Football | 2nd Bundesliga: 1. FC Magdeburg is celebrating staying in the league on Saturday

As of: April 29, 2024 10:40 a.m

1. FC Magdeburg has to wait for rescue after the meager 1-1 draw in the last game in Osnabrück. The good thing: The FCM has everything in their own hands and will have their next chance on Saturday. We calculated when to cheer and when to tremble.

Three match days before the end of the season, eight teams in the 2nd Bundesliga are still fighting to stay in the league. Right in the middle of this hot hustle and bustle is 1. FC Magdeburg, eleventh in the table (!). With 37 points, the Elbestadters are tied with Schalke 04 and 1. FC Nürnberg, but have the best goal difference of all the teams in the basement.

The first direct relegation place (17th place: Hansa Rostock) is six points away, Wehen-Wiesbaden currently has to take the detour of relegation as third from last. The Hessians only scored five points less than Magdeburg.

FCM misses preliminary decision in relegation battle

The FCM missed the rescue on Sunday (April 28th, 2024), only managed a measly 1-1 against bottom team Osnabrück and struggled with the missed opportunities. Playmaker Baris Atik missed two big chances and then criticized himself: “The fact that it wasn’t three points was perhaps Baris Atik’s fault. I had two hundred percent, I have to do them. That shouldn’t happen to me with my quality,” he said in an interview with SPORT IN THE EAST self-critical.

Arithmetic games before the game on the Betzenberg

Now the difficult away game awaits against rivals Kaiserslautern (Saturday, May 4th, 8:30 p.m. in the audio live stream and ticker). It is the only direct duel for relegation on matchday 32 – and therefore a blessing and a curse at the same time. The constellation shows that things can still go in any direction for the Magdeburgers.

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Victory in Kaiserslautern

Relegation is achieved! Magdeburg then has 40 points and can no longer be overtaken by 1. FC Kaiserslautern (33) and VfL Osnabrück (currently 25). Rostock could still get to 40 points with three wins, but they have a significantly worse goal difference compared to FCM (-20 goals). The “Kogge” (currently less than one own goal per game on average) would suddenly have to discover scoring goals for themselves so that something can still burn for the Saxony-Anhalts.

Draw in Kaiserslautern

The FCM would then have 38 points. If Rostock (31 points) loses or only plays a draw, direct relegation would no longer be possible due to the significantly better goal difference. But relegation is possible – even if the currently third-to-last Wehen-Wiesbaden (32 points) lose.

Defeat in Kaiserslautern

Now we’re shaking again! If Hansa Rostock wins its home game against Karlsruher SC, direct relegation is still possible. If the other pursuers lose, the FCM has the next match point on matchday 33.


The FCM has everything in hand and has a good chance of staying in the league. With a win or three draws from the last three games, another year in the 2nd league would be achieved on our own. Even if the FCM loses all three games, relegation is unlikely, as the six competitors would all have to score points diligently.



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