HSV relegated from the Bundesliga
For the first time in the club’s history, Hamburger SV have been relegated from the Bundesliga. Despite the win at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach on the final day of the season, the club’s relegation to the Bundesliga 2 has now been determined.
On Saturday afternoon at 17:35 CEST, HSV were relegated to the Bundesliga 2 for the first time in the club’s history. Despite the 2-1 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach on matchday 34, the Rothosen finish the 2017/18 season in 17th place, after VfL Wolfsburg secured victory against 1. FC Köln. “This is an incredibly sad day for every HSV fan,” said chairman Frank Wettstein. “Our relegation is the harsh result of a poor sporting development, which we could not correct despite the positive development we have seen under new coach Christian Titz.” HSV president Bernd Hoffman also showed his profound disappointment at the news, “This is an enormously painful moment for the club as a whole because we have lost one of our unique and defining features.”
The sadness at this time however is mixed with a desire to look forward; to be active and constructive in the handling of the situation. Wettstein said, “A few weeks ago we formed our ideas for the future and started to initiate our new plan decisively. This process will now be put in place going forward. We are fully capable of making changes and will now work hard towards our goal of preparing as best we can for next season, to come back to the top division straight away.” Hoffmann was also keen to look forward, “The boys and us as a club are strong in spite of this result and we will show this strength going forward.”