Fußball-Club Ingolstadt 04 e.V., commonly known as simply FC Ingolstadt 04, 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 and MTV Ingolstadt.


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

ESV Ingolstadt

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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 2nd Bundesliga Süd from 1979–81, 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

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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 3rd 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. Fußball-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]

Reserve team

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 will play in the new Regionalliga Bayern.

Club culture

The single cover for "Schanzer Herz".

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 26 January 2018 [2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Norway GK Ørjan Nyland
2 Germany DF Frederic Ananou
3 Germany DF Tobias Levels
4 Brazil DF Paulo Otávio
5 Germany MF Max Christiansen
6 United States MF Alfredo Morales
7 Germany FW Patrick Ebert
8 Israel MF Almog Cohen
9 Germany FW Moritz Hartmann
10 Germany MF Sonny Kittel
11 Paraguay FW Darío Lezcano
13 Germany FW Robert Leipertz
14 Germany FW Stefan Lex
16 Austria GK Marco Knaller
No. Position Player
17 Germany MF Maximilian Thalhammer
19 Germany MF Marcel Gaus
20 Germany FW Stefan Kutschke
21 Germany MF Tobias Schröck
22 Japan MF Takahiro Sekine
23 Japan MF Ryoma Watanabe
24 Croatia GK Fabijan Buntić
25 Germany DF Hauke Wahl
26 Germany DF Phil Neumann
27 Germany DF Lukas Gerlspeck
28 Germany MF Christian Träsch
30 Germany MF Thomas Pledl
34 Cameroon DF Marvin Matip (captain)

Players out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Denmark GK Martin Hansen (at SC Heerenveen until 30 June 2018)
Germany MF Nico Rinderknecht (at Preußen Münster until 30 June 2018)
Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Marcel Tisserand (at VfL Wolfsburg until 30 June 2018)
Switzerland DF Florent Hadergjonaj (at Huddersfield Town until 30 June 2018)


  • Reserve team

Recent managers


Manager Start Finish
Jürgen Press 1 July 2004 1 Jan 2008
Thorsten Fink 5 Jan 2008 21 April 2009
Horst Köppel 27 April 2009 8 Nov 2009
Michael Wiesinger 9 Nov 2009 6 Nov 2010
Benno Möhlmann 7 Nov 2010 9 Nov 2011
Tomas Oral 10 Nov 2011 27 May 2013
Marco Kurz 10 June 2013 30 Sept 2013
Ralph Hasenhüttl 4 Oct 2013 30 June 2016
Markus Kauczinski 1 July 2016 6 Nov 2016
Maik Walpurgis 12 Nov 2016 22 Aug 2017
Stefan Leitl 22 Aug 2017

FC Ingolstadt 04 seasons


  • With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the establishment of the Regionalliga Bayern as the new fourth tier in Bavaria in 2012 the Bayernliga was split into a northern and a southern division, the number of Landesligas expanded from three to five and the Bezirksoberligas abolished. All leagues from the Bezirksligas onwards were elevated one tier.
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:[8]

Season Round Date Home Away Result Attendance
2005–06 First 20 Aug 2005 FC Ingolstadt 04 1. FC Saarbrücken 1–1 aet (3–5 pen) 2,000
2008–09 First 9 Aug 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 Aug 2010 FC Ingolstadt 04 Karlsruher SC 2–0 6,600
Second 27 Oct 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 Oct 2011 Bayern Munich FC Ingolstadt 04 6–0 63,000
2012–13 First 19 Aug 2012 VfR Aalen FC Ingolstadt 04 3–0 3,027
2013–14 First 3 Aug 2013 Sportfreunde Baumberg FC Ingolstadt 04 1–4 2,448
Second Sept 25, 2013 FSV Frankfurt FC Ingolstadt 04 0–2 3,089
Round of 16 4 Dec 2013 VfL Wolfsburg FC Ingolstadt 04 2–1 7,846
2014–15 First 18 Aug 2014 Kickers Offenbach FC Ingolstadt 04 0–0 aet (4–2 pen) 7,386
2015–16 First 9 Aug 2015 SpVgg Unterhaching FC Ingolstadt 04 2–1 6,500
2016–17 First 21 Aug 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


  1. ^ "Ingolstadt promoted to Bundesliga". 17 May 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "ZWEITE FRAUENMANNSCHAFT FEIERN MEISTERSCHAFT" (in German). Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  4. ^ FC Ingolstadt 04 .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 28 April 2011
  5. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables
  6. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse Archived 18 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues
  7. ^ FC Ingolstadt Historie (in German) Kicker Historie
  8. ^ "DFB-Pokal". dfb.de (in German). Retrieved 7 September 2016. 

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