The History of the German Bundesliga (1963-2017)


Bundesliga is the highest professional German league for football with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide and was founded in 1963. The league size is 18 teams and 506 players, from which 252 of them are foreign players (49.8%) and the average age is 25.7 years. The league is ranked by UEFA in the 2nd position with 79.498 points and the total market value rise 2.63 billion euros.

The most successful clubs of Bundesliga are:

Bayern Munich 1772 1043 396 333 3525
Werder Bremen 1798 761 446 591 2729
Hamburger 1832 738 488 606 2702
Borussia Dortmund 1696 746 437 513 2675
Stuttgart 1730 718 421 591 2575


Bayern Munich has won also the most championships (27), followed by Nuremberg with 9 titles and Borussia Dortmund with 8.

The most successful goal scorer of the league is Gerd Muller with 365 goals, second is Klaus Fischer with 268 goals, third is Jupp Heynckes with 220 goals, fourth Manfred Burgsmuller with 213 goals and fifth is Claudio Pizarro with 190 goals. The top 5 record players is Karl-Heinz Körbel at the top of the list with 602 matches, second is Manfred Kaltz with 581 matches, third is Oliver Kahn with 557 matches, forth is Klaus Fichtel with 552 appearances and fifth is Miroslav Voltava with 546 matches. The most successful coaches are Otto Rehhagel, Jupp Heynckes, Udo Lattek and Ottmar Hitzfeld.

The biggest victory recorded was Borussia Monchengladbach 12:0 Borussia Dortmund (April 29, 1978) and the game with most goals was Borussia Dortmund 11:1 Arm. Bielefeld (November 6, 1982).

The biggest stadium is Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund) with 81.360 seats and second biggest is Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich) with 75.000 seats. The match with the highest number of spectators was Hertha BSC 1:0 Koln FC counting 88.075 spectators (September 26, 1969). On the other hand the match with the lowest attendance was Oberhausen 2:1 Offenbach reaching 800 spectators (June 9, 1973).

Lastly, the most expensive transfer was Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg to Manchester City with 74 million euros, the second most expensive was Leroy Sane from Schalke to Manchester City with 50 million euros, third is Granit Xhaka from Borussia Gladbach to Arsenal costing 45 million euros, the fourth was Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg to Paris St Germain with 43 million euros and fifth most expensive was Henrikh Mikhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United, a transfer move that cost 42 million euros.