The Bundesliga has not seen a season like this one in a while. Bayern Munich at the top, closely followed by Dortmund made the German top divison rather monotonous. This campaign has had a major power shift, especially in the mid-table.
Rise of minnows lights up the Bundesliga
If you were to ask a Bundesliga fan who they would tip for European spots, they would probably say Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke, Leverkusen and Gladbach. Out of the five teams mentioned above, only Dortmund and Bayern look set to be playing in Europe next year. Instead, UEFA will welcome, RB Leipzig, TSG Hoffenheim and possibly even Werder Bremen who are relegation battlers. Even teams like Koln and Frankfurt who occupy the mid-table have had exceptional campaign. Giants like Schalke and Leverkusen are languishing in the bottom half of the table. VFL Wolfsburg even looked set for a relegation battle at one point. This campaign has seen a complete reversal of roles which has been entertaining to watch.
New managers, exciting football
The Bundesliga is also home to some of the most exciting managers in the world. Niko Kovac, Ralph Hasenhuttl and “baby Mourinho” Julian Nagelsmann are just a few new coaches who have taken the Bundeslliga by storm. Nagelsmann, only 29, has led Hoffenheim to Europe while Hasenhuttl saw his newly promoted side mount a title challenge. Apart from this, Germany also has the experience of Carlo Ancelotti and the dynamism of Thomas Tuchel. Bundesliga fans really are in for a treat on any given match-day. Another standout boss this season is Alexander Nouri. The Iranian-German coach has led Werder Bremen, who have been on the brink of relegation for the past few years, on an exceptional unbeaten run. New coaches have brought a huge tactical revolution to the Bundesliga, moving away from what Germany has seen in the past.
Remains one of the best leagues in the world
While Bayern will lift the title again, their journey to it has been far from easy. It has not been easy for any team in the Bundesliga this season. Dortmund beat Bayern but lost to Darