Wattenscheid 09 did it. The former Bundesliga club wins its last home game in front of over 6,000 spectators and is promoted to the regional league.
the SG Wattenscheid 09 made it! Less than three years after the former Bundesliga club had to file for bankruptcy and had to temporarily withdraw from the game, the club is back in the regional football league. Emre Yesilova and Dennis Lerche scored the goals in the decisive 2-0 win against Rheine. And the club is not only sportingly back on the border between amateur and professional football – the euphoria around the club is huge 6243 paying fans came to the Lohrheide Stadium on Whit Monday on the last day of the Oberliga Westfalen to watch the decisive game against FC Eintracht Rheine to see, there were more in 2019 – at that time the opponent was called the “savior game” FC Schalke 04.
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Great euphoria before the Wattenscheid game: kick-off half an hour later
Those responsible for sports director Christiany Pozo y Tamayo, coach Christian Britscho and of course the team have apparently managed to forgive the club for the many disappointments of the past – the crowning glory was the big promotion final on Whit Monday. Because of the large crowds, the game started almost half an hour later than planned, leaving a few seats in the stands and in the open corner.
Immediately before the game, SG Wattenscheid confirmed that Emre Yesilova had extended his contract at Lohrheide. The third contract extension after captain Norman Jakubowski, who was back on the bench after an injury break against Rheine, and Marvin Schurig, who captained the team on Monday.
The initial phase belonged to the Wattenscheiders, after just a few minutes Felix Casalino had a huge chance to make it 1-0, but missed freely in front of Rheine goalkeeper Watta, tipping the ball past the outer post. Even if Rheine made the game more balanced over time, a Wattenscheid lead at halftime would have been deserved, but shots from good positions by Yesilova, Schmitz and Casalino again were blocked or went wrong. They went into the booths with applause.
When the teams came out of the dressing room, the starting position in the promotion race was a little clearer: both Westfalia Rhynern and the U21s of SC Paderborn, whose games had started much earlier, were in the lead and thus kept their chance of promotion, so that everyone in Wattenscheid knew that a draw against Rheine would not be enough.
09 also started offensively in the second half, after dribbling from the left Emre Yesilova took a shot at the near post, but Watta saved – less than a minute was played in the second half. A good five minutes later the ball was finally in: Yesilova walked along the baseline on the left and was fouled. He converted the penalty that was due himself: no stopping in the Lohrheide Stadium.
Emre Yesilova puts Wattenscheid 09 in the lead
The Bengali flames in the fan block had not yet burned out when the several thousand in the stadium started to celebrate again: Casalino hit the post quite freely after a cross pass from Schmitz. It remains 1-0 – and an exciting final phase awaited.
Fifteen minutes before the end, 09 coach Britscho brought on Dennis Lerche for Felix Casalino, Lerche was greeted with applause and shouts of “Bulle, Bulle” from the fan block – most recently he had scored important goals as a joker against Paderborn, Siegen and in Dortmund. A signal that the coach didn’t just want to keep the result. Tim Kaminski also came on for Emre Yesilova, the only goal scorer up to that point.
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Rheine made a few cautious attempts to attack, but didn’t become dangerous – then Joker Lerche ended the suspense: he stole the ball from the opposing goalkeeper, pushed the ball from 20 meters into the empty goal and caused renewed cheers that lasted until the final whistle: “Never more Oberliga”, chanted the fans and coach Britscho changed again: Nils Hönicke entered the field to great applause, who will end his career at this level after the season and is leaving his heart club Wattenscheid 09, soon for Grün-Weiß Mauritz instead will appear in the district league.
“We can move up,” Hönicke told WAZ early in the season – this dream was fulfilled for him and more than 6,000 other Wattenscheiders on Whit Monday.
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Wattenscheid – Rheine 2-0
The team and those responsible had once again managed to ignite football enthusiasm around the Lohrheide Stadium: the decisive game was kicked off fifteen minutes later due to the large crowd. The SG 09 opened the stadium gates at 1.30 p.m., and long lines were already forming – by 2.20 p.m. there were many people in the entire car park in front of the main entrance and along a long stretch of Lohrheidestraße to the club’s office on the other corner of the stadium.
At a little after three, the queues were no shorter. The alternate parking lot at RW Leithe’s ash field also filled up early.
The association had already sold around 2000 tickets in advance. The 5000 mark was clearly surpassed – both the main grandstand and the standing grandstand as well as the curve were at least well filled half before the game, some blocks were almost completely occupied. The police were also on site with an increased contingent.
The weather also played its part: While dark rain clouds gathered over Bochum on Monday afternoon, the sun was still shining in Wattenscheid shortly before kick-off.
Christian Britscho called up this team for the decisive game of the season: SG Wattenscheid 09: Staudt – Shurig, Esser, Malcherek, Sindermann – Lucas, Schmitz – Yesilova (78. Kaminski), Canbulut (86. Hönicke), Yildiz (86. P. Britscho) – Casalino (75. Lerche).
Another piece of good news: Immediately before the game, SG 09 had confirmed that, as previously reported by this editorial team, another top performer, Emre Yesilova, extended his contract – just like the two captains Norman Jakubowski and Marvin Schurig before them.
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