July 30, 2011

Germany: the 2 clubs promoted from Bundesliga-2 to 2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga.

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2 clubs promoted to Bundesliga

Once again, there were just two clubs gaining promotion to Bundesliga, as the Relegation play-off saw 16th-place-finisher Borussia Mönchengladbach defeat the Bundesliga-2 3rd-place-finisher VfL Bochum. Hertha Belin and FC Augsburg were the promoted clubs. For Hertha, it is an immediate return to the top flight; for Augsburg, it will be their first division debut.

Hertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892 are a pretty large club that, as the largest football club from Berlin, draw in the 45K to 55K range. Hertha Berlin drew 46,131 per game in the second tier last season; 46,681 per game in 09/10 when they were relegated; and in 08/09, when they had a title run that saw them eventually sputter out and finish in 3rd place, they drew 52,157 per game – which was 5th-best-in-Germany that season. What Hertha Berlin can’t do is win a title, and the club is kind of a running joke in the German football scene. They are sort of like the hapless, choking pre-2004 Boston Red Sox (of Major League Baseball), but with an old stadium (Olympic Stadium, capacity 74,500; opened in 1936) that’s not picturesque and cozy and unique like the Red Sox’ Fenway Park, but rather, pretty soul-less, in a monolithic way. Plus Olympic Stadium (Berlin) features the dreaded running track (in creepy Prussian blue), dampening the atmosphere even more. No wonder Hertha Berlin haven’t won a title in the 7 decades since they’ve set up shop in this stadium, what with the ghosts of the Third Reich and the Nazi-propaganda exercise that was the 1936 Berlin Olympics resonating from the architecture. Hertha Berlin’s only two titles were won decades before the Bundesliga was formed…in 1930 and 1931, when there was no national league in Germany, and the title was decided by a small cup format with teams comprised of the regional league winners [Bundesliga was formed in 1963-64]. Hertha Berlin have won 2 titles in recent times – 2 DFB-Ligapokal (German League Cup) titles, in 2001 and 2002, but that’s a title whose ‘value’ is similar to the English League Cup title. The closest Hertha Berlin has come to winning the Bundesliga title was in 1974-75, when they finished in 2nd place, 6 points behind Mönchengladbach. Here are more photos of Olympic Stadium (Berlin), from the Extreme Groundhopping site, ‘Olymipiastadion [3 April, 2007]‘.

FC Augsburg 1907 are from Augsburg in Bavaria, 57 km. (35 miles) north-west of Munich. Augsburg has a population of around 264,000 {2010 figure}. FC Augsburg have spent the bulk of their existence fluctuating between the 2nd and 3rd divisions, but a decade ago were mired in the 4th division, in the Bayernliga IV for 2 seasons, gaining promotion back to the third tier in 2002. The squad returned to full-professional status in 2006, and in July 2009, their new Impuls Arena was opened. The stadium is now called SGL Arena, and has a capacity of 30,660. It looks like a pretty nice place to watch a football match, with all mod cons, seating tight to the pitch and the angle of the seats pretty steep (ie, good sight lines). I like Augsburg’s kit badge, because it is so simple and has a tree in it that looks more like a theatrical prop than a real tree. Augsburg play in all-white kits with red and green trim, and this season they will have an away kit that features a big black A on the white jersey. Augsburg’s fan base has swelled significantly in the decade since escaping the 4th division. The club were only drawing in the 2,000 range when they returned to the 3rd tier in 2001-02, and 4 years later, in 2005-06, they were drawing 4,482 per game. The next season was a promotion-year, and attendances shot up +12,000, to 16,639 per game. So as you can see, that’s when the club decided to build a new stadium, and their timing could not have been better, now that they have finally won promotion to the big-time stage that is Bundesliga. Augsburg averaged 20,481 per game last season, and will probably play to close-to or at a full house capacity of 30,000 or so this season. However, just staying in the top flight might be a real challenge for Augsburg this season, because Augsburg does not have mad money to throw around like another, recent, promoted-from-seemingly-nowhere-club (Hoffenheim). From Bundesliga Fanatic site, ‘FC Augsburg Season Preview: Hope and Excitement Amidst Modest Expectations‘.

