The first known football team associated with the City of Wolfsburg was founded in 1943 as a works team! They never really had a lot of success, stuck in the amateur divisions until the 1990s, where in 1992-93 they made it to 2. Bundesliga. They reached the German Cup final in 1995 and were finally promoted to the Bundesliga in 1997 after a 2nd place finish. In 1999, Wolfsburg flirted with qualifying for the Champions League before a 6-1 defeat in the final game saw them finish 6th, which was good enough for a UEFA Cup place.
The Felix Magarth Era
It’s fair to say, Felix Magarth, changed Wolfsburg‘s fortunes around. After mid-table finishes throughout the 2000’s, Magarth was appointed in 2007/8 to end all of that. In his first season, he led Wolfsburg to their highest ever finish (5th), which meant they qualified for the UEFA cup for only the 2nd time in their history.
2008/9 was the break-through year. Magarth equaled the longest winning Bundesliga streak (10 wins in a row) with Wolfsburg and they claimed their first ever league title. This saw the emergence of the name Edin Džeko as he bagged 26 for the season.
Magarth left in 2009 after winning the Bundesliga, the following season they were knocked out of the Champions League finishing 3rd in their group. They also got knocked out of the Europa League, getting beat by eventual finalists Fulham. In 2010, former England manager Steve McClaren took over, however he was sacked only 9 months later after slipping into the relegation zone. Magarth did return to Wolfsburg in 2012 as Sporting Director and guided them to safety, but the following season could only manage a mid-table finish.
In 2015, after some record transfer deals including André Schürrle, Wolfsburg finished runners up in the Bundesliga and also won the German Cup beating Borussia Dortmund. The 2015/16 season started with them winning the German Super Cup against Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich. However, the season ultimately ended in disappointment with them finishing 8th in the league.
The Wolfsburg green, is arguably one of the most instantly recognisable colour schemes out there. Over the years they have served up some gems and this one is another. This one features green sleeves, a subtle green ‘X’ and horizontal green stripes, a blue Nike Swoosh and blue piping. Definitely not as “in your face” as previous ones, but still a very smart kit!