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Founded in 1963, the Bundesliga is perhaps one of the most unique leagues in Europe. Because of the ownership model involving the 50+1 rule, clubs across the country can’t be owned by private organisations. Though times are changing, there are still quite a few clubs like Borussia Dortmund, who are very vocal supporters of not doing away with the unique 50+1 rule.
Bayern Munich have won 31 league titles - 30 in the Bundesliga era - and are well ahead of FC Nürnberg, who are second on the list with nine league titles. Although they are in the second division of German football currently, they will look to produce a string of consistent displays and return to the top-flight at the end of the 2021-22 campaign. 29 different clubs have managed to lift the Bundesliga title in the league's decorated history.
Since Borussia Dortmund’s historic title victory under Jurgen Klopp in the 2011-12 campaign, Bayern Munich have been virtually unstoppable domestically and have won nine league titles on the bounce. The Bavarian giants broke a handful of long-standing records in the process and have firmly established themselves as the team to beat in the Bundesliga over the years.
FC Köln won the inaugural edition of the Bundesliga in the 1963-64 season.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the likes of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hamburg briefly challenged Bayern Munich but eventually fell off the boil. Bayern Munich’s closest rivals, 1860 Munich, had a successful spell in the mid-'60s, but they too failed to build on their short-term success.
When the Bundesliga fixtures are announced, the Bayern and Dortmund fans often look forward to Der Klassiker, which is one of the biggest games in world football.
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title for the 30th time in the 2020-21 season, as Hansi Flick's side romped to the crown after yet another stunning season. The Bavarian giants finished 13 points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig, while Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg completed the rest of the top-four.
Bundesliga regulars Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen were unfortunately relegated to the second tier after enduring torrid campaigns, while FC Koln confirmed their top-flight status after securing a 5-2 victory against Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoffs. VfL Bochum and Greuther Furth secured promotion to the Bundesliga at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
The summer of 2021 saw a managerial merry-go-round in the Bundesliga, as a handful of top clubs including the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund changes coaches. Hansi Flick's departure to the German national team was the talk of the town earlier this year, with Julian Nagelsmann taking over the reins at the Allianz Arena. As for Dortmund, Marco Rose arrived at the Signal Iduna Park after an impressive spell with Borussia Monchengladbach, while Jesse Marsch took over at RB Leipzig after Nagelsmann's departure.
The 2021-22 Bundesliga campaign has followed a similar template to what has been the case in recent years, with Bayern Munich currently leading the way with 25 points from 10 games. Borussia Dortmund have also been in top form under Marco Rose and are just a point behind the league leaders, Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen make up the rest of the Bundesliga top four.
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