10 Things You Should Know About the Bundesliga

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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 Germans win.”

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 good.

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 get go.

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 respectively.

Borello’s Freiburg side is just one point outside of the Europa League placings and is the best positioned side for success as it currently stands. 

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 this season.

You’d hate to be a bit rusty if you’re a defender facing him first up.

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 bright future.

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 flight.

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 & there.

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.

Tips, recommendations and commentary are for entertainment only. We provide no warranty about accuracy or completeness. You should make your own assessment before placing a bet.