Photo credits -
Hertha Berlin…Photo of exterior of Olympic stadium from, here. Photo of interior of Olympic Stadium by Kandice at, here. Photo of Hertha fans in Ost Curve by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images via, here. Aerial image of Olympic Stadium from’s Eye satellite view, here.

FC Augsburg…Aerial photos of impuls arena by Gberstel at, here. Interior photo of impuls arena by Andinem at, here.


Thanks to the contributors of the pages at, ‘2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga‘.
Thanks to for attendance figures, here.
Thanks to for the Bundesliga-2 table.
Thanks to for the base map.

June 6, 2011

Germany: final table of 2010-11, with clubs playing in Europe in UEFA competitions for 2011-12 / Plus, map with locations of clubs in 2011-12 Bundesliga, with attendance data.

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Top of the table -2010-11 Bundesliga/German clubs playing in Europe for 2011-12

From When Saturday, by John van Laer, from 6 June 2011, ‘A good year for the underdog in the Bundesliga‘.

This post is part of a new category I have started up…it will be listed in my Categories section under ‘UEFA-Clubs that qualified for Europe’. There is a chart page with illustrations, and on another page there is a map with attendance data.

Basically the chart page shows the final table of the league, with all clubs who have qualified for UEFA European competitions featured. In other words, the charts will feature all the clubs from the given country who have qualified for Europe – in either the UEFA Champions League Group Stage (in this case, 1st and 2nd place finishers in the 2010-11 Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen)…or the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds (in this case, Bayern Munich)…or the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds (in this case, Hannover 96 and Mainz, plus Schalke 04). Usually that will literally mean the clubs that finished at the top of the standings, but in the case here, FC Schalke 04 will be playing in Europe despite finishing 14th in the league, because Schalke won the DFB-Pokal title (ie, the German Cup title).
2011-12 UEFA Champions League, Round and draw dates {here (}.
2011-12 UEFA Europa League, Round and draw dates {here}.

On the right-hand side of the chart page are stadia photos and club information for all the clubs who have qualified for Europe. The title winner gets twice the space for photos, and I have included the three Borussia Dortmund players who accumulated the most goals and assists.- Parguayan national Lucas Barrios, and two young German midfielderrs who racked up a decent amount of goals and assists last season, Mario Götze and Kevin Großkreutz. If I had more pixel-space I would have shown more Dortmund players who were key to the club’s surprise championship, like the Japanese striker Shinji Kagawa, and the German-born Turkish international and midfield wizard Nuri Şahin. I did include a photo of the Dortmund manager, Jürgen Klopp, showing off the silverware. Plus I stumbled across Dortmund’s snazzy new 2011-12 home jersey, so I tossed that in too.

One note about Dortmund’s manager Jürgen Klopp…before getting the Dortmund job, he made his name bringing Mainz up to the Bundesliga (for the first time) 6 seasons ago…and now Mainz has continued to punch above their weight after Klopp’s departure (in 2008), with the small club from Rhineland-Palatinate having qualified via league placement for Europe for the first time (Mainz have been in Europe before – getting a UEFA Cup qualifying spot in 2005-06, via the Fair Play draw). And Mainz are about to move into a new, ~33,000-capacity ground, so Mainz supporters are living the dream right now. I included a photo of the new ground, the Coface Arena, under construction. It is scheduled to open in July – {here is a thread with more photos}.

The second gif, below, shows the locations of the 18 clubs in the 2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga season {which will begin on the weekend of 5th to 7th August, see this}. Listed are these 18 clubs’ 2010-11 average attendances, their 2010-11 percent capacity, and their percentage change in average attendance versus the previous season. The two promoted clubs, Hertha Berlin and FC Augsburg, are included in the list. [Note - Borussia Mönchengladbach beat VfL Bochum in the promotion/relegation play-off, so there are only 2 clubs promoted to Bundesliga for the second straight year].


