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Carl Zeiss Jena endure the worse start to a 3. Liga season ever

The table reads as follows: Played six, lost six, scored two, conceded thirteen.

This is the situation Carl Zeiss Jena find themselves. Not only is it a terrible start to the season, but it is also the worst ever since the 3. Liga was created back in 2008.

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Jeff Saibene’s youthful policy comes to fruition as Ingolstadt top the 3. Liga

“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.

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Ingolstadt duo look to leave the Audi Sportpark

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.

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A Brit visits: Waldhof Mannheim 4-0 1860 Munich

A serene summer’s evening in the south-west of Germany. A cool wind blows from the Rhine and the temperature easily tops twenty degrees. At this point, as I am sure you are all thinking, this is the perfect weather for a football match.

Indeed, it was, and so I headed to watch the 3. Liga clash between Waldhof Mannheim and 1860 Munich at the Carl-Benz Stadion.

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Thomas Keller shines on Ingolstadt debut

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.

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Experienced Heerwagen joins Sandhausen

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.

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Ingolstadt’s Beister in thoughtful mood before 3. Liga opener in Jena

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.

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Stefan Kutschke’s appointment as Ingolstadt captain heralds a new era at the Audi Sportpark

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.

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Is FC Ingolstadt 04 broken?

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?

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Servus – It has been a while

What can I say, it has been a while.

A lot has changed since I regularly posted on this domain. For a start, FC Ingolstadt 04 have been promoted to the Bundesliga, have been relegated from the Bundesliga and then have been relegated from the 2. Bundesliga.

Some things have not changed. David Moyes’ original contract at Manchester United, freshly signed when this site was created, has finally come to an end.

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