FC Che Guevara, er, ah, FC ST. PAULI, enter the 131st Hamburg Stadtderby with their traditional cross-town rival and class war enemy at the Volksparkstadion on Wednesday flying high following two critical wins in the German top flight opposite 1.FC Koeln and, most recently, Borussia Moenchengladbach.
FC St. Paul, in fact, are unbeaten with the two victories as well as two ties since league play resumed following the annual Winterpause.
The world-renowned Kult Klub has managed to move itself away from the dreaded relegation zone and into twelfth place in the table. However, despite the maximum points against two clubs at the bottom end of the Bundesliga spectrum back-to-back, trainer HOLGER STANISLAWSKI’s FC St. Pauli side cannot afford to rest on its laurels. Particularly not with clubs such as intra-city adversary SV Hamburg, hunting a place in Europe next season, remaining on the schedule.
33-year-old veteran striker MARIUS EBBERS, wearing the captain’s armband for FC St. Pauli, celebrates the home side’s goal with SV Hamburg netminder FRANK ROST on his knees in the 130th Hamburg Stadtderby, a 1-1 draw, this past September at the Millerntor Stadion in the St. Pauli district of the north German city. (Morris MacMatzen/Reuters)
Aging Germany international GERALD ASAMOAH has engaged in a renaissance for FC St. Pauli since the Bundesliga started up again. The 32-year-old striker, who appeared at both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup final tournaments and arrived on a free transfer from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen to start this season, has scored three goals in FC St. Pauli’s four games following the winter break. Asamoah, who managed just three goals in 35 games his final two campaigns with Schalke, has moved into the lead for the Kult Klub with five goals in the Bundesliga this term.
From the perspective of FC St. Pauli, the Stadtderby against Hamburg SV would be a wonderful occasion for the veteran Asamoah to have another goal…or two.
FC ST. PAULI
GK : Kessler 18/18, Hain 4/3
DF : Oczipka 19/19, Thorandt 17/17, Zambrano 17/16, Rothenbach 13/13, Gunesch 8/8, Lechner 4/4, Morena 4/4, Volz 4/4
MF : Lehmann 21/21, Kruse 21/15, Bartels 20/13, Boll 19/19, Bruns 18/6, Takyi 12/8, Schulz 4/0, Daube 3/1
ST : Ebbers 19/18, Asamoah 17/11, Hennings 13/8, Naki 12/5, Sukuta-Pasu 6/0
goals —— Asamoah 5, Bruns 3, Ebbers 3, Lehmann 3, Boll 2, Kruse 2, Takyi 2, Bartels 1, Hennings 1, Sukuta-Pasu 1, Zambrano 1