All you need to know about Germany Bundesliga

Aspects of Germany Bundesliga

German Bundesliga Overview

Are you a football fan? If the answer is yes, then there is no doubt that German leagues will impress you. There are different types of football associations in the above country, but the top division League, German Bundesliga, forms the center of our interest. We are going to unveil fantastic news and crucial information about the league that you never knew. Just take a look!

The brim of the German soccer league!

The Bundesliga is a professional association soccer league in Germany. At the brim of the German soccer league system, the Bundesliga is primary football competition in the country. Currently, it is the top football league with the highest average stadium attendance in Europe and the entire world. Unlike other European leagues (where 20 teams participate in the league competition), the above league is contested by 18 men’s football clubs and operates on a system of promotion as we as relegation.

Bundesliga league fans
Teams participating in Bundesliga qualify for the DFB-Pokal.

Bundesliga’s Playing schedule

Just like many other European leagues, seasons in Bundesliga run from August all the way to May. Most league matches are played on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) afternoon. However, there are some few games played in the middle of the week but played in the evening. It should be noted that the club that wins the Bundesliga title qualifies for the DFL-Supercup. Besides that, all teams participating in Bundesliga qualify for the DFB-Pokal.

History of Bundesliga

The Bundesliga was launched officially in Dortmund in 1963 and its first season started a year later. The organization and structure of the above league alongside other Germany’s football leagues have undergone tremendous changes in the past and still going on up to now. It is believed that the German Football Association originally founded the Bundesliga, but it is currently governed and regulated German Football League.

Going back a little bit, the roots of Bundesliga can be traced back to 1949 when part-time semi-professionalism in football was introduced. Before then, football in Germany was played at amateur levels grouped in sub-regional leagues. During this time, football in other European countries was played under organized football association, which attracted best players from Germany. As more and more players started playing other European leagues, it adversely affected the performance of the national team. In 1950, a proposal to form a central professional and domestic league was tabled with the aim of making German football attractive and bringing excellent players who had left for other leagues outside the country. In fact, the defeat of the national team during the 1962 World Cup quarterfinal game by Yugoslavia was one of the main reasons as to why Germany had to form a national league. In the mid-1962, Bundesliga was formed at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund.

History of Bundesliga league

Qualification to join German Bundesliga

At the onset of formation of Bundesliga, there were at least five premier leagues in place representing West, Southwest, South, Berlin, and West Germany’s North. At least 46 clubs from all the above leagues applied for admission to the new league. However, based on economic criteria and their success on the field, only 16 teams were selected.

Every club in other leagues aspiring to join Bundesliga must have a license to play in the new league; otherwise, they will be relegated into the above-mentioned regional leagues. It is not a daunting task to obtain a license; the club is required to be stable financially and meet stipulated standards/regulations of conduct as organizations.

Clubs at German Bundesliga

As earlier mentioned, some absolute terms and conditions must be fulfilled before a team is allowed to join the national league, Bundesliga. Since its founding, over 54 clubs competed in the championship.

Titles have been won, teams have been relegated, and others being promoted to the Bundesliga. It should be noted that FC Bayern Munich has been in the lead as far Bundesliga titles is concerned. It has won more than 25 times. Nevertheless, the above league has seen many other champions being crowned, which include clubs such as Hamburger, Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Monchengladbach, Werder Bremen, among others.

Flag of one of the top clubs in Bundesliga
Over 45,000 attendance at one of top Bundesliga matches

Bundesliga League ranking

The Bundesliga is one of the giant European leagues that has attracted huge fan base from German and across the globe. In fact, it is one of the most popular football leagues in the world. Based on league coefficient ranking, it is currently ranked second in Europe by UEFA. As earlier stated, the German Bundesliga is the number one soccer league on the planet as far as average stadium attendance is concerned. As a matter of fact, out of all sports, an average of 45,000 attendance per game during the 2015-2015 season shows that statistics does not lie. Besides that, the league enjoys global television coverage, being broadcasted live in over 200 countries worldwide.

Bundesliga League Format

The champion of the German football is decided strictly by play in the league. As is the case with many leagues in Europe, each team plays every other team twice, once at home and once away. Concerning team selection, the match-day squad must have no more than 5 non-European players with least seven listed in the squad. However, only three of the seven substitutes can be used duration the match.

In the past, a win in Bundesliga was worth two points, a draw worth one point, and of course, a loss means no point. However, that has since been changed to reflect global football rules; a win earns three points, a draw attracts one point and zero points for a loss.

At the end of the season, the team with the highest number of points becomes German’s football champion. However, if there is a tie in the top position, Bundesliga’s tie-breakers rules are applied. At the moment, top three placed teams in the above league qualify automatically for the UEFA Champions League, while the fourth placed club enters champions through playoffs. The last teams are relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. Similarly, the top two teams in the 2nd Bundesliga are promoted to the top national league.


Being one of the most popular leagues in the world, there is no football fan can dare miss any match between German football ‘machines.’ They say, football is made in Germany, which is an actual school of thought. Look at how they trash the world during the recent World Cup finals! Surely, get glued to your television every other time Bundesliga matches are live.

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