Bundesliga teams

Bundesliga

The German Football Championship with professional teams has been held since 1903. However, the German Bundesliga was formed only in 1963. 16 teams took part in the first championship, and Cologne became the first Bundesliga champion, ahead of Meiderich (nowadays Duisburg) and Eintracht (Frankfurt am Main) by six points. Borussia (Mönchengladbach) was the first team that managed to win the championship twice in a row. “Bavaria” is the first who became the champion three times in a row. The most titled club in Germany is Munich “Bavaria”, which became the champion of the Bundesliga 27 times. At the same time, “Bavaria” missed the first two draws and debuted in the Bundesliga only in 1965. But already four years later, the Munich finished first. Nurnberg takes special place in German foorball.

Hamburg is the only team that took part in all the championships of the German Bundesliga and never left it. The best scorer of the Bundesliga of all time is the forward of Bavaria Gerd Muller, who scored 365 goals in the period from 1965 to 1979. He is also the record for the performance for the season – 40 goals (1971-72). In 2018, Bavaria became the first team to win the German title six times in a row. All Bundesliga teams:

  • VFB Stuttgart
  • Eintracht F
  • SC Freiburg
  • FC Augsburg
  • Bavaria
  • Bayern (Munich)
  • Borussia D
  • Borussia M
  • Werder (Bremen)
  • Wolfsburg
  • Fortuna (Düsseldorf)
  • Hannover 96 and others

Bundesliga teams and their form: Bavaria

In a bright form, Bavaria plays in the first season under the direction of Carlo Ancelotti. And it’s not just the traditional red color. Polo collar, thin ruby-colored horizontal stripes and white details make the outfit of German champions really stylish. On the contrary, the second set made in gray-black tones does not cause any special inspiration. Rather, the third form of white color with burgundy collars, cuffs and advertising signs will even fall in love with the fans. Cute minimalism.

Borussia (Dortmund)

Sumptuous, for my taste, the form was made by the company Puma for Borussia Dortmund. It is very important that the changes draw attention to themselves, without breaking the traditions. Notice the location and structure of the black stripes on the yellow, homemade bumblebee shape. By the way, the pants this season will also be yellow, and not black, as usual. In the guest form, several tones of black are used; horizontal yellow stripes are also of different widths.

Bayer

At Bayer, before this season, the title sponsor changed, now it is the insurance company Barmenia. The home shape is made in black with a wide non-uniform strip on the chest and narrow horizontal stripes along the body. The main distinguishing feature of the exit kit, which will be red, is the diagonal black stripe, inside which horizontal stripes swarm. The collar on both sets looks curious.

Borussia (Monchengladbach)

Gladbach Borussia once again won the right to speak in the Champions League, dressed with a needle. The technical sponsor is Kappa. The main kit is in traditional black and white colors, with wide black elements additionally styled with diagonal white stripes. The second form of Gladbach is green, the third, specially prepared for performance in the Champions League, is black.

FC Schalke 04

The creators of the form Schalke were inspired by sets from the 70s of the last century, and the main feature is a smooth color transition from dark blue in the lower part to the classical blue on the shoulders. But the guest and the third form of “cobalt” retained from last season. There is nothing new here, look to refresh your memory and see for yourself.

Mainz

It looks great form Mainz from the company Lotto, especially the main kit in red.

Hertha (Berlin)

The new design of the home form Hertha involves vertical stripes, which, in turn, are also “striped”, and not monochromatic. The second set is white, and the third is bright pink.

Wolfsburg

Wolves now also dress in Nike; they went to this company from Kappa, without changing, however, their usual appearance. Lime set for home meetings, white and dark blue – just in case.

Koln

Kozlov clothes company Erima. In the main white set, you can pay attention to the light gray vertical stripes and a V-shaped collar. The second and third sets are devoid of texture, but one cannot say that they lose because of this.

Hamburg

If you look at the home shape of Hamburg then you can see a pattern that repeats the silhouette of the club emblem; an interesting if not a revolutionary decision from Adidas. The second form of Hamburg – pink. It seems that all clubs must go through the test with the equipment of such “courageous” color. Marketing requires sacrifice.

