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2. Bundesliga
2019–20
Bundesliga
Season information
Dates 26 July 2019 – 28 June 2020
Winners Arminia Bielefeld
Promoted Arminia Bielefeld
VfB Stuttgart
Relegated Wehen Wiesbaden
Dynamo Dresden
Season statistics
Matches played 306
Goals scored 881
Top goalscorer Fabian Klos
(21 goals)
Biggest home win Bielefeld 6–0 Regensburg
Biggest away win Wiesbaden 0–6 Nürnberg
Nürnberg 0–6 Stuttgart
Highest scoring Wiesbaden 3–6 Kiel
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The 2019–20 2. Bundesliga is the 46th season of the 2. Bundesliga. It began on 26 July 2019 and was initially due to conclude on 17 May 2020.

Arminia Bielefeld secured their promotion on 16 June 2020, while VfB Stuttgart got promoted on the last matchday.

Following an offline test phase in the previous season, the video assistant referee system will be used for the first time in the 2. Bundesliga. Also, the number of substitutes allowed on the bench was increased from seven to nine for the 2019–20 season.

On 13 March 2020, the DFL suspended the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. After consultation with the German government, the league resumed behind closed doors on 16 May 2020. The season will now conclude on 28 June.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, on 8 March 2020 the Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn recommended cancelling events with more than 1,000 people. The following day, the DFL announced that the 2. Bundesliga season would be completed to ensure planning for the following season, and that any postponements would be to matchdays en bloc. In the following days, Timo Hübers, Jannes Horn (both of Hannover 96), Fabian Nürnberger (1. FC Nürnberg) and Stefan Thesker (Holstein Kiel) tested positive for COVID-19, requiring all first team players of the three clubs to self-quarantine. Fixtures on matchday 26 (13–15 March) were planned to be played without spectators, when necessary, due to local restrictions on public gatherings, but the round was subsequently postponed on 13 March due to safety issues. On 16 March, the DFL general assembly suspended the league until at least 2 April, and scheduled another meeting for the final week of March to discuss how the competition should proceed. The DFL Executive Committee later recommended that the General Assembly, at their meeting on 31 March, extend the suspension until at least 30 April, which was confirmed after that meeting.

The DFL are looking into possible scenarios to finish the season regularly. However, several virologists raised doubts, stating that any professional football matches in Germany, including those behind closed doors, were unrealistic for at least the next 12 months.

On 3 April 2020, the DFL reported that the financial situation of most teams was more serious than thought. 13 of the 36 professional football clubs from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, including nine clubs from the 2. Bundesliga, would have to declare bankruptcy by May or June unless league operations resumed by then. Twelve of those clubs had already used the outstanding license fees (which are dependent on the season to be continued) to pay their March debts to creditors. At their 31 March meeting, the DFL had decided that clubs that enter insolvency proceedings this season would not suffer the usual deduction of points, and clubs that enter proceedings next season only lose three instead of the usual nine points. After allowing teams to return to training in a limited fashion, the league returned on 16 May to play following approval from local authorities. On 9 May 2020, two players of Dynamo Dresden tested positive for COVID-19, requiring a 14-day quarantine for the entire first team and training staff, therefore preventing their match scheduled on 17 May against Hannover 96 from taking place. On 14 May, after a meeting of all clubs, five substitutions will be permitted, which has been temporarily allowed by IFAB following a proposal by FIFA to lessen the impact of fixture congestion. The broadcaster Sky Sport announced that for the first two weeks after the restart, the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga simulcast ("conference") will be shown on free-to-air television in Germany, in order to prevent gatherings of people without pay TV subscriptions.

Teams

Team changes

Promoted from 2018–19 3. Liga Relegated from 2018–19 Bundesliga Promoted to 2019–20 Bundesliga Relegated to 2019–20 3. Liga
VfL Osnabrück
Karlsruher SC
Wehen Wiesbaden
VfB Stuttgart
Hannover 96
1. FC Nürnberg
1. FC Köln
SC Paderborn
Union Berlin
FC Ingolstadt
1. FC Magdeburg
MSV Duisburg

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Erzgebirge Aue Aue Sparkassen-Erzgebirgsstadion 15,711
Arminia Bielefeld Bielefeld Schüco-Arena 27,300
VfL Bochum Bochum Ruhrstadion 29,299
Darmstadt 98 Darmstadt Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor 17,000
Dynamo Dresden Dresden Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion 32,066
Greuther Fürth Fürth Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer 18,500
Hamburger SV Hamburg Volksparkstadion 57,000
Hannover 96 Hanover HDI-Arena 49,000
1. FC Heidenheim Heidenheim Voith-Arena 15,000
Karlsruher SC Karlsruhe Wildparkstadion 29,699
Holstein Kiel Kiel Holstein-Stadion 15,034
1. FC Nürnberg Nuremberg Max-Morlock-Stadion 49,923
VfL Osnabrück Osnabrück Stadion an der Bremer Brücke 16,667
Jahn Regensburg Regensburg Continental Arena 15,224
SV Sandhausen Sandhausen BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald 15,414
FC St. Pauli Hamburg Millerntor-Stadion 29,546
VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena 60,449
SV Wehen Wiesbaden Wiesbaden BRITA-Arena 12,250

