Located in northern Germany and famed for its automobile manufacturing, Wolfsburg has also risen to prominence over the past few decades thanks to the city's football team.

bundesliga.com guides you through everything the Auto City has to offer.

History

VfL Wolfsburg was founded on 12 September 1945 as a 'Verein für Leibesübungen' (Club for Physical Activity) – hence the 'VfL' preceding the official club name. With everything in short supply after the end of World War II, the team's colours were determined largely by chance when a local youth welfare worker, Bernward Elberskirch, came across ten green tops in his hunt for football shirts to use. The Wolves still wear green to this day.

Wolfsburg spent their early years in Germany's regional divisions and Bundesliga 2 before finally earning promotion to the top flight in 1997, where they have remained ever since. The greatest triumph in the club's history arrived in the 2008/09 season when Felix Magath surprisingly led a side spearheaded by Edin Dzeko and Grafite to the Bundesliga title. The next piece of silverware followed in 2015, when a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired team came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Cup final.

They may have only joined the Bundesliga in 1997, but Wolfsburg won the title 12 years later. © gettyimages / Martin Rose

Honours

1x Bundesliga champions (2009)
1x DFB Cup winners (2015)

Coach

A prolific striker for Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, among others, during his playing days, Bruno Labbadia moved into coaching in 2003 almost immediately after retiring. He has since had spells at Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Hamburg.

It was at HSV that he earned himself a glowing reputation, first leading the side to a seventh-place finish in 2009/10, before returning five years later to steer them to safety via the relegation play-offs. Labbadia arrived at Wolfsburg in February 2018, taking over after Martin Schmidt's resignation.

In Bruno Labbadia, Wolfsburg boast one of the Bundesliga's most experienced coaches. © imago / Revierfoto

Star man

Wolfsburg are a different side with John Brooks in the team. The towering USA international missed the majority of last season with knee and toe injuries, but once he was back and on form, the Wolves certainly felt his presence

The centre-back only made nine league appearances but when he was on the pitch, Wolfsburg picked up 13 of the 33 points they earned all season. In other words, he only featured in 26 per cent of the games but contributed to winning almost 40 per cent of their points. If the Berlin-born defender can stay fit and firing this time, Wolfsburg should be able to steer well clear of danger.

Last season

The Wolves only stayed in the Bundesliga via the relegation play-offs in the 2016/17 campaign and endured another difficult season last term. Long-term injuries to key players, including Brooks, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ignacio Camacho took their toll on the team's performances, while the fact three different head coaches were used throughout the season is indicative of the club's difficulties.

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That all contributed to a squad lacking in confidence, and Wolfsburg's struggles to score - a shortcoming further accentuated by Mario Gomez's departure for Stuttgart during the winter break – deepened their woes. Labbadia's appointment in February steadied the ship somewhat, but Wolfsburg still ended the second half of the season with the worst record in the Bundesliga (14 points). Ultimately they survived once again by the skin of their teeth, edging out Holstein Kiel in the play-offs.

Stadium

Having well and truly established themselves in the Bundesliga at the end of the 1990s, Wolfsburg commissioned construction of the Volkswagen Arena in 2001. It was officially opened a year later with a capacity of 30,000 (22,000 seating, 8,000 standing).

No detail was overlooked in its design, with the home changing room including massage rooms, saunas, showers and a revitalisation pool. For greater sustainability, the stadium has 216 energy-efficient LED floodlights and a hybrid grass pitch, while there are places for 650 bicycles outside for environmentally friendly fans.

The Volkswagen Arena is one of Germany's most modern football venues. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

The city

No visit to Wolfsburg would be complete without a visit to the Autostadt, an homage to the car manufacturing industry that has become synonymous with the city. For any motor heads not sated by that, there is also the Volkswagen Auto Museum, which houses a collection of the brand's classic cars.

The Science Center Phaeno is a brilliant way to pass an afternoon, with countless shows and hands-on exhibits on a range of subjects to keep young and old entertained. Alternatively, the Allerpark – a 130-hectare public park – is an ideal day out, offering activities including football, volleyball, water skiing, mini-golf and camping. Handily, it is only a 15-minute walk from the Volkswagen Arena.

Getting in (nearest airport)

There is no airport in Wolfsburg and although nearby Braunschweig (just 15 miles away) has one, it does not offer commercial flights. For international visitors, that means booking a flight to and from Hanover, roughly 55 miles to the west.

There are plenty of options to hire a car upon landing, while the reliable train service between the cities also runs frequently. 

Getting to the Volkswagen Arena

If coming by car from the east or west, take the A2 until exit number 58 (Wolfsburg/Königslutter) and take the A39 towards Wolfsburg/Flechtorf. Follow that road until exit 3 Wolfsburg-West and follow signs to Wolfsburg (L321/Heinrich-Nordhoff-Str), coming off at Berliner Brücke/L322.

If coming from the south on the A7 motorway, take exit 64 at Dreieck Salzgitter and merge onto A39 towards Berlin/Braunschweig/Salzgitter. Follow that road until exit 3 Wolfsburg-West and follow signs to Wolfsburg (L321/Heinrich-Nordhoff-Str), coming off at Berliner Brücke/L322.

If arriving on public transport, note that season tickets are valid for travel on local busses and trains up to four hours before kick-off and for up to three hours after full time. A number of special buses run on matchdays (lines 251-256) – just look for 'Volkswagen Arena' as the destination. Alternatively, the stadium is within walking distance of the city centre. Simply follow the throngs of people making the short 15-minute trip on foot!

Buying tickets

Tickets for Wolfsburg's home games can be bought via the official club website HERE.

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If you can’t make it to the stadium, Bundesliga matches are broadcast around the world. FOX Sports and Univision provide coverage in the United States, while BT Sports are the exclusive broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In Germany, Sky Sports show the majority of matches, with Eurosport hosting one match per week.

Buy the kit

You can buy the official Wolfsburg home and away jerseys HERE!

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Wolfsburg fan clubs in the USA

Wolfsburg do not currently have an official fan club in the USA.

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