On a weekend made miserable for Celtic supporters by Rangers finally confirming the inevitable and winning the Scottish Premier League, the two favourite European teams  of Celtic supporters  did their bit to provide some cheer and consolation to broken hearted Tims across the world.

Almost there. St Pauli celebrate

Last week GGW editor Sandy Jamieson had suggested that St Pauli players were maybe being affected by nerves as they came close to the automatic promotion finishing line as evidenced by their dismal 2-1 away defeat to Union in Berlin. On Friday night the players, who had vigorously denied all allegations of nerves, gave the perfect riposte. They slammed 6 goals past hapless Koblenz to ensure a comfortable victory.  They even were able to miss a penalty early on before confirming their superiority with two quick goals just before half-time.

The St Pauli scorers were Charle s Takyi with 2, Deniz Naki, Marius Ebbers, substitute forward Hennings and finally  Matias Lehmann making amends for his earlier penalty miss with a successful conversion of a second in the 75th minute. At 6-0 up they relaxed and allowed already relegated Koblenz to steal a consolation goal.

Star man Takyi in action

Star man of the match was Charles Takyi. In interviews with the local press after the game he was ecstatic, saying the team had not yet given up on overtaking Kaiserlautern for the title and were definitely steaming full tilt ahead for the automatic second promotion place. He was aware that the odds of them at least getting the third play-off spot for promotion were now over 99%, but he made it clear the team expected to clinch promotion the easier automatic way.

My German is not very good and in checking out the interviews which of course took place in German I encountered a nautical rather than football reference. All season there has been doubt about Takyi’s exact position in the team as he has flitted between attacking midfielder and second support forward to lone striker Marius Ebbers. What he said in German in his interview was “I link up best with Ebbers, playing just behind him.” What the automatic translation machinery gave him as saying in English was “I am in perfect harmony with the low tide”. But anyway, his performance was an exercise in perfect harmony and the Ebb tide flowed in St Pauli’s favour. When Augsburg then only drew away to relegation threatened Frankfurt, those two results meant St Pauli ended the 32nd Round three points ahead and with a superior goal difference of 14 goals more. So one more win in their last two games will seal their place in the Bundesliga even if Augsburg win their last two games. What a perfect way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this unique club. Celtic fans going to Hamburg for the Centenary match against the Bhoys in Brown on May 18th should find the now almost inevitable promotion party will still likely be in full flow. GGW is getting more desperate for some prospective traveller to agree to report on these Centenary celebrations for GGW. Don’t be shy, please volunteer so those of us unable to go will get a full and pictorial account of what should be one of the parties of the Century.

The next post will reveal why Villarreal are sleeping deeper in Europe after a weekend when they closed the gap on the Champions League slot with a 2-1 away win over Racing Santander