Back from European encounters and into the league routine. So far, 1. FC Köln has been coping brilliantly with both competitions. After their great last season, Steffen Baumgart's team has also made a remarkable start to the new season. Our LOOK AT #BOCKKOE

THE TEAM

A strong season crowned by qualification for European football. The "Effzeh" from Cologne caused a stir in the 2021/22 season. Steffen Baumgart breathed new life into the team and transported the power and passion he himself is known for into his team. The difficult second year - we know it - was nevertheless at the back of their minds, especially in view of the two competitions and the loss of top scorer Anthony Modeste and midfield dynamo Salih Özcan. It might have looked that way for a moment after the first-round exit in the cup (4-3 defeat on penalties in Regensburg), but the "billy goats" quickly got their act together. Cologne remained undefeated in their first five Bundesliga games, winning points in Leipzig and Frankfurt, recording victories in Wolfsburg and against Schalke. It was only on the latest match day that they were beaten by top team Union Berlin - no big deal. Especially since they recently got back on track in the Conference League with a 4-2 win over Slovacko. Five new additions (Adamyan, Martel, Pedersen, Maina, Soldo) were in the starting eleven, followed later on by Tigges. The new players have integrated well at the Geißbockheim. Baumgart will have to do without the injured Uth, Andersson, Chabot and Olesen this weekend with Kilian and Duda suspended.

THE HEAD COACH

Steffen Baumgart took over at 1. FC Köln in July 2021. Before that, he was head coach of SC Paderborn for four years. With SC Paderborn, he won the Westphalia Cup twice right at the beginning. Before his time as a coach, the 50-year-old was a professional footballer himself, but in 2009 he announced the end of his career. Among others, he played for Hansa Rostock, VfL Wolfsburg, Union Berlin and 1. FC Magdeburg.

After finishing his professional career, he joined Germania Schöneiche as assistant coach. Only a short time later, he moved to 1. FC Magdeburg and became head coach for the first time. Steffen Baumgart identifies with 1. FC Köln and its fans: "We know about the emotions that connect this club and this city."

THE RECORD

VfL and 1. FC Köln have already met 85 times in many different competitions from the Oberliga West to the DFB Cup and the Bundesliga. So far, the Red and Whites have had the better of the 85 encounters: Cologne won 49 games against VfL's 17 wins. In 19 games, both teams shared the points. In the 2003/04 season in the top flight, the Blue and Whites recorded their highest ever win against the "billy goats", a 4-0 home victory anne Castroper with "helicopter" Vahid Hashemian and Miroslav Stević scoring.

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