Professionals | 28/12/2019

A look back at the last 10 years

FC 2010-2019: Up, down and still here

From Sandhausen to London and back, from Hennes against Aalen to Risse in the Derby. A look back at the special moments from 10 years of 1. FC Köln.

10 years is a long time, in which a lot can happen – and it goes very quickly. That will certainly be the case for each FC fan looking back on the previous decade. Between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2019, there have been plenty of highs and lows. While there were moments that were and will never be matched by the previous decade, which only made the negative moments extreme. While the start of the millennium was marked by a regular battle against relegation and for promotion, the following decade would bring a few years of calm and an end to the wait for Europe.

If FC fans had wished an end to the decade, it would have been in Köln, in May 2017. Or in London, after nine minutes in September. However, sadly, that wasn’t the case. FC bobbed up and down through the top two leagues. The beginning of the next decade will bring another battle against relegation, but who is to tell what will follow. As the song from the Südkurve states: “Up and down and we’re still here”.

Seeing red

The decade had barely begun and the first bitter pill followed soon after. In the DFB-Pokal, 1. FC Köln were beaten by 2. Bundesliga side, FC Augsburg in the quarter-finals. The red mist descended in every sense oft he word, as Adil Chihi, Petit and Lukas Podolski were all sent off on a forgettable evening in southern Germany.

FC’s relationship with red cards didn’t end there. Youssef Mohamad saw red on 21st August after just 87 seconds in the game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern; to date, that remains the earliest red card shown in Bundesliga history. Despite the red card, Novakovic gave FC a 1:0 lead. However, the game ended in a 3:1 defeat.

The kids are alright

On 26th November 2017, Yann-Aurel Bisseck became the youngster ever player to feature in a competitive game for 1. FC Köln. He featured against Hertha BSC at just 16 years and 362 days old, though couldn’t prevent a 2:0 defeat.

There was more success to follow, as Jan Thielmann’s appearance against Bayer Leverkusen meant he became the first player born in 2002 to play a Bundesliga game. Thielmann joined Sebastiaan Bornauw, Noah Katterbach and Ismail Jakobs in being one of four players of 20 or younger in the starting line-up over the recent three-game winning streak.

Headlines for Hennes

Hennes VIII was not only the first FC mascot to make the move to Köln Zoo, but also made a few ventures onto the pitch. In a dull 2. Bundesliga game against VfR Aalen, Hennes made his way onto the pitch at half time and gave his handler the run-around in the only real moment of excitement that day.

In the following season, Hennes ended up at the centre of attention once more when Anthony Ujah decided to celebrate with him during a 4:2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. Ujah grabbed Hennes by the horns and concerned animal activists saw scandal. The Zoo explained that goats have no problem with such weight, but the striker brought by some carrots as a way of saying sorry to Hennes.

The beginning of this season saw an end to action for Hennes VIII, with Hennes IX now Ingo’s partner at the side of the pitch.

Handball and the consequences

On 18th October 2015, there were arguments made for the introduction of VAR. Leon Andreasen scored for Hannover 96 to give them a 1:0 lead – something that was clear to everyone in the stadium apart from the refereeing team. FC head coach, Peter Stöger even handed his glasses to the linesman. “He didn’t see that either,” said Stöger afterwards. FC lost the game, but Stöger won “Football Quote of the Year”.

Record champions, Junior winners

Thanks to the promotions in both 2014 and 2019, 1. FC Köln have won 2. Bundesliga more than any other club. Nürnberg and Freiburg are the other teams to have won the title three times.

In the past decade, FC have claimed the under-17 German Championship on two occasions. In 2011 with the likes of Yannick Gerhardt, and then 2019 with Jan Thielmann and co. Only Borussia Dortmund (three) have won it more often than FC. Markus Daun’s side will hope to defend that title in 2020, as they sit top of the B-Junioren Bundesliga West after 17 games.

Record head coach

Consistency is perhaps the last word that comes to mind about 1. FC Köln in the last 10 years. However, there was one exception: Peter Stöger. The Wein-born head coach was in charge for 1634 days – beginning in 2013 with a 1:1 draw against Dresden and ending in December 2017 with a 2:2 draw against Schalke. No other head coach has been in charge of FC for a consecutive amount of time.

Jonas Hector International

In the last 10 years, aside from Lukas Podolski, 1. FC Köln have only produced one German national team player. He goes by the name of Jonas Hector. He made his debut in November 2014 under Jogi Löw and continued to be a part of the Germany set-up despite the relegation in 2018. To date, Hector has made 43 appearances.

Goals galore

FC’s biggest league win during the last decade came on 10th November 2018. One day before Karneval began and in the Karneval kit, 1. FC Köln were able to celebrate in style with an 8:1 win over Dynamo Dresden.

Goal of the Month galore

As Marcel Risse arrived in 2013 as an important addition for the team to get back into the Bundesliga, Risse ended up achieving more than just that. Not once, not twice but three times did Cello’s free-kicks ended up winning Goal of the Month from Sportschau. While his super strikes against Hoffenheim and Mainz earned the title from dead ball situations, nothing quite earned the plaudits like his effort against Gladbach. 91st minute. 30 yards out. Bang and boom – he picked out the top corner and the rest is history. Jonas Hector’s stunner against Wolfsburg and Jhon Cordoba’s breath-taking effort in London will also live long in the memory. 

More goal related stats…

Anthony Modeste has been the man to find the back of the net most often for 1. FC Köln in the last 10 years. The Frenchman has scored 52 times for FC, with Simon Terodde on 43 and Jhon Cordoba having scored 28 times after his recent effort against Werder Bremen.

Keep on running

11 players between 2010 and 2019 have played at least 100 competitive games for 1. FC Köln. Timo Horn is top of that list with 259 appearances. Just 20 matches behind him is Jonas Hector.

The final game

With the 1:0 win against Werder Bremen, FC ended the decade on a high and outside the relegation zone. VfL Wolfsurg will be the first opponents of the new decade, as they come to the RheinEnergieSTADION on 18th January 2020.

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