Hamburg break dubious Bundesliga record in goalscoring futility

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With Hamburg trailing Eintracht Frankfurt at halftime 1-0, the recently troubled club has broken the Bundesliga record for most minutes to start a season without a goal.

The previous record was 474 minutes, held by VfL Bochum in the 1979/80 season. Oddly enough, Hamburg won the league title that year, and Bochum ended up midtable with 32 points in 34 matches.

UPDATE: Nicolai Müller scored in the 58th minute to break the streak at 508 minutes and equalize at 1-1. In typical Hamburg fashion, they lost in stoppage time on this peach of a free kick by a Chelsea loanee.

The goal means HSV are officially the last club in any of Europe’s big five leagues to score.

Julian Green is on loan with the club, although he was not in the squad for today’s match with Frankfurt due to a rib injury. Premier League fans will recognize a few names with HSV, including Lewis Holtby and Johan Djourou.

Holtby was sent on loan to Hamburg from parent club Tottenham, just days before manager Mirko Slomka was fired.  It’s the second time that has happened to the 24-year-old attacker, who went on loan last season to Fulham just before manager Rene Meulensteen was fired. Meulensteen was replaced by Felix Magath, whom Holtby had a strained relationship with.

Djourou is a former Arsenal defender, and is part of a defense that has allowed just seven goals so far this season.

Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to do a thing up front, and therefore have laid claim to a record they won’t want.  The club also brought in Hertha striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga – who is goalless in seven appearances – Mainz winger Nicolai Müller, and Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami this summer, but none have made an impact at the front.

The club narrowly avoided relegation last year in a one-game playoff, but things appear to be dire for them on their second life.