The Bundesliga is at the top of the chain when it comes to the German soccer league system. In other words, it’s the top-flight. Founded in 1963, it’s also considered one of the top five European leagues alongside the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.
A total of 56 teams have played in the Bundesliga, but none have been as successful as Bayern Munich. The Reds have won 33 titles, including the last 11, which is also a continental record. They’re followed by FC Nurnberg with nine and Borussia Dortmund with eight. Precisely, Dortmund was the last team to prevent Bayern from fulfilling their role as Germany Bundesliga betting favorites. The Black and Yellows won the title in the 2011-12 season.
Due to Bayern’s dominance, many believe that the Bundesliga isn’t a competitive tournament, but Bundesliga teams have won the UEFA Champions League eight times and the UEFA Europa League seven times. Most recently, Bayern Munich won the UCL in the 2019-20 season, while Eintracht Frankfurt won the UEL in 2021-22.
Individually, plenty of legends forged part of their history in the Bundesliga, including Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Lothar Matthaus, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Manuel Neuer, Oliver Kahn, to name a few. And we can’t forget about coaches like Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti, and Jurgen Klopp, who were also attracted by the greatness of the Germany Bundesliga.
How the Championship Works
Unlike most of the top European soccer leagues, which consist of 20 teams, the Germany Bundesliga consists of 18. That means that the season consists of 34 fixtures since each team faces the other 17 twice, one at home, one on the road.
The winner of each match gets three points, while the loser gets zero. If the match finishes with a draw, each team gets a point. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins the title. The crowned team also qualifies for the UEFA Champions League.
Speaking of the UCL, second, third and fourth place also qualify for the top continental tournament. Fifth and sixth qualify for the UEFA Europa League, while seventh qualifies for the UEFA Conference League.
While the top seven teams have something to celebrate, for the last three it’s quite the opposite. Eighteenth and 17th are relegated to the Bundesliga 2. On the other hand, 16th place must play a two-legged series against the team that finished third in the Bundesliga 2. The winner gets to play in the top-flight the next season.
All 18 teams also play in the domestic cup, better known as the DFB Pokal. Besides winning a lot of money, the champion also qualifies for the UEL. The favorite in the Germany Bundesliga odds is usually also the favorite to win the DFB Pokal, at least prior to the start of the season.
We can’t start talking about Bundesliga title contenders without talking about Bayern Munich. As mentioned before, the Reds have won the title in each of the last 11 seasons. However, last season was much more difficult than expected. In fact, they won the title in the last fixture thanks to Borussia Dortmund drawing 2-2 against Mainz 05 at home.
The thing is that for the upcoming season, manager Thomas Tuchel will have been able to make all the necessary adjustments without any pressure. Plus, pretty much the entire roster will return, including Serge Gnabry, the team’s top scorer in 2022-23 with 14 goals, and Jamal Musiala, who led the team in assists with 10.
Dortmund always comes second in the Germany Bundesliga lines. The Black and Yellows always put up a good fight but also have a hard time closing the deal. As if that wasn’t enough, Jude Bellingham, the team’s best player in the previous season, left to play for Real Madrid.
If you were looking for a dark horse, RB Leipzig is a good option. Last season, the Red Bulls finished third, five points behind Bayern Munich. Plus, Christopher Nkunku finished as the league’s top scorer with 16 goals despite missing a lot of games due to injury. If the Frenchman manages to stay healthy, they have a genuine shot at the title.