Hamburg's Bundesliga future is still in the balance after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Karlsruher in the first leg of their relegation/promotion play-off game at the HSV Arena.
Former Hamburg youth player Rouwen Hennings gave the second division side the lead, but an Ivo Ilicevic strike 17 minutes from time brought the hosts back level in the tie, which will be completed at the Wildparkstadion on Monday.
Hamburg will have to score there to stand any chance of maintaining their unblemished 52-year...
Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart will not be joining Ajax when he leaves the Bundesliga club at the end of the season, according to the player's agent.
Van der Vaart, 32, is set to bring an end this summer to his second stint at HSV, which has mainly been overshadowed by the club's struggles in recent seasons.
Hamburg narrowly avoided automatic relegation for the second successive year by beating Schalke 2-0 on Saturday and now face Karlsruher in the Bundesliga relegation/promotion playoff.
Karlsruher are confident of inflicting a first ever relegation from the Bundesliga on Hamburg when they meet in Germany's relegation/promotion playoff.
The two clubs face each other on Thursday at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion for the first leg of a tie which will decide whether Die Rothosen get relegated to the 2. Bundesliga or Karlsruher gain promotion to the Bundesliga.
Hamburg claimed 10 points in their last five games to secure a place in the playoff for a second consecutive season, rather than...
Hamburg earned a second chance at securing their Bundesliga status with a 2-0 win over Schalke on the final day of the season lifting them into a relegation play-off for the second season running.
Ivica Olic and Slobodan Rajkovic eased a tense afternoon in northern Germany with two goals in 10 second-half minutes as Hamburg climbed above Freiburg and saved their Bundesliga status at least for a few more weeks.
Defeat cost Schalke their fifth place in the final Bundesliga standings, meaning they may...