Even though the German Bundesliga wasn’t formed until 1963, its history and organization managed to shape it into one of the biggest leagues in the world. Players with ruthless efficiency, amazing organization skills and the ability to regroup even after tough games – these are the strong points Bundesliga teams have and other leagues can only dream of.
Bayern Munich is the country’s biggest club, with 21 titles, and the ability to win every championship, smashing records. You can be sure that at the end of each season you will find Bayern somwhere near the top, if not in the first place. However, in the last year a handful of other Bundesliga teams emerged to make themselves a name on the international arena and they tried to challenge Bayern’s dominance. Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart’s performances in the Champions League are bringing the points it needs to stay up there in the elite of the football world. One of the many ways the league gets through with its popular stance on inexpensive ticket prices is the manner that it is able to sell advertising and commercial deals in a strong German economy.
Bundesliga was founded in 1963 as before it was divided into regional groups, which lost their power in the long run as they were unable to challenge the giants. It was always pointed out that after the Bundesliga was formed, German football improved and the level of competitiveness started being shown on international levels. Before its formation, football was played at a semi-amateur level, and teams qualified for the league on the basis of economic criteria, which limited the number of clubs allowed to take part in the competition.
In 1964 a new league was created with 16 teams, and the first champion was FC Köln, with an advance of 6 points. This is where German football began its rise, as already in the 1980s teams from the Bundesliga participated in four UEFA Cup and Champions League finals, with Leverkusen winning the UEFA Cup in 1988. Even though after 2000 the Bundesliga saw a decline in the European arena, up to the point the teams lost their Champions League spots, now they are up there on top, where even critics agree teams of the Bundesliga belong. Hamburger SV is the only German club to play all of 50 seasons of the Bundesliga, followed by Werder Bremen with 49, and Bayern Munich and Stuttgart with 48 seasons. All clubs come from big cities, with exceptions from FC Kaiserslautern and Hoffenheim, where the population count is even less than 100,000 people. Check out Pinnacle Sports for the best Bundesliga odds!
Originally, a Bundesliga victory was worth two points, but in the 1990s they changed the format according to the European style and started awarding 3 points for each win and the club with the most number of points becomes the champion. According to UEFA’s rankings, the top three clubs qualify for the group stage of Champions League, while the fourth one has to take part in an additional qualifying round. Seeing as there are 18 teams, the bottom two relegate into Bundesliga 2, while the 16th-placed one has to play a match with a team from the second Bundesliga to avoid relegation.
The winner of the German Cup qualifies for the Europa League group phase, regardless of their position on the table. If said winner has already qualified for the Champions League, its spot is given to the defeated team from the Cup Final, but that one will have to play an additional round, rather than going straight to the group phase.
Even the best tipsters will tell you that even though the Bundesliga seems to be an affair between Bayern and the rest of the league, there are still teams ready to deliver an unexpected upset to one of the giants. The best Bundesliga tips and predictions are found here. Bundesliga statistics are always a good place to do research, and apart from that our bookmakers always offer the best odds for Bundesliga clashes, even those of the titans like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Never overlook our Bundesliga predictions, as far as we always include statistics on both teams and make it easier for you to choose the team to place a bet on. In most cases, the best Bundesliga odds are offered by Betfair.
The majority of Bundesliga teams have the best sponsors on the market, who have no trouble doubling the amount of money they offer the teams in order to remain their sole sponsors. Let’s take, for example, Deutsche Telekom, Bayern Munich’s shirt sponsors who pay the team a total of 30 million Euros per year, or Coca Cola who doubled the amount of money they were paying Bayern to remain their official beverages supplier.
Werder Bremen has Wiesenhof as their shirt sponsor, Nike as their kit suppliers, and Kraft foods with Volkswagen as their official sponsors. Other noteworthy deals sealed by Bundesliga clubs are: Gazprom are Shalker’s main shirt sponsors, Emirates for Hamburger SV, Krombacker for Eintracht Frankfurt and Mercedes Benz Bank for Stuttgart.
Hermes is the league’s official sponsor, and since January 2013 all teams from both divisions of the Bundesliga are wearing the company’s logo on their left sleeve. Also, Hermes will be in charge of transporting the Bundesliga winners’ plate to the needed location the day it will be presented to eventual winners. Become a winner too by following the best Bundesliga predictions from sports-betting-winners.com!
Intersting facts about German Bundesliga
- The most common score in all Bundesliga games is 1-1, it happened 1,771 times.
- No team throughout the history of Bundesliga managed to win all of their first eight matches of the season, none of them but Bayern Munich this season.
- The player with the most missed penalties is Gerd Müller, with a total of 12, even though he won the award for top German scorer 7 times in his career.
- The record of having the highest number of fans in a stadium belongs to Borussia Dortmund with a total amount of 79,647 people per game.
- The club having played the most Bundesliga games is Hamburger SV with a total of 1,356 matches.