Maik Walpurgis (l.) stopped the rot and had Ingolstadt playing like top-three material towards the end of 2016.
Maik Walpurgis (l.) stopped the rot and had Ingolstadt playing like top-three material towards the end of 2016.
Bundesliga

Season so far: FC Ingolstadt 04

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.

Story so far

Here we take a look at FC Ingolstadt 04...

Ingolstadt's season started on a clean page, following the summer departure of coach Ralph Hasenhüttl to RB Leipzig and the arrival of Markus Kauczinski on the Bavarians' bench. A 1-1 draw at Hamburger SV on the opening day suggested they had not lost any of their resolve, and they reaffirmed that with a 3-3 draw with Borussia Dortmund, but a first win remained elusive until Matchday 11 – Maik Walpurgis' first game in charge following Kauczinski's dismissal. A memorable 1-0 win over Leipzig, which saw Ingolstadt become the first team to beat the league newcomers followed, but they head into 2017 still with a lot of work to do to get out of relegation danger.

Watch: Highlights of Ingolstadt's 1-0 win over Leipzig:

Star player:Roger

Nobody personifies Ingolstadt's grit and resolve better than defensive midfielder Roger, who has well and truly held things together for Walpurgis' men. His goal against Leipzig will go down in the history books as the one which inflicted the first defeat on the league newcomers while with 15 starts from 16 games, he has been reliably one of the first names on the team sheet.

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