Professionals | 30/11/2018

Matchday 15

All information for the home game against Fuerth

On the first weekend of Advent the 1. FC Cologne will host SpVgg Greuther Fuerth in the RheinEnergieSTADION. Both the FC and the team from Franconia have tailwind after the recent successful results.

Four league positions and four points separate 1. FC Cologne and Greuther Fuerth ahead of the direct clash on Saturday at 1pm (CET) in the RheinEnergieSTADION. A win can advance both teams in the table. Three points for 1. FC Cologne in front of home crowd could enable a little space to the other promotion competitors and possibly pass HSV, which is playing in a parallel match on Saturday .

Form Check

1. FC Cologne: Two victories in the last couple of matches with  a goal difference of 11-1 speak a clear language. However, the FC had some difficulties early on in the match in Darmstadt. A strong performance in the second half with a great scoring opportunity conversion brought the victory. The defense line with Czichos-Mere-Schmitz is very stable and the offensive is always good to produce goals.

Greuther Fuerth: The guests from Fuerth had some fluctuation in performances recently, but made a strong U-turn last weekend, with two late goals against Magdeburg (3-2 win). Due to the last-minute win, the team moved into sixth position in the table. The contract extensions of head coach Damir Buric and midfielder Sebastian Ernst during the week added further satisfaction and confidence. But the last two away games recorded two defeats at Union Berlin (0-4) and in Darmstadt (0-2).

What the coaches have to say

Markus Anfang: "Greuther Fuerth has a good morale, they come back from behind on many occasions. Its a team that never gives up. They will try to put pressure on us. I hope we continue our performance from the last home game. We want to play a decent game."

Damir Buric: "1. FC Cologne have an outstanding team. For us, this is pure joy, to compete with the best and to play in such a stadium. We know the strengths of the FC of course. They are in an attacking mode and have scored plenty of goals. Like any game in this league, this game will be brutally difficult."

Personnel situation

1. FC Cologne: Jonas Hector will definitely miss the game (muscular injury in adductor), as well as both long-term injured Lasse Sobiech and Christian Clemens. The recently struggling Dominick Drexler, however, was back in full team training on Thursday.

[Picture Drexler]
Dominick Drexler can probably play against Fuerth.

Greuther Fuerth: Apart from the long-term injured Yosuke Ideguchi (cruciate ligament tear) and Daniel Steininger (inner ligament tear in the knee) all Fuerth players are fully fit and ready to play.


  • In 14 clashes in the 2nd Bundesliga, the record speaks for 1. FC Cologne with six wins (6 draws, 2 defeats), but the FC is waiting since five duels for a win against Greuther Fuerth.
  • The FC attack remains on target: In 13 out of the 14 league games so far, the team of Markus Anfang scored, with a total of 35 goals - this has never been achieved by FC in the second Bundesliga.
  • In each of the last six league games, Fuerth conceded at least one goal. A total of 13 goals were conceded during this period (second worst record, only Magdeburg conceded more).

Key Player of the opponent

Daniel Keita-Ruel is 29 years old and managed to experience quite a bit during his career. Born in Wuppertal, he went through a large part of his career at Wuppertal SV. There he made his first experiences in the first team and became a regular. However, in 2011, at the age of 22, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison after found guilty for three robberies. After good behavior, he was released after three years on parole and took his chance: From Ratingen, Wattenscheid and Fortuna Cologne, he recommended himself for bigger tasks. Greutger Fuerth signed him during the summer and the German-Frenchman is one of the top performers in the team and impresses with strong physique and excellent ball control. The attacker is set as centre forward, playing all 14 league games and scoring eight goals.

Physically strong and technically savvy: Daniel Keita-Ruel

Useful information

  • Cologne's Simon Terodde scored 17 goals after 14 match days – no other player registered more, since the single-track second division. He scored overall 106 times (like Daniel Jurgeleit), only Sven Demandt (121) and Theo Gries (111) scored more second-division goals.
  • Assist King Louis Schaub: In the 3-0 win in Darmstadt Schaub again created assists for two goals and has now supported nine goals - more assists after 14 leagues games were never recorded since collecting these statistics (since 2004/05).
  • With the two late goals against Magdeburg, Greuther Fuerth have now scored eleven goals in the final fifteen minutes this season - league top score. Before the break, the Franconia’s however, only scored twice, no other team scored less often.
  • Both teams only once hit the aluminium (either post or crossbar), which means the last position in this stat.


  • The game starts at 1 pm.
  • Spectators are advised to arrive early and via public transport.
  • The resident protection concept starts already three hours before kick-off.
  • Bags and back packs may not be taken to the RheinEnergieSTADION. Visitors can drop off luggage and other items in the FC depots to the east and southwest.
  • The FC Kinderland is open.
  • FC fans can follow the match in the FC App, with the Radio Cologne FC-Radio and in the live ticker.

Worldwide TV Schedule 

Austria: Sky Sport Bundesliga 3, Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 2
Czech Republic: DIGI GO, Digi Sport 3
Germany: Sky Sport Bundesliga 2, Sky Ticket, Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga 3
International: Bet365
Ireland: BT Sport 2, BT Sport Live
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 4
Slovakia: Digi Sport 3, DIGI GO
Switzerland: Sky Sport Bundesliga 3, Sky Sport Bundesliga 2
United Kingdom: BT Sport 2, BT Sport Live
United States: FOX Soccer Match Pass

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
1 1. FC Köln 63
2 SC Paderborn 07 57
3 1. FC Union Berlin 57