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}.

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