SV STUTTGARTER KICKERS (Stadion auf der Waldau)
I found myself in Germany for another round of games as the Bundesliga season drew to it's conclusion.
Kickers were founding members of Liga 3 back in 2008 but were relegated back to the Regionalliga after just one season. Tonight's opponents were lowly FC Memmingen, so this was as good a chance to stay on track for a return as they were ever going to get.
However, there is no accounting for what the pressure of a situation can do to a team and it's all about how you handle that pressure. Tonight was a case in point.
In front of a seasons best crowd of 5,400, it was an incredibly nervous performance from the Kickers and the game was settled by virtue of a scrappy goal after 15 minutes, Marco Grüttner netting the all important strike.
However, within 48 hours, they would indeed be crowned champions as Großaspach lost 3-2 to Hoffenheim II. I would imagine Paul's beer caravan (right) where I spent some valuable drinking time pre-match on Friday, would've been doing a roaring trade when that result came through!