I will make posts like this for the 5 biggest leagues in Europe. Coming up soon, in addition to Germany’s Bundesliga, there will be Top of the table charts for England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and France’s Ligue Un.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga‘.
Thanks to, for the base map of Germany, Demis Web Map Server.
Thanks to E-F-S site, for attendance figures.
Thanks to for the Champions League icon.
Thanks to Dale for the idea {here, comment #5}.

Photo credits on chart page -
Dortmund… Photo of full south stand (Die Südtribüne) from, here. Photo of Dortmund fans in stands with banners from, article on English fans of Dortmund, ‘ “We’ve always had a soft spot for Dortmund” ‘. Photo of yellow pylon by Mdortmund at, here.
Lucas Barrios photo from Getty Images via, here. Mario Götze photo from, here. Kevin Großkreutz photo from, here. Jürgen Klopp photo from, here.
New 2011-12 Dortmund jersey image from, here. Aerial photo of Signal Iduna Park from, here.

Leverkusen…Aerial photo of BayArena from Exterior photo of BayArena by H005 at, here. Photo of Leverkusen fans with banners from,here.

Bayern…Photo of Bayern fans with banners from Getty Images via, here. Close-up photo of exterior lighted panels of Alianz Arena by Marco Döhr at Exterior photo of Allianz Arena from [free architecture guide], here.

Hannover 96…Photo of Hannover fans with scarves by Maabpaa at, here. Photo of interior of AWD-Arena by hack man at, here.Aerial photo of AWD-Arena from this site:

Mainz…Photo of new stadium (Coface Arena) under construction from, here. Interior photo of Stadion am Bruchweg from, here. Aerial photo of Stadion am Bruchweg from, here.

Schalke 04…Photo of Schalke fans with banners at Veltins-Arena from thread, here. Interior photo of Veltins-arena from, here. Aerial photo of Veltins-Arena from official site of the facility,

August 15, 2010

Germany: Bundesliga, 2010-11 – Stadia map.

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Please note:
My latest Bundesliga map-&-post can be found here, category: Germany.]

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, 2010-11 Fussball-Bundesliga page.
(Bayern Munuch/Allianz Arena photo).
Thanks to (FC St. Pauli/Millerntor-Stadion photo).
Thanks to {Hamburg SV/Imtech Arena bird’s eye view}.
Thanks to {Werder Bremen/Weserstadion photo).
Thanks to Airphotographien (Hannover 96/AWD-Arena photo).Thanks to (Wolfsburg/Volkswagen Arena photo).
Thanks to (Schalke 04/Veltins-Arena photo). Thanks to Spain Ticket (Dortmund/Signal Iduna Park photo).
Thanks to Pawel 19-87 at thread ‘Mönchengladbach – Borussia Park‘. Thanks to Der Cup stadiums (Köln/RheinEnergie Stadion photo). Thanks to (Bayer Leverkusen/BayArena photo).
Thanks to Stadi del Mundo blog (Mainz/Stadion am Bruchweg photo). Thanks to (Kaiserslautern/Fritz-Walter Stadion photo). Thanks to (Hoffenheim/Rhein-Neckar-Arena photo).
Thanks to (Freiburg/badenova-Stadion photo).

Thanks to ESPN Soccernet, 2009-10 Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga attendances, Bundesliga attendances 2009-10.

Thanks to Demis, at Demis Products, Demis Web Map Server.

July 19, 2010

Germany: the 2 clubs promoted from 2. Bundesliga to Bundesliga, for the 2010-2011 season.

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Only two clubs won promotion to the German Bundesliga in May, because of the result in the Relegation Playoff. The 3rd place finisher in 2. Bundesliga, FC Augsburg (who have never been in the top flight), lost to Nürnberg, 3-0 aggregate.

