Germany has established itself among the greatest footballing nations. At club level, the German Bundesliga has made significant steps in recent years. While the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga dominate football headlines, German club football is poised to tilt the scales.
History of German Football
The Bundesliga was launched in 1963. Before this, football in Germany was only played at amateur level. As international football became competitive, the need to change how they played the game at a national level became evident.
The launch of the Bundesliga brought professional football into Germany, which saw clubs from the East and West play in one league. Other developments, like winning the 1974 World Cup as hosts, and other historic victories in 1974, 1990, 2014, among other landmark wins, injected a sense of pride into German football.
Over the years, Bayern Munich FC has established itself among the greatest clubs in footballing history, which has served as an inspiration to other Bundesliga clubs, such as Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, and the new kid on the block, Leipzig, who are slowly making their presence felt on the global scene.
How the Bundesliga Works
Like other soccer leagues in Europe, Bundesliga teams play against each other twice – home and away. The only difference between the Bundesliga and other leagues is that players take a winter break of about four weeks, considering that, Bundesliga teams have fewer games to play – 18 teams, 34 games.
The Bundesliga is currently ranked as the fourth best league based on UEFA’s coefficient. Being in the top four means that the Bundesliga’s top four clubs are assured qualification for the UEFA Champions League group stages, with the fourth and sixth placed in the league playing in the UEFA Europa League.
On the other side of the table, things are a bit different. The bottom two teams are relegated to the second tier of the Bundesliga – 2. Bundesliga. The top two clubs in the second tier are then promoted to the top-flight division.
Popularity of the Bundesliga
German football enjoys enormous popularity. If you are a football fan, there is a lot to learn about German football. The Bundesliga has stayed true to its principles of stability, continuity, and proximity, and these principles have made a serious contribution to German football. That said, here are some reasons to love the Bundesliga:
- Top quality talent
- Affordable tickets and highest average attendance
- German stadiums have large standing areas
- Clubs are run by the fans and for the fans
- They have a winter break when it gets too cold
- You can enjoy a cold beer while watching the game
With some leagues experiencing half-empty stadiums, the Bundesliga is in remarkable health. Whether you are watching a match live at the stadium or on TV, you are surely in for a real treat.