Holstein Kiel and St. Pauli secured automatic promotion on the peunultimate weekend of 2023/24. - © DFL
Holstein Kiel and St. Pauli secured automatic promotion on the peunultimate weekend of 2023/24. - © DFL

Bundesliga 2 promotion race: Holstein Kiel and St. Pauli promoted; Fortuna Düsseldorf secure play-off spot


Holstein Kiel and St. Pauli will play in the Bundesliga next season, leaving Fortuna Düsseldorf to contest the play-off and Hamburg to wonder what might have been.

What can be confirmed on Matchday 33?

St. Pauli
1st (automatic promotion)
Games played: 33
Goals: 60-35 (+25)
Remaining fixtures: Wiesbaden (a)

Pauli missed the chance to secure automatic promotion with defeat to Hamburg, but got the job done by beating relegated Osnabrück on the penultimate weekend to bring an end to 13 years in Bundesliga 2. They'll go up as champions, if they match or better Kiel's result on the final day.

St. Pauli are heading back to the big time. - IMAGO/osnapix / Hirnschal

Holstein Kiel
2nd (automatic promotion)
Points: 65
Games played:
63-38 (+25)
Remaining fixtures: Hannover (a)

Kiel made sure of their place in the 2024/25 Bundesliga season after drawing 1-1 with third-placed Düsseldorf on Matchday 33, leaving them five points clear of the promotion play-off spot, with just one game left to play. 

Watch: Kiel's draw with Düsseldorf and subsequent promotion celebrations

Fortuna Düsseldorf
Position: 3rd (promotion play-off)
Games played:
69-39 (+31)
Remaining fixtures: Magdeburg (h)

Düsseldorf are guaranteed to at least finish third (the play-off spot), but could still sneak into the remaining automatic promotion place if St. Pauli slip up.

Watch: Düsseldorf's top 5 goals in 2023/24

Position: 4th 
Points: 55
Games played: 33
Goals: 60-43 (+17)
Remaining fixtures: Nuremberg (h)

Despite beating Pauli a week ago, defeat in Paderborn means HSV can no longer catch Düsseldorf. Instead, the Red Shorts will be playing Bundesliga 2 football for the seventh straight season in 2024/25.

Watch: HSV record derby win over Pauli

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