German Bundesliga football predictions and forecasts
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The History Of The Bundesliga - How It Was
In the last 50 years, the Bundesliga has become an inseparable part of German society. Thanks to its incomparable success story, it has evolved into a premium German product in terms of sports and as a company relies on a huge amount of positive feedback, it is considered one of the strongest football championships in the world.
The Bundesliga began on 24 August 1963 and three of Bern's heroes are still active today: Max Morlock, Helmut Rahn and Hans Schäfer. They witnessed the beginning of the incredible success story. Since then, a lot has changed - both on and off the pitch.
The first goalkeepers played without gloves and the team numbers ranged from 1 to 11, as only eleven players could play - substitutions were introduced in 1967, however (initially), only when the team doctor considered it strictly necessary. No one wore multi-coloured shoes and no sponsor decorated the team jerseys. The price for a place in the stands of the Schalke was 1.40 German marks and it was not possible to see much on television.
The events of some matches have remained a great mystery. The stadiums represented the charm of the pioneering days, as the grandstands were made of wood and the scoreboard was operated manually. The players had other professions and could only earn a maximum of DM 1,200.
How to play in the German Serie A: the 18-team championship
The Bundesliga is divided into the first and second divisions. This division took place in 1974 and the two divisions together are called the Bundesligen (plural). In 2008, the third professional division was also introduced, but cannot be called the Bundesliga, because it is managed by the DFL and not by the German Football Federation (DFB). In addition to the German C Series, there are the regional championships, the amateurs. The structure of the top German league, has changed very often, especially in the 90s, after the unification of West Germany with that of the East.
The German season is very similar to the Italian one, however, the introduction of the three points, took place only from the 1995-96 championship, while before the victory were awarded only 2 points. The club with the most points at the end of the season becomes champion of Germany and wins the famous "salad bowl". Currently, the first three clubs (out of 18 participants) of the ranking, qualify for access to the Champions League, while the fourth enters the third round of qualifications, for access to the groups.
The last two, relegate to the 2nd Bundesliga, while from the second division, rise another 2. The sixteenth of the first division and the third of the second, play a sort of play-off round trip, whoever gets the better, goes to the first division.
Here are the advantages for those who play in the first division:
- Higher share of television revenues
- Greater number of fans at the stadium, with consequent increase in receipts for the clubs
- Increased exposure through television channels and therefore higher levels of participation
- Bundesliga predictions lead to higher revenues for the teams compared to the second division
- Sponsors and advertisers, are willing to pay more to be represented on the shirts of first division players
The important statistics of the Bundesliga
- Since 5 seasons, the Bundesliga has been the most offensive championship in Europe with an average of 2.9 goals per match.
- During the 101 editions (2013) of the Bundesliga, Bayer München won the title 23 times and thus won 24% of the time. So it can be a lucrative bet if the bookmaker's quote is high.
- Since the 2010-2011 season, there is always a promoted team that is relegated after the season. Betting that a promoted team will be relegated again can bring you a lot of money.
What is important for Predicting the Bundesliga
The German championship is dominated by two teams: Bayer München and Borussia Dortmund. Besides these two other teams we sometimes find a few underdogs but they do not have the same chances as the two giants to win the title: Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke 04. Behind these teams we find many less big teams and in the last places of the classification the teams have quite the same level. But it often happens that a "less strong" team plays a great season. The level between the first and second German divisions is fairly important and it is therefore difficult for a promoted team to stay in the first division unless they have enough money (For example: Hoffenheim).
The Bundesliga is the highest German division. In the other major European championships there are 20 teams present but in the Bundesliga there are only 18 teams playing for the title. They play a unique phase where each team plays twice against each team (outward and return games). In the Bundesliga, a victory brings 3 points, a draw brings one point and a loss brings no point. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins the title. The first three teams also win their place in the Champions League and the fourth team must first play a preliminary round. The fifth team gets a place for the Europa League and the sixth team must first play the third preliminary round of the Europa League. The last two teams of the Bundesliga are relegated to the Zweite Bundesliga (the second German division). The 16th has to play a return game against the third of the Swedish Bundesliga. The ranking determines the following criteria: the number of points, the best attack, the difference of goals, etc.
Who won the Bundesliga in the last 10 years?
In the history of the German championship, 29 teams have been the ones that have divided the title. The most successful club is Bayern Munich with 28 titles to its credit, most of which came to the Bundesliga. Before the most important German championship in Germany was born, the most successful club was the 1. FC Nürnberg, which had won 8 titles at a time when there were no rankings and a knockout tournament, was played.
In the last 10 years, however, the predominance of Bavarians is quite evident:
- 2017-18 FC Bayern Munich
- 2016-17 FC Bayern Munich
- 2015-16 FC Bayern Munich
- 2014-15 FC Bayern Munich
- 2013-14 FC Bayern Munich
- 2012-13 FC Bayern Munich
- 2011-12 Borussia Dortmund
- 2010-11 Borussia Dortmund
- 2009-10 FC Bayern Munich
- 2008-09 VfL Wolfsburg
Also this year, Bayern Munich has started with the favors of the predictions, however, after the first games, some small difficulties have emerged for the champions and the title seems to be at risk. Today, it is Borussia Dortmund who leads the standings, with the Bavarians 4 points off the first and relegated to an anonymous sixth position. The bookmakers are still convinced that the team can recover, but we'll see.
Certainly, the odds on the winning of the German championship are more interesting day after day, thanks to this uncertainty. For this reason, those who want to take advantage of any surprise will have to bet on the winner of the championship as soon as possible. If Bayern doesn't succeed in repeating the success of the last six seasons, the other contenders are ready to take advantage of it with very interesting odds, starting from their usual rivals, Borussia Dortmund.