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VfL Wolfsburg is one of the most recently founded football teams in Germany. They were established after the end of World War II in 1945 and rose to the top tier of German football a little over 20 years ago. After being promoted from 2. Bundesliga in 1997, the club hasn't been relegated since. They won their first major trophy in 2009, winning the Bundesliga with a 2 point advantage to Bayern Munich. During the 2014-2015 campaign Wolfsburg were runners-up in the league but also managed to win the DFB Pokal. This was their first and only domestic cup trophy.
In recent years Wolfsburg has established itself as a consistent upper half of the table team. The Wolves finished 16th in the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 seasons and had to survive the relegation play-offs, which they did. Since then, they have managed to recoup, making a 6th and 7th place finish in the last two campaigns.
VfL Wolfsburg Transfers and News
Martin Petrov from Servette for €3.25 Million in 2001 – The Bulgarian International was one of Wolfsburg's key players during his 4-year stay. In his first season, he scored six goals and provided 11 assists. His most notable performance was a 4-3 win over Mainz 05 in 2004, in which he scored all four goals himself. In the same season, he amassed 30 appearances scoring 12 goals and making 14 assists. This led to Atletico Madrid buying him in 2015 for €10 Million.
Edin Dzeko from FK Teplice for €4 Million in 2007 – It was Wolfsburg that shone the light over the famous Roma forward. There were no transfer gossips surrounding the player before he joined the team. Dzeko became part of the Bundesliga outfit in 2007 and scored 58 goals in 08/09 and 09/10 campaigns. In the January transfer window of 2011, Manchester City bought him for €37 Million, almost multiplying Wolfsburg's investment ten times. Dzeko wasn't as successful in the Premier League, scoring fewer goals in more appearances for City.
Ivan Perišić from Borussia Dortmund for €8 Million in 2013 – After he failed to make a significant impact in Borussia, the Croatian became part of another Bundesliga outfit in the face of Wolfsburg. He spent three years with the Wolves during which he scored 20 goals and assisted 17 times in a little over 80 appearances. In 2015 Inter Milan came forward with an offer for Perišić for the sum of €19 Million. The deal was later confirmed with the Croatian exclaiming that “Inter were too big an opportunity to turn down.”
Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea for €22 Million in 2014 – Regarded as one of the world's best playmakers, it's still a mystery why Chelsea decided to offload this talent. De Bruyne ended his first season with the Wolves contributing to 44 goals, 16 of which he scored and 28 that he assisted. He was a part of Wolfsburg's first-ever Europa League win, 4-1 win over Bayern Munich, and, triumphing with the DFB Pokal and the DFL-Supercup. His magnificent form saw Manchester City parting ways with €76 Million to acquire the Belgian International, setting Wolfsburg record for the most expensive player they've sold.