Bundesliga – championship high speed and intelligent pressure. In the 2018/2019 season, the 56th in the history of the rally was held, which started on August 24 and ended on May 18, 2018. In the UEFA coefficients table, German clubs rank third, delegating four Bundesliga teams to the most prestigious club tournament. German clubs regularly reach the highest stages of European Cups, and just some time ago the Champions League final was completely German. What does this tell us? That’s right, German football and national championship after failures at the turn of the century once again took the leading position in Europe, if not all over the world. And at the same time, the Bundesliga still remains a bright and original national competition, which compares favorably with many other national club championships.
German Bundesliga: attendance and entertainment
The German Championship has long been famous for exceptionally high attendance – filling the stadium at least 90-95% at every game of the Bundesliga does not surprise anyone. And on such monsters as “Allianz-Arena”, “Signal Iduna Park” and “Veltins-Arena”, a full house is observed in almost all home games. According to the latest statistics, in the Bundesliga in 2018, the average attendance of games is 42,690 people. And do not forget that many respected “traditional” teams with large arenas are playing in the lower leagues (“Nuremberg”, “Kaiserslautern”, “Munich-1860”) and also gather huge crowds of caring fans.
Character and unpredictability
In addition, an attractive feature of German club football is the ability of teams to fight and not give up even in the most difficult situations. In the Bundesliga, even a note-taking outsider can give battle to the grandeur or unexpectedly win a strong middle peasant on the road (as it happened quite recently in the remarkable match “Hannover” – “Paderborn”). The current German football table can best tell about the unpredictable course of events. Who would have thought that “Stuttgart” will fight for survival, Dortmund only in February, will crawl away from the relegation zone, and in the European Cup zone will surely keep “Augsburg” ?!
In the course of last season, there were 10 coaching permutations, but in the offseason, club leaders were not so active. Only four clubs have changed their helmsman in the summer:
- Bavaria – Niko Kovacs replaced Jupp Heynkes.
- Borussia Dortmund – Lucien Favre replaced Peter Steger.
- Eintracht – Adolf Hütter came instead of Niko Kovac.
- Leipzig – Ralph Rangnik returned to the club to replace Ralph Hasenhuttl.
It is also important to note that the young talent of the coaching department Julian Nagelsman has signed a contract with Leipzig, but he will lead the club from the 2019/2020 season.
It’s only the beginning! Borussia and its stars lit
“Borussia” broke the “Atletico” in the Champions League, for the “bumblebees” played five players from 20 years old and younger, one of them was marked by a goal. “Borussia” can afford to lead in the Bundesliga with a zero in the “defeat” column, in the Champions League Dortmund won three out of three matches, and went on increasing. After a hard 1: 0 victory in the first round, Bruges defeated Monaco and Atletico with results 3: 0 and 4: 0, respectively. The team of Lucien Favre is bursting with freshness of ideas, passion and youthful max because five players from 20 years old and younger play for Borussia this season. We talk about the guys who are already assigned important roles. And thanks to which the potential of Borussia looks inexhaustible, frightening.
- Christian Pulisic (USA) – 20 years. The American already has a full-fledged season for Borussia (43 matches and 5 goals scored in the 2017/2018 campaign), while Christian, who celebrated his 20th birthday a month ago, has already passed a hundred matches in professional football, scored 15 goals and gave 20 assists. He is the youngest foreigner who distinguished himself with a goal kick in the Bundesliga, did it a few days before his majority. In the current campaign, injuries prevent Pulisic, but when he is healthy – he is a player of the starting lineup, Christian played 79 minutes against Atletico, and although he didn’t score with effective actions, he traditionally showed bright passes and effective dribbling at speed. The American winger, who fought for the right flank of the attack in the summer, Borussia estimated at 70 million euros; they were interested in Chelsea, Liverpool and Real. It’s only the beginning!
- Dan-Axel Zagadu (France) – 19 years. More recently, the fans of Borussia were confident that in their lifetime they would not see a better bunch of central defenders than the pair Hummels-Subotic in the golden years of work of Jürgen Klopp. Now they are not so sure. In the center of defense at the Dortmund club are two Frenchmen, who are 40 years old! Raised in Monaco, Abdou Diallo joined Borussia after the season at Mainz, he is 22 years old, and his compatriot Zagad is three years younger, although you can’t say: 196 centimeters of growth, impenetrable self-confidence and all the necessary qualities to grow into a dream center. Dan-Axel is strong now; he had time to adapt in Dortmund, where he moved from PSG as a free agent in 2017. Surely, in Paris already bite your elbows. It’s only the beginning!
- Ashraf Hakimi (Morocco) – 19 years. The rights to Hakimi still belong to Real Madrid in Madrid, to stand up for whom is Ashraf’s dream. So the three scorecards of the last defender in the match with Atletico are explicable: the Moroccan, whose fate is connected with Real Madrid since 2006, that is, since eight years old, has played against a rival whose intolerance has been grafted on him since childhood. Last season, Zinedine Zidane has already attracted Hakimi to the matches for the first team (17 meetings, 2 goals), Ashraf won with the “creamy” Champions League, and in this championship he was noted in the national team of Morocco. Definitely, getting into the “Borussia” benefited the talented footballer, he progresses by leaps and bounds, and the “bumblebees” get a lot of benefit from this cooperation. Having started the season on the bench, by October Hakimi won a place at the base and would not give it up until he succeeds in such matches as against Atletico. A big plus of Ashraf is that he can play equally effectively on the right and on the left. In five games for Borussia, the last defender scored a goal and gave five assists. Impressive? It’s only the beginning!
