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FC Köln, also known as 1. FC Köln, is a professional football club based in Cologne, Germany. The club was founded in 1948 and has a long history of success in German football. FC Köln is one of the most popular and successful clubs in German football history, having won numerous trophies over the years.

The club’s nickname is “Die Geißböcke,” which translates to “The Billy Goats.” FC Köln is based in Cologne, Germany, and plays its home matches at RheinEnergieStadion. The stadium was opened in 1923 and has a capacity of 50,000 spectators

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Koln History

FC Köln was founded in 1948, but the club has a longer history that dates back to the early 1900s. The club was formed from the merger of two clubs, Kölner Ballspiel-Club 1901 and SpVgg Sülz 07. FC Köln quickly established itself as a dominant force in German football, winning its first championship in 1962.

FC Köln continued to enjoy success in the 1970s, winning the Bundesliga title three times in a row from 1977 to 1979. The club also reached the final of the European Cup in 1986, where they were defeated by Steaua București on penalties.

After a period of decline in the 1990s and early 2000s, FC Köln returned to the Bundesliga in 2014. Since then, the club has remained in the top flight of German football and has established itself as a solid mid-table team.

Who Owns Koln

Koln is owned by the fans through the organisation KGaA. This company offers memberships that allow fans to vote on club decisions. 

Koln Manager

The current manager of Koln is Steffen Baumgart. Steffen Baumgart is a German manager who has spent most of his career in the lower divisions. IN 2017 however he signed with SC Paderbron and was able to earn back to back promotions which took the club to the Bundesliga. In 2021 he joined Koln and helped them avoid relegation. The season after they finished 7th but then fell back down to 11th the following season. 

Biggest Koln Transfers

Koln’s biggest signings of all time are:

  • Jhon Cordoba from 1.FSV Mainz 05 for £17.00m
  • Lukas Podolski from Bayern Munich for £10.00m
  • Sebastiaan Bornauw from RSC Anderlecht for £8.25m
  • Ondrej Duda from Hertha BSC for £7.00m
  • Jorge Mere from Sporting Gijon for £7.00m

The clubs biggest departures have been:

  • Anthony Modeste to TJ Tianhai for £29.00m
  • Lukas Podolski to Arsenal for £15.00m
  • Jhon Cordoba to Hertha BSC for £15.00m
  • Sebastian Bornauw to VfL Wolfsburg for £13.50m
  • Yannick Gerhardt to VfL Wolfsburg for £13.00m

Koln Drama

In September of 2022 Koln were fined £100,000 for crowd trouble against French side OGC Nice in a Europa League Conference game. The club were also banned from selling tickets for their next two away games in Europe. 32 people were injured as Nice and Koln fans clashed. This figure also included 2 police officers and a steward, furthermore, 4 people were hospitalised. 

Who Plays For Koln Now

Koln have an average squad that consists of defenders Marvin Schwabe, Philipp Pentke, Timo Hubers, Julian Chabot, Luca Kilian, Elias Bakatukanda, Leart Paqarada, Kristian Pedersen, Noah Katterbach, Max Finkgrafe, Benno Schmitz and Rasmus Carstensen. Their midfield is very young and has players such as Dejan Ljubicic, Eric Martel, Jacob Christensen, Denis Huseinbasic and Mathias Olesen. They have lots of depth in attack with players such as Florian Kainz, Faride Alidou, Jan Thielmann, Linton Maina, Dimitrios Limnios, Steffen Tigges, Luca Waldschmidt, Davie Selke, Mark Uth, Sargis Adamyan, Florian Dietz and Damion Downs. 

What Have Koln Won

Koln have been pretty successful in the Bundesliga, especially throughout the 60s and 70s. They have won 3 Bundesligas, 4 DFB-Pokals, 4 2. Bundesligas and 2 Western German Cups. 

Koln 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we precut Koln will finish mid-table again. Their squad isn’t good enough to compete for Europe but it’s much better than some other teams who will be towards the bottom of the table this season. They are also led by a good manager who has been there for a while and has helped stabilise the club in the Bundesliga.

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