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FC Ingolstadt

FC Ingolstadt is a football (soccer) club from Germany.

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About FC Ingolstadt

FC Ingolstadt 04 is a German Association football List of football clubs in Germany 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.


ESV Ingolstadt

ESV Ingolstadt joined the Regionalliga Süd (1963–74) (II) in 1963 when the Fußball-Bundesliga – Germany's professional football league – was formed. After bouncing between tiers II and III, capped with two seasons spent in 2. Fußball-Bundesliga Süd (1974–1981) 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

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 Oberliga 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 a credible second-place finish in their first season. Their success continued in 2005–06 when they easily captured the divisional title and won promotion. They finished their debut Regionalliga Süd (III) campaign 2006–07 with a respectable 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 playoff versus FC Hansa Rostock which had finished in 16th (third last) place in the 2. Bundesliga. Ingolstadt won both legs of the two match playoff and returned to the second division alongside the top two third tier teams which advanced automatically by virtue of their finishes.

Reserve team

FC Ingolstadt 04 II will play 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. They are currently coached by Joe Albersinger.

Club culture

Attendance at the club's matches averaged 1400 in their first Regionalliga season. This season they have been able to attract an average of over 7500 spectators to date. Until recently, Ingolstadters tended to show more interest in longtime Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich and local ice hockey team ERC Ingolstadt.


- The club nickname, Die Schanzer, is taken from the town and has a military sense meaning trenchmen or rampartmen.



The club's honours:


- Regionalliga Süd (III)
- - Runners-up: 2008
- Fußball-Bayernliga (IV)
- - Champions: 2006
- - Runners-up: 2005, 2011
- Landesliga Bayern-Süd (V)
- - Runners-up: 2008
- Bezirksoberliga Oberbayern (VI)
- - Runners-up: 2006


- Bavarian Cup
- - Runners-up: 2005 Bavarian Cup
- Oberbayern Cup
- - Winner: (3) 2005, 2006, 2007

- Reserve team

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:

FC Ingolstadt 04 seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:

First team

Reserve team

- With the introduction of the Bezirksoberligen Bayern in 1988 as the new fifth tier, below the Landesliga Bayern, all leagues below dropped one tier. With the introduction of the Fußball-Regionalliga in 1994 and the 3rd Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier.

DFB Cup appearances

The club has qualified for the first round of the DFB-Pokal four times and the second round one time:

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