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2019/2020

Koln

In


Julian Krahl(gk) (Free); Sebastiaan Bornauw(def) (Anderlecht); Ellyes Skhiri(mid) (Montpellier); Birger Verstraete(mid) (Gent); Kingsley Ehizibue(def) (PEC Zwolle); Kingsley Schindler(mid) (Free);

Out


Serhou Guirassy(att) (Amiens); Tim Handwerker(def) (Nurnberg); Chris Fuhrich(mid) (Released); Johannes Geis(sp)(mid) (Released); Joao Queiros(def) (Willem II - Loan); Tomas Ostrak(mid) (Hartberg - Loan); Jan-Christoph Bartels(gk) (Wehen Wiesbaden - Loan); Matthias Lehmann(r)(mid) (Retired);

Koln enjoyed an immediate return to the Bundesliga, claiming promotion after finishing at the top of 2.Bundesliga last season though they had to deal with off the field issues that culminated in Markus Anfang being sacked with the title all but in their grasp. Jahn Regensburg coach Achim Beierlorzer takes over from interim coach Andre Pawlak ahead of the start of the Bundesliga campaign. Koln have been fairly active in the transfer window over the summer, largely focusing on improving on their defensive side of the lineup. Ellyes Skhiri and Birger Verstraete have been brought in from Montpellier and Gent respectively to provide screening to their backline from the midfield. Sebastiaan Bornauw has been their biggest outlay, arriving from Anderlecht, and the 20-year old is expected to be the first choice in the center of the defense while Kingsley Ehizibue is also expected to start at rightback. Kingsley Schindler and Julian Krahl have been signed on free transfers but are only expected to improve the depth. There have been very few departures though with Serhou Guirassy being the biggest name to leave after his loan to Amiens was converted into a permanent move. Chris Fuhrich and Johannes Geis have been let go on free transfers but the squad is still bloated and Koln will be actively looking to trim their numbers before the transfer window shuts down. Anfang did enjoy success with Koln in the Bundesliga but seemingly lost the trust of not just the board but also the fans as the campaign neared the end. Beierlorzer meanwhile is an unknown quantity in the Bundesliga, though he was an assistant under Ralf Rangnick at RB Leipzig when they gained promotion in the 2015-16 season. He has the benefit of a squad filled with top flight experience though and, with Koln having looked to improve on some of their weaknesses, they have the best chance among the three promoted teams to beat the drop come the end of the campaign.

Target


Safety from relegation will be the main aim for Koln who do have a squad that can manage to do so

Season Review
2017/2018

№18: Koln

Köln’s current four year stay in the Bundesliga came to an end as they were relegated in last place with the lowest points total in the league since 2013. There were few signs of the impending disaster that was to unfold on the banks of the Rhine this season as Peter Stöger’s side prepared to take on the Europa League as well as their domestic competitions. But quickly the season disintegrated, and the team would not pick up a win until Stöger was sacked shortly before Christmas. By then the damage had been done and Stefan Ruthenbeck was not able to save his team from relegation. Köln were fired to fifth in the league last season thanks to goals from French striker Anthony Modeste who scored 25 of their 51 goals. After he left at the end of last season, Köln struggled badly, and the team only managed 5 goals in the opening 10 rounds of the season. But a first league win against Wolfsburg in the final round before Christmas proved to be somewhat of a turning point. After the turn of the year, wins against Gladbach and HSV suggested the team really had turned the corner. The most notable result of the season followed soon after as they beat last season’s runners up, Leipzig. Indeed Köln’s results in the second half of the season were better than two other relegation rivals, so Ruthenbeck may have saved the team with more time. In a campaign as disappointing as this, few players came out with much credit. No player scored more than 5 goals and there was no player who kept consistency over long periods of time. Winger Leonardo Bittencourt did do well once he was fully fit after Christmas. He has already secured a move to fellow Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Simon Terodde also showed some promise after he was signed in January, scoring 5 goals. The big question for Köln heading into next season will be who sticks around to help them fight back to the top division. If they can keep a solid core squad, they have a chance, especially with former Holstein Kiel manager Markus Anfang at the helm.


Player of the Season: Leonardo Bittencourt

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