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MAGDEBURG AWAY ON OPENING DAY - DERBY AT HSV IN WEEK 8

The German Football League (DFL) released the fixture list for the 2018/19 season on Thursday. The Boys in Brown kick off the new campaign with a trip to newly promoted FC Magdeburg (3-6 August). SV Darmstadt 98 are the visitors for the opening home game at the Millerntor (10-13 August), while the hugely anticipated local derby against HSV will take place in round 8 (29 September-1 October). The home derby game is scheduled for March 2019.

The only games that have set kick-off times are the season opener (Hamburg SV against Holstein Kiel) and the final two matchdays. Here's the fixture list at a glance:

Round

Date

Kick-off

Home

Away

1

3.8-6.8

 

1. FC Magdeburg

FC St. Pauli

2

10.8-13.8

 

FC St. Pauli

SV Darmstadt 98

3

24.8-27.8

 

1. FC Union Berlin

FC St. Pauli

4

31.8-3.9

 

FC St. Pauli

1. FC Köln

5

14.9-17.9

 

FC Erzgebirge Aue

FC St. Pauli

6

21.9-23.9

 

FC Ingolstadt 04

FC St. Pauli

7

25.9-27.9

 

FC St. Pauli

SC Paderborn 07

8

28.9-1.10

 

Hamburger SV

FC St. Pauli

9

5.10-8.10

 

FC St. Pauli

SV Sandhausen

10

19.10-22.10

 

MSV Duisburg

FC St. Pauli

11

26.10-29.10

 

FC St. Pauli

Holstein Kiel

12

2.11-5.11

 

Arminia Bielefeld

FC St. Pauli

13

9.11-12.11

 

FC St. Pauli

1. FC Heidenheim

14

23.11-26.11

 

SSV Jahn Regensburg

FC St. Pauli

15

30.11-3.12

 

FC St. Pauli

Dynamo Dresden

16

7.12-10.12

 

VfL Bochum

FC St. Pauli

17

14.12-17.12

 

FC St. Pauli

SpVgg Greuther Fürth

18

21.12-23.12

 

FC St. Pauli

1. FC Magdeburg

 

Winter break

 

 

 

19

29.1-31.1

 

SV Darmstadt 98

FC St. Pauli

20

1.2-4.2

 

FC St. Pauli

1. FC Union Berlin

21

8.2-11.2

 

1. FC Köln

FC St. Pauli

22

15.2-18.2

 

FC St. Pauli

FC Erzgebirge Aue

23

22.2-25.2

 

FC St. Pauli

FC Ingolstadt 04

24

1.3-4.3

 

 SC Paderborn 07

FC St. Pauli

25

8.3-11.3

 

FC St. Pauli

Hamburger SV

26

15.3-18.3

 

SV Sandhausen

FC St. Pauli

27

29.3-1.4

 

FC St. Pauli

MSV Duisburg

28

5.4-8.4

 

Holstein Kiel

FC St. Pauli

29

12.4-15.4

 

FC St. Pauli

Arminia Bielefeld

30

19.4-22.4

 

1. FC Heidenheim

FC St. Pauli

31

26.4-29.4

 

FC St. Pauli

SSV Jahn Regensburg

32

3.5-6.5

 

Dynamo Dresden

FC St. Pauli

33

12.5

1530 CET

FC St. Pauli

VfL Bochum

34

19.5

1530 CET

SpVgg Greuther Fürth

FC St. Pauli

FIXTURE LIST REACTION

Director of sport Uwe Stöver: "It's a really interesting opening-day pairing against Magdeburg that's sure to take place in front of a sell-out crowd. The following games against Darmstadt, Union Berlin and newly relegated Cologne are tough challenges as well. It's a difficult start to the season and with this in mind our objective will be to be ready and well prepared to come out of these games successfully."

On the derby: "Both games are absolute highlights. Whether we're away first or at home is irrelevant."

Head coach Markus Kauczinski: "It's a tasty start to the campaign, of course, and we'll have to be on our toes right away. Magdeburg are a strong team with a noisy crowd behind them. It'll be a nice challenge for us in that cauldron. The derby will be ace as well, regardless of whether it takes place on the opening day, the final day, or in round 8. Overall, the league is even stronger now with Hamburg and Köln dropping down from the Bundesliga. You come up against tough opposition every week, so it hardly matters what order you play in. That said, we'll be strong and awkward opponents for all the other teams as well."

Bernd Nehrig: "The first four matches really have it in them. Magdeburg will start the season with a full house and lots of euphoria. After that Darmstadt come to the Millerntor and they'll definitely be wanting to do a few things differently than last season. Games at Union Berlin are always a challenge and on matchday four we play host to a team who've just come down from the Bundesliga in FC Cologne. For us that means we'll need to be solid and function as a team from the outset. As a player I look forward to games like these, just as the rest of the team do. It's obviously a tough start but we have to play all 17 teams at some point and a good start can give you lots of impetus for the rest of the season."

Jan-Philipp Kalla: "The opening games are a mixed bag with one promoted side, one relegated side and two established second division teams. We begin with a tough ask at FC Magdeburg, who will start with plenty of momentum having just come up. Darmstadt had problems last year and are sure to perform differently, as are Union Berlin, who are among the second division favourites every year. It's nice that Cologne and Lasse [Sobiech] will be coming to the Millerntor as early as week four. It's sure to be a great game both on the pitch and in the stands."

On the derby: "The derby's a highlight, of course, but in the end it's only one match among many other important games during the season, though obviously we'll do all we can to bring the points back home to St. Pauli."

Photo: Witters

 

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