Germany's premier league has gone through some rough years, but it has undergone a resurgence of late with its sustainable business models being considered a more responsible footballing blueprint than the wild-spending clubs of England and Spain.
Bayern Munich are the country's biggest club, but have only won the title in two of the last five seasons having done so six out of the previous eight.
The league is currently ranked as the third-strongest in Europe by UEFA, but it has the highest average attendance figures of any football league in the world. In fact, the only sports competition in the world with a higher average is America's NFL - proving that the popular Bundesliga is definitely getting something right.
The Bundesliga consists of 18 clubs. Fiftyone clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding, with the most successful team being Bayern Munich, claiming 21 titles, while others clubs also claiming titles including Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach and VfB Stuttgart.
The league is ranked 3rd behind the Premier League and La Liga in European leagues. Clubs in the Bundesliga compete not only for the title itself, but also for the highly valued prize of qualification for either the Champions League or the Europa League. The top 4 clubs at the end of the season earn a place in the following season's Champions League, with the top 3 gaining automatic entry to the group stage.
The club finishing in 5th and 6th earn entry to the Europa League, as does the winner of the German Cup.
Relegation and Promotion
The clubs finishing in the bottom two positions on the table at the conclusion of the 34 match season, are relegated back to the 2nd tier of German football, Bundesliga 2. The club that finishes in 16th place enters a 2 leg playoff with the club that finishes in 3rd place in Bundesliga 2. Meanwhile, the top two clubs from Bundesliga 2 are granted automatic promotion to Bundesliga 1.
Over the last 5 Bundesliga seasons:
- Home clubs have won 45.5% of games, with away clubs winning 29.6% and matches resulting in a draw the remaining 24.9%.
- Matches have ended over 2.5 goals 55.4% of the time.
- Home teams score first 53.8% of the time, with away clubs scoring first 39.8% and the match ending without a score 6.4%.
- Both teams scored 55.1% of the time with home clubs held scoreless 20.3% of the time and away clubs held scoreless 31.0%.
- When the home team led at halftime, they won 79.1% of matches while when the home team led at halftime they won 69.1%.
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