Few fans have enjoyed and endured more drama in the last five years than Paderborn’s faithful. Three promotions, five head coaches and three relegations — two real and one avoided — in that time have made for quite the rollercoaster ride. And 729 days after facing life in the fourth division, Paderborn is back in the Bundesliga big time.
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This year’s promotion came despite a final day defeat to Dynamo Dresden. Fellow promotion hopefuls Union Berlin needed a win to take the second spot off Paderborn, but they lost in Bochum and will play Stuttgart in the promotion playoff spot.
A great home record has been the base for Paderborn’s return to the Bundesliga (10 wins, six draws and just one defeat), as well as being on the right side of some wild results. A 5-3 win over second division champions Cologne, two wins with six goals scored and two 4-4 draws is the reason Paderborn perhaps best embodies one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world.
Paderborn first earned promotion to the Bundesliga in the 2013/2014 season but were relegated the following season, and then again to the 3. Liga the season after.
Jamilu Collins was ever present in all of Paderborn ‘ s 34 Bundesliga B games in the 2018/2019 season but failed to find the back of the net. The 24-year-old is in Nigeria’s 25-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.