Ingolstadt

Ingolstadt is no longer striped. Each of the three forms contains a separate design solution, and if we talk about the wardrobe as a whole, the Bavarian club stands out positively among the smooth and not rich in surprises in terms of football clothing Bundesliga.

Augsburg

Your attention is payed be form of another Bavarian club. White Augsburg will play home games, and green with black and lime sets will be useful for trips.

Werder

The directorial style of Christopher Nolan is “picture-in-picture”, and the fashion for football gear in Germany can be called “a strip in a strip”. So Werder could not resist. However, it looks unobtrusive and interesting. The second set will be purple, and the third – white.

Darmstadt

The Darmstadt in the main blue set also has multi-layered experiments with stripes, which overlap and reiterate many times and change the tonality. But the second form is just white.

Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim started up diagonal stripes on the basic kit of the form, and this is the main design decision. With the third form, which is red, did the same, but the second white set is devoid of excesses.

Eintracht (Frankfurt)

Designer surprises in the Bundesliga are indeed rare, but every rule must be supported by exceptions. For example, Eintracht, who retained residence in the elite through butt matches, suddenly decided to play home games in black and white zebra. At the departure of the team from Frankfurt will be sent in red.

Freiburg

The second Bundesliga Freiburg who won last season in the elite is going to be different and always bright.

Red Bull (RB Leipzig)

Red Bull is very simple: two bulls on the emblem, two bulls on the chest and the Nike emblem.

History and features of the teams of the Bundesliga: Bavaria

The flagship of German club football, Bayern Munchen (Bayern Munchen), was established on February 27, 1900. The creation of the club is associated with the name of a resident of Berlin, Franz John, who together with his friends founded the Bayern (Bayern) club, so named after the German land, the center of which is Munich. Members of the club at that time were mostly students. On April 4, 1900, the team held their first match with the Munich sports club MTV ‑ 79 and won with a score of 7: 1. In 1907, the club moved to Munich on Leopoldstrasse and soon met with the local Wacker team, beating her with a score of 8: 1. In 1910, the team became the winner of the Eastern Region Championship.

“Bavaria” quickly gained strength and weight in German football and by 1920 became the most popular in Munich, becoming a powerful club. In 1926, Bavaria won the Southern Lands Championship, and in 1932, became the champion of the country, beating the Eintracht Frankfurt, 2: 0. In 1963, the club was headed by Yugoslav Zlatko Tchaikovsky and began to form a strong team. Sepp Meier and Franz Beckenbauer played for her, and in 1964 Gerd Muller came from Nordlingen. In 1965, Bayern excelled in the Southern Regional League, won the transitional tournament and won a ticket to the Bundesliga, where it immediately took third place and won the national cup. Successful and debut in the Cup Winners Cup.

In 1969, Bavaria excelled in the Bundesliga championship and in the Cup of the country. And almost the entire first round of the team held in the same composition: Meyer, Kupfershmidt, Beckenbauer, Schwarzenbek, Pumm, Olk, Starek, Roth, Olhauser, Muller, Brenninger. In the Champions Cup, however, things did not go so well: after the very first matches with “Saint-Étienne,” the team dropped out of the race. The new mentor, Bavaria Udo Lattek managed to create a team that soon thundered to the whole of Europe. In the first year of his work in Munich, he invited Paul Breitner and Uli Henness to Bayern, who, along with Beckenbauer, Muller, Meier and Schwarzenbek, who had played here for years, created the core of a superclub. In 1974, in the Champions Cup final, in a meeting with Atletico Madrid, Bayern won 4-0. In 1976, the team won the Intercontinental Cup. However, then a recession came: in 1977 Beckenbauer left the team, and a year later Gerd Muller left it. Soon, Uli Kheness stopped playing.

Bavaria became the Bundesliga champion 20 times, most recently in the 2005/2006 season, won the German Cup 14 times (last 2008), six times won the German League Cup (last 2007); in 1996 was the winner of the UEFA Cup, in 1967 – the Cup Winners’ Cup, won the Champions League four times (previously the Champions Cup), won the Intercontinental Cup twice. The team is currently coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld.

Bayer

Bayer is a professional German club, founded in 1904 by a well-known chemical and pharmacological company. The first decades of the history of the club is the time spent in the lower divisions of the national championship, but even there the team did not show stable results, so it is not surprising that the Leverkusen team did not make it to the Bundesliga clubs established in 1963.