Promoted back to the Bundesliga, after a four-season absence from the German top flight, are 1. FC Kaiserslautern, from Kaiserslautern in Rhineland-Palatinate, near to the France and Luxembourg frontiers. Kaiserslautern is a city with a population of only around 99,000 {2006 figure}. The club play in the 48,500-capacity Fritz Walter Stadion, which was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fritz Walter was the captain of the 1954 World Cup-winning Germany national team, and played his entire club career for Kaiserslautern. (I would have said his entire pro career, but Germany remained amateur until the formation of the Bundesliga.) Walter was part of Kaiserslautern’s first two title-winning teams, in 1951 and 1953.

Kaiseslautern were one of the 16 original clubs in the first Bundesliga season of 1963-64, and have played in 42 of the 47 Bundesliga seasons. Kaiserslautern have won 4 German titles (2 during the Bundesliga era), their most recent championship being in 1998, when they achieved the pretty rare feat (in modern times, at least) of winning the national title one season after being promoted. This is the only time it has happened since the formation of the Bundesliga. Another distinction FC Kaiseslautern has is that they are the club from the smallest city in Germany to have won a Bundesliga title.

Below is a chart showing club crests from the history of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, with the history of the club’s mergers and name changes listed, as well as the club’s major titles. There were several mergers early in the club’s history, and Kaiseslautern’s full, present-day name originated in 1932. Also since 1932, the club has maintained the same crimson-disk-with-acronym device as their logo, only the fonts have changed (and now in 2010, the color has changed, to a deep maroon or burgandy; ditto their home kits’ primary color).
Second place in 2. Bundesliga went to the Hamburg-based FC St. Pauli, who are renowned as probably the most radical-left-wing football club on the planet. FC St. Pauli is a club that definitely flies its freak flag. Since the mid-1980s, the club has used their location near to Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn to their advantage. The Reeperbahn {see this} is a street in the St. Pauli district that is one of the two centers of nightlife in Hamburg, and home to the city’s red-light district. Home matches became an “event”. A decidedly party-hardy, left-wing/anarchist event. Most importantly, the club… the organization itself, and it’s supporters… have taken a strong stance against racism, fascism, sexism, and homophobia, and are active in the pursuit of social justice in the cause of low-income housing.

FC St. Pauli have recovered from an almost fatal financial deficit, and are now back in the top tier for their eighth season of first division football, their last spell being one season in 2001-02, which preceded back to back relegations to the regionalised 3rd division Oberliga, with 4 seasons in Regionalliga Nord (from 2003 to 2007). St. Pauli are in the process of a total overhaul of their stadium. The plan is to do it one stand at a time, and to have the renovation and expansion finished in 2014, turning the 22,648 capacity stadium into one with a capacity of around 27,000. One stand (the South Stand) is being rebuilt, and next will be the Main Stand.

Here is an article on FC St. Pauli, from The, which includes an excellent 8 minute documentary about the club, from Trans World Sport…FC St. Pauli: Non-established since 1910.

From, from 19-07-2010, an interview with veteran MF Timo Schultz, who has been a starter for FC St. Pauli since 2005-06 (when they were in the third division), ‘Our only chance is as a team‘.

Abseits [aka "offsides"] Guide to German football/Clubs/FC St, Pauli, {here}.

St. Pauli fans UK [with history of the skull-and-crossbones logo at FC St. Pauli].


Thanks to the contributors to the pages at and,
2. Football-Bundesliga;
2. Fussball-Bundesliga.
Thanks to Midfield Dynamo site, Clubs.
Thanks to E-F-S site, for attendance figures, Germany attendances, 2009-10, at E-F-S.
Thanks to the official 1.FC Kaiserslautern site, for the old logos, .
Thanks to Maps Of,, for the base map.

June 20, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Germany, 23-man roster.

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Germany 2010 World Cup squad.

