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Know about Bundesliga, History, Facts, Format, Stats and everything

Mine of talent is what you can call Bundesliga which is the German top-flight league in professional football. The league keeps producing young and promising talents season in season out giving them the stage to exhibit their dexterity at the highest level. 

Though there has been a Bayern monopoly for a long while, the league is still exciting with open plays and lots of goals. The fast-paced game spontaneously creates the atmosphere in the stadium for which the Bundesliga is renowned across the world. 

History ofBundesliga

Around the late 1940s, Germany hadn’t had the central league in football, while across the different countries in Europe the professional leagues had already started to flourish. Germany only had the sub-regional leagues which obviously didn’t expose the players to professional football. These semi-professional German players at the international level couldn’t cope up with the skills and professionalism of the players from other nationalities. 

Bundesliga history

The lack of a central league also attracted many of Germany’s promising youngsters to go abroad and play professional leagues there. Quite clearly, the entire ecosystem was draining out the talent Germany possessed and other leagues were using it to their advantage. 

In the 1962 World Cup, Germany was beaten 0-1 by Yugoslavia and the defeat ignited the demand for the central league. On 28 July 1962, Bundesliga was created with the inaugural season scheduled to commence in 1633-64 season. 

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What is the Format ofBundesliga?

The top-tier German football has a total of 3 tiers. Bundesliga is a top-tier tournament, which is followed by second-tier 2 Bundesliga and then 3 tier Bundesliga. 

Bundesliga

Bundesliga is played with 18 teams and not with 20 as per the other top leagues in Europe. The bottom two sides in Bundesliga at the end of the season are relegated to 2nd tier Bundesliga and the top two teams from 2nd tier Bundesliga are promoted to Bundesliga in the next season. The 16th placed Bundesliga side and 3rd placed 2nd tier Bundesliga side faces each other in a two-legged Playoff game which decides their fate for the next season. 

European Qualification 

Bundesliga is one of the top European football leagues, the top 4 teams at the end of the season qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while the 5th placed team gets an entry to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. The 6th placed club has to go through a third qualification round to secure their place in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. 

The 50+1 Rule

Many renowned clubs over Europe and especially in the English Premier League have been owned by foreign millionaires. They brought money to the game. In today’s football, we see an outrageous amount of transfer fees being paid and paid easily by these super-wealthy owners. Though football is a fan-oriented sport, these big spenders have literally become the ‘owner’ of the club and they can take absolutely any decision about the clubs. Well, we have recently seen the owner’s unsuccessful attempt to form the notorious Super League. 

These things don’t happen in German Football and Bundesliga. The organizers are quite pious towards traditional football and hence to keep foreign investors out of the game, they have the 50+1 rule. 

The rule states that, should a football club outsource its professional football operation into a separate limited company, the parent club must retain 50% of the voting shares in that company, plus one share. Thus the rule prevents any foreign millionaires from buying the club. 

Bundesliga has the lowest price for tickets and the highest attendance among the European top-flight leagues, the 50+1 rule is primarily the reason behind this. 

The rule has its demerits as well. Except for Bayern Munich, no team has really spent big money on the transfers as they don’t have the amount of money. The foreign investors might uplift them from the financial crisis, but no investor wants to invest in the clubs when their voting rights could be limited up to 49%.

Most of the revenue of Bundesliga clubs comes from fans and tickets. During the pandemic, the closed-door games took a chunk of revenue away from the clubs. Though the fans have returned to the stadiums, the clubs are yet to recover from the doleful situation. 

Germans are devoted to their fan-oriented football and it would be a huge surprise if the 50+1 rule gets revoked. 

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Let’s see Bundesliga through stats 

Club Performances

ClubWinnersRunners-up
Bayern Munich3010
Borussia Dortmund57
Borussia Mönchengladbach52
Werder Bremen47
Hamburger SV35
VfB Stuttgart32
1. FC Kaiserslautern21
1. FC Köln25
1. FC Nürnberg1 
1860 Munich11
Eintracht Braunschweig1 
VfL Wolfsburg11
Alemannia Aachen1
Bayer Leverkusen5
Hertha BSC1
Meidericher SV1
RB Leipzig2
Schalke 047

Most Appearances inBundesliga

PlayerAppsYearsClub(s)
Charly Körbel6021972–1991Eintracht Frankfurt(602)
Manfred Kaltz5811971–1991Hamburger SV (581)
Oliver Kahn5571987–2008Karlsruher SC (128), Bayern Munich (429)
Klaus Fichtel5521965–1988Schalke 04 (477), Werder Bremen (75)
Miroslav Votava5461976–1996Borussia Dortmund (189), Werder Bremen (357)
Klaus Fischer5351968–19881860 Munich (60), Schalke 04 (295), 1. FC Köln (96), VfL Bochum (84)
Eike Immel5341978–1995Borussia Dortmund (247), VfB Stuttgart (287)
Willi Neuberger5201966–1983Borussia Dortmund (148), Werder Bremen (63), Wuppertaler SV (42), Eintracht Frankfurt (267)
Michael Lameck5181972–1988VfL Bochum (518)
Uli Stein5121978–1997Arminia Bielefeld (60), Hamburger SV (228), Eintracht Frankfurt (224)

Most Goals inBundesliga

PlayerGoalsAppsRatioYearsClub(s)
Gerd Müller3654270.851965–1979Bayern (365/427)
Robert Lewandowski*2843540.802010–Dortmund (74/131), Bayern (210/224)
Klaus Fischer2685350.501968–19881860 Munich (28/60), Schalke (182/295), Köln (31/96), Bochum (27/84)
Jupp Heynckes2203690.601965–1978M’gladbach (195/283), Hannover (25/86)
Manfred Burgsmüller2134470.481969–1990Essen (32/74), Dortmund (135/224), Nürnberg (12/34), Bremen (34/115)
Claudio Pizarro1974900.401999–2020Bremen (109/250), Bayern (87/224), Köln (1/16)
Ulf Kirsten1813500.521990–2003Leverkusen (181/350)
Stefan Kuntz1794490.401983–1999Bochum (47/120), Uerdingen (32/94), K’lautern (75/170), Bielefeld (25/65)
Dieter Müller1773030.581973–1986Offenbach (0/2), Köln (159/248), Stuttgart (14/30), Saarbrücken (4/23)
Klaus Allofs1774240.421975–1993Düsseldorf (71/169), Köln (88/177), Bremen (18/78)

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Saurabh Karmarkar
Saurabh Karmarkarhttp://thesportslite.com/
An ardent Test cricket fan, a loyal Bayern Munich supporter who loves to write about sports and a fitness enthusiast.
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