Team Review: VfL Wolfsburg in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 22, 2014
VfL Wolfsburg in the 2013-14 Season

Bundesliga Finish: Fifth

Match Results: W18-D6-L10

(Featured image: Wolfsburg | Source: bundesliga.com)

 

Raking the fifth spot at the end of the season, Wolfsburg were among those who finished their Bundesliga campaign with heads held high. The favorites by many sports betting enthusiasts on numerous occasions, Die Wölfe did not disappoint their fans and supporters. Of course winning would have been a much better result, but the team finishing with a Europa League berth attached to their name is so much better than their 11th-spot finish from the previous season.

 

Wolfsburg’s first eight matches in Bundesliga only gave them nine points, winning thrice and losing five times. However, since their ninth fixture, Dieter Hecking’s men started picking stronger traction on the tournament. They won four times in a row starting from that match, dominating over the likes of Augsburg 2-1, Werder Bremen 3-0, Frankfurt 2-1, and even the eventual runners up Borussia Dortmund 2-1. They continued an unbeaten streak for several more matches until they were thumped by Hannover 96 on a 1-3 home finish. This was followed by four more non-consecutive defeats but they ensured that their last five matches in the season will award them with a great deal of league points.

 

During the summer transfer window, Wolfburg signed seven new players, including Swiss defender Timm Klose, Brazilian midfielder Luis Gustavo, and Leipzig forward Stefan Kutschke. Meanwhile, 16 players were released from the club, which included Austrian defender Emanuel Pogatetz, Japan team captain Makoto Hasebe, Venezuelan midfielder Yohandry Orozco, and Korean forward Park Jung-Bin.

 

Ivica Olic finished the season as Die Wölfe’s top scorer, having netted 14 goals from 31 appearances. He was the season’s 10th best scorer overall, six goals behind Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski. In terms of assists, Ricardo Rodriguez provided the most passes amongst the club’s outfield players.