The “pharmacists” could break into the elite of German club football only in 1978, immediately forcing all old-timers to reckon with themselves. A decade later, Bayer was already widely known in Europe, won the UEFA Cup, and in 1993 achieved its first success on the domestic arena, becoming the winner of the German Cup. From the mid-1990s, it was the Leverkusen team that became one of the strongest in the country – it finished in second and third places several times, but never managed to win the Bundesliga gold medals, although it was very close to success several times. In the 2001/02 season, the team under the leadership of Christophe Dauma achieved incredible success in the international arena, reaching the Champions League final and losing to the star cast of Real Madrid in the decisive match.

From the mid-2000s, the team began to lose ground, becoming the middle peasant of the championship, even a couple of times was in the relegation zone. Some successful seasons could not remedy the situation as a whole, only in the 2010s the team regained the respect of the fans, starting again from year to year to claim, if not to get into the top three, then at least to a place in the European Cup zone. At the beginning of the 20th century, football began to develop in Germany, brought by immigrants from the other side of the English Channel. In 1903, a group of workers at the Bayer Chemical-Pharmaceutical Plant sent a statement to their management asking for the creation of a sports club attached to the company. A little less than six months later, it was decided to establish a gymnastics club, which was given the name TuS Friedrich Bayer & Co 1904 Leverkusen. At the same time, employees from Foggy Albion, who in 1907 became one of the founders of the football section, worked at the plant.

In this form, “Bayer” played inside the city and survived the First World War. In 1928, football players and a number of other sports departments decided to leave the sports community and create their own sports association, SV Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Under this name, the club managed to get into the second Western League, and in the years after World War II win the amateur division and get to the highest level. Season 1951/52 became the debut for the “lions” in the Western Oberlig. “Bayer” did not have large resources, but immediately managed to gain a foothold in the upper part of the tournament table. In 1955, “Bayer” became the bronze medalist of the Western Championship of Germany, but the following year he flew into the First Amateur League, where he stayed until the beginning of the 60s.

After the reorganization of the football divisions in 1963, Bayer went to the regional league West where he remained until the early 80s. At this time, the main sponsor of the club “Bayer” suffered great losses in the market, so the team did not receive proper investments for many years. In 1967, “Bayer” still managed to overcome the level of the amateur league and finally got into the Western Division. After another season, the team won the Western League, but in the final playoffs for reaching the Bundesliga lost to the Kickers Offenbach. More “Bayer” could not get so close to the top division, after four seasons the team ranked last in the Western League and returned to the amateur league of the middle Rhine. In 1976, Bayer managed to win his championship and make his debut in the Northern Division of the Second Bundesliga. In the 1978/79 season, Bayer wins the Northern League and, beating Duisburg in the playoff finals, hits the Bundesliga for the first time. The first results of the “pharmacists” in the top division were very modest. In 1983, “Bayer” took the salutary 16th place, overtaking Darmstadt by two points. However, it was after this disastrous season that the gradual increase of “lions” began. First came 11th place, then seventh, in the 1984/85 season, Bayer was again on the verge of relegation due to a large number of injuries and a meager transfer company.

However, as early as next season, the club takes a high sixth place and gets the opportunity to debut in European competition. Bayer started his way in the UEFA Cup with a victory over the Kalmar Finnish, but in the next round he lost to the Czech club Dukla Prague. In next year Bayer takes sixth place and starts its second company in the UEFA Cup. In the first round, the “pharmacists” confidently get rid of the Austrian club “Austria Wien” (5-1) then in a tense confrontation they beat up “Toulouse” (1-1 away, 1-0 at home). In the 1 / 8th final, Bayer also barely passes the Dutch Feyenoord (2-2 away, 1-0 at home). In the quarterfinals, Bayer was confronted by the Spanish Grand Barcelona. After a goalless draw at home, the club was predicted of a crushing defeat at a party, but Bayer survived, scoring the only goal in the second half, which led him to the semifinals. Here the “lions” beat Werder (1-0) with a minimum score, and in the final they created a real sensation. After losing 3-0 to Espanol in the first match, Bayer scored three goals in the return game, and won 3-2 in the penalty shootout, and at once, the excellent goalkeeper “pharmacists” Benrnd Dreher managed to reflect two penalties.

