Arminia Bielefeld is a club founded in 1905 that plays its home games at the Bielefelder Alm Stadium, also known as SchücoArena, due to sponsorship. The club colors are black white and blue, and within Germany, the team is often referred to as Die Blauen (The Blues). Die Arminen are competing in the 2. Bundesliga most of the time, but also have 17 top-flight seasons under their belt.
The recently promoted side is eager to survive the campaign and compete in the Bundesliga for another season. They haven't played in the Bundesliga since 2008 and would most definitely not want to return to the 2nd tier of German football. Uwe Neuhaus has a challenging task on their hands and a lot of eyes staring at them.
Arminia Bielefeld Transfers
Norbert Eilenfeldt from 1.FC Mülheim on an unknown fee in 1976 – With 232 appearances, Eilenfeldt is historically one of the club's most prominent players. The midfielder was a regular scorer, especially during his first spell with Die Arminien. Coming out of Rot-Weiss Essen’s youth academy, he spent his entire career playing in Germany, mainly for Arminia and Kaiserslautern. In 1981 he was sold to K’lautern for a fee of around €500,000. He spent five years with them before making his return to Bielefeld in 1986. He played a further two years before retiring, making over 50 appearances.
Artur Wichniarek from Widzew Lodz for €1.4 Million in 1999 – The Polish player started his career in Lech Poznan and impressed during his stay with Widzew Lodz, which caught the eye of the Arminien’s board. They made the right move in attracting him as he went on and netted 50 times in 101 games in his first four years with the club. After that, he spent three years with Hertha Berlin before making a return to Arminia. His second stint was three years long, during which he was once again the main goal-scoring man. Through his performances, he was named King Arthur by the club's fans.
Christopher Katongo from Bröndby IF for €1.9 Million in 2008 – The now-retired Zambian striker is Arminia Bielefeld's record signing. Close to €2 MIllion is the highest that the German team has spent on a new player, with the €1.4 Million for Wichniarek coming in second. Unfortunately for the club, Katongo turned out to be a flop, as he only managed 11 goals in his two-year-long stay, despite being a regular starter. In 2010 Katongo was sold for barely ¼ of what the team had spent on him.
Fabian Klos from VfL Wolfsburg II on a free transfer in 2011 – Since joining Arminia, Klos has become a club legend and is currently sitting on top of the board of the all-time greatest goalscorers. Considering the fact that he is still an active player, his tally will be seen rising further. In the last nine years, he has managed to find the net 152 times in 334 appearances. His caps also rank him 4th amongst the players, with most matches wearing Bielefeld's kit.