FC Ingolstadt 04
FC Ingolstadt 04 logo.svg
Full nameFußball-Club Ingolstadt 04 e.V.
Nickname(s)Die Schanzer
Founded5 February 2004; 18 years ago (2004-02-05)
GroundAudi Sportpark
ChairmanPeter Jackwerth
Head coachRüdiger Rehm
League3. Liga
2021–222. Bundesliga, 18th of 18 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.


Historical chart of FC Ingolstadt and predecessors' league performance
Historical chart of FC Ingolstadt and predecessors' league performance

ESV Ingolstadt

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.

MTV Ingolstadt

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.


In 2004–05, newly formed FC Ingolstadt began play in the Oberliga Bayern (IV) and managed to finish second in their first season. 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] Despite a 3-1 loss in the second leg, Ingolstadt won 4-3 on aggregate, and won promotion to the 2021–22 2. Bundesliga.[4] The club were relegated back to the 3. Liga on the 31st matchday after a 2-2 draw against Karlsruhe.[5]

Reserve team

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.

Club culture

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.


Current squad

As of 17 August 2022[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Germany GER Marius Funk
3 DF Germany GER Dominik Franke
5 DF Austria AUT Nico Antonitsch
6 MF Germany GER Rico Preißinger
7 FW Kosovo KOS Valmir Sulejmani
8 MF Germany GER Tim Civeja (on loan from Augsburg)
9 FW Germany GER Patrick Schmidt
10 MF Germany GER Maximilian Dittgen
15 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Stevanović
16 DF North Macedonia MKD Visar Musliu
17 DF Germany GER Calvin Brackelmann
18 MF Ghana GHA Hans Nunoo Sarpei
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF United States USA Jalen Hawkins
21 DF Germany GER Tobias Schröck (captain)
22 DF Germany GER Marcel Costly
23 MF Germany GER Denis Linsmayer
25 FW Kosovo KOS Arian Llugiqi
27 FW Guinea GUI Moussa Doumbouya
29 MF Poland POL David Kopacz
31 FW Germany GER Justin Butler
37 FW Germany GER Pascal Testroet
38 DF Germany GER Maximilian Neuberger
40 GK Germany GER Markus Ponath

Other players under contract

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Germany GER Jeroen Krupa

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player


Recent managers


Manager Start Finish
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 present

FC Ingolstadt 04 seasons

Main article: List of FC Ingolstadt 04 seasons


Promoted Relegated

DFB Cup appearances

The club has qualified for the first round of the German Cup ten times and the third round just once:[12]

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
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


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