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1. FC Köln: Insane table: The numbers on the madness of Steffen Baumgart – Bundesliga

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).


Cologne have made the biggest leap this season compared to 2020/21

Cologne have made the biggest leap this season compared to 2020/21Photo: BILD

► 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.


FC Wolfsburg's opponent (Saturday, 15:30) is the biggest underdog in the BILD standings

FC Wolfsburg’s opponent (Saturday, 15:30) is the biggest underdog in the BILD standingsPhoto: BILD

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 …

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