FC Augsburg, known more formally as Fussball-Club Augsburg 1907, is a well-regarded football side playing regularly in Germany’s top tier, the Bundesliga.
Most of Augsburg’s history has seen them bounce and around the second and third tiers in Germany. However, they reached a low of the fourth tier twenty or so years ago. In recent times, the team has been flying, reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League in 2016.
Founded as Fussball-Klub Amenania Augsburg back in 1907. However, the club was known as BC Augsburg from 1921 to 1969 and then under their current title ever since.
Back in time, the town of Augsburg had several clubs with the long-discussed merger between the biggest two, BC Augsburg and TSV Schwaben, eventually taking place. The ball was set rolling in 1964 and many were against the marriage. However, eventually, with the clubs struggling on their own, the new FC Augsburg was created in April 1969.
Schwaben had been run as a sports club with those involved all in favour of the merger. All that is except those in charge of the football element. Unfortunately, their initial, reluctance appears to have derived from the fact that Schwaben saw themselves as upper-class, while BCA was seen as a working-class football club.
Eventually, they did form the new club, however, at first spending the majority of its time in the second and third tiers of Germany football including the:
- 2.Bundesliga and
A successful Augsburg side emerged in 1974 although they were quickly relegated out of the top flight, with the rest of the ’70s featuring managerial changes and low finishes.
The club dipped to the Bayernliga between 1983 and 1994, were in the Regionalliga from 1994 to 2000 and began a serious charge up the leagues between 2000 and 2011. These days the club is fairly settled and managed to move into a new stadium in 2009, putting the club on a solid footing with top-level Bundesliga success and European football very probably not too far away.
FC Augsburg’s Home Stadium
Officially the Augsburg Arena, the club’s home stadium is known for sponsorship reasons as the WWK Arena.
Used primarily by the club but also for other sports and events, the Arena sits just four miles from the centre of Augsburg and 40 from Munich.
The stadium these days has an admirable capacity of over 30,000, 19,000 being seated while there is still standing room for more than 11,000 which helps the match atmosphere no end.
Should FC Augsburg be successful enough, a new phase of building work is planned for the WWK which could take the capacity right up to 49,000 in the near future.
Opened in 2009, the WWK Arena replaced the Rosenaustadion as the home of FC Augsburg at a cost of some €49million.
Famous Augsburg Players and Managers
Augsburg has attracted a number of notable players over the years, many going on to play international football.
Some of the best the club have handled include:
- Halil Altintop,
- Raul Bobadilla,
- Marcel de Jong,
- Peter Hlinka,
- Arkadiusz Milik,
- Andreas Ottl,
- Lorenzo Davids,
- Kees Kwakman,
- Gibril Sankoh,
- Jonas De Roeck,
- Axel Lawaree,
- Ibrahima Traore,
- Yousseff El Akchaoui,
- Alex Manninger,
- Paul Verhaegh,
- Ragnar Klavan,
- Koo Ja-cheol and
- Raphael Holzhauser.
Most recently the side has been managed by Heiko Herrlich, Martin Schmidt and Manuel Baum. While famous coaches of the past here include Armin Veh who had two spells in charge. As well as Gino Lettieri, Ernst Meddendorp and Jos Luhukay.
Over the years, Augsburg has spent plenty of time in the Bayernliga which is at the top of the amateur football pyramid and no bigger than the second level of league football in Bavaria. There though, they did win the Bayernliga five time in 1973, 1980, 1982, 1994 and 2002.
Since then the club has been a little more successful and managed to win the Regionalliga Sud twice (1974, 2006) while they were also impressively runners-up in the 2. Bundesliga in 2011 which earned them promotion to the top level of German football.
Cup success for FC Augsburg has also come at lower levels. The Schwaben Cup, open to those playing at levels 3-5 in the German football system, has been taken by Augsburg on 13 occasions between 1969 and 2005.
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