In the bus “the cow” flies: 1. FC Kaiserslautern triggers an earthquake

In the bus “the cow flies”
1. FC Kaiserslautern triggers an earthquake

With promotion to the 2. Bundesliga, the pride has returned to 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The environment is totally euphoric, the ambitions are already gigantic again. A lot of work awaits those responsible. There are greetings from the sad extras.

1. FC Kaiserslautern celebrated promotion to the 2. Bundesliga at a big party in front of 10,000 enthusiastic fans on the city’s Stiftplatz. The joy of the Red Devils’ return to the second highest football class after four years was great beyond the city limits in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Ascension Day party started in the afternoon and lasted well into the evening. After many years of grief and great financial difficulties, the pride has returned to the traditional club. “The club went through a lot of shit,” said midfielder Hikmet Ciftci after the 2-0 (0-0) victory in the relegation match at Dynamo Dresden: “It should be a gift to the club, for the fans.”

In the fourth attempt, they were “finally out of the 3rd league”, as captain Jean Zimmer rejoiced, who also confessed: “There are really, really many little eyes.” After three defeats in the final sprint of the league, very few had expected this happy ending. But new coach Dirk Schuster breathed life back into the Red Devils. He drummed into his depressed players, “that relegation is not a penalty but an opportunity,” reported the coach, who in his most successful time had already led Darmstadt 98 from the third division to the Bundesliga.

“The team triggered an earthquake,” Mayor Klaus Weichel said that evening. At the party at Stiftsplatz, strikers Terrence Boyd and René Klingenburg came on stage with cigars, Mike Wunderlich brought a XXL bottle of whiskey and passed it on to audience fans. With a song, pop star Mark Forster contributed to the wonderful atmosphere of the upcoming community. “We are really looking forward to the second Bundesliga,” said captain Jean Zimmer. “We meet really cool opponents now.” And: “This celebration today was the icing on the cake in the last few weeks!”

“Betzenberg belongs in the upper house”

Prime Minister Malu Dreyer congratulated FCK, who managed to move up with “great willpower, a lot of passion”. “I look forward to the matches in the 2nd Bundesliga for the fans, the city and the region and personally,” she said. SPD Sports Minister Roger Lewentz was delighted with the promotion “with all my heart”. Palatinate and the big fans deserved more than this first stage of the Ascension Marathon. “Betzenberg, who was sold out several times in the 3rd division, belongs in the upper house of German football,” he emphasized.

The exuberant atmosphere at the public display at the Fritz Walter Stadium with 7,500 fans also showed how euphoric the environment for the four-time champion is. There is no doubt: the club “longs for success”, as Schuster found out after just two weeks in office. Manager Thomas Hengen, who personally took an extremely high risk with the late coach change from Marco Antwerpen to Schuster, did not want to reveal anything about the staff planning for the season in the second division: “Today and tomorrow it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief.”

Greetings from the extras

Antwerp paid tribute to 1. FC Kaiserslautern, if not without nostalgia. “The team, the whole club, did a fantastic job. I’m proud of the boys,” he told Sport1, but also admitted: “Of course, it was not easy for me emotionally to follow the relegation battles.” The players always believed in their chance, said Schuster and also thanked Antwerp: “Today we accomplished what he prepared.”

The announcement from the German Football Association that the case would be initiated against both clubs due to the incidents during the relegation match cast a shadow over the celebration. This was announced by the DFB at the request of the German press agency. After the second FCK goal in extra time, the match was interrupted for several minutes because flares and fireworks were thrown onto the pitch from Dresden’s fan block. Dynamo club flags were also burned.

“Lautern is the coolest club in the world!”

The Palatinate heroes had already celebrated on the way back from Dresden and “let the cow fly” on the bus, as Schuster said. Shortly after the final whistle, the Red Devils ran to their fans, jumped and danced with their supporters and drank the first beer on the field, while the fans shouted: “Lautern is the hottest club in the world!” Out of respect for the opponent and probably also out of concern for an escalation of the already heated mood in the Dresden Arena, he urged his players to “celebrate a little more cautiously in the stadium”.

Midfielder Mike Wunderlich made it clear where the club is going: “The club does not belong in the 3rd division nor in the 2nd division. We have at least taken the first step,” said the veteran, thanking him. shortly before Antwerp escaped relegation: “The coach did a fantastic job, and so did the new coach.” For the people of the Palatinate, a four-year period of suffering ended in grief. Defender Kevin Kraus announced profusely: “We will party until we lose our mother tongue.”

Since the end of the insolvency proceedings in December 2020, FCK has been officially debt-free, and the financial plus in the double-digit million amount through the promotion has helped enormously. The loss-making business in the 3rd league has come to an end thanks to the much higher media resources, and the value of the club should increase massively. With the involvement of more investors, he may even be able to move into new spheres. With its charisma and myth of Betzenberg, FCK is also an enrichment for the second division. Now the club just needs to learn calm and continuity. “The 15 months I’ve been in FCK,” Hengen said, “feels like 15 years.”

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