Since the foundation of the Bundesliga in 1963 Hamburg has been one of the best teams in the league but now they are big contenders for relegation having avoided the drop for the past two seasons.
Hamburg's last season (the club's 52nd consecutive season in this league) will be remembered for the lack of goals and sluggish performances as the Red Shorts didn't score a single goal in their first five league games, ending up with the league’s worst scoring record - 25 goals in 34 games.
Hamburg's board sacked three managers last season ( Mirko Slomka, Josef Zinnbauer, and Peter Knäbel) before hiring Bruno Labbadia to try to save the club with only six league matches remaining.
They haven't played in European competition since 2009/10 season when they lost to Fulham in the semi final of the Europa League, and they haven’t finished in the top five since the 2008/09 season. Their best league finish since then has been seventh.
Hamburg signed three strikers this summer, however none of these strikers have scored more than 10 goals in one season in their whole career which means they still need a top quality striker.
To make it worse they could actually get weaker next season and with other teams making some impressive signings, Hamburg will need to be wary of these sides or they could end up having an even worse season than the previous one.
The new Hamburg president Jens Meier needs to lend a hand on incoming transfers to help the club come back from the horrifying sight of needing the relegation play-off to stay in the Bundesliga.
Hamburg need to sign top quality striker who can score more than 10 goal as Hamburg's top league goal scorer (Lasogga) scored only four goals and a solid defender who can improve the Red Shorts defence.
Hamburg is the only remaining founding member of the Bundesliga never to be relegated since the league began in 1963. They need to hope they can keep that record up this season.