Shortly after this success, the lions were accepted into the German elite. From now on, the club ranked at the top of the standings. In 1993 also came the first serious success in the national arena. In the 1993 German Cup final, the Berlin Hert was beaten. In the second half of the 90s, Bayer was close to winning the first title of champion in Germany, but finished in second place and in the 1999/00 season the title was lost in the very last round. At this time, the team features such players as Michael Ballack, Zé Roberto, Emerson, Marco Babic, Diego Plesente. The 2001/02 season was for Bayer the biggest disappointment ever. For two weeks in May, the “pharmacists” missed the next champion title, then lost to Schalke in the German Cup final and finally lost to the Real Champions League final of the Champions League, missing the same brilliant goal of Zidane.

Hertha

On July 25, 1892, a group of young people from Berlin who were fascinated by football that was actively developing behind the English Channel decided to set up their own club called the Hertha BFC. The club developed gradually, for several years only intracity matches were held then Herta played several exhibition fights against English teams. On May 4, 1910, the Blue won the Southend United Club in Berlin, which at that time was fighting in their home country for the FA Cup. In total, in the 1909/10 season, the Berlin club played 16 matches, which were attended by a total of 17 thousand fans, which was a great achievement for that time.

During the First World War, the “blue” immediately lost 36 members of their club. The infrastructure of the club was destroyed, or more precisely, completely absent. In August 1923, the owners of “Hertha” manage to reach an agreement with another Berlin team, the Berlin Sports Club, which was much better off, about a merger. From that moment on, the club got its present name, “Hertha Berlin”. The team is led by a German specialist Karl Tevez. He directs the potential of the newly formed team in the right direction, builds the game based on the rapid transition from defense to attack, as well as connecting extreme defenders. “Blue” replenish their ranks with leading German footballers and achieve the highest results in their history. “Hertha” finishes four times in second place at the German Championship, until in 1930 he won the title. A year later, the team takes other gold and also wins the Berlin Cup.

In 1936, the “Hertha” receives a new stadium, “Olympiastadion”, built in honor of the summer Olympic Games – 1936. During World War II, the “white-blue ones” continue to play within Berlin, but most of the players go to the front, and other important objects were destroyed during the bombing. Everything else, at this time, “Gert” is led by people from the Nazi party, therefore, soon after the end of the Second World War, the team is left without its top and is forced to re-assemble the leaders.

In 1963, “Hertha” becomes one of the founders of the Bundesliga. However, after the departure of “Hertha” in the Bundesliga, not a single capital club remained. An attempt was made to create a new team, but it was waiting for a great failure. The beginning of the 2000s was marked by relative successes in the cup field: “Hertha” managed to win two summer League Cups, and also became one of the owners of the Intertoto Cup – 2006. The 2008/09 season will go down in the history of the team as one of the most successful in the Bundesliga. In the summer, Andreas Schmidt, Mineiro and Rakic ​​joined the team. In August, the “white-blue” played a zero draw with the English “Liverpool”, then defeated the Moldavian “Nistru” 8-1 in the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. The season in the Bundesliga started for “Hertha” very well, until the winter break the “white-blue” were leading in the standings, losing only two times. However, the second part of the championship turned out to be blurred, “Hertha” beat “Borussia” and “Bayer” in the wake of success, but then defeated Werder (0-4), and also flew out of the UEFA Cup and the national cup, losing to “Borussia” in frame 1/16 finals. At the end of the season, the protracted voting of the owners of Herta ended with a decision to dismiss the head coach Dieter Henness.

