General information

The Fußball-Bundesliga or the Bundesliga is the primary professional football championship in Germany, in which top teams compete for the title every year. It is ranked first in German football league system and it has a scheme of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga.

The competition’s seasons occur between August and May, with most games played on Saturdays and Sundays and some matches played during weekdays. Bundesliga’s recent performances achieved a ranking of the 3rd place in Europe, according to UEFA’s league coefficient ranking. It is also the most-attended football league in the world. Its average of 45,134 fans per match during the 2011–12 season made it the second most attended sports league in the world, broadcasted in over 200 countries.


Bundesliga was initially established by the German Football Association in 1962 in Dortmund and is now operated by the Deutsche Fußball Liga. Its first season started in 1963 and since then the competition has seen 51 clubs compete for the title. With a total of 21 wins, FC Bayern Munich has been Bundesliga’s champion the most. Other football clubs to have won the Bundesliga include Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, VfB Stuttgart, and Hamburger SV, which is the only club to have participated continuously in the Bundesliga since its foundation. Bet on Bundesliga at Betfair, the best exchange for football betting!


Each of the 18 teams in Bundesliga competition plays against a certain other team once at home and once away. Initially, a victory was worth two points; but since the 1995–96 season, the teams have been awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points in case of a loss. The football club which gets the most points during the season, becomes the German champion. In case of an equal number of points, the following tie-breakers are applied respectively: goal difference for the entire season, total goals scored, head-to-head results, head-to-head goals scored, head-to-head away goals scored and total away goals scored for the entire season.

The bottom two teams of the table are relegated into the 2. Bundesliga, while the best two teams of the 2. Bundesliga are promoted. The third-last team (16th place) in the Bundesliga plays a two-leg play-off match against the 2. Bundesliga’s third-placed team; the winning team secures its place in the next season of the Bundesliga, whereas the loser gets to play in the 2. Bundesliga.

Official partners

It’s always a tight race between Bundesliga and English Premiere League when it comes to sponsorship; however, the Germans managed to win the European sponsorship crown for the 2011-2012 season. The Bundesliga partners include the world’s biggest brand names such as Hermes, Krombacher, Adidas, Grundig, EA Sports, and Sky.

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