Going into Friday’s match against Greuther Furth II, Bayern Munich II knew that they only needed one point out of their last two matches to guarantee their spot in the Regionalliga promotion playoffs. Kwasi Okyere Wriedt led the way for Bayern, as the big striker scored his 24th goal of the season to see Bayern to a 3-1 win.
With only one game left in the season, Bayern have an insurmountable nine point lead over VfB Eichstatt (They do have a game in hand, though.). With only next week’s game against Burghausen remaining on the schedule prior to the playoffs, coach Holger Seitz can start planning for their opponents.
The promotion system from the five Regionalliga divisions into 3.Liga has been complicated for years, and the new system in place is no better and arguably worse.
Previously, the champions of the Nord, Nordost, West, Sudwest, and Bayern divisions along with the second place finisher from the Sudwest were randomly drawn against each other to determine which teams would face each other. They would then play two matches against each other to determine who would get promotion to the 3.Liga.
This season, however, saw the champions of the Nordost and Sudwest promoted directly into the 3.Liga. Then, a draw would occur to determine which of the other three champions would be promoted directly — The West division champion will also be directly. The two remaining teams (Nord and Bayern) would then take the field at the end of the season in the promotion playoffs.
We may learn Bayern’s opponent in the playoffs as early as this weekend. Following Lubeck’s draw against Weiche Flensburg, Wolfsburg II could seal their spot in the playoffs with a win this weekend against Germania Egestorf-Langreder.