Life at the bottom of Bundesliga was less exciting. Karlsruher SC lost tough battle against 4 other teams – Fortuna Dusseldorf, 1.FC Kaiserslautern, 1. FC Saarbrucken, and VfL Bochum – and ended 16th, in the relegation zone.
Rot-Weiss (Essen) finished last – and no surprise either.
The bottom three were to be replaced in the next season by the winners of the two Second Bundesliga groups. The iconic FC Sankt Pauli (Hamburg) topped Nord group. Looked like Tennis Borussia was not going to be missed... In the South VfB Stuttgart finished first and returned to top flight, hopefully with lessons learned. The play-off between the second placed clubs promoted TSV 1860 Munchen. Another familiar name escaping purgatory. As a whole, the newcomers appeared to be stronger teams than the relegated. Well, by name only.