|Full name||Fußball-Club Ingolstadt 04 e.V.|
|Founded||5 February 2004|
|Head coach||Michael Köllner|
|2022–23||3. Liga, 11th of 20|
Fußball-Club Ingolstadt 2004 e.V., commonly known as FC Ingolstadt 04 or FC Ingolstadt, is a German football club based in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. The club was founded in 2004 out of the merger of the football sides of two other clubs: ESV Ingolstadt-Ringsee 1919 and MTV Ingolstadt 1881.
Main article: ESV Ingolstadt
ESV Ingolstadt (Eisenbahner-Sportverein Ingolstadt-Ringsee e.V.) was founded in 1919 as FC Viktoria. Two years later the football players of Turnverein 1861 Ingolstadt joined the club to form VfR Ingolstadt. A number of other clubs from the Ringsee district fused with this club, but to little effect. The club's achievement amounted to not more than a couple of seasons spent in the Gauliga Bayern in 1936–38. After World War II, the club was re-constituted as VfR Ingolstadt, changed its name to Erster Sportverein Ingolstadt (First Sports Club Ingolstadt) in 1951 and then changed it again to its current form in 1953 when "E" came to stand for Eisenbahner to reflect its affiliation with the railway.
ESV Ingolstadt joined the Regionalliga Süd (II) in 1963 when the Bundesliga – Germany's professional football league – was formed. After bouncing between tiers II and III, capped with two seasons spent in 2. Bundesliga Süd from 1979 to 1981, the club began a descent through tier III to Landesliga Bayern-Süd (IV), last playing in 1993–94. The sports club itself carried on until it went bankrupt in the summer of 2004 and those football players there were left to join FC Ingolstadt 04. ESV continues to operate today offering a number of other sports activities while acknowledging FC 04 on its website.
Main article: MTV Ingolstadt
MTV Ingolstadt (Männer-Turn-Verein von 1881 Ingolstadt) is the city's largest sportsclub with 3,400 members and has an on-and-off relationship with its football side. The club was founded in 1881 and took up football in 1905. The footballers set up a separate club in 1924, but returned to the fold in 1933 at the direction of sports authorities in the Third Reich. After World War II occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sporting associations. The club was re-founded as Städtischer SV Ingolstadt 1881. Their original name was restored in 1948.
MTV spent two seasons in 2. Bundesliga Süd after Amateurliga Bayern champion 1. FC Haßfurt declined promotion in 1978. When ESV faced bankruptcy in 2004, MTV allowed its footballers to leave to help form FC Ingolstadt.
Newly formed FC Ingolstadt began play in the Oberliga Bayern (IV) and managed to finish second in their first season In 2004–05. Their success continued in 2005–06 when they captured the divisional title and won promotion. They finished their debut Regionalliga Süd (III) campaign 2006–07 with a fifth-place result. League restructuring was planned for the 2008–09 season with the introduction of a national third division and FC would have to finish their 2007–08 Regionalliga season in the top 10 to qualify. They exceeded that goal by finishing second and advancing to the 2. Bundesliga.
Ingolstadt won its debut second division match, but the following months proved less successful for the club and by the mid-winter break they had dropped to 12th place. The latter half of the season proved even worse with the club only realizing 1 win in 18 matches. They finished the season in 17th place and were subsequently relegated to the 3. Liga.
FC delivered a steady performance in third division play and ended their campaign in third place. A new promotion/relegation format accompanied the introduction of the 3. Liga and the club's finish earned them a play-off versus Hansa Rostock which had finished in 16th (third last) place in the 2. Bundesliga. Ingolstadt won both legs of the two match play-off and returned to the second division alongside the top two third tier teams which advanced automatically by virtue of their finishes.
On 17 May 2015, they clinched the 2014–15 2. Bundesliga title and won promotion for the first time in their history to the Bundesliga. Ingolstadt finished 11th in the 2015–16 Bundesliga, but the following year they fell to 17th and were relegated back to the 2. Bundesliga.
In the 2018–19 2. Bundesliga, Ingolstadt finished 16th and lost the relegation playoff against SV Wehen Wiesbaden on away goals.
In the 2019–20 3. Liga qualified for the promotion playoffs, but suffered more heartbreak, as a last second goal from Fabian Schleusener saw Ingolstadt lose to FC Nürnberg on away goals.
In the 2020–21 3. Liga, Ingolstadt were once again part of the relegation playoffs, and a 3–0 win over VfL Osnabrück in the first leg gave them the advantage heading into the second leg. Despite a 3–1 loss in the second leg, Ingolstadt won 4–3 on aggregate, and won promotion to the 2021–22 2. Bundesliga. The club were relegated back to the 3. Liga on the 31st matchday after a 2–2 draw against Karlsruhe.
Main article: FC Ingolstadt 04 II
FC Ingolstadt 04 II played the 2011–12 season in the Regionalliga Süd after finishing runners-up in the Bayernliga and taking FC Ismaning's promotion spot after the later declined promotion. In the 2012–13 season the team played in the new Regionalliga Bayern.
The club nickname Die Schanzer has a military background, meaning trenchmen or rampartmen. The official club anthem is called "Schanzer Herz", performed by Ingolstadt-based hard rock band Bonfire. The stadium's goal theme song is "Esellied", performed by South Tyrol band Volxrock. The pre-kick-off song is "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Jürgen Press||1 July 2004||1 January 2008|
|Thorsten Fink||5 January 2008||21 April 2009|
|Horst Köppel||27 April 2009||8 November 2009|
|Michael Wiesinger||9 November 2009||6 November 2010|
|Benno Möhlmann||7 November 2010||9 November 2011|
|Tomas Oral||10 November 2011||27 May 2013|
|Marco Kurz||10 June 2013||30 September 2013|
|Ralph Hasenhüttl||4 October 2013||30 June 2016|
|Markus Kauczinski||1 July 2016||6 November 2016|
|Maik Walpurgis||12 November 2016||22 August 2017|
|Stefan Leitl||22 August 2017||22 September 2018|
|Alexander Nouri||24 September 2018||26 November 2018|
|Roberto Pätzold||26 September 2018||2 December 2018|
|Jens Keller||2 December 2018||2 April 2019|
|Tomas Oral||3 April 2019||30 June 2019|
|Jeff Saibene||1 July 2019||9 March 2020|
|Tomas Oral||11 March 2020||30 June 2021|
|Roberto Pätzold||1 July 2021||26 September 2021|
|André Schubert||26 September 2021||8 December 2021|
|Rüdiger Rehm||8 December 2021||31 January 2023|
|Guerino Capretti||1 February 2023||4 April 2023|
|Michael Köllner||6 April 2023||present|
Main article: List of FC Ingolstadt 04 seasons
|↑ Promoted||↓ Relegated|
The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup 16 times:
|2005–06||First||20 August 2005||FC Ingolstadt 04||1. FC Saarbrücken||1–1 aet (3–5 pen)||2,000|
|2008–09||First||9 August 2008||FC Ingolstadt 04||Hamburger SV||1–3||11,000|
|2009–10||First||31 July 2009||FC Ingolstadt 04||FC Augsburg||1–2||5,250|
|2010–11||First||13 August 2010||FC Ingolstadt 04||Karlsruher SC||2–0||6,600|
|Second||27 October 2010||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||FC Ingolstadt 04||1–0||10,500|
|2011–12||First||31 July 2011||FC Oberneuland||FC Ingolstadt 04||1–4||750|
|Second||26 October 2011||Bayern Munich||FC Ingolstadt 04||6–0||63,000|
|2012–13||First||19 August 2012||VfR Aalen||FC Ingolstadt 04||3–0||3,027|
|2013–14||First||3 August 2013||Sportfreunde Baumberg||FC Ingolstadt 04||1–4||2,448|
|Second||25 September 2013||FSV Frankfurt||FC Ingolstadt 04||0–2||3,089|
|Round of 16||4 December 2013||VfL Wolfsburg||FC Ingolstadt 04||2–1||7,846|
|2014–15||First||18 August 2014||Kickers Offenbach||FC Ingolstadt 04||0–0 aet (4–2 pen)||7,386|
|2015–16||First||9 August 2015||SpVgg Unterhaching||FC Ingolstadt 04||2–1||6,500|
|2016–17||First||21 August 2016||Erzgebirge Aue||FC Ingolstadt 04||0–0 aet (7–8 pen)||6,650|
|Second||25/26 Oct 2016||Eintracht Frankfurt||FC Ingolstadt 04||0–0 aet (4–1 pen)||6,300|
|2017–18||First||13 August 2017||1860 Munich||FC Ingolstadt 04||1–2||12,500|
|Second||24 October 2017||Greuther Fürth||FC Ingolstadt 04||1–3||4,925|
|Third||19 December 2017||SC Paderborn||FC Ingolstadt 04||1–0||14,800|
|2018–19||First||20 August 2018||SC Paderborn||FC Ingolstadt 04||2–1||9,427|
|2019–20||First||9 August 2019||FC Ingolstadt 04||1. FC Nürnberg||0–1||14,348|
|2020–21||First||12 September 2020||FC Ingolstadt 04||Fortuna Düsseldorf||0–1||0|
|2021–22||First||9 August 2021||FC Ingolstadt 04||Erzgebirge Aue||2–1||3,322|
|Second||26 October 2021||Borussia Dortmund||FC Ingolstadt 04||2–0||28,000|
|2022–23||First||1 August 2022||FC Ingolstadt 04||Darmstadt 98||0–3||5,298|