Team Review: FC Cologne in the 2013-14 Season

By
Updated: July 21, 2014
FC Cologne

2. Bundesliga Finish: Champions

Match Results: W19-D11-L4

(Featured image: FC Cologne | Source: bundesliga.com)

 

Good teamwork and excellent management were keys to FC Cologne’s eventual leadership in 2. Bundesliga last season. This resulted in automatic promotion to the German top-tier competition, their first time since 2011. They played in 34 matches and obtained 68 points from 19 victories and 11 draws. They were six points clear of the runners up SC Paderborn 07 who also earned promotion to Bundesliga.

 

Cologne were a prominent feature amongst sports betting sites last season, and the heights they achieved in the league table came under new coach Peter Stoger. While they may have started a little shaky in the first three fixtures of the season (when they obtained consecutive draws), they eventually picked up as the tournament advanced. Their first win came on 17 August 2014 when they trounced Sandhausen on a two-goal clean sheet. Their greatest victories resulted 4-0 which occurred twice, one against Energie Cottbus and the other against Union Berlin. They incurred their first defeat on 0 November 2014 from VfL Bochum 0-1.

 

Two players were released from the club in the summer window of the season: Reinhold Yabo moved to Karlsruher while Christian Clemens was hired by Schalke 04. Meanwhile, three new players were added to the squad: Maxi Thiel from Wacker Burgausen, Marcel Risse from Mainz 05, and Roman Golobart from Wigan Athletic.

 

Patrick Helmes emerged as Die Geißböcke’s top scorer (and sixth overall for the tournament) with 12 goals netted. Anthony Ujah nearly matched that record with 11 goals. Daniel Halfar, meanwhile, provided the most assists (seven).

 

At the DFB-Pokal, Cologne finished in the third round. They opened their campaign with a 2-0 victory against Eintracht Trier and then followed it up with another triumph from Mainz 05. In their third fixture, they were drawn against Hamburger SV and were eliminated from the competition following a 2-1 defeat.