Summary

  • Augsburg finished last season in 12th place.
  • Schuster is new man in charge at the WWK ARENA.
  • Finnbogason joins permanently; Usami and Kacar bolster squad.

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way in earnest, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope. Accordingly, bundesliga.com's previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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Next up are FC Augsburg

Big question

A stable Bundesliga club for the last five seasons, the task for new coach Dirk Schuster is turning an established lower mid-table club into an established upper mid-table club, and one that can push for Europe on a regular basis.

Watch: Can Augsburg winger Tobias Werner keep his cool against the clock?

With solid structures in place and a succession of good final league positions – including 2014/15's remarkable fifth place – Schuster will now be aiming to turn the Bavarian outfit into regular top-half finishers. Fresh from his remarkable achievements at SV Darmstadt 98, the 48-year-old seems the right choice to do so.

New faces

Takashi Usami is set for his third spell in the Bundesliga.

True to form, Augsburg have recruited well in the off-season. Holding midfielder Gojko Kacar has joined from Hamburger SV, while former FC Bayern München and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim winger Takashi Usami bolsters Schuster's attacking options.

The departures of Ragnar Klavan and Jeong-Ho Hong have left a hole at centre-back, however, and it would not be a surprise to see Augsburg bring in another defender to complement summer arrival Marvin Friedrich from FC Schalke 04.

Coach

Dirk Schuster won plenty of admirers for his work at Darmstadt.

The architect of Darmstadt's revival and regarded as one of Germany's best coaches, Schuster is a shrewd appointment by Augsburg. A fine motivator renowned for his defensive organisation, the former East Germany centre-back led Die Lilien to back-to-back promotions before keeping them in the top flight last season.

Key man

Alfred Finnbogason (r.) helped Augsburg to safety last season.

Schuster will look to Alfred Finnbogason to score the goals to fire Augsburg to a top-half finish for only the third time in club history. The Iceland striker took the the Bundesliga like a duck to water after his arrival in January - scoring seven goals to help his new club to a 12th-place finish in 2015/16 – and will be raring to go ahead of his first full season after FCA made his loan deal from Real Sociedad de Futbol permanent over the summer.

Part of Iceland's historic run to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals, Finnbogason will hope to inspire his country's famous clap celebration on a regular basis at the WWK ARENA this season.

Pre-season form

Most recent first: WWW

Key dates

Die Fuggerstädter's campaign begins with a tough test when VfL Wolfsburg come calling, with other tricky fixtures coming towards the end of the Hinrunde, with Borussia Mönchengladbach visiting on Matchday 15, before a trip to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 16.

Click here to see Augsburg's full schedule

Home ground

Augsburg's home ground is the WWK ARENA, a 30,660-seater venue outside the city.

Watch: get to know the WWK ARENA in the exclusive video tour below