Interesting guests and old acquaintances could be seen in the main stand early on Sunday evening at the third division soccer game of TSV 1860 Munich: the former Löwen stadium announcer Stefan Schneider, for example, or the former coach Michael Köllner, who will be the trainer of FC Ingolstadt in two weeks can once again be seen on the sidelines of the stadium on Grünwalder Straße – some fans were happy to take a selfie with the man from Upper Palatinate. Hans Sitzberger, in whom the board of directors of 1860 Munich had withdrawn their trust shortly before the weekend, sat down initially unobserved. The longtime patron's term as vice president may be coming to an end. The events surrounding Sitzberger in the past few days had a lasting impact on the mood at the game against SV Sandhausen, and in this regard a new, even deeper low seems to have been reached. After all, the Lions fought for a 1:1 (0:1) draw against the top team of SV Sandhausen.
It would probably take the length of a football game to explain the mudslinging that ensued after the trust was withdrawn. Like one or two trainers or managing directors, Sitzberger has found himself caught between the fronts of the long-standing shareholder dispute. The 70-year-old Sitzberger is extremely popular with many fans and members, but a reaction in the west curve was negative for him: Sitzberger had “suddenly” declared his support for “HAM,” it said on a banner (34th), i.e. for investor side; with the addition: “Whoever builds bridges towards enemies has ruined his own monument.” In the main stand, there was a different opinion: At the beginning of halftime, a spectator held up a piece of cardboard that said “Thank you Hans Sitzberger” and on the other side “Board of Directors out!” was standing. When Sitzberger thanked him, he was hugged and received applause. Then a few dozen spectators turned against the current president and shouted “Reisinger out.” Because of all the events, sport took a back seat even in the stadium.
It is quite possible that because of the ongoing trouble, more seats remained empty for the first time than at a home game in the 1960s for a long time. In any case, the mood in the stadium remained suitably dull for a long time, and the currently mandatory DFB mood boycott in the first twelve minutes of the game did the rest. The team of new coach Argirios Giannikis had three good chances in the first four minutes of the game, more than in the boring 1-1 draw in Lübeck on Tuesday evening.
After the shots from Fynn Lakenmacher, Marlon Frey and the header from captain Jesper Verlaat, there was a different rhythm when it came to scoring. The guests from SV Sandhausen showed their notorious efficiency: an unchallenged cross from the right side was headed into the goal by starting eleven Richard Meier, also completely unmarked (20th).
Kwadwo heads in to make it 1-1 – in the final phase it's all about football again
There was no response from the sixties for a long time. Only after a good hour was there another notable goal, shortly after a triple substitution: Schröter scored with a shot, but was called back for offside; Afterwards, substitutes Mansour Ouro-Togba and Julian Guttau missed great chances (63rd, 64th). Now there was a mood in the stands again, and the Munich team's pressure was finally rewarded: Leroy Kwadwo quite happily headed in to make it 1-1 (67th), and after celebrating the goal, everyone suddenly shouted together again “Once a lion, always a lion. ” In the final phase it was all about football again, because the team engaged in an open, exciting exchange of blows, but without forcing any major chances again.
By the way, Sitzberger's name was also heard eight times over the stadium loudspeakers. His company AHD is still a sponsor and always presents the yellow cards. While sometimes many sixty fans in the stands would rather show each other the red card.