Borussia (Dortmund)

Borussia (Dortmund) is a German professional club, founded in 1909 by a group of seminarians. From the very first years of the team’s existence, irreconcilable rivalry began with the Schalke-04 club from neighboring Gelsenkirchen. To beat rivals “Borussia” for the first time managed only in 1947. After the creation of the Bundesliga, Borussia immediately joined it, it was the player of this team who scored the first goal in the history of the tournament. In the first season, the Dortmund team finished third and debuted, albeit very poorly, in the European arena. In 1965, Borussia won the German Cup, and the next year managed to win the first international trophy, becoming the winner of the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Twenty years (1970s and 1980s) were not remembered by the club for anything – the difficult financial situation of the team led to the flight to the second division. Only in the late 1980s, “Borussia” was honored to win the Cup of the country. The heyday of the club in the 1990s is associated with the arrival of Ottmar Hitzfeld on the coaching bridge. At first, Dortmund did not win trophies, although they did get to the UEFA Cup final. But in 1995 and 1996 became the winners of the Bundesliga, and in 1997, Borussia became the strongest club in Europe, beating 3-1 in the final match of Juventus, and Rikken’s magnificent goal is still considered one of the best in the finals: Champions League.

After that, another recession occurred – the team won the next champion title in the Bundesliga in 2002, then reached the UEFA Cup final again, but lost to Feyenoord. The 2000s – a difficult period in the history of “Borussia”, the team turned into a middle peasant of the Bundesliga. After joining the post of head coach Jurgen Klopp, the players regained confidence in themselves and won the Bundesliga for two years in a row, leaving behind a powerful and more stellar Bavaria. In 2010, Borussia showed itself well in the international arena, and the players of the club were constantly summoned to the national teams.

Schalke

Schalke 04 is a professional German club from the city of Gelsenkirchen, founded, as is easy to guess, in 1904 that represents the industrial metropolitan area, one of the most popular clubs in Germany. The principal rival is Borussia Dortmund, there is a feud between these clubs, and the teams’ matches are called the Ruhr derby.

The team immediately after the creation was supported by the miners, for which it was nicknamed the “miners”. Later, when the form of the club became white and blue, they began to be called “cobalt”. Even before the creation of the Bundesliga, Schalke-04 managed to become a famous team in the country, winning the country’s championship with an enviable regularity. Perhaps the success of the club during the Third Reich was facilitated by Adolf Hitler, who did not hide his sympathies for the Pitmen. After the appearance of a new tournament in 1963, the team fell into the ranks of its founders, but the first seasons were extremely difficult – the Gelsenkirchens could even leave the Bundesliga, but managed to win the German Cup. In 1971, a number of players on the team received lengthy disqualifications due to the scandal with contractual matches.

The team performed unevenly – there were seasons when she fought for the title and in the mid-1980s Schalke-04 several times left the elite of German football. Since the 1991/92 season, the team has been entrenched in the Bundesliga. In 1997, she managed to win the first international trophy, becoming the owner of the UEFA Cup. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the team has become one of the strongest in the country, regularly won prizes, but has not managed to become the winner of the tournament. In the Champions League several times overcame the group stage, but in the playoffs did not go far. Possessing an excellent composition, “rogues” because of the coaching leapfrog are considered shadow favorites, who are not capable of “shooting” at the decisive moment and winning the trophy.

VFL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg “(” VfL Wolfsburg “) – a football club belonging to the concern” Volkswagen AG “. The football club, founded by the workers of the automobile concern” Volkswagen “in 1945 after the end of the Second World War. The team was nicknamed “wolves”. The city of Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 as a “residence” for the workers of the Volkswagen plant. The settlement grew slowly but surely, and at the beginning of this century there were more than 100 thousand inhabitants. Naturally, urban life is centered around a car factory. Not an exception and a football club. Attempts to create a football team at the plant were made in the late 30s of the last century, but because of the war it was somehow not up to football. The first football club associated with the car factory was “BSG Volkswagenwerk Stadt des KdF-Wagen”. This team for two seasons – from 1943 to 1945 appeared in the regional Gauliga Osthannover. At that time, by the level of football championships, this league was considered to be the most “masterful” among all other regional leagues. They played there 10 teams, which took first place, went to the national championship, and two outsiders flew to the lower division.

There are many high-level attackers in the championship, each of whom has a chance to win the Golden Boot. The Germans are not favorites in the fight for the trophy. In the past 10 seasons, German players have only been able to become top scorers 3 times. Often, the most goals scored by representatives of the teams from the middle of the table. Most recently, Eintracht, Bochum and Nuremberg became the best goal scorers – teams that do not even fight for the European Cup zone. This is due to the fact that in top clubs there are a lot of top-class players who “distribute” scored goals. In weak teams, as a rule, there is only one strong player in the attack, through which the attacking game is built.