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.
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Here we take a look at VfL Wolfsburg...
Following on from the longest journey the Wolves have ever undertaken in Europe - reaching the last eight of the UEFA Champions League - was always going to be a tall order, and so it proved. The Wolves started out with a 2-0 win at FC Augsburg, but they did not win again until Matchday 10, and that run included a humbling 5-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund and 3-1 loss at SV Darmstadt 98. Dieter Hecking paid the price, with Valerien Ismael taking over as head coach and steadying the ship a with back-to-back wins at the end of the calendar year.
Watch: Mario Gomez bagged a brace as Wolfsburg beat Freiburg 3-0 on Mathday 10:
Star player:Ricardo Rodriguez
The Switzerland international full-back is a master of multi-tasking, combining his defensive duties with a deadly left-foot capable of sending in deliveries from deep and wide, while also showing a precision with some stunning set-pieces.