News : Lots of puzzles – sport – SZ.de
The FC Bayern amateurs fight against Halle on Saturday to stay in the third division, but no longer have the issue in their own hands. Some top performers are also leaving the club – such as midfielder Angelo Stiller, who Bayern let go on a free transfer.
By Christoph Leischwitz, Munich
Probably the farewell to the third division, the farewell to several players on Saturday afternoon in the Grünwalder Stadium is certain: Some contracts in the squad of FC Bayern Munich II, for example that of Angelo Stiller. Why the 20-year-old midfielder is leaving the club for free and has not at least been loaned out is still a bit of a mystery. Stiller has been a top performer for the team for a year and a half, and in the second half of the season he was an important part of the team that was promoted to third division champions a year ago. At that time, however, the interest in his person in the sporting direction of the professionals was limited. Which raised some fundamental questions: Bayern are the only German club to have a U23 in the third division, but regular players still fail to make the leap to the top. Only Jamal Musiala, but almost without the U23. There he played over 90 minutes once.
It is quite possible that the days of good opportunities will soon be over. In any case, Stiller will have the title “relegated” on his résumé after his last game for the club he played for more than half his life. “Sure, eleven years is a long time,” he says diplomatically. “This is the last game now. I will enjoy it and hopefully say goodbye to Hoffenheim with a win.”
Of course, there is still a little hope, says Stiller. “With this coat of arms,” says the veteran Maximilian Welzmüller, you never give up. Incidentally, Welzmüller can also play, he was wrongly listed in various forums with five yellow cards. But Bayern are in an unusual situation for the home game against Halleschen FC (Saturday 1.30 p.m.): They cannot achieve their goal on their own. A home win is mandatory, but at the same time KFC Uerdingen has to lose in Mannheim, SV Meppen cannot win at home against MSV Duisburg. The zebras are not in good shape to end the season, they lost an association cup game during the week at the lower class Wuppertaler SV 2: 6. Precisely because of the likely relegation, fans are back in the stadium for the first time: The tickets for the 250 permitted visitors did not go on sale, a large part of them were given to the “loyal fan base of the amateurs”.
In the event of a league stay, it should be clear what happens: Bayern will quickly remedy the attack, because a reliable attacker with a double-digit number of goals was by far the biggest shortcoming of the current season. There could also be changes in the three OB players. So the contract of Captain Nicolas Feldhahn expires. But whether he will really end his time at Bayern is still open; At least no official farewell is planned for him on Saturday, it was said. In the event of a descent, you still have to wait on campus: for a signal from the head office on Säbener Straße, whether or not they want to go straight back to the ascent.