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St. Pauli's Bundesliga Return: Pirate Flag Flies High

St. Pauli clinched promotion to the Bundesliga after a 13-year hiatus with a commanding 3-1 victory over relegated Osnabrück in the second division.
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St. Pauli clinched promotion to the Bundesliga after a 13-year hiatus with a commanding 3-1 victory over relegated Osnabrück in the second division.

Oladapo Afolayan netted twice and assisted Marcel Hartel for St. Pauli's third goal, propelling them to the top of the league with an insurmountable six-point lead over third-placed , ahead of the round.

Following the conclusive win, jubilant St. Pauli supporters stormed the field at Millerntor Stadium, marking the return to the top flight in celebratory fashion.

Head coach Fabian Hürzeler expressed his elation, stating, "I'm so happy for the team, for the whole city. We've earned it," emphasizing the significance of hard work in their success.

The iconic pirate skull-and-crossbones emblem, synonymous with St. Pauli, traces its origins to the club's fan base, particularly the punk community. Adopted officially by the club in 2000, it symbolizes the team's identity and ethos.

St. Pauli's promotion marks their sixth ascent to the Bundesliga, with previous promotions in 1977, 1988, 1995, 2001, and 2010. The upcoming season will mark their ninth overall in Germany's top flight, setting a milestone as they surpass city rivals Hamburger SV.

Hamburger SV, a founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963, faced relegation in 2018 and will remain in the second division for another season after their recent loss to Paderborn.

With the top two teams securing automatic promotion, third-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf will enter a playoff against the Bundesliga's third-bottom team, currently Union Berlin, scheduled for May 23 and 27.

Meanwhile, Holstein Kiel secured their maiden Bundesliga promotion with a victory on Saturday, adding to the excitement of German 's upcoming season.

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