In order of their finish in the last season’s Bundesliga, these 16 teams remain in the most coveted division of German football, and will be joined by two more teams which were promoted from the 2.Bundesliga last season.
Hamburg were relegated for the first ever time in their history, after a series of near-misses. After several years of jostling with relegation and eventually evading it, the traditional giants’ luck ran out this time, as they were relegated with time to spare.
Koln had an injury-ravaged start to their season, which saw several of their players unavailable for the first half of the season. That derailed the team, as they got off to a horror start. They were never able to recover from that and were sent packing into the second tier of German football.
Fortuna and Nurnberg finished as the top two teams in the 2. Bundesliga in the 2017-18 season, assuring themselves of automatic promotion. The third-placed team, Holstein Kiel, played in the relegation playoff, but could not beat Wolfsburg, ensuring that the Wolves’s Bundesliga stay was lengthened by at least one more season.