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Erzgebirge Aue Germany Daniel Meyer Germany Martin Männel Nike WätaS Wärmetauscher Sachsen
Arminia Bielefeld Germany Uwe Neuhaus Germany Julian Börner Joma Schüco, JAB Anstoetz Textilien1
VfL Bochum Germany Robin Dutt Germany Stefano Celozzi Nike Tricorp Workwear, Viactiv Betriebskrankenkasse1
Darmstadt 98 Flag of Greece.svg Dimitrios Grammozis Germany Fabian Holland Craft Software AG, ROWE Mineralölwerk1
Dynamo Dresden Germany Cristian Fiél Germany Marco Hartmann Craft Feldschlößchen, AOK Plus1
Greuther Fürth Germany Stefan Leitl Germany Marco Caligiuri Hummel Hofmann Personal, BVUK – Gruppe Unternehmensberatung1
Hamburger SV Germany Dieter Hecking Germany Aaron Hunt Adidas Emirates, Popp Feinkost1
Hannover 96 Germany Mirko Slomka Germany Marvin Bakalorz Macron Heinz von Heiden, HDI1
1. FC Heidenheim Germany Frank Schmidt Germany Marc Schnatterer Nike Hartmann Gruppe, Voith1
Karlsruher SC Germany Alois Schwartz Germany David Pisot Macron Klaiber Markisen
Holstein Kiel Germany Ole Werner Germany Hauke Wahl Puma Famila, Lotto Schleswig-Holstein1
1. FC Nürnberg Flag of Austria Damir Canadi Germany Hanno Behrens Umbro Nürnberger Versicherung, Godelmann Betonstein1
VfL Osnabrück Germany Daniel Thioune Flag of the United States Marc Heider Puma sunmaker
Jahn Regensburg Bosnia and Herzegovina Mersad Selimbegović Germany Marco Grüttner Saller Netto, Dallmeier electronic1
SV Sandhausen Germany Uwe Koschinat Germany Denis Linsmayer Puma Verivox, BWT1
FC St. Pauli Netherlands Jos Luhukay Germany Bernd Nehrig Under Armour Congstar, Astra Brauerei1
VfB Stuttgart Germany Tim Walter Germany Christian Gentner Jako Mercedes-Benz Bank
SV Wehen Wiesbaden Germany Rüdiger Rehm Flag of Poland Sebastian Mrowca Nike Brita

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing Manner Exit date Position in table Incoming Incoming date
Announced on Departed on Announced on Arrived on
Jahn Regensburg Germany Achim Beierlorzer Signed by 1. FC Köln 13 May 2019 30 June 2019 Pre-season Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mersad Selimbegović 31 May 2019 1 July 2019
1. FC Nürnberg Germany Boris Schommers End of caretaker spell 14 May 2019 Flag of Austria Damir Canadi 19 May 2019
Hamburger SV Germany Hannes Wolf Sacked 17 May 2019 Germany Dieter Hecking 29 May 2019
Holstein Kiel Germany Tim Walter Signed by VfB Stuttgart 20 May 2019 Germany André Schubert 16 June 2019
VfB Stuttgart Germany Nico Willig End of caretaker spell 20 May 2019 Germany Tim Walter 20 May 2019
Hannover 96 Germany Thomas Doll Sacked 28 May 2019 Germany Mirko Slomka 28 May 2019
Erzgebirge Aue Germany Daniel Meyer 19 August 2019 5th Germany Marc Hensel (interim) 20 August 2019
VfL Bochum Germany Robin Dutt 26 August 2019 17th Germany Heiko Butscher (interim) 26 August 2019
Erzgebirge Aue Germany Marc Hensel (interim) End of caretaker spell 26 August 2019 5th Germany Dirk Schuster 26 August 2019
VfL Bochum Germany Heiko Butscher (interim) 6 September 2019 17th Germany Thomas Reis 6 September 2019
Holstein Kiel Germany André Schubert Sacked 15 September 2019 15th Germany Ole Werner 16 September 2019
Hannover 96 Germany Mirko Slomka 3 November 2019 13th Bosnia and Herzegovina Asif Šarić (interim) 4 November 2019
1. FC Nürnberg Austria Damir Canadi 4 November 2019 11th Slovakia Marek Mintál (interim) 4 November 2019
Slovakia Marek Mintál (interim) End of caretaker spell 12 November 2019 14th Germany Jens Keller 12 November 2019
Hannover 96 Bosnia and Herzegovina Asif Šarić (interim) 14 November 2019 15th Turkey Kenan Kocak 14 November 2019
Dynamo Dresden Germany Cristian Fiél Mutual consent 2 December 2019 18th Germany Heiko Scholz (interim) 3 December 2019
Germany Heiko Scholz (interim) End of caretaker spell 10 December 2019 18th Germany Markus Kauczinski 10 December 2019
VfB Stuttgart Germany Tim Walter Sacked 23 December 2019 3rd United States Pellegrino Matarazzo 30 December 2019
Karlsruher SC Germany Alois Schwartz 3 February 2020 17th Germany Christian Eichner 3 February 2020

