In Profile: FC Augsburg

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Find out more about German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg, as Southampton prepare to face them in their first of two pre-season outings at St Mary's.

WHERE DO THEY PLAY?

The WWK Arena has been FC Augsburg’s home since July 2009, when it replaced their former stadium Rosenaustadion.

As well as hosting Bundelisga fixtures, the 30,660 capacity stadium also played host to the 2010 FIFA under-20 Women’s World Cup and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?

FC Augsburg finished 13th in Bundesliga last season after they masterminded a four-game unbeaten streak from their last four fixtures to pull away from relegation danger.

WHO IS THEIR MANAGER?

Manager Manuel Baum took over from Dirk Schuster in December 2016, going on to keep the side in the Bundesliga.

Formerly the club’s youth coach, Baum was initially put in interim charge where he claimed a win and a draw from his two games.

A former teacher, the 37-year-old was appointed the academy head coach in 2014 and his plans to just take a three-year break from the classroom have been firmly shelved.

After Julian Nagelsmann’s success with Hoffenheim at the age of just 29, managers like Baum will be hoping to follow suit in a league where the manager’s average age is a mere 42.

WHO ARE THE PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR?

Halil Altintop was last season’s top goalsorer with six, but he has now departed for Slavia Prague.

The Bavarian club have bolstered their ranks with the signing of Michael Gregoritsch from Hamburg and Venezuela under-20 international Sergio Cordova, who scored four goals at the under-20 World Cup for the finalists.

Midfielder Rani Khedira, the younger brother of World Cup winner Sami, has also signed from RB Leipzig on a free transfer as Manuel Baum’s men look to establish themselves in the top-flight.

DID YOU KNOW?


FC Augsburg finished fifth in the 2014/15 Bundesliga, which was their best ever finish. That earned them a placed in the UEFA Europa League where they reached the knockout stages before going out to Liverpool.

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