Hamburg Horror Show Continues

The Bundesliga Dinosaur could well be on its way to becoming extinct.
The “Bundesliga Dinosaur” could well be on its way to becoming extinct.

The running clock at Hamburg’s Imtech Arena proudly counts the years, days, minutes and seconds that the club has been in the Bundesliga. The Rothosen are, in fact, the only team to have been in Germany’s top-flight since its inception in 1963 and are mighty proud of that fact. All the greater is the fans’ horror at the way their team have been performing this season and after five straight Bundesliga defeats, the club has slipped to 17th in the 18-team table.

Coach Bert van Marwijk, who guided the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, said this week that the job he took over in the autumn is the hardest of his career and the way his team went under at Hoffenheim last weekend only goes to underline that fact. The travelling fans were outraged at the lack of skill, but also lack of fight shown by their team on the road and relegation for the first time ever now seems a real possibility.

Saturday sees Hamburg host Hertha Berlin, a team that played well up to the Christmas break, but who have lost both games in 2014 so far and are hardly brimming with confidence. Club bosses backed van Marwijk this week and urged the players to play to their real ability, but another home defeat could yet prove to be the final straw for the Dutchman. The club often called the “Bundesliga Dinosaur” in the German media could well be on its way to becoming extinct!

Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin, Odds:

Hamburg             2.5
Draw                     3.3
Hertha Berlin     2.65

Odds provided by are correct as of today, but subject to change.


chrisives-50CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.


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