• Ingolstadt finished last season in 11th place.
  • Kauczinski is new man in charge at the Audi Sportpark.
  • Matip extends contract; Kittel joins from Frankfurt.

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Next up are FC Ingolstadt 04

Big question

Only founded in 2004, Ingolstadt defied the odds to secure survival in their maiden Bundesliga campaign last time out. Inspirational coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has since departed for pastures new at RB Leipzig, with former Karlsruher SC boss Markus Kauczinski taking over in his stead at the Audi Sportpark.

Watch: How Ingolstadt defied the odds in 2015/16

The coach may be different, but the aim for Ingolstadt remains the same: to stay up. To that end, Kauczinski has vowed that he will not stray too far from Hasenhüttl's successful formula of last season. "I want to keep the nucleus of last season, because that's what the team believes in and does well," the new coach told German sports daily Kicker recently.

New faces

Sonny Kittel (l.) and Robert Leipertz (r.) are two new faces at Ingolstadt. © gettyimages / Daniel Kopatsch / Thomas Niedermueller

Sonny Kittel, Robert Leipertz and Hauke Wahl are the three main reinforcements for Die Schanzer this summer. Signed from Eintracht Frankfurt, Kittel will slot into midfield, while Leipertz will increase competition up front. A solid centre-back, Wahl is a like-for-like replacement for the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim-bound Benjamin Hübner.

Hübner's departure, as well as those of Danny da Costa and Ramazan Özcan - three key members of the back four as Ingolstadt ended last season with the league's best defensive record outside of the top three - means that the best piece of business done this summer was ensuring that skipper and centre-back Marvin Matip extended his contract.


Markus Kauczinski spent four years at KSC. © gettyimages

In charge at Karlsruher SC between 2012 and 2016, Kauczinski enjoyed plenty of success in the second tier with the Baden-Württemberg club, taking them to within minutes of the Bundesliga in 2015, only to suffer an extra-time defeat to Hamburger SV.

Above all a pragmatic coach, Kauczinski is likely to build on the solid foundations left by Hasenhüttl and look to ensure survival through a solid defensive unit.

Key man

Watch: back to the roots with Dario Lezcano:

As of to underline his immediate importance to the team, Dario Lezcano featured in every Bundesliga game for Ingolstadt after joining in the January transfer window. The Paraguayan forward registered two goals and four assists in that time, but it was his relentless pressing and harrying from the front that most caught they eye. Expect Lezcano to hit the ground running this season and thrive once again.

Key dates

Die Schanzer get their season under way against Hamburg at the Volksparkstadion, before their second away trip of the season - on Matchday 3 - takes them to the champions FC Bayern München. Other highlights include welcoming Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 8.

Click here to see Ingolstadt's full schedule

Home ground

Ingolstadt play their football at the Audi Sportpark, a purpose-built 15,800-seater stadium.

Watch: get to know the Audi Sportpark in the exclusive video tour below: