Bundesliga

Sport: Soccer
Country: Germany Germany
Founding year: 1963
Teams: 18
Teams promoted / relegated: 3

The German Bundesliga is the highest level of Germany’s football league system. It was originally established by the German Football Association and is now operated by the Deutsche Fußball Liga.

German domestic football was initially an amateur league and it became only semi-professional in 1949. Calls for making the German top flight fully professional continued gathering momentum after that. A professional Bundesliga was finally created on July 28,1962 and the 1963-1964 season was the inaugural season of the Bundesliga. The new German league was constructed on the structure of the English league system. Qualifications to the top flight at the time was quite complex but things have become relatively simple since then.

18 teams complete in the German Bundesliga and play one another twice every season, once at home and once away from home. A victory counts as 3 points, a draw as 1 point and a defeat has no point accredited to it. The team that garners maximum points in a season is adjudged as the winners of the Bundesliga for that season.

The top two teams from the Bundesliga move into the UEFA Champions League automatically while the team that finishes third move into the qualifying rounds. The fourth and the fifth placed teams in the German Bundesliga play in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup.

The 17th and 18th place teams in the Bundesliga are automatically relegated from the first division to the second division while the 16th place team have to confront the third place team from the 2nd Bundesliga to sustain their top flight status.

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Standings table 2016/17

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 FC Bayern Munich Bayern 30 21 7 2 73 17 70
2 RasenBallsport Leipzig RB Leipzig 30 19 5 6 56 31 62
3 Borussia Dortmund Dortmund 30 16 8 6 65 35 56
4 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Hoffenheim 30 14 13 3 57 32 55
5 Hertha BSC Berlin Hertha Berlin 30 14 4 12 38 35 46
6 SC Freiburg Freiburg 30 13 5 12 38 52 44
7 Werder Bremen Werder Bremen 30 12 6 12 50 51 42
8 1. FC Köln 1. FC Köln 30 10 11 9 43 37 41
9 Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht 30 11 8 11 32 34 41
10 Borussia Mönchengladbach Gladbach 30 11 6 13 39 44 39
11 FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04 30 10 8 12 39 35 38
12 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Leverkusen 30 10 6 14 43 46 36
13 1. FSV Mainz 05 Mainz 30 9 6 15 39 49 33
14 VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg 30 9 6 15 30 43 33
15 Hamburger SV Hamburger 30 9 6 15 30 55 33
16 FC Augsburg FC Augsburg 30 8 8 14 29 49 32
17 FC Ingolstadt 04 Ingolstadt 30 8 4 18 33 54 28
18 SV Darmstadt 1898 Darmstadt 30 6 3 21 23 58 21

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