In 2011, Augsburg succeeded residual of Bundes Liga division 1 at first time of club's history. However, moment the joy of promotion. In the season of 2011~12, Augsburg recorded ranking table 14th at the end of the tough relegation battle. So Augsburg was decided survival of Bundes Liga division 1.
Koo Ja-cheol was key player of Augsburg's survival in the season of 2011~12. First half of last season, Augsburg recorded bottom 3 of ranking table. Because of bad ranking table, Augsburg decided loan of Koo Ja-cheol from VfL Wolfsburg in January 31, 2011 when was Transfer market deadline.
After loan of Koo Ja-cheol, Augsburg changed different team as compared with First half of last season. because Koo Ja-cheol, Augsburg won many games. so Augsburg succeeded survival.
And in the season of 2012~13, the first season after survival, the situation of Augsburg is as same as last season. The first half of this season, Augsburg recorded ranking table 18th.(Injury of Koo Ja-cheol was cause of bottom of ranking table) The second half this season, Augsburg won 4 games.(It is as same as last season) And the situation of tough relegation battle is as same as last season. But there is one different thing as compared with last season.
It is that Koo Ja-cheol injured in March 26, 2013 when held 2014 FIFA World Cup finl al Qualifiers vs Qatar. Because of Koo Ja-cheol's injury, Augsburg was poor in last 2 games. (vs Hanover, vs Dortmund)
Because Augsburg lost last 2 games, Augsburg is behind 5 points as compared with Dusseldorf that records 15th of ranking table. But is down to 1 point compared with Hoffenheim that records 17th of ranking table.
In Bundes Liga division 1, Two teams are demoted Bundes Liga division 2 that record 17th or 18th of ranking table. one team that records 16th of ranking table need to qualify for the playoffs with 3rd of ranking table of Bundes Liga division 2. And winner of playoffs belongs to Bundes Liga division 1.
Because of this reason, Augsburg must record at least 16th of ranking table at the end of final round of this season. So Koo Ja-cheol's injury is big crisis of Augsburg.
If he didn't injure, Augsburg would be tough relegation battle. But it is After death comes a doctor. So Augsburg must gain many points before Koo Ja-cheol's come back.