Despite never playing in German football’s top flight until recently, FC Augsburg is a club with a rich history, even dating back to its earlier days as BC Augsburg.
But for the most part, that history is incomparable to the golden era of success the Fuggerstädter are currently having.
It’s a tough task, but here are our five best FC Augsburg games of all time (in the FC-era).
115 August 1973: TSV 1860 München 1-1 FC Augsburg
One of the finest footballing products to ever come out Augsburg was Helmut Haller. After spending 11 years in Italy, Haller finally returned to FCA amid much fanfare. With the former German international on the pitch, the club became an instant power in the Regionalliga and averaged over 22,000 supporters for its home matches. In August of ’73, those fans and several thousands more traveled to the new Olympic Stadium to watch to FCA play Bavarian rivals TSV 1860 Munchen.
In front of an estimated 90,000 spectators (the all-time record attendance for the old Olympiastadion), the two rivals battled to a 1:1 draw. The point would eventually help Augsburg to the Regionalliga title and the Bundesliga promotion round, which eventually resulted in a spot in the new 2. Bundesliga.
28 May 2011: Augsburg 2-1 FSV Frankfurt
After being thrown a financial lifesaver, FCA took out a new lease on life and slowly began to climb the German football ranks in the 2000s. After making it back into 2. Bundesliga for the second time in 23 years, FCA had some close calls with gaining top flight promotion but were never able to capitalize on the opportunity. Then came one May Day in Bavaria against FSV Frankfurt.
The visitors took an early lead, but Michael Thurk was able to equalize for FCA just before halftime. Finally in the 85th minute, Augsburg struck a corner that skimmed off a player by the near post and landed on the turf at the other end of the goal. Waiting there was Stephen Hain, who put the ball into net and clinched Augsburg’s promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.
315 October 2011: Augsburg 1-0 Mainz
FCA’s first season in the Bundesliga took a while to get going as the club earned only four points from its first 8 matches (0W, 4D, 4L). Although it was only October, thoughts that Augsburg would be just another yo-yo club couldn’t be ignored when similarly dire Mainz 05 came to town in Gameweek 9.
That match appeared to be headed to yet another draw, deadlocked at nil-nil near the death. But in the 88th, Augsburg scored on a penalty by Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, a long-term player with FC Ausburg. When the final whistle blew minutes later, Augsburg had officially recorded their first top flight win in club history.
45 April 2014: Bayern Munich 0-1 Augsburg
We all knew Bayern Munich’s epic unbeaten streak had to end at some point. But even the most diehard Augsburg supporters probably didn’t think their little club would be the one to do it, let alone at the Allianz. Even the sportsbooks heavily doubted FCA’s chances of winning (fairly so), pegging them as +514 underdogs. The significant growth of sports betting has coincided strongly with the Bundesliga’s continued rise in popularity, so all eyes were on FCA to see if they could be the ones to end the 52-match unbeaten streak.
And as early as the 30 minute mark, it miraculously appeared that way. A great through-ball put Sascha Mölders all alone in the box, an opportunity he used to give FCA a 1-0 lead. The goal was far from dumb luck, and Augsburg kept Michael Neuer busy much of the rest of the match. Despite having some good chances of their own, Bayern failed to score in a Bundesliga match for the first time in two years, making Augsburg forever an answer to a great pub trivia question: who ended Bayern’s streak?
510 December 2015: Partizan 1-3 Augsburg
The 2015-16 season was one of many historic firsts for Augsburg. A record-high fifth place finish the year before qualified the club for a spot in the Europa League, their first ever European competition. Despite being drawn into a difficult group with Partizan, AZ, and defending Europa runner ups Athletic Bilbao, FCA more than held their own.
But to advance to the group stage, Augsburg needed to go to Belgrade and win by two goals against Partizan, a club which had bested FCA 3-1 in their first meeting. Things looked grim early on as the hosts jumped out to an 11th-minute lead. But just before the break Hong Jeong-ho would equalize, allowing the floodgates to open in the second half. Captain Paul Verhaegh scored just after the break, meaning Augsburg needed one more goal to go through on goal differential. They would get just that in the 89th thanks to Raul Bobadilla, whose successful strike put FCA through to the knockout round.