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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