The rest of the low but safe group should have been made of clubs like Werder, but it was not so – only Bochum normally dwelt in the lower part of the league. They finished 14th. Borussia (Dortmund) ended 11th with two points more than Bochum and Werder – 33. Borussia was lowly during the 1970s and akin to Bochum and Werder, if not worse, for the best they hoped for was actually stabilizing themselves in the Bundesliga – relegation was not a mere threat quite recently.
The rest of the group was different. Schalke 04 finished 10th, with 3 points more than the 15th.
Above them, 9th, thanks to better goal-difference, finished Hamburger SV.