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arminia Bielefeld  (C) (P) 34 18 14 2 65 30+35 68 Promotion to
Bundesliga
2 VfB Stuttgart  (P) 34 17 7 10 62 41+21 58
3 1. FC Heidenheim 34 15 10 9 45 36+9 55 Qualification to
promotion play-offs
4 Hamburger SV 34 14 12 8 62 46+16 54
5 Darmstadt 98 34 13 13 8 48 43+5 52
6 Hannover 96 34 13 9 12 54 49+5 48
7 Erzgebirge Aue 34 13 8 13 46 48−2 47
8 VfL Bochum 34 11 13 10 53 51+2 46
9 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 34 11 11 12 46 45+1 44
10 SV Sandhausen 34 10 13 11 43 45−2 43
11 Holstein Kiel 34 11 10 13 53 56−3 43
12 Jahn Regensburg 34 11 10 13 50 56−6 43
13 VfL Osnabrück 34 9 13 12 46 48−2 40
14 FC St. Pauli 34 9 12 13 41 50−9 39
15 Karlsruher 34 8 13 13 45 56−11 37
16 1. FC Nürnberg  (O) 34 8 13 13 45 58−13 37 Qualification to the
relegation play-offs
17 Wehen Wiesbaden  (R) 34 9 7 18 45 65−20 34 Relegation to
3. Liga
18 Dynamo Dresden  (R) 34 8 8 18 32 58−26 32
Source: DFB
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Relegation play-offs

All times are CEST (UTC+2).

Overview

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
1. FC Nürnberg 3–3 (a) FC Ingolstadt 2–0 1–3

First leg

7 July 2020 (2020-07-07)
18:15
1. FC Nürnberg 2–0 FC Ingolstadt Max-Morlock-Stadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sascha Stegemann
Nürnberger Soccerball 22'45' Report

Second leg

11 July 2020 (2020-07-11)
18:15
FC Ingolstadt 3–1 1. FC Nürnberg Audi Sportpark, Ingolstadt
Attendance: 0
Referee: Christian Dingert
Kutschke Soccerball 53'
Schröck Soccerball 62'
Krauße Soccerball 66'
Report Schleusener Soccerball 90+6'

3–3 on aggregate. 1. FC Nürnberg won on away goals, and therefore both clubs remained in their respective leagues.

Statistics

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Germany Fabian Klos Arminia Bielefeld 21
2 Germany Manuel Schäffler Wehen Wiesbaden 19
3 Germany Philipp Hofmann Karlsruher SC 17
4 Germany Serdar Dursun Darmstadt 98 16
5 Germany Marvin Ducksch Hannover 96 15
6 Germany Kevin Behrens SV Sandhausen 14
Flag of Argentina Nicolás González VfB Stuttgart
Germany Tim Kleindienst 1. FC Heidenheim
9 Germany Marcos Álvarez VfL Osnabrück 13
Flag of the Republic of the Congo Silvère Ganvoula M'boussy VfL Bochum

Top assists

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Germany Tim Leibold Hamburger SV 16
2 Germany Marcel Hartel Arminia Bielefeld 14
3 Germany Marvin Wanitzek Karlsruher SC 12
4 Germany Fabian Klos Arminia Bielefeld 11
Germany Johannes Geis 1. FC Nürnberg
6 Germany Danny Blum VfL Bochum 10
7 Germany Stefan Aigner Wehen Wiesbaden 9
Germany Florian Krüger Erzgebirge Aue
9 Flag of France Jonathan Clauss Arminia Bielefeld 8
Germany Marvin Ducksch Hannover 96
Germany Philipp Hofmann Karlsruher SC
Germany Marc Heider VfL Osnabrück
Flag of DRC Silas Wamangituka VfB Stuttgart

External links

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Erzgebirge Aue · Arminia Bielefeld · VfL Bochum · Darmstadt 98 · Dynamo Dresden · Greuther Fürth · Hamburger SV · Hannover 96 · 1. FC Heidenheim · Karlsruher SC · Holstein Kiel · 1. FC Nürnberg · VfL Osnabrück · Jahn Regensburg · SV Sandhausen · FC St. Pauli · VfB Stuttgart · SV Wehen Wiesbaden

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