All you need to know about the Bundesliga's 54th all-time members, FC Ingolstadt 04.

Fun facts

  • Only founded in 2004, Ingolstadt's maiden game took place that same year against Borussia Mönchengladbach in front of 4,086 supporters.
  • Promoted as Bundesliga 2 champions in 2014/15, Ingolstadt hit the ground running in 2015/16, becoming the first promoted team ever to win their first three away games.
  • The Bavarians finished 11th, seven points clear of the automatic relegation places.

Ingolstadt became the 54th team to play in the Bundesliga after winning Bundesliga 2 in 2014/15.


Officially the second-youngest club in German professional football, Ingolstadt were formed in 2004 as a merger of the two traditional sports clubs in the city, ESV and MTV Ingolstadt. Neither of their predecessors had advanced beyond the fifth tier of German football, but Ingolstadt's fortunes soon improved after the merger. The club advanced to the third tier in 2009 and a second-place finish the following campaign saw them march straight through to Bundesliga 2.

Ingolstadt took to their first Bundesliga season like a duck to water, staying up without ever having any relegation fears. © imago / Eibner

They remained a mid-table side until the arrival of Ralph Hasenhüttl in 2013, with the Austrian leading Die Schanzer to promotion in 2014/15, in the process becoming the 54th all-time member of the German top flight. Hasenhüttl has since moved onto the only club younger than Ingolstadt, RB Leipzig, though the free-scoring form of Moritz Hartmann provides reason for optimism under new coach Markus Kauczinski.

Stadium: Audi Sportpark

Capacity: 15,800