Team Review: SC Paderborn 07 in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 22, 2014
SC Paderborn 07 in the 2013-14 Season

2. Bundesliga Finish: Second

Match Results: W18-D8-L8

(Featured image: SC Paderborn 07 | Source: bundesliga.com)

 

Sports betting sites have listed SC Paderborn 07 as among the frontrunners to dominate the 2. Bundesliga following impressive results in the second half of the season. While they may have not been able to bring home the silverware, they were guaranteed of an explosive season résumé after they achieved the second largest score amongst all league participants. They have successfully ended their second-tier campaign with 62 points under their belt, giving them the ticket to play in Bundesliga this coming season for the very first time in their history.

 

Paderborn opened their campaign for the season with two back-to-back downfalls from Kaiserslautern 0-1 and Energie Cottbus 4-0. They were among the lowest-ranking sides in the league but they have immediately picked up in their subsequent fixtures where they were rendered them victorious against the likes of 1860 Munchen, Karlsruher, and most notably, Fortuna Dusseldorf.

 

Andre Breitenreiter’s side also produced some of the league’s top players. Turkish international Mahir Saglik emerged as the overall best player, along with Erzgebirge Aue’s Jakub Sylvestr, with 15 goals scored. Midfielder Alban Meha also made it to the top 10 with a dozen goals he scored from the entire season. Meanwhile, Mario Vrančić came out as the side’s top assister with eight passes.

 

Being the only team to debut in Bundesliga next season, Paderborn could either be branded as dark horses or the underdogs. They have less pressure to deal with than their rivals due to lower expectations but they also need to keep up with the league’s hectic pace and energy for them to remain in the competition and avoid castigation from the much larger clubs such as Borrusia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and defending champions Bayern Munich. A top 15 finish by the season’s conclusion would be decent enough.