From Kiel to Europe!
Cologne have a match point against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (15:30) and can at least make the Conference League clear with a point. But the goal is: to keep winning, to secure the Europa League. And maybe attack even higher. It is difficult to say what is suddenly possible after Leipzig’s failure in Gladbach …
The madness of the Euro at FC is above all the madness of Baumgart!
An insane table shows how coach Steffen Baumgart (50) took Köln from last place to a European spot in a year. In particular: FC made the biggest leap of all the teams in the league, moving from 16th to 6th place! Makes a proud 10 seats! No other top flight club has improved so much (see table).
► End of May 2021: Cologne slightly misses the relegation. With place 16 he goes into relegation against Kiel. They lost 0-1 in the first leg at home, but then won 5-1 in the second division. Disaster has just been averted.
Then Baumgart came and kissed Cologne while awake!
While the hosts were still battling relegation before the season started, the new manager made it clear: there’s more!
“I want to be in the top 12 teams. I can’t say if we need 40 or 38 points for that. We definitely want to go up. And you make people proud,” he said before the first game in plain language.
► May 2023: Baumgart and his team are in 6th place, with 52 points, they have the best haul of any FC manager since former pawman Christoph Daum (68) in his 1989/90 second season (17 wins / 9) draws at the time). And he continues to attack because even the Champions League is still possible!
From Kiel to Europe …