Memorable landmarks and records for the Wolves during the first half of the campaign.
While VfL Wolfsburg’s unbeaten start did not match the club record of 14 league games set during the 1995/96 campaign, there have nevertheless been plenty of impressive facts and stats from the first half of this season.
Wolfsburg’s name likely did the rounds in the Italian media during the autumn. That’s because before losing at Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 10, the Wolves were the only unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues along with Juventus. Incidentally, the Old Lady held out until 7 December, when they lost 3-1 at Lazio.
Nine games without defeat at the beginning of his tenure puts Oliver Glasner in ninth place in the ranking of most successful starts for Bundesliga coaches. The clear leader is Pep Guardiola, who didn’t lose any of his first 28 matches in the 2013/14 season.
Since promotion to the top flight, VfL had never avoided defeat in their opening four away Bundesliga games until this season (3-0 at Hertha Berlin, 1-1 at Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1-0 at Mainz, 1-1 at RB Leipzig).
Another record and a major factor in a solid first half of the season: five goals conceded after nine games. With the exception of two matchdays, the Green-and-Whites boasted the strongest defence in the league throughout the first half of the campaign.
The best defence has come from Wolfsburg only once before: in 2005/06, VfL conceded just 16 goals in the first 17 matches – equal with 1. FC Nürnberg.
In addition, the Green-and-Whites have only bettered their current tally of 18 goals against on one further occasion in the Bundesliga, namely the 2014/15 season, in which the Wolves ended as DFB Cup winners.
Wout Weghorst’s short-lived equaliser in the home match against Werder Bremen moved him into the top 10 of Wolfsburg’s all-time Bundesliga goalscorers. The Dutchman’s 24th goal briefly drew him level with Roy Präger and Maximilian Arnold.
Arnold immediately edged ahead of Weghorst again with his winner against Borussia Mönchengladbach. With 25 goals, he’s now alone in ninth place behind Martin Petrov and Ivica Olic (both on 28).
Speaking of Arnold, the VfL midfielder is also making his way up the appearance ranking. In the away match against Eintracht Frankfurt, he became only the third player to reach 200 Bundesliga games for the Wolves. Now on 205 top-flight appearances, the midfielder is third behind Diego Benaglio (259) and Marcel Schäfer (256).