out in a huge relegation battle - no one knows what will happen in that, and no one knows what will happen in this cup tie! Earlier in the season Freiburg won 1-0 at the MAGE SOLAR Stadion, but Braunschweig have the more recent victory, so either side could win it.

Let's get on with the games.

- GOAL! - 10 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
And Dortmund lead after 10 minutes and it is Aubameyang who scores! It's Sahin who first gives him the ball, he plays a great one two with Arslan, he's in on goal, and he cuts in and squeezes it past Benaglio at an angle, it's 1-0!

- GOAL! - 18 - Bas Dost - VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
And Dortmund are pegged back immediately and it is 1-1, Bas Dost, is the scorer! His 3rd cup goal takes him level with Aubameyang on the charts, and it is a good goal too. Christian Trasch passes to Vierinha, he crosses and Dost gets there first and beats Langerak who is wrongfooted. It's all square.

- GOAL! - 19 - Julian Brandt - VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Now that is what I call a double salvo of goals, it's two in as many minutes for Wolfsburg and now they lead! It's 2-1, Brandt is the man, though this time it's with a bit of luck, Brandy merely tapping home. The pass came from Vierinha, it goes to Luiz Gustavo who shoots from a distance - Langerak stops it but it rolls out to Brandt who tucks in the rebound.

- GOAL! - 32 - Bas Dost - VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
It's still quiet in the other game but this one has exploded into life! It's Wolfsburg's 3rd, Dost again, Perisic, the former Dortmund man, with the assist, finds Dost who smacks it in to make it three goals to one.

Half Time
VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
Eintracht Braunschweig
0-0 SC Freiburg

Second Half
- GOAL! - 61 - Marco Terrazino - Eintracht Braunschweig 0-1 SC Freiburg
Perhaps the league game counted for nothing, because Freiburg lead this one! Marco Terrazino is the scorer and it's similar to the goal scored earlier today, Bas Dost's first, it's Schmid's cross and Terrazino puts it in at the near post.

- GOAL! - 61 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 Borussia Dortmund
Are Dortmund going to stage a comeback? It's 3-2, they're back in it and it's Aubameyang who scores again, both goals being volleys but this one is surely better. Sahin had a chance to shoot but he played it out to Gundogan who crossed and Benaglio came out to get it but the first Gabonese player to play in the Bundesliga, Aubameyang, put it into the bottom corner.

- GOAL! - 63 - Bas Dost - VfL Wolfsburg 4-2
Well maybe the comeback isn't on. It's Bas Dost's hat trick, he got the rebound from a great effort of Julian Brandt's that hit the bar and bounced onto his feet.

- GOAL! - 71 - Ivan Perisic - VfL Wolfsburg 5-2
Right, that comeback is certainly off. This is turning into a rout, Wolfsburg 3 goals ahead, no way back for Dortmund, surely. The former Dortmund player Perisic is the man who adds the fifth, beating his man and turning to goal, before hitting it in. It looked too close to Langerak for me, perhaps he could have stopped it

- GOAL! - 77 - Ciro Capuano - Eintracht Braunschweig 1-1 SC Freiburg
And it's an equalising goal for Eintracht Braunschweig, coming from an unlikely source, the defender Ciro Capuano! The Italian full back may admit he didn't quite know what he was doing but he's tied it up, Kratz's corner coming to the near post and Capuano I think just trying to block an attempted clearance, that clearance doesn't come and his momentum just takes him past Der Sport Club's defenders and in.

- GOAL! - 79 - Mats Hummels (OG) - VfL Wolfsburg 6-2
Wow, Wolfsburg have run away with this now! Hummels bundles the ball into his own goal for the 6th, and to be honest I can't tell what he was trying to do. The cross came to Timm Klose and Hummels tries to beat him in the air, does - but heads it the wrong way and powers the ball past Mitchell Langerak, that is 6-2.

Full Time
Well Dortmund have been outclassed here - but the Braunschweig vs Freiburg game heads for extra time, let's see what happens.

92 - GOAL! Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1 SC Freiburg
It's Perthel, in the middle, finds Kratz, Kevin Kratz has the ball, he has time, it's a pass to Omar Elabdellaoui, it's a chance now, a chance, the pass to Bellarabi, he's in, he's in, he's INNNNN! IT'S IN! 2-1 TO EINTRACHT BRAUNSCHWEIG! THEY ARE HEADED FOR THE FINAL! IT'S BELLARABI! HIS TEAM MATES MOB HIM, HE HAS WON THE GAME! Great goal! He slotted it past Baumann - it's 2-1!

101 - Chance
Freiburg have a corner, they have to take their chances now, Darida is to take it. He steps up, delivers it in and a header from GINTER! Over! Free header, he should have scored, he had to score! It was on a plate for him.

105 - Kick Off
Braunschweig begin the second half of extra time.

107 - Chance
Another corner for Freiburg, can they make the pressure tell? Darida's corner... Gunter's effort blocked... Christian Gunter! The rebound is saved by Lamprou! From point blank range, he stops it, danger's not gone, Gunter, blocked, Ginter, cleared! Korte gets it away, just in time!

120 - Full Time
Kratz, he has to keep possession, Perthel, long ball forward.... THAT IS IT! BRAUNSCHWEIG TAKE THE VICTORY! THE FANS INVADE THE PITCH! THEY ARE IN THE FINAL!

YES! FINAL!!!! what a victory for Braunschweig and what a loss for Dortmund in the other match!
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