1. FC Köln: The festivities in Cologne have only just begun – sports

There is little that has not been told about Steffen Baumgart this season. His exuberantly emotional way of training, his resounding sporting success, even a simple swap deal with his flat cap: everything has been chewed through more than once. But on this 32nd match day, when 1. FC Köln played in FC Augsburg, Baumgart actually performed a new cabinet piece.

On Thursday at the pre-match press conference, Baumgart revealed almost all of his staffing plans: how he intends to replace the yellow card suspended Salih Özcan, why it would require switching to a 4-4-2 with a diamond, and that the only open question remains was there who would become the second striker along with Anthony Modeste.

Was asked by Cologne fans for the Laola wave while waiting for an interview on the sidelines: Coach Steffen Baumgart.

(Photo: Matthias Balk / dpa)

The choice for this post finally fell on Saturday on Jan Thielmann, 19, who had already scored as a joker in the 3-1 victory against Arminia Bielefeld the week before. See and see: The match in Augsburg was less than 12 minutes old when FC led 1-0 through Jan Thielmann. After the match, Baumgart did not say much about the young shooting star in front, he only said: “Like all the other players, Jan Thielmann showed a good performance and was rewarded today.”

A valid warning

In the end, there was no need for secrecy about the second attacking position, after all, the well-known offensive forces are reliably responsible for goals this season. In the run-up to the match, FCA coach Markus Weinzierl had repeatedly warned against the duo Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth. And the warning quickly proved justified: Uth made it 2-0 (15th) – after assists from Thielmann – Modeste scored in the second half with his goals to 3-0 (63rd, penalty kick) and 4: 1 (77 .) let the steam out.

Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner tried to play the role of party cracker with his goal (73 ‘), but Modeste quickly got the situation under control and held the rebellious hosts back with ease. So the celebrations in Cologne could begin, even though they had already started in the 15th minute: In the guest block, more than 2500 Cologne fans have sung about their oh so beautiful city, the carnival, and of course the Europa Cup, since the early double strike.

A comfortable lead of six points

Anyone who saw the Cologne fans in Augsburg on Saturday did not need much imagination to imagine what the urban communities of London, Lisbon or Milan will have to prepare for in the coming year. If that actually happens and FC is allowed to go to Europe. The chances are now excellent: With their fourth victory in a row, the Cologne Union has overtaken Berlin and taken sixth place. As seventh place will also be enough for international business due to the constellation in the cup final, Domstädter’s lead over the non-European places is now a comfortable six points.

It would be celebrated a lot, the people of Cologne sang half an hour after the end of the match in the now deserted Augsburg Arena – including a 100-meter linear Laola wave with coach Baumgart waiting for an interview on the other. side of the arena. FC could theoretically sell 200,000 tickets for the home game against VfL Wolfsburg next Saturday. The festivities in Cologne have only just begun.

They would have liked to have started similar celebrations in FC Augsburg, despite the clear defeat, the direct relegation seemed to work. Ten minutes before the end, despite the obvious lack of a chance for their own team, the entire Augsburg supporters stood up and clapped – only to be left in ignorant shortly before the end of Stuttgart’s late equalizer against Wolfsburg (1-1 ), at least theoretically. Coach Weinzierl was disappointed with the result with a six-point lead over the relegation zone, but he did not want to leave any doubt about the essentials: “We have not reached it yet, but we will manage it in the next two games.”

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