Last season, when Augsburg first returned to the Bundesliga they were a favorite to go straight back down. They didn’t, in part thanks to Koo Ja-Cheol’s winter arrival from Wolfsburg. This season, once again, many thought they would be relegated, and for a while it looked like they would. Koo wasn’t as influential this season due to a series of injuries, but his friend, Ji Dong-Won would prove to be influential in their survival. Ji arrived in similar circumstances as Koo had the year before, on-loan from a different team during the winter market. Neither Koo nor Ji are owned by Augsburg, but should the funds be available, one would imagine Augsburg would look to keep one or both of them. Augsburg defeated Gruether Furth 3-1 yesterday to overtake Fortuna Dusseldorf (who lost to Hannover 96 3-0) on the final day of the Bundesliga calendar. Congratulations to Augsburg, Ji Dong-Won, and Koo Ja-Cheol on a successful season.
Tavern note: Ji added the 3rd and final insurance goal that sealed it up for Augsburg in their grand escape from relegation. Much like his other 4 goals for the bavarian team, this one had a tremendous amount of style. Take a look – and was that his parents he high fived right after the goal?
Koo Ja-Cheol joined in the party, subbing in the 77th minute. Park Jung-Bin started for Greuther Furth and subbed out in the 43rd minute. Last note, as far as nail biting is concerned, Augsburg supporters had every reason to be nervous as their side had a few chances late in the season to escape relegation -but never was able to take that advantage. For this last final game of the season, the win brought them out of the drop zone —for the first time all season.