It happened, Hamburg were relegated.
There were tears, both on and off the pitch, and some fans threw flares down to the grass which forced the match against Borussia Monchengladbach to be paused for a while, but others in the stadium made their displeasure with the bad behaviour clear.
Hamburg actually beat Gladbach, yet it wasn’t enough and they’ve now suffered the first relegation in their history. Lots of German media outlets have post-mortems, and Pierre-Michel Lasogga is a part of some.
That’s mainly because HSV investor Klaus-Michael Kuhne called him the ‘flop of the century’ as the season was starting and Lasogga had just arrived at Leeds United.
At one point towards the beginning of the year, Lasogga had scored more goals for on loan for Leeds in 2018 than Hamburg had in total, and there was talk of widespread interest. Augsburger Allgemeine say the striker ‘probably’ won’t return to his German parent club, but that presents the question of where he’ll go.
It doesn’t appear Leeds United will sign him permanently, especially given the Jerry Mbakogu situation, and there’s no concrete looking moves elsewhere yet.
There have been repeated German claims of English interest in Lasogga, both Premier League and Championship, but there’s been no clubs named and that’s gone somewhat quiet.
Lasogga at one point looked like he was set to become a Leeds cult hero, but the goals dried up, as did the appearances, and overall it’s been a mixed period. Ten Championship goals isn’t a bad return, especially against minutes played, and there should be some interest somewhere.