The map shows the birthplaces and hometowns of the players on the Germany national team that is competing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At the bottom, left of the map page are photos of all the players in the German squad who have seen action in the first 5 matches in the competition (19 player photos). International appearances (aka caps) and international goals as of 3rd July, 2020 are listed.
From The, by Duncan White, Mesut Ozil at head of the vanguard for new generation (12 June, 2010).
These days, Germany fields an ethnically diverse squad. There are 5 players on the Germany squad who were born abroad. Three players were born in Soviet bloc-era Poland: starters Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski (both of Silesian heritage), and sub Piotr Trochowski. One player, midfielder Marko Marin, is a Bosnian Serb whose family fled war-torn Bosnia for Germany in 1991. One player, Cacau, is Brazilian-born and raised. He became a German citizen in 2009. While on the subject of players from abroad, it is worth mentioning that midfield wizard Mesut Özil is a third generation Turkish German. DF Serdar Tasci is also of Turkish origin. Starting midfielder Sami Khedira is a Tunisian-German. DF Jérôme Boateng is of Ghanian-German descent. And DF Dennis Aogo is of partly Nigerian descent.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, Germany national football team. Thanks to UK Soccer, for the photos of the Germany jerseys.

August 16, 2009

Germany: Clubs in the 2009-’10 Bundesliga season, with 08/09 attendance figures.

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Bundesliga table {click here (SoccerStats)}.

Reigning champions are the tepidly supported dark horses VfL Wolfsburg,  powered by the record-setting goal-scoring tandem of Edin Dzeko and Grafite  {see this (, 23 May, 2009, ‘Dzeko and Grafite- A record-breaking strike-force’)}.   Their 54 goals eclipsed the 53 goals scored in 1971-’72 by Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeness,  of Bayern Munich.  Speaking of the Bavarian giants,  their former manager,  Felix Magath,  led Wolfsburg to their unlikely first title.  Magath had been sacked by Bayern Munich in January, 2007,  when the club was in fourth place,  and below Champions League qualification.  That Magath had led Bayern Munich to two consecutive league and cup doubles (in 2004-’05 and 2005-’06) was not enough.  So it must be rather satisfying for Magath to win the title with a club like Wolfsburg…essentially Volkswagen’s pet club,  and a club that has never been on any list of big German clubs.  In terms of German standards,  Wolfsburg play in a small stadium (30,000 capacity) that has never been filled to capacity over a season.  And again,  speaking of the Bavarian giants,  it was only fitting that the Bundesliga goal of the season,  a Grafite back-heel after a mazy run,  was scored by one of Magath’s players against his former club {see this (‘Grafite’s signature goal takes Wolfsburg’s winning sequence to eight’, by Raphael Honigstein at}. Magath has left Wolfsburg, after signing a fat contract with FC Schalke 04. So he has got a reward for his acumen as a manager, but he has his work cut out for him, seeing as how Schalke are a notoriously underachieving club.


The map is accompanied by an all-time titles chart of the German Bundesliga.  The Fussball-Bundesliga began play for the 1963-’64 season.  Prior to that,  the national champion was determined by a play-off between clubs which had qualified through the many regional leagues.  Semi-professional status was introduced in 1949,  when five Obërligen   (Premier Leagues) were in existence.  The five leagues can be seen here.

For the list of  national champions in Germany, 1903-Present ,  {click here (Wikipedia, List of German football champions)}.  Here is the list by total titles {click here}.


I also have listed all the European qualifiers from Germany.  Wednesday, 19 August,  Stuttgart starts their two-legged draw versus FC Timisoara,  of Romania,  for qualification to the 2009-’10 Champions League Group Stage.  Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich are already in the 09/10 Champions League Group Stage.  Draws for Play-offs for CL Group Stage,  {here (}.    

In the Europa League (the re-brandedf and re-formatted UEFA Cup),  Hertha Berlin,  Werder Bremen,  and Hamburg are in contention. Europa League main page, here.  

Thanks to .   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Wikipedia {click here (set at Fussball-Bundesliga 2009-10 page)}.   Thanks to Sascha Drenth @ {click here}.   Thanks to Christoph F. Siekermann at the German Wikipedia.   Thanks to RP {click here}.   Thanks to Soccerway {click here (set at ‘Edin Dzekov [sic] is going to stay at Wolfsburg’)}.   Thanks to {click here}.   Thanks to {click here}.

