Lewis Holtby and Johan Djourou briefly help Hamburg preserve historic Bundesliga record

Hamburg SV climbed out of the direct relegation zone on the final day of the season.

Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby helped Hamburg to a last-day 2-0 victory over Schalke 04, momentarily preserving their Bundesliga status.

Hamburg – commonly known as the German Dinosaurs – were founded in 1987 and were one of the founder members of the Bundesliga’s reformation in 1963.

Since that day, they are the only top-flight club in Germany to have played every single season in the top-flight, never facing relegation unlike both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Yet, that record was in stark danger before the weekend as Hamburg have endured a dire season, heading into the final game of the season in 17th position – a direct relegation spot.

As many as six clubs were all still in danger of going down, but in a crazy turn of events three of the relegation candidates managed to pull off a victory ,which had huge implications at the bottom.

Hamburg’s 2-0 win over Schalke lifted them above Freiburg but only into 16th – the final relegation play-off spot where they will go on to face the team which finishes third in the Bundesliga II.

Djourou and Holtby found themselves surplus to requirements at the Gunners and Spurs respectively, but at the Imtech Arena they’ve played a combined 4,393 minutes worth of Bundesliga action this season.

Having already contributed to a Bundesliga all-time record of 2,500 goals conceded, the former North London duo will be hoping to preserve another record in the coming weeks, but for all of the right reasons.

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