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Friday 09/22/2017

Jahn back in the ‚2. Bundesliga‘

Focus on SSV Jahn Regensburg

Not all that long ago, SSV Jahn Regensburg were in grave danger of disappearing off Germany’s football map altogether. In the spring of 2015, Jahn were then back were they had last positioned themselves in 2008 – in the fourth-flight! Only the wildest optimists would have believed Jahn Regensburg would be playing second-flight football again just two years later – but that is indeed the case!

Ex-Bundesliga pro Heiko Herrlich pulled off the master stroke of guiding the club from the ‚Regionalliga Bayern’ back to the ‘2. Bundesliga‘ in just two campaigns. In the Relegation Play-Offs, SSV overcame TSV 1860 München (1-1, 2-0) to take their place in Germany’s second division. The feat naturally tweaked the interest of other clubs with even greater ambition and, following two successive promotion successes, the coach left the ‚Domstadt’ to take on a new challenge at Bayer Leverkusen.

Two away victories for Regensburg

Achim Beierlorzer took the reins on the side-line, having previously gathered experience as a ‚2. Bundesliga ‘ co-trainer with RB Leipzig following his youth team responsibilities in Fürth (U17) and Leipzig (U19, U17). So far as results are concerned, Jahn struggled to take the promotion euphoria into the new season, beginning with back-to-back defeats - Arminia Bielefeld (1-2) and 1. FC Nürnberg (0-1). SSV subsequently claimed their first three points in the derby clash away to FC Ingolstadt, earning a 4-2 win at the relegated Bundesliga club. Regensburg’s second win of the season was also claimed away from home, in a 2-1 success at Holstein Kiel. However, Jahn’s most serious problems have been on their own turf, where they are yet to secure a single point this season at the Continental Arena – leaving the Bavarian club in 16th place in the table.

Beierlorzer has set out his stall in a 4-4-2 formation for each of Jahn’s seven games this season. Top –scorer so far amongst the Regensburg side is Jann-Christopher George, with three goals. Goalkeeper Philipp Pentke, central defender Asger Sörensen, Andreas Geipl in midfield and Marco Grüttner up front have proven the pivotal core of the SSV side. The loan signing of Hoffenheim‘s Joshua Mees has also proven a shrewd move, with the left full-back making six starting eleven starts and weighing in with two goals.

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