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).
The fact only three players - Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München), Daniel Didavi (VfB Stuttgart) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) - have had more shots on goal this season than Anthony Modeste speaks volumes for Köln's prolific summer recruit; brought in from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as a like-for-like replacement for Anthony Ujah. As well as scoring six and laying on two assists, the 27-year-old French striker has grabbed the opening goal a league-high four times in 12 matches.
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.
Dominique Heintz has made the centre-back position his own following Kevin Wimmer's summer move to Tottenham Hotspur FC. The former 1. FC Kaiserslautern talent has not missed a kick for the Billy Goats so far in 2015/16, and has enjoyed more success in the tackle than any of his team-mates, winning 62 per cent of his attempted challenges. The 22-year-old even scored his first goal since turning professional in the 6-2 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 4.
Believe it or not, Köln have not spent a single minute outside the top nine so far this season. Here is the proof, courtesy of our .