The Clover Leaves' inaugural Bundesliga campaign has been full of firsts but unfortunately, despite their energetic performances, few of those records have been ones to treasure. Larger-than-life head coach Mike Büskens is no stranger to the top tier, having turned out in it over 350 times as a player and the 44-year-old will need to call on all that experience if Fürth are to avoid the record they want least of all - their first-ever relegation from the Bundesliga.
With Fürth rooted to the foot of the table after only collecting nine points from a possible 51, truly pivotal moments have been hard to come by. However, a morale-boosting 3-3 draw in Hoffenheim on Matchday 8, which initiated a three-game unbeaten streak, won't soon be forgotten. The Clover Leaves' spirit never dwindled despite trailing three times, which led to Mike Büskens gallivanting onto the pitch in celebration come the final whistle.
Midfield maestro Edgar Prib has emerged as an irreplaceable member of this side. Prib's performances have been beyond his years in terms of work-rate and composure in possession. The 23-year-old has covered an average of 11.9 kilometres in his 17 outings and, in addition to his impressive 79.6 per cent pass completion rate, boasts more shots on goal than any of his team-mates. Though understated due to Fürth's current situation, Prib's importance has not gone unnoticed.
Few will have heard of Felix Klaus before this season, but after netting Fürth's very first Bundesliga goal, the youngster, who joined the club as a 14-year-old, cemented his place in the Clover Leaves' history books. "Of course it’s an incredible feeling for a 19-year-old," exclaimed Klaus of his historic moment. The midfielder has made eight appearances this season, but considering the verve and dynamism he brings to the side, Klaus could see that tally increase significantly after the winter break.
4 - Just over a third of Greuther Fürth's goals this season have come from set-piece situations.
3 - The number of teams who have allowed their opponents less shots on goal than Fürth.
202.9 - Stephan Fürstner has covered more kilometres than any other Bundesliga player.
45 - Fürth picked up the most bookings of any Bundesliga outfit in the first half of the season.
"It's an historic sporting moment in the long, long history of the club, not just that we're in the Bundesliga, but that we're able to celebrate our first ever victory. I think for our young team, who are now in a completely new situation in terms of not going into matches feeling like the favourites, today was an important experience," said head coach Mike Büskens after his side's debut Bundesliga victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 2.