Augsburg - After saving themselves from relegation courtesy of a famous Rückrunde comeback in the 2012/13 campaign, FC Augsburg have stunned the Bundesliga with an extraordinary level of consistency this season.

From relegation battlers to potential European contenders, Augsburg have been rewarded for showing patience with head coach Markus Weinzierl, who has formed a harmonious relationship with sporting director Stefan Reuter.

Diamond in the rough

Since Reuter assumed responsibility for the sporting side of affairs at the end of 2012, FCA have once again shown the unity that inspired them to Bundesliga promotion under the duo of Andreas Rettig and Jos Luhukay. Reuter, a 1990 FIFA World Cup winner, has added stability to the club, which has strengthened Weinzierl’s cause, allowing him to freely express his ideas.

As a result, the 39-year-old head coach has duly reaped the rewards of developing an extremely homogenous squad, who are proving more than a match for the majority of Germany’s top flight. It’s rare that Augsburg don’t exhaust all possibilities in search of a win, whilst displaying unerring passion and will power, two qualities that especially apply to key players Andre Hahn, the side's top scorer with six goals, and returning veteran Halil Altintop.

Rookie of the season so far