- Nine points in final four games lifted HSV off the bottom.
- Had to wait until Matchday 13 for first win of the season.
- Much improved under Markus Gisdol.
At the halfway point of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season, it is time for bundesliga.com to dissect the campaigns of each club so far.
Here we take a look at Hamburger SV...
Story so far
Hopes were high in the HSV camp after last season's tenth-placed finish, but expectations changed dramatically on the back of a 12-match winless start to 2016/17. The appointment of Markus Gisdol proved a turning point, however, with Bruno Labbadia's successor overseeing the club's first win of the season on Matchday 13. The northern German club added a further two victories before the close of play in 2016 to move out of the bottom two, albeit only a point above the automatic relegation places.
Watch: Hamburg's first win of the season, at Darmstadt:
Star player: Nicolai Müller
Nicolai Müller has been one of Hamburg's most consistent performers so far this season. An ever-willing runner, he has a habit of carving open opposition defences. He has also registered four goals in his last seven appearances.
Honourable mention: Bobby Wood
The son of a Japanese mother and US father, Bobby Wood started out as a goalkeeper, but his performances so far this season have confirmed he was right to change his mind about that particular career path. He opened his account with his first shot on goal in the Bundesliga and has added a further three top-flight strikes to his tally since, including one in each of his last two appearances.
Watch: Wood opened his Bundesliga account with his first shot on target, against Ingolsadt, on Matchday 1:
- Hamburg were the last Bundesliga side to pick up a win this season – on Matchday 13.
- With three wins from the last four games of 2016, only FC Bayern München were more successful in that period.
- On Matchday 16, Johan Djourou missed the 15th penalty in the Bundesliga this season. Last season, only 18 penalties were missed in the whole campaign.