June 5, 2009

Germany: the 3 clubs promoted at the end of the 2008-’09 season, from 2.Fussball-Bundesliga to Fussball-Bundesliga.

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The map shows the three clubs to win promotion to the German Bundesliga-1 for the 2009-2010 season. 

Bundesliga -2 winners in 08/09 were SC Freiburg,  a yo-yo club from the foothills of the Black Forest,  in far south-western Germany,  in the state of Baden-Würtemburg.  Freiburg has spent 10 seasons in the top tier in Germany,  their last in 2005-’06.

Second in Bundesliga-2 were FSV Mainz 05,  a club from Mainz,  which is 32 kilometers (19 miles) west of Frankfurt,  in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.  Mainz had never been in the first division before 2003-’04,  and were relegated in ’07.  Next season will be only the club’s fourth in Bundesliga-1.

The winner of the promotion/relegation playoff,  over Energie Cottbus,  was FC Nürnburg,  a club with a storied past.  Nürnburg won 6 German Titles in the era between the two World Wars;  they won another national title in 1948,  and they won one in 1961.  Nurnburg has won one championship since the Bundesliga began in 1963-’64…in 1968.   That is a total 9 German titles.  Nürnburg has also won 4 DFB-Pokal [German Cup] Titles,  their first two in the 1930′s,  one in 1962,  and their most recent in 2007.  Nürnburg plays in the 47,000-capacity Frankenstadion,  which was renovated for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  In their last season in Bundesliga-1 (07/08),  Nürnburg drew 43,033 per game.  Nürnburg bounces straight back to Bundesliga-1 for the 2009-2010 season,  which will be the northern Bavarian club’s 18th season in the German top flight.

In a side note,  with Energie Cottbus’ relegation,  Bundesliga-1 will be without a club from the former East Germany for only the second season since German re-unification.  East and West Germany were united in 1990,  and for football clubs,  the best two clubs from the 1990-’91 DDR-Oberliga season were accomadated to Bundesliga-1 for 1991-’92  {see this}.  These were Hansa Rostock (who have now spent 12 seasons in Bundesliga-1) and Dynamo Dresden (who have now spent 4 seasons in Bundesliga-1).  The other season with no former-East German club-representation was in 2005-’06…Hansa Rostock had been relegated in 04/05,  and Energie Cottbus would gain promotion in the spring of ’06.

[Note: I didn't use a blank map for the base map on this post,  because I found a nice map that showed German cities with their metropolitan areas.  Here is a list of the largest cities/ urban areas,  from the CityMayors site (they don't list year of population estimate, but it's probably 2003,  like the list for France that I linked in my last Promotions map)  {click here}.]   

Thanks to the Maps of Germany site,  for the base map  {click here}.   Thanks to Subside Sports,  for kit photos {click here}.   Thanks to FanSport24.d, for kit photos {click here}.   Thanks to, for a generic white jersey for me to slap togather a rendition of the elusive 08/09 SC Freiburg away jersey {click here}.   Thanks to .   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Wikipedia {click here (set at Fussball-Bundesliga, 2009-2010 season)}.  Thanks to Bobby McMahon {click here} for pointing out the no-East German clubs-for-the-second-time angle.

September 1, 2008

Germany: Clubs in the 2008-09 Bundesliga (with attendances from 07/08).

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Germany, Bundesliga 2008-09 (with 2007-08 attendances)

Please note:
My latest Bundesliga map-&-post can be found here, category: Germany.]

Defending champions Bayern Munich look to consolidate their historical dominance of the German Bundesliga.  The Bavarian giants have won 20 Bundesliga titles, out of a total of 44, since the league began, in 1963-’64.  And they have been champions 7 of the last 10 seasons.

