Bielefeld (dpa) – Jonathan Clauss was looking forward to “a little white wine from Alsace with his girlfriend”, Andreas Voglsammer to “a protein shake with a shot” and Fabian Klos traditionally to “one or two beers”.
The first ghost promotion in German professional football was modest at Arminia Bielefeld. Even in the city. The police saw “nothing we had to do”.
None of this had anything to do with theoretical doubts. They had no place with players and officials of the club after the 4: 0 (1: 0) against bottom of Dynamo Dresden. At that time, they had nine points and 18 goals ahead in third place. “We have the feeling that nobody will catch up with us anymore,” said coach Uwe Neuhaus: “And even if it is not yet mathematically perfect: I will kick those who still have doubts about it.” After the 1: 1 (1: 0) of Hamburger SV on Tuesday against Osnabrück, the climb was officially perfect.
DFL managing director Christian Seifert sent promotional greetings to East Westphalia: “Congratulations to Arminia Bielefeld for the early ascent – the DSC players, coach Uwe Neuhaus and his staff as well as all those responsible. The team has a large part of this anything but ordinary season at the top of the table spent the 2nd Bundesliga and the return to the Bundesliga really deserves it, “said Seifert in the evening.
Bielefeld’s former striker Artur Wichniarek was also happy for his former club. “This is wonderful news. I am particularly happy because the club is very important to me,” tweeted the Pole. Congratulations were sent last year from Union Berlin via Twitter. “Our warmest congratulations go to our long-time trainer Uwe Neuhaus and his team Arminia.” Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf and handball Bundesliga club TBV Lemgo Lippe also congratulated with tweets.
The team celebrated their return to the Bundesliga after eleven years on Monday evening. And the eighth climb, which makes the East Westphalia together with 1. FC Nürnberg a record climber. But without fans, it felt a bit strange in the (almost) empty stadium. The La Ola in front of the grandstand was only returned symbolically, there was no storm and no beer shower. Instead, almost an hour after the final whistle, almost the entire team stood around a box of beer next to the substitute bench. The managing directors Samir Arabi and Markus Rejek as well as President Hans-Jürgen Laufer joined in the meantime.
Nobody noticed what was going on in front of the Schüco Arena. Around 200 fans were waiting for their heroes in front of the stadium – which, like everyone else, is currently not allowed to enter. They sang and burned bengalos. If a player drove through the crowd, he had to stop briefly and was cheered. Most lowered the window and sang along. Marcel Hartel and Sven Schipplock hung their heads through the sunroof and cheered in the crowd.
Arminia icon Ansgar Brinkmann announced as a sky expert that if the climb is also mathematically perfect, he wanted to look at the stadium from the mountain with a bottle of whiskey. “Then we close up briefly and you come to us in the city,” said Klos: “Then we put two or three chairs between us. To keep the minimum distance. And to switch off the drinks.”
The city also wants to honor its promoters appropriately. The town hall balcony will remain closed, but Mayor Pit Clausen has already announced that he has some ideas. Neuhaus also announced a celebration “within the appropriate framework”. As assistant to Matthias Sammer, he had already become German champion with Borussia Dortmund in 2002. Now he is in the first division as head coach. At 60. Which fits because he only reached her as a professional when he was 30.
The coach from Hattingen im Ruhrpott is considered the father of surprising success. Probably also because he behaves differently internally than in public. “I am often said to be relaxed,” he said with a laugh on Monday. And then told how he tried to keep the mood high during the Corona break. “We had rhymes recited. Real childishness,” he revealed: “There was always one loser of the week, who then had to say Fischers Fritz or something. We laughed ourselves out.”