Germany’s most intriguing derby is back – in the second division

Matches between HSV and St Pauli are rare but, with both sides now in the second tier, the Hamburg derby has been reignited

A film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The Hamburg derby is a clash of cultures. On the west of the city sit Hamburger SV, one of the most storied, important and recognised clubs in German football. Their nickname, Der Dino, suggests how long in the tooth they are. In their illustrious history, HSV have won six Bundesliga titles, three German Cups, one European Cup and one Cup Winners’ Cup. Simply put, they are giants of German football.

HSV’s place in the Bundesliga was so permanent that they installed a clock in their ground to show off how long they had been in the top flight – down to the last second. That clock has now stopped. Having been ever-present in the Bundesliga since its inception in 1963, the club were finally relegated to the second division this year.

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