In their final league match, against FC St. Pauli , the club won 1—0 at home through a 70th minute free-kick by Tobias Kempe. This was the second consecutive promotion for the team, led again by coach Schuster and captain Sulu.
On 8 March , long-term fan Jonathan Heimes died of cancer and posthumously, Darmstadt's stadium was renamed into "Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor" for the —17 season.
Darmstadt finished the —16 season in 14th position, mainly due to a positive away record. Coach Dirk Schuster announced his decision to join FC Augsburg , whereas Norbert Meier was appointed as head coach for the —17 season.
After being defeated in the second round of the —17 DFB Pokal and only scoring 8 points in 12 games, Maier was sacked on 5 December On 27 December , former Bundesliga player and Werder Bremen assistant manager Torsten Frings was presented as new head coach.
However, the team was incapable of securing the next season in the Bundesliga after a 0—1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 32nd matchday of the season, and was relegated to the 2.
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Cup [ edit ] Hesse Cup Winners: Looking at the game as whole, we had more of the game, more possession. There is a lot of competition for places this season.
Is that a good thing? We have two players for every position and everyone has the right to play. We have seen over the summer that there has been barely any dip in performance, regardless of who the opponent has been.
How do you deal with that pressure? I think there are many favourites in Bundesliga 2. Six or seven clubs have explicitly said that their goal is promotion, and the rest will be looking to bring them down to Earth.
We have to consider also that we have signed many players who are new to the league. The perception of Darmstadt has changed a little.
Coach Torsten Frings is confident that some teams will defend against you the way you did against teams in the top flight…. Yes, we need to be prepared for that happening quite often.
Darmstadt have been significantly more attacking since Frings took over [the former Germany midfielder succeeded Norbert Meier in December].
Has he continued with this philosophy? We also play shorter passes now and try to have a player open all the time so that a long ball is not the only option.
We have worked hard to improve upon this. Team spirit has been first and foremost. A tribute to Johnny Heimes, who sadly passed away in March after a brave battle against cancer.
Could this be an advantage? Yes, I think so. We also have players who simply ooze class. This could prove to be a big bonus. The mood in the squad seems to be extremely upbeat.