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Founded in 1963, the Bundesliga is perhaps one of the most unique leagues in Europe. Because of the ownership model – 50+1 – the clubs can’t be owned by private organisations. The rules means the clubs’ members still have a majority stake at the club. Though the rule is changing, there are still quite a few clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, who are very vocal supporters of not getting rid of the unique rule.
Bayern Munich have won 28 league titles and are way ahead of FC Nürnberg who are second on the list with 9 league titles. Though they are in the second division, they could soon make a return. 29 different clubs have managed to lift the league title.
Since Borussia Dortmund’s league-winning campaign in the year 2012, Bayern have been unstoppable and have wrapped up the title weeks before the final game.
FC Köln won the inaugural Bundesliga title in the 1963-64 season.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the likes of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburg briefly challenged Bayern Munich but could sustain the challenge for long. Bayern’s closest rivals, 1860 Munich, had a successful spell in the mid ‘60s but they too became irrelevant soon.
When the Bundesliga fixtures are announced, the Bayern and Dortmund fans often look forward to Der Klassiker, one of the biggest games in the division. However, the Revierderby, involving the Ruhr giants Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 is often considered one of the biggest derbies in the country. The Nordderby, featuring Werder Bremen and Hamburg, is also a pretty feisty game.
Inaugural Bundesliga Champions FC Köln’s rivalry with Monchengladbach is pretty special as well.
Bayern won the Bundesliga title for 28th time last season edging their rivals Dortmund by just 2 points. Bayern were brilliant throughout the season with 78 points which includes 24 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses overall, Dortmund on the other hand were so close to winning their 8th bundesliga title but finished 2nd behind Bayern with 76 points which includes 23 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses in the Bundesliga Table last season.
RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the Bundesliga Table last season
and qualified for the Champions League Group stage. Borussia Monchengladbach and wolfsburg qualified for the Europa League group stage by finishing 5th and 6th in the Bundesliga Table last season.
Hannover 96 and 9 time Bundesliga champions FC Nurnberg have been relegated from Bundesliga last season and VFB Stuttgart will play in the Relegation Play off.