With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
For 1. FC Köln, a place in Europe looks a distinct possibility...
The story so far
Just three points behind third-placed VfL Wolfsburg in the post-Matchday 12 standings, the seventh-in-the-table Domstädter are proving exactly why so many insiders were tipping them to be the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign's surprise package. Rhine derby wins over Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have been the highlights, but do not rule out further scalps for a Köln side determined to re-establish themselves among German football's elite.
- With 15 goals after 12 matches, Köln have shown a marginal improvement in front of goal compared to the same juncture last term (12 goals).Köln have scored more headed goals (six) than any other team in the Bundesliga this season.No other Bundesliga side has scored more goals in the last 15 minutes of matches in 2015/16 than Köln (seven).
Most memorable quote
"I might be Austrian, but it's not my first game under floodlights."
Köln head coach Peter Stöger when asked whether facing FC Ingolstadt 04 under floodlights would be a special occasion for him.