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Ground: Häcker Wiehenstadion

Visits: 1

Date: 31st July 2022

Match: Rödinghausen - Hoffenhein  0-2 After extra time, 0-0 at full time (DFB-Pokal)

Attendance: 1 606

On Saturday afternoon I watched football in Berlin. With no games near Berlin for me on Sunday I traveled to Hannover on Saturday evening. Staying in Hannover it was much easier for me ro reach Rödinghausen, where I would visit Häcker Wiehenstadion for Rödinghausen v Hoffenheim in the DFB-Pokal. From Hannover I went by regional train to Bünde where I changed for a train bringing me to Bieren-Rödinghausen. That train is only once an hour but I made the connection without any problems. From the station it was then, mostly uphill, 20-25 minutes by foot to the ground. SV Rödinghausen was founded in 1970 after local clubs Vfr Bieren and Grün-Weiss Schwenningdorf merged and formed the new club. The club is heavily sponsored by local kitchen maker Häcker and in 2010 the company funded the new ground, Häcker Wiehenstadion. The ground has an all-seated main stand with around 1,500 seats. On the far side there is an open terrace for away fans but this stand is only used for bigger games. Between 2010 and 2016 the club has been promoted several times and since 2016 Rödinghasuen has played in Regionalliga West.

Tickets for Rödinghausen v Hoffenheim went on general sale 18.00 on Monday and after only a few minutes they were snapped up. I managed to get hold of one though but plenty of locals vented their frustration on social media. On the other hand Rödinghausen only had 400 fans at their opening league game last Saturday and their local fans surely got a ticket for the cup game. The turnstiles opened at 14.00 (KO 15.30) and as I entered I quickly got something to eat and drink. I liked the interior of the main stand, plenty of space and several places to order food and drinks. For a club like Rödinghausen it must really serve its purpose. The rightmost section of the main stand is for away fans but when there are bigger away followings, like today, the open terrace on the far side is used as well. The official attendance was 1,606 and around 300 of those were from Hoffenheim.

In the 1st half Rödinghausen had two great chances to score. In one of those attempts the striker actually managed to injure himself and he had to be substituted. 0-0 at half-time and although Hoffenheim had a few chances in the 2nd half they couldn't find the back of the net and at full time it was 0-0. That meant 2x15 minutes of extra-time and maybe even penalties. In extra-time it was Hoffenheim who dominated and in the 115th minute they finally scored, 0-1. Two minutes later Rödinghausen equalized but it was ruled out for offside. In the 119th minute Hoffenheim scored again to win 2-0. I wasn't impressed though and improvements are needed if they want to have a successful season in the Bundesliga. At 20.15 I was back in Hannover and tomorrow I finish off the tour with a visit to Chemnitz.


A rural ground


Rear of the North Stand


Rear of the North Stand


Club badge


Hoffenheim fans eager to enter the away end




East End


South Stand


West End


North Stand


Nearby fields


Interior of the North Stand




View of play


Hoffenheim fans


Hoffenheim fans


Hoffenheim fans


View of play


North Stand




Preparing for extra-time