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FC St. Pauli fans invade pitch after promotion to Bundesliga

FC St. Pauli have been promoted to the Bundesliga following a home win against Vfl Osnabruck at Millerntor Stadion. Fans of the German club poured onto the pitch after the game to celebrate the club’s long-awaited return to the top division.

St. Pauli promoted to the Bundesliga

St. Pauli have been out of the Bundesliga since 2011, but they know that a point at their home ground would secure promotion. Fabian Hürzeler’s side dominated the match against Osnabruck, winning the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Dapo Afolayan and Marcel Hartel. The victory moved ‘Kiezkicker’ a point clear of Holsten Kiel at the top of the league. Hürzeler’s team have only lost five matches this season, winning 19 and drawing nine.

FC St. Pauli fans invade pitch
FC St. Pauli's last Bundesliga campaign was back in 2010/11 – Photo by Icon sport

Holsten Kiel will join St. Pauli in the Bundesliga next season, following their automatic promotion which they secured on Saturday. The 2024/25 campaign will be St. Pauli’s ninth season in the top flight of German football.

St. Pauli fans invade pitch at full-time whistle

The Athletic posted a video recorded by European Football journalist Seb Stafford-Bloor with the caption, “St. Pauli have been promoted back to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2011 after beating Vfl Osnabruck at Millerntor Stadion.” The video shows the St. Pauli fans run onto the pitch as soon as the final whistle is blown and surround the players while lighting red and white pyros in celebration.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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