Two - possibly three - of the current bottom six clubs will end up dropping out of Germany's top flight this season
Two - possibly three - of the current bottom six clubs will end up dropping out of Germany's top flight this season

2014/15 relegation battle - live updates

Cologne - With six of the Bundesliga's eighteen clubs still in serious danger of dropping out of Germany's top flight at the end of the season, the 2014/15 relegation battle is the closest in the history of the division.

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Stick around as keeps you bang up to date with all the latest from the six clubs scrapping for their lives at the foot of the table...


Saturday May 16 2015 (kick-off 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT)
FC Augsburg - Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin - Eintracht Frankfurt
VfB Stuttgart - Hamburger SV
SC Freiburg - FC Bayern München
FC Schalke 04 - SC Paderborn

Wednesday 13 May

Never stop believing

This emotive montage of Stuttgart's recent upswing in form should leave fans in no doubt that VfB have what it takes to win their final home game of the season against Hamburg this weekend and eventually beat the drop:

Game-faces on

Three wins and a draw in their last four home games is ideal form for Stuttgart to be in as they prepare to welcome Hamburg to the Mercedes-Benz Arena this weekend. This clash between two of German football heavyweights could have major implications on which clubs drop into Bundesliga 2 at the end of the season.

Lucky mascot

The sun is shining and 'Dino', Hamburg's faithful mascot, is keeping a watchful eye over training up north. No wonder

Rene Adler

spoke this week about the fun factor having returned to the Imtech Arena of late.

Frontzeck: 'We want to lay the foundations'

At today's pre-match press conference, Hannover head coach Michael Frontzeck (r.) reaffirmed how his side hope to keep their chances of Bundesliga survival alive when they travel to Augsburg on Saturday. "We want to lay the foundation for our final match [at home to fellow relegation battlers] Freiburg. The team’s been working really hard in training. We’re only looking at ourselves and not at what the other sides do."

Full focus in the capital

Salomon Kalou (r.) and his fellow Berliners have just ended today's training session ahead of the visit of Eintracht Frankfurt to the capital this weekend.

"Hertha boss Pal Dardai watching his players closely."

Sebastian Langkamp and Valentin Stocker, meanwhile, have returned to team training having recovered from minor niggles:

Hannover gearing up

The Reds have taken to the pitch for their early training session and will admit fans to their public session, kicking off at 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT this afternoon:

Christian Schulz talks to the assembled press

Translation: "We've got it in our own hands if we perform well and keep a cool head."

Translation: "What's happened is still in the back of our minds, but it would be better if we got on with it whilst looking forward."

Support is everything

When you're entrenched in the relegation battle, nothing is more important than having the club's faithful standing behind you:


Who doesn't love a coach named Günter! It seems Hamburg may have a key defensive player back at their disposal on Saturday:

Translation: Cleber is on the ball once again with fitness coach Günter.

Prep work underway

Here's Huub Stevens' side being put through their paces ahead of Saturday's crucial clash with fellow strugglers Hamburger SV at the Mercedes-Benz Arena: