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FC Ingolstadt 04

FC Ingolstadt
Full name Fußball-Club Ingolstadt 04 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Schanzer
Founded 2004
Ground Audi Sportpark
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Peter Jackwerth
Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl
League Bundesliga
2014–15 2. Bundesliga, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
33px Current season

Fußball-Club Ingolstadt 04 e.V., commonly known as simply FC Ingolstadt 04, is a German football club based in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. The club was founded in 2004 out of the merger of the football sides of two other clubs: ESV Ingolstadt and MTV Ingolstadt.


ESV Ingolstadt

Main article: ESV Ingolstadt
ESV Ingolstadt (Eisenbahner-Sportverein Ingolstadt-Ringsee e.V.) was founded in 1919 as FC Viktoria. Two years later the football players of Turnverein 1861 Ingolstadt joined the club to form VfR Ingolstadt. A number of other clubs from the Ringsee district fused with this club, but to little effect. The club's achievement amounted to not more than a couple of seasons spent in the Gauliga Bayern in 1936–38. After World War II, the club was re-constituted as VfR Ingolstadt, changed its name to Erster Sportverein Ingolstadt (First Sports Club Ingolstadt) in 1951 and then changed it again to its current form in 1953 when "E" came to stand for Eisenbahner to reflect its affiliation with the railway.

ESV Ingolstadt joined the Regionalliga Süd (II) in 1963 when the Bundesliga – Germany's professional football league – was formed. After bouncing between tiers II and III, capped with two seasons spent in 2nd Bundesliga Süd from 1979–81, the club began a descent through tier III to Landesliga Bayern-Süd (IV), last playing in 1993–94. The sports club itself carried on until it went bankrupt in the summer of 2004 and those football players there were left to join FC Ingolstadt 04. ESV continues to operate today offering a number of other sports activities while acknowledging FC 04 on its website.

MTV Ingolstadt

Main article: MTV Ingolstadt

MTV Ingolstadt ( Männer-Turn-Verein von 1881 Ingolstadt) is the city's largest sportsclub with 3,400 members and has an on-and-off relationship with its football side. The club was founded in 1881 and took up football in 1905. The footballers set up a separate club in 1924, but returned to the fold in 1933 at the direction of sports authorities in the Third Reich. After World War II occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sporting associations. The club was re-founded as Städtischer SV Ingolstadt 1881. Their original name was restored in 1948.

MTV spent two seasons in 2. Bundesliga Süd after Amateurliga Bayern champion 1. FC Haßfurt declined promotion in 1978. When ESV faced bankruptcy in 2004, MTV allowed its footballers to leave to help form FC Ingolstadt.


In 2004–05, newly formed FC Ingolstadt began play in the Oberliga Bayern (IV) and managed to finish second in their first season. Their success continued in 2005–06 when they captured the divisional title and won promotion. They finished their debut Regionalliga Süd (III) campaign 2006–07 with a fifth place result. League restructuring was planned for the 2008–09 season with the introduction of a national 3rd division and FC would have to finish their 2007–08 Regionalliga season in the top 10 to qualify. They exceeded that goal by finishing second and advancing to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga.

Ingolstadt won its debut second division match, but the following months proved less successful for the club and by the mid-winter break they had dropped to 12th place. The latter half of the season proved even worse with the club only realizing 1 win in 18 matches. They finished the season in 17th place and were subsequently relegated to the 3. Liga.

FC delivered a steady performance in third division play and ended their campaign in third place. A new promotion/relegation format accompanied the introduction of the 3. Liga and the club's finish earned them a playoff versus FC Hansa Rostock which had finished in 16th (third last) place in the 2. Bundesliga. Ingolstadt won both legs of the two match playoff and returned to the second division alongside the top two third tier teams which advanced automatically by virtue of their finishes.

On May 17, 2015, they clinched the 2014–15 2. Bundesliga title and won promotion for the first time in their history to the Bundesliga.[1]

Reserve team

Main article: FC Ingolstadt 04 II

FC Ingolstadt 04 II played the 2011–12 season in the Regionalliga Süd after finishing runners-up in the Bayernliga and taking FC Ismaning's promotion spot after the later declined promotion. In the 2012–13 season the team will play in the new Regionalliga Bayern.

