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2019/2020

Augsburg

In


Marvin Friedrich(def) (Union Berlin); Florian Niederlechner(att) (Freiburg); Ruben Vargas(mid) (Luzern); Noah Sarenren Bazee(att) (Hannover); Iago(def) (Internacional); Carlos Gruezo(mid) (FC Dallas); Mads Pedersen(def) (Nordsjaelland); Marek Suchy(def) (Basel); Reece Oxford(def) (West Ham United); Tomas Koubek(gk) (Stade Rennes); Tim Rieder(def) (Darmstadt - End of Loan); Caiuby(mid) (Grasshopper Zurich - End of Loan);

Out


Christoph Janker(sp)(def) (Released); Martin Hinteregger(r)(def) (Eintracht Frankfurt); Ja-Cheol Koo(r)(mid) (Released); Jonathan Schmid(r)(mid) (Freiburg); Kevin Danso(sp)(def) (Southampton - Loan); Romario Roesch(mid) (Roda JC Kerkrade); Dong-Won Ji(r)(att) (Released); Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker(sp)(def) (Released); Kostas Stafylidis(sp)(def) (Released); Gregor Kobel(r)(gk) (Hoffenheim - End of Loan); Marvin Friedrich(def) (Union Berlin); Takashi Usami(mid) (Gamba Osaka);

Augsburg endured a disastrous campaign last season both on and off the pitch as they just about managed to stay clear of the bottom three, finishing 15th place, four points above the relegation zone, while player revolt led to Manuel Baum being sacked. The club has responded with a major rebuilding job during the summer, especially at back considering Augsburg ended the season with the joint worst defense in the Bundesliga. They have signed a new keeper in Tomas Koubek while Martin Schmidt has also looked to improve his defensive options, converting Reece Oxford's loan into a permanent move while other arrivals include Marek Suchy and Mads Pedersen. Iago has been signed to provide competition to Philipp Max at leftback while Carlos Gruezo will provide some much needed steel in the center of the midfield. Jonathan Schmid, Ja-Cheol Koo and Dong-Won Ji have all left the club and have been replaced by Ruben Vargas, Florian Niederlechner and Noah Sarenren Bazee. Augsburg have also cleared the deadwood with the likes of Martin Hinteregger, Konstantinos Stafylidis, Christoph Janker and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker all leaving the club while Kevin Danso has been sent out on loan to Southampton. Augsburg do have a decent attack but much will depend on whether they will be able to keep Alfred Finnbogason fit. Niederlechner has been brought in to provide cover for the Iceland striker while Gruezo will ensure any absence of Daniel Baier will not be keenly felt. Improving their porous defense will be key to Augsburg's campaign this season as they look to stay well clear of the bottom three

Target


Safety from relegation will once again be the aim for both Schmidt and the fans after a nervy campaign last season

Season Review
2019/2020

№15: Augsburg

Augsburg did just enough to stay out of the bottom three after an inconsistent campaign saw them finish just outside the relegation zone for a second straight season. The season began on a disappointing note for Augsburg who struggled defensively in the opening weeks, managing just one win from their first 10 games. They did manage to tighten up at the back and that provided a platform for six-match unbeaten run midway through the season, five of which ended in victories. The wheels though quickly fell off and Augsburg were only able to win just one more time until the season was interrupted due to the pandemic. By then Martin Schmidt had been relieved of his position and Heiko Herrlich was brought in for what was clearly a relegation battle. Results improved slightly when the season resumed with Augsburg winning two and losing three of their final eight games to secure their safety with a couple of games to spare. Both Schmidt and Herrlich were hampered by the absence of key striker Alfred Finnbogason who endured another injury hit campaign and could only make 10 starts. Florian Niederlechner filled in admirably up front and was Augsburg's best player as he ended the campaign with 13 goals and also chipped in with six assists. Augsburg had improved their defensive options this year but will now need to focus further up the field in support for Niederlechner while there is not much depth on the flanks with question marks over Marco Richter's future and Herrlich often forced to field Philipp Max in an advanced position


Player of the Season: Florian Niederlechner

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