Koln

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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.

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

Season Review
2019/2020

№14: Koln

Koln managed to achieve their pre-season aim of extending their stay in the Bundesliga but it was a season of what could have been with the Billy Goats ending the campaign without a win in their last 10 games. Koln were expected to struggle at the lower end of the table and the first half of the campaign was a disastrous one as they picked up just eight points from their opening 14 games, losing 10 times in the process. Koln were lodged firmly in the bottom three of the league table when the club decided to sack Achim Beierlorzer and bring in Markus Gisdol as his replacement. While Gisdol also struggled in his opening three games, Koln quickly hit a rich vein of form, going on a run of eight wins from 10 games to emerge as serious challengers for a place in the top half when the season was interrupted due to corona virus outbreak. Koln struggled to replicate their form when the season resumed in May and were only able to pick up four points from their final nine games though they had done enough to ensure they were never really in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle despite a slump in form. Jhon Cordoba was arguably their best player over the course of the season and the attacker led the line admirably, ending the campaign as the top scorer with 13 goals. However it was Mark Uth's acquisition in January that was crucial for Koln's consistent run midway through the campaign as the attacker chipped in with crucial goals and assists. Koln will need to improve their options, especially in the midfield and on the left side of the defense where none of the players were able to impress and hold on to their place in the starting lineup, if they are to ensure another successful campaign next season


Player of the Season: Jhon Cordoba

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