Club culture

File:Schanzer herz.jpg
The single cover for "Schanzer Herz".

The club nickname Die Schanzer has a military background, meaning trenchmen or rampartmen. The official club anthem is called "Schanzer Herz", performed by Ingolstadt based hard rock band Bonfire. The stadium's goal theme song is "Esellied", performed by South Tyrol band Volxrock. The pre-kick-off song is "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.

Current squad

As of 31 May 2015[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 23x15px GK Ramazan Özcan
2 23x15px DF Leon Jessen
4 23x15px DF Andre Mijatović
5 23x15px DF Benjamin Hübner
6 23x15px MF Alfredo Morales
7 23x15px FW Mathew Leckie
8 23x15px MF Roger
9 23x15px FW Moritz Hartmann
10 23x15px MF Pascal Groß
11 23x15px FW Tomas Pekhart
13 23x15px DF Michael Zant
14 23x15px MF Stefan Lex
15 23x15px DF Danilo
16 23x15px FW Lukas Hinterseer
18 23x15px FW Christian Eigler
No. Position Player
19 23x15px MF Max Christiansen
20 Template:Country data KAZ DF Konstantin Engel
21 23x15px DF Danny da Costa
22 23x15px MF Stefan Wannenwetsch
23 23x15px MF Robert Bauer
25 23x15px FW Karl-Heinz Lappe
26 23x15px DF Ralph Gunesch
28 23x15px DF Tobias Levels
30 23x15px MF Thomas Pledl
33 23x15px GK André Weis
34 23x15px MF Marvin Matip
36 Template:Country data ISR MF Almog Cohen
39 23x15px GK Christian Ortag
23x15px MF Romain Brégerie


  • Reserve team

Recent managers


Manager Start Finish
Jürgen Press 1 July 2004 1 January 2008
Thorsten Fink 5 January 2008 21 April 2009
Horst Köppel 27 April 2009 8 November 2009
Michael Wiesinger 9 November 2009 6 November 2010
Benno Möhlmann 7 November 2010 9 November 2011
Tomas Oral 10 November 2011 27 May 2013
Marco Kurz 10 June 2013 30 September 2013
Ralph Hasenhüttl 4 October 2013 present

FC Ingolstadt 04 seasons


  • With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.
Promoted Relegated

DFB Cup appearances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup nine times and the third round just once:[6]

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
2005–06 First 20 August 2005 FC Ingolstadt 04 1. FC Saarbrücken 1–1 aet (3–5 pen) 2,000
2008–09 First 9 August 2008 FC Ingolstadt 04 Hamburger SV 1–3 11,000
2009–10 First 31 July 2009 FC Ingolstadt 04 FC Augsburg 1–2 5,250
2010–11 First 13 August 2010 FC Ingolstadt 04 Karlsruher SC 2–0 6,600
Second 27 October 2010 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim FC Ingolstadt 04 1–0 10,500
2011–12 First 31 July 2011 FC Oberneuland FC Ingolstadt 04 1–4 750
Second 26 October 2011 Bayern Munich FC Ingolstadt 04 6–0 63,000
2012–13 First 19 August 2012 VfR Aalen FC Ingolstadt 04 3–0 3,027
2013–14 First 3 August 2013 Sportfreunde Baumberg FC Ingolstadt 04 1–4 2,448
Second 25 September 2013 FSV Frankfurt FC Ingolstadt 04 0–2 3,089
Round of 16 4 December 2013 VfL Wolfsburg FC Ingolstadt 04 2–1 7,846
2014–15 First 18 August 2014 Kickers Offenbach FC Ingolstadt 04 0–0 aet (4–2 pen) 7,386
2015–16 First


  1. ^ "Ingolstadt promoted to Bundesliga". Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Kader
  3. ^ FC Ingolstadt 04 .:. Trainer von A-Z Invalid language code., accessed: 28 April 2011
  4. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv Invalid language code. Historical German domestic league tables
  5. ^ – Ergebnisse Invalid language code. Tables and results of all German football leagues
  6. ^ "DFB-Pokal". (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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