St Pauli back in Bundesliga for 1st time in 13 years

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St Pauli back in Bundesliga for 1st time in 13 years

St Pauli will play in the Bundesliga for the first time in 13 years next season after securing promotion in a 3-1 win against relegated VfL Osnabrück on Sunday, reported dpa.

With one game left this season, the second division leaders have a six-point advantage over third-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf and will finish in the top two, therefore, in one of the spots for automatic promotion.

Oladapo Afolayan was on target in the seventh minute and again in the 58th before Marcel Hartel completed the special victory in the 68th.

Lars Kehl pulled one back for Osnabrück in stoppage time but that didn't ruin St Pauli's celebrations in front of their fans, who rushed to the pitch after the final whistle.

The title race, however, will be concluded only in the final matchday next weekend. St Pauli top the table one point ahead of Holstein Kiel, who on Saturday celebrated their first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga after a 1-1 draw with Düsseldorf.

Both games will kick off at the same time next Sunday (1330 GMT). While St Pauli travel to Wehen Wiesbaden, Kiel visit Hanover.

Düsseldorf, meanwhile, are secured a third-place finish and will bid for a spot in the top tier in the play-off against the 16th-placed in the Bundesliga.

St Pauli will celebrate returning to the first class before crosstown rivals SV Hamburg. The former European and Bundesliga champions were relegated in 2018 and next term will play their seventh consecutive season in Bundesliga II.


  1. Emily Thompson says

    I am thrilled to see St Pauli back in the Bundesliga after 13 years! The team has shown remarkable determination and skill to secure promotion this season. I can’t wait to see how they perform in the top tier next season. Go St Pauli!

  2. SarahDavis86 says

    Will St Pauli be able to maintain their position in the Bundesliga for the upcoming seasons?

    1. JohnSmith72 says

      St Pauli’s performance this season shows great potential for them to compete in the Bundesliga for the upcoming seasons. With their recent promotion and solid gameplay, they have a good chance of maintaining their position and establishing themselves in the top tier of German football.

  3. Sarah Johnson says

    It’s great to see St Pauli back in the Bundesliga after more than a decade! Their hard work and dedication have finally paid off. Let’s hope they can make an impact in the top tier next season. Go St Pauli!

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