One of Europe’s biggest leagues returns to action this
weekend after almost two months.
The German Bundesliga is known to many football fans as one
of the one of the highest quality leagues in the world with several big name
stars filling out the competition.
With a viable alternative to the Belarusian Premier League
set to hit our screens this weekend, we wanted to bring you 10 things you need
to know about the Bundesliga before it kicks off late Saturday night.
1 – It’s Bayern’s World and Everyone Else Just Participates
Gary Linekar sums it up best, “Football
is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the
In the German league though, that needs to be re-worked just
a little bit, “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes
and at the end, Bayern Munich wins.”
One of those popular bandwagon clubs local fans love to jump
on because they’ve seen them in the Champions League a few times, Bayern is to
the Bundesliga what Real Madrid and Barcelona are to La Liga, annoyingly too
Currently holders of 28 league titles including the last seven,
when play resumes, Bayern is in pole position to make it 29, leading Borussia
Dortmund by four points with 13 matches to play.
Just remember that the next time your Eurosnob mate says the
Premier League (or any other league) is boring because only three or four teams
can win it every year.
At least there’s some competition for the Golden Boot.
2 – Similar Kickoff Times to the Premier League
What better way to get back into the swing of late nights
than with some high quality German football.
Most of their kickoff times are what we are used to with the
Premier League anyway so you can get the football watching fitness back asap.
3 – It’s On BeIN Sports
It’s one of the few football leagues left on the Fox Sports
channels with BeIN holding the rights here in Australia.
If you don’t know where to find it, there are three BeIN
Channels conveniently located between ESPN and Sky Racing.
To mark the re-start of the season all three networks are
showing live games on Saturday from 11:30pm AEST with Borussia Dortmund-FC
Schalke, Leipzig-Freiburg and Hoffenheim-Hertha Berlin on our screens from the
4 – The Fans Are Insane (In a Good Way)
What do you get when you combine German efficiency and
unbridled dedication to their football clubs?
Some of the best fan displays in the world.
The Yellow Wall at Borussia Dortmund’s home ground really is
something else and probably the pick of the bunch.
5 – The Aussie Connection
Throughout the years, plenty of Australians have gone to
Germany and carved out some level of success and that hasn’t changed at all.
Wingers Matthew Leckie and Brandon Borello are the ones
flying the flag over there at the moment with Hertha Berlin and SC Freiburg
Borello’s Freiburg side is just one point outside of the
Europa League placings and is the best positioned side for success as it
6 – Robert Lewandowski is Really, Really Good
The Polish striker has dominated the German competition for almost
an entire decade and is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
In 23 Bundesliga matches this season, he has scored a lazy
25 goals and even more impressively, 39 from 33 appearances in all competitions
You’d hate to be a bit rusty if you’re a defender facing him
7 – There’s Plenty of Future Stars to Check Out
The era of Ronaldo and Messi owning world football is coming
to an end (sadly), but a quick glance at the German squads shows there’s a
The likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Kai Havertz,
Dayot Umpamecano and Alfonso Davies are just some of the up and coming stars
looking to take over the mantle… of course they might make you feel a bit old.
8 – The Relegation Playoff is Awesome
There’s nine rounds remaining in the season and the
relegation battle is well and truly alive.
As it stands it looks like Paderborn will be going down but
every team from 11th placed Union Berlin to 17th placed
Werder Bremen will be looking to avoid dropping to the second division.
In Germany the bottom two sides are automatically relegated
but the side that finishes in 16th (third from bottom) has one last
chance at survival.
They play a two-legged playoff with the team that finished
in third place in the 2.Bundesliga for the final spot in next season’s top
Bottom line, about half the league will be hoping they can
come out of the gates firing here to avoid a worst case scenario playing out.
9 – It’s a Proper Goalfest
One for the over/under punters here but the Bundesliga match
is averaging over three goals per game this season, 3.25 to be exact.
Sure some of those numbers are inflated by one sided clashes
(usually involving Bayern) but nothing wrong with a few classic goals here
10 – The Fails are Still Funny
Look, we know we’ve just spent the last nine points telling
you how good the Bundesliga is, but these guys are still human and are prone to
the occasional error or bout of overconfidence.
There’s every chance someone will be a bit rusty, think they
can pull off a trick they that’s a bit beyond them and chaos ensues.