An entire year cannot be reduced down to a single day. Not even 2020, which brought ups and downs for VfL Wolfsburg. Much of the year was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. Impressive performances in the UEFA Europa League led to positive headlines, while seventh place at the end of the 2019/20 season meant Europa League qualifying for VfL, who ended the year in fourth place.
January: New signing Pongracic arrives
The Wolves headed to Almancil in Portugal to prepare for the second half of the season. Immediately upon their arrival, Oliver Glasner had his players out on the training ground near the team hotel. The Green-and-Whites made the most of every session and returned to Wolfsburg well prepared.
New arrival: The Wolves bolstered their defensive options in the shape of Marin Pongracic, who joined from Austrian champions RB Salzburg on a four-and-a-half-year contract valid until 30 June 2024. The centre-back was given the number 22 shirt at VfL.
February: Impressive performances in Hoffenheim and Sweden
Weghorst on fire: VfL Wolfsburg picked up their fifth away win of the season as Glasner’s men beat TSG Hoffenheim 3-2 in the Bundesliga. Wout Weghorst netted two goals in front of a crowd of 22,500 at the PreZero-Arena.
Wolves book last-16 spot: VfL reached the Europa League round of 16 thanks to a 3-0 win at Malmö FF, having led 2-1 over the Swedes from the first leg.
March: Last time in front of fans
Stalemate against second: The Wolves held RB Leipzig to a 0-0 draw at the Volkswagen Arena in front of over 27,000 fans.
Silent home defeat: VfL lost out in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash with Shakhtar Donetsk. Glasner’s side went down 2-1 in the first ‘Geisterspiel’ (behind-closed-doors game) in the club’s history.
Augsburg match called off: In light of the newest developments regarding the coronavirus, the German Football League (DFL) postponed the upcoming matchdays in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.
April: Staff raise €30,000 euros
100,000 masks donated: By now, the world had been firmly in the grip of the coronavirus for some weeks. There was something for the city of Wolfsburg to smile about, though, as VfL managing directors Michael Meeske and Dr. Tim Schumacher handed over 100,000 surgical masks to mayor Klaus Mohrs at the Volkswagen Arena.
Supporting valuable work: Over 200 VfL Wolfsburg employees donated a total of €30,000 euros from their salaries, which VfL distributed equally to the Wolfsburg Family Foundation, the Caritas Wolfsburg food bank and the Tagestreff Carpe Diem, a day centre for the homeless.
May: Action resumes in Augsburg
Restart in Augsburg: After the government gave the green light for the Bundesliga to resume, the DFL confirmed the exact match schedule. Wolfsburg kicked off on Saturday May 16 with a trip to Augsburg.
Rainbow for diversity: VfL Wolfsburg have been passionately committed to diversity for years. Together with Volkswagen, the Wolves took a colourful stand against discrimination in the match against Eintracht Frankfurt on 30 May, wearing a rainbow-coloured Volkswagen logo on their chest. In addition, the neck of the shirt was inscribed with the word ‘#Vielfalt’ (‘diversity’) in bright colours. The previous day, VfL Women wore the same jersey for their first match since the enforced break against 1. FC Köln.
June: Seventh-place finish
Victory in Bremen: VfL stayed on course for a European place after Weghorst scored an 82nd-minute winner in a 1-0 triumph at Werder Bremen.
Seventh: The Green-and-Whites missed out on direct qualification for the Europa League group stage. Glasner’s men lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich on the final day of the Bundesliga season and therefore ended the campaign in seventh place.