The club has just built a state of the art training ground to complement their space age stadium.  The facility was built in just 6 weeks.  It’s design had considerable input from new coach Jurgen Klinsman, and features the sort of new age accents (spare, Asian-inspired interiors, complete with Buddha statues) and hi-tech gadgetry (lockers featuring computerized consoles and message boards) that befits someone (Klinsman) who has spent some time in California recently.  {See this article, from Der Speigel online.}

Here is an overview of the 07/08 season, and a 08/09 preview, from the “BetInf [dot] com” site:  {Click here}.

{Click here, for the leading scorers in 07/08 (ESPN Soccernet)} .}

{Click here for the current Bundesliga table (from the Sky Sports site)}.

Thanks to European Football Statistics, for the attendance figures {Click here}.

Thanks to World Soccer, whose August issue gave me a topic here.

June 11, 2008

UEFA Euro 2008: Germany- Squad Map.

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Though they were outshot by Poland 12-14, Germany won their first game last Sunday by a score of 2-0, with both goals scored by Polish-born Lukas Podolski  {click here, for a report from the UEFA site}.  Thursday, Germany plays Croatia.

There are three Polish-born players on the German team: Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski, and Piotr Trochowski.  Both Klose and Podolski were born in Silesia  {see this}, which was formerly part of Germany.  Most of Silesia is now in (south-west) Poland, with sections in the Czech Republic, and Germany.  {Click here, for background on Miroslav Klose’s family, and how they were able to get out of Communist-era Poland, with the help of German-ancestry laws.}

The map shows the 27 cities in Germany with a population over 250,000.  Here is a list of the largest cities in Germany  {mongabay site; click here}.   Below is a population density map of Germany (from Wikipedia).


Thanks to the UEFA site {click here}  for the German kits.

[Note: Players caps and goals are listed up to before the start of Euro 2008.]

April 27, 2008

Germany: Bundesliga, 2007-08 Season-Zoom Map.

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[Note: to see my most recent map-&-post of Bundesliga, click on the the following, category: Germany.

On this map, in deference to the quite impressive attendance figures of the Bundesliga,  I have included a column listing percentage of capacity, on the average attendances list.  Those Germans really know how to pack ‘em in.  Plus their stadia generally seem to be very fan-friendly, with almost zero ugly track-and-field ovals, good site lines, and seats right up on top of the action.  And this being Germany, after all, I am quite sure that the beverages are top notch.  Plus, I understand that the ticket prices are very reasonable.   With all these incentives,  fans flock to Bundesliga matches…ten clubs are averaging over 40,000 per game (and 3 clubs in Bundesliga-2: FC Koln,  Borussia Monchengladbach,  and 1860 Munich,  are averaging over 37,000 per game). 

This map shows all the German Tiltles, since 1903,  although there was no unified pro football league in Germany until 1963-’64.  That was when the Fussball-Bundesliga was formed.

Up until that point, football in post-war Germany was divided into 5 separate leagues, or Oberligen (meanwhile, Soviet-occupied East Germany had it’s own, corrupt,  league).  In West Germany, there were the North,  South,  West,  Southwest,  and Berlin Oberligen.

In 1962, the decision was made to consolidate, in emulation of the English Football League structure.  46 clubs applied for membership in the new, nationwide, top tier.  16 were selected, on basis of prior achievements  {see this, from Wikipedia}.  The Bundesliga began in the autumn of 1963.

Since then only one team has remained in the Bundesliga continuously:  Hambuger SV  (usually called Hamburg, in the English-speaking world,  probably because no one wants to conjure up the image of a ground beef sandwich).  But this club from that northern port city has not won the crown for 25 years running.  

Since the Bundesliga’s formation, one club has stood out, in terms of success:  FC Bayern Munchen  (ie, Bayern Munich).  Again, this season, the giant club from Bavaria will win the championship.  It will be their 21st German Title, and, amazingly, their 20th Bundesliga crown.  That will amount to 20 Bundesliga Titles, out of a total of 45 Bundesliga seasons.  And their success now has a shining new monument (literally):  the Allianz Arena  {see this imagesee this Wikipedia entry}.   It has been sold out the entire season.

Thanks to for the kits.  

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