- HSV steered well clear of relegation in 2015/16 after two consecutive close calls.
- Coach Bruno Labbadia's men better on the road than at home.
- Nicolai Müller club top scorer in his best season yet.
For a club the size of Hamburger SV, a mid-table finish would ordinarily be considered a disappointment, but given their trouble in recent years they were more than happy to end the 2015/16 season in tenth.
Season in a nutshell
Having only escaped relegation the previous two seasons via the play-offs, Hamburg's only aim this term was to have a more stress-free campaign. Coach Bruno Labbadia's men achieved that for the most part, and were only in the relegation zone after Matchday 1's defeat to FC Bayern München.
However, they were plagued by inconsistency and only won two consecutive games once, with victories over Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen on Matchdays 13 and 14. Indeed, HSV performed particularly poorly at home, suffering chastening defeats to Hannover 96, FC Augsburg and SV Darmstadt 98 at the Volksparkstadion. Nevertheless, their top-flight status was guaranteed with a game to spare on Matchday 33.
Top three games
MD31: Hamburger SV 2-1 SV Werder Bremen
A sold-out stadium for a Friday-night floodlight game against northern rivals Bremen; the stage was set for a memorable encounter and it did not disappoint. Two goals from striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga gave HSV a 2-1 victory, helping them take a huge step towards safety.
MD13: Hamburger SV 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
This was an especially emotionally-charged game as it took place just days after the terror attacks in Paris and Germany's cancelled friendly against the Netherlands in Hanover.
MD6: FC Ingolstadt 04 0-1 Hamburger SV
A Michael Gregoritsch free-kick shortly before the final whistle gave HSV a victory away to promoted outfit Ingolstadt, lifting the side to sixth in the table - their best placing during the entire campaign.
After scoring just once during a difficult first season at the club, Nicolai Müller showed his true colours during his second campaign with the Red Shorts. The attacking midfielder made 29 Bundesliga appearances in 2015/16, contributing nine goals and five assists, and forging a dangerous partnership up front with Lasogga.
What is next?
Changes are already afoot in Hamburg, with USMNT striker Bobby Wood brought in from Union Berlin and goalkeeper Christian Mathenia signed from Darmstadt. There are plenty of players leaving too, though, with Jaroslav Drobny, Ivo Ilicevic, Artjoms Rudnevs, Gojko Kacar, Ivica Olic and Philipp Müller all on their way out after their contracts expired. A pre-season friendly against SV Schackendorf has already been scheduled for 12 July.
bundesliga.com reporter Alexander Barklage's highlight came on Matchday 13, when HSV faced second-placed Borussia Dortmund. There was a strange atmosphere in the stadium as it was the first Bundesliga match after the Paris attacks, but HSV gave their fans something to smile about by going 3-0 up after 55 minutes, en route to recording a 3-1 win.