The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts FC Augsburg under the microscope.
The story so far
Until recently, it was looking like being a Hinrunde to forget for Augsburg. The gruelling UEFA Europa League schedule appeared to be having a detrimental effect on their performances in the Bundesliga as they tumbled into the bottom two, but Die Fuggerstädter knuckled down and their fortunes duly picked up towards the end of 2015.
Augsburg beat the odds to reach the last 32 of the Europa League and, on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, have managed to haul themselves out of the bottom three, a respectable five points clear of the relegation zone.
- Augsburg's defenders have scored more goal (seven) than any other back line in the division.
- No team have scored more goals from dead-ball situations than Augsburg (ten). Ten is also 47.6 per cent of their total goal tally, making theirs the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces in the league.
Burly Paraguay international Raul Bobadilla's industry and work rate has typified Augsburg this season. Ever a willing runner, he has scored three times in the Bundesliga this season - the best of the bunch being his stunning free kick in the 1-0 win against 1. FC Köln on Matchday 15 - and chipped in with as many assists.
He has also been arguably the side's standout player in the Europa League, scoring the decisive goal at FK Partizan on Matchday 6 that sent Augsburg through to the knockout rounds, as well as taking his tally in the competition to a joint-high six in five games.
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Relive the drama as Augsburg moved out of the bottom three with a last-gasp win over FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 16.