Based in one of the richest cities in Germany, VfL Wolfsburg are backed by automotive giants Volkswagen. Though one of the youngest clubs in the Bundesliga, they quickly rose to the top, winning the league title in 2009.
Wolfsburg established themselves quickly upon their promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997, needing just 12 seasons to win their first title. They are well tested in the cup as well, making three consecutive semifinals between 2013 and 2014 before lifting the German Cup for the first time in 2015. For all of updates on Wolfsburg, go through DW's collated content below.
The German national team were welcomed to Wolfsburg for Wednesday's friendly against Serbia by dozens of banners criticizing the football association (DFB). Fans of local side VfL Wolfsburg have claimed responsibility.
Wolfsburg will play Bundesliga football next season. The Wolves beat second-division Kiel 1-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate to secure their spot in Germany's top flight. For minnows Kiel, it was a bridge too far.
They may take a two goal lead to Holstein Kiel but Wolfsburg's continued presence in the Bundesliga is far from assured. Despite a 3-1 loss, the second tier side showed enough to worry the Wolves on Monday night.
Wolfsburg look set to stay in the Bundesliga after an impressive first half display set up a 3-1 win over Holstein Kiel. But the second division side showed enough to suggest the second leg could be a different story.
Unlike most European leagues, the Bundesliga has a playoff system that decides promotion and relegation. For a second season running, Wolfsburg are battling to avoid the drop, this time against second-division side Kiel.