“You cannot win anything with kids,” Alan Hansen infamously asserted back in 1995. Ingolstadt have not won anything yet, but their undefeated start to the 3. Liga season has been anchored in the plentiful young talent that has been nurtured at the Audi Sportpark in recent years.
According to the Donaukurier, Ingolstadt face the prospect that two of their senior players want to leave the club.
Both Konstantin Kerschbaumner and Benedikt Gimber are reportedly seeking moves away from the Audi Sportpark, with neither player having appeared for Ingolstadt in the 3. Liga or DFB Pokal so far this season.
“I am convinced that it should go well,” announced referee Jochen Drees ahead of the introduction of VAR into the 2. Bundesliga, prior to the 2018/2019 season. “We now have a wealth of technological components,” the 49 year old added.
Each Second Division club had to pay around €180,000 to facilitate VAR, with the vast majority also having to invest in fibre optic cables, so that video pictures could be sent back to the referee centre in Cologne as quickly as possible.
VAR has been in operation in the highest tier of German football, the Bundesliga, since the beginning of the 2017/2018 season.
With such confidence, as well as an opulence of technological infrastructure, one would imagine that the standard of refereeing has never been higher. In theory, that is the case.
At just 19 years of age, Thomas Keller shone in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 victory against Carl Zeiss Jena on Matchday 1 of the 3. Lisa season. To make matters even more impressive, it was the Munich native’s debut for the Schanzer first team.
Keller’s excellence was not missed by the German media, with Kicker nominating the young defender for the team of the week.
According to the Donaukurier, Ingolstadt youngsters Patrick Sussek, Fatih Kaya, Thomas Keller and Filip Bilbija have all been scouted by Germany Under 20 manager, Manuel Baum.
Baum, who managed FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga until as recently as 2019, was at the Schanzer’s Audi Sportpark facility to view Jeff Saibene’s training sessions.
Sandhausen have confirmed the acquisition of former Ingolstadt goalkeeper Philipp Heerwagen.
The 36-year-old left the Audi Sportpark based club after the Schanzer’s relegation to the 3. Liga. Having penned a one-year deal with Ingolstadt following a move from St. Pauli last summer, Heerwagen’s contract expired at the end of June.
Baden-Württemberg based outfit, Sandhausen, have handed the German goalkeeper a two-year contract at the Stadion am Hardtwald.
Late last week Ingolstadt announced that they had procured the services of Maximilian Beister from KFC Uerdingen. It is estimated that the 28-year-old arrives at the Audi Sportpark for a fee of around €200,000.
Formerly of Fortuna Düsseldorf and Hamburg, Beister scored 11 goals for Uerdingen in the 3. Liga last season.
Stefan Kutschke has been appointed as FC Ingolstadt 04‘s new captain for the upcoming 3. Liga season. After two seasons at the Audi Sportpark, Kutschke will be joined by Marcel Gaus and Björn Paulsen as assistant captains.
Following FC Ingolstadt’s first leg play-off victory against Wehen Wiesbaden in late May, some of the club’s fans were attacked near Frankfurt by followers of SV Darmstadt 98. It was a low point in a disastrous season for the Bavarian club, which would ultimately end in the Schanzer’s relegation to the 3. Liga.
Only three years before, Ingolstadt had been occupying the international limelight in the Bundesliga. A year before that, under the tutelage of Ralph Hasenhüttl, the Black-Reds had achieved a record finish of 11th, attaining the scalps of Schalke and Mönchengladbach along the way.
Hasenhüttl left at the end of the 2015/16 season and it soon went south for the club. Relegation back to the 2. Bundesliga beckoned in 2017, before two mediocre campaigns in the second tier (in both the club were favourites for promotion); the latter resulting in the aforementioned relegation to the 3. Liga.
So the question can be asked – has FC Ingolstadt 04 been broken since Ralph Hasenhüttl left the Audi Sportpark?
In a rather one sided game Karlsruhe, rather undeservingly, ran out 3-1 victors at the Audi Sportpark. Rouwen Hennings grabbing two late goals to secure the win for the visitors, after Moritz Hartmann had cancelled out a first half Daniel Gordon strike.