- Jacob Larsen (Denmark) – 20 years. About the love of Real Madrid, Hakimi can always talk to Larsen. This guy admitted that the transition to the “Royal Club” would be more significant for him than winning any trophy, however, he immediately made a reservation, making a curtsy towards his current club: “I’m happy in Borussia and can spend my entire career here.” Jacob was at the Dortmund Academy of the club almost four years ago, right away he won the German championship for 17-year-olds, but difficulties arose with the transition to adult football. In the middle of last season, “Borussia” leased Larsen to “Stuttgart”, the result – four appearances on the field, three walks in the course of the matches and one hit in the starting lineup with a substitute during the break. In general, the bright game of Jacob this season came as a surprise, which was developed and implemented by Lucien Favre. Danish winger is a frequent guest of the starting lineup, he played 8 matches for Borussia, scored three goals and two assistants, including scoring a goal and giving a scoring pass in the Champions League. Not bad for a guy who had 115 “dry” minutes in the Bundesliga before this season and vague prospects to start playing in a serious club. It’s only the beginning!
The committee is excellent set work with young people. The award for work of all in German football area is victories at the European Championships in three age categories (up to 21, 19 and 17 years old), won in the summer of 2009 for 35 days. Achievements did not go unnoticed: UEFA awarded them the trophy of Maurice Burlaz for the excellent performances of young men and young people. The Germans won the women’s under-20 world championship in 2004, 2010 and 2014. The most successful German club is “Bavaria”. She has 41 victories in domestic tournaments – 26 in the championship and 18 in the cup. In addition, Munich returned home three times with the European Cup, once won the UEFA Champions League, Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Cup. Two Intercontinental Cups complete the Bavaria chic collection.
The Bundesliga – the elite division of the German Championship – was founded in 1963, when professional football was born in the country. Since then, the Bundesliga has become synonymous with high quality. In 2000, professional football in Germany received its own management body in the structure – the German Football League (NFL). This event helped to preserve the unity of German football, as decisions on all issues, national and international, were taken together. The appearance of the NFL also strengthened the connection between professional and amateur football.
A significant event in history was the merger with the GDR Football Federation, which has been an independent member of UEFA since 1954. The main achievement of the GDR team was the gold of the Montreal Olympic Games-1976 with coach George Boushner. The reunion of footballers from East and West Germany took place in 1990 in Leipzig, where he was born at the end of the 19th century. Full stadiums and high TV ratings do not give doubt that the united Germany is a great football power.
A strategy that works: German football development
Twelve years ago, difficult times began in German football. At the European Championships in Belgium and Holland, the Germans took the last place in the group, passing forward the teams of Portugal, Romania and England. After this defeat in Germany, they seriously took up the restructuring of the entire football system. Now in Germany, one of the most spectacular football leagues, followed by millions of people around the world. In 2000, the whole of Germany watched as their team, in which Christian Zigge, Michael Ballack and Dietmar Hamman played, lost to everyone. At that tournament, the Germans scored only one point. Ten years later, the Bundes Machine was talked about again. At the World Championships in South Africa in 2010, everyone saw a young and cohesive team. The team includes such players as: Mezut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira. Now the German clubs are again successfully playing in the Champions League and Europa League.
According to the auditing company Deloitte, Bavaria-Munich is the most prestigious and richest club in Germany, which earned 290 million pounds in 2010-11. Another club in the Champions League is Schalke, which beat Arsenal from London 2-0 in their field. The third club is the “Borussia” from Dortmund.
The match “Borussia” and “Manchester City” was particularly unique. After all, not only teams with a different style of play have encountered on the field, but their approaches to managing the club are completely different. Manchester City is owned by a wealthy sheikh from Abu Dhabi Manzur bin Zayed al-Nahuan. In turn, the club from Dortmund belongs to the fans (the traditional approach in German football). If the German clubs play style is constantly changing, then outside the field, the clubs are trying to preserve the established football traditions and atmosphere. It is rather difficult to do this in the era of globalization and consumerism.
Fans can still go to the stadium for cheap. In Dortmund, fans pay 11 euros for the entrance to the legendary Die gelbe Wand (yellow wall), a tribune for 24,000 Borussia fans. Thus, children, young people and people with low incomes can attend the matches of the champion of Germany. In Germany, the clubs of the Bundes League and lower divisions adhere to the traditional management model. There are only two exceptions – it is “Wolfsburg” and “Bayer Leverkusen”, which belong to the corporations “Volkswagen” and “Bayer”. Clubs must be controlled by club members, i.e. the fans. They own 50% + 1 vote of club shares. In Germany, there are no owners from other countries. Club presidents, even large ones, can be dismissed by club members at any time. Clubs and football leagues support this system because it preserves football traditions.