BFC trainer Christian Benbennek was there at the Marschweg Stadium last Saturday when the Oldenburgers secured the regional league title by beating Holstein Kiel II 1-1. But the coach could have saved himself his espionage tour: “The way they played, we won’t see them against us. Several regular players were spared, the wings were occupied the wrong way round. That wasn’t VfB Oldenburg like me know”, Benbennek in the “Berliner Kurier” was not fooled by the actions of his VfB colleague Dario Fossi. For the first leg, 600 Oldenburg fans will accompany them to Berlin.
VfB sports director Schachten expects “Fifty-Fifty duels”
The small episode shows that the Oldenburg pull out all the stops to be able to trip the clearly favored DDR Oberliga record champions. VfB sports director Sebastian Schachten does not see his team without a chance. Both the game on Saturday in Berlin (2 p.m., in the NDR Livecenter) and the second leg on June 4 in Oldenburg (live on TV and in the NDR Livecenter) are “fifty-fifty duels,” said the former St. Pauli -Profi the NDR: “We will knock out everything we have.”
Oldenburg captain Wegner: “We’re really in the mood”
In any case, the VfB players are hot: “We’re really up for it,” said captain Max Wegner, who is particularly looking forward to the home game in the Marschweg Stadium: “It will be fuller in the stands than against Kiel. We’ll step on the gas again and that will really burn.” There were 3,600 spectators against Kiel. The fan potential is there with the former second and near-Bundesliga club: should promotion succeed, VfB expects an average audience of 6,000 to 7,000.
BFC: Required guarantee probably not a problem
The Lower Saxony are not deterred by possible financial difficulties with their opponents, which could prevent their rise. The BFC still has to deposit a guarantee of 900,000 euros with the German Football Association (DFB) to participate in the third division – but a week before the deadline (June 1, 5 p.m.) the club had sponsors and donations already raised 720,000 euros.
Fossi warns of “ripped off” BFC
“Economically, Dynamo has a lot more opportunities than we do. That’s why they can afford a lot more former professionals than us or Weiche Flensburg. It’s a very ripped off and experienced regional league team,” said Fossi of the “Nordwest-Zeitung”. Berlin’s top striker Christian Beck alone (23 goals this season) can look back on 175 third division and 31 second division games with a total of 72 goals for 1. FC Magdeburg.
VfB defender Appiah: “Everything for us in it”
But there is also experience in the Oldenburg ranks: defender Marcel Appiah, for example, played 115 third division games and also appeared 52 times in the second division.
The former professional of VfL Osnabrück does not deal either the discussions about the necessary conversion of the Marschweg Stadium, which is not suitable for the third division, or the possible construction of a new arena: “If I had to build it myself, it would collapse after a game.” Appiah prefers to take care of sporting success – and the 34-year-old is confident: “Everything is possible for us.”
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