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 By Uli Hesse

Darmstadt's improbable rise to the Bundesliga

Bayern Munich may have already won the title, but there was still the matter of relegation to be decided on the final day of the Bundesliga.

Almost exactly one year ago, we covered a small, unfashionable club by the name of Darmstadt 98 and looked at the history of its hopelessly outdated ground, the Bollenfalltor.

The reason for the piece was that third-division Darmstadt were about to host second-division Arminia Bielefeld in the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoffs and that the match -- which Darmstadt lost 3-1 -- could have been one of the last big games ever staged at this venerable stadium.

Not quite. Two days ago, on...

Darmstadt promoted to Bundesliga after win over St Pauli

Dirk Schuster celebrates Darmstadt's promotion to the German first division.

Darmstadt have followed Ingolstadt in earning promotion to the Bundesliga after a dramatic final day of action in the 2. Bundesliga.

Midway through the second half at the Stadion am Bollenfalltor, Darmstadt were as low as fourth in the standings and not even on course for a playoff berth.

However, a Tobias Kempe goal in the 71st minute of their game against St Pauli earned them the win they needed to march straight through the second division in their first season since promotion from the third...