• Gladbach just three points above the bottom three.
  • Hecking replaces Schubert during winter break.
  • Fan numbers on the rise across the continent.

At the halfway point of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season, it is time for to dissect the campaigns of each club so far.

Here we take a look at Borussia Mönchengladbach...

Story so far

An emphatic victory over Swiss club BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League play-off earned the Foals a place in an attractive group alongside the likes of Barcelona FC, Manchester City FC and Celtic FC, but the distraction of those European nights may well have taken a toll on the team domestically. Andre Schubert was unable to carry forward the momentum which had taken Gladbach from bottom of the table after five games of last season to fourth in May, and his points record for the 2016 calendar year did not make for happy reading. As a result, Gladbach replaced him with Dieter Hecking following the final fixture of 2016 and they will be hoping to start afresh in 2017, with just three points separating them from the bottom three and 11 to make up on the top six.

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Star player: Thorgan Hazard

The fact fewer and fewer people are referring to Thorgan Hazard merely as Eden's brother substantiates the progress Gladbach's Belgian forward is making, and it stands to reason too. The 23-year-old has scored four times so far this season, but his threat cannot only be quantified by such a statistic. Indeed, Hazard has a knack of drawing defenders to him, and an enviable burst of pace that leaves defenders shaking in their boots.

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Hazard has been a key player this season for Gladbach. © gettyimages / Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Honourable mention: A German Team

Despite their hot and cold domestic form, Gladbach have been making a name for themselves in Europe this season in more ways than one. The struggles of a Glasgow pub to write the club's tongue-twisting name on a blackboard advertising their game against Celtic led to a new term, 'A German Team', being coined, and adopted by the Foals and their growing number of fans. That bandwagon also includes none other than Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent a 'German Team' scarf as a Christmas gift to reinforce one of many friendships the Foals have forged.

Gladbach have picked up a growing number of fans in 2016. © gettyimages / Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Top facts

  • Eight defeats in 16 games eclipses the six Gladbach lost in the first half of 2015/16.
  • All four of the Foals' Bundesliga wins this season have come at BORUSSIA-PARK.
  • Borussia picked up just six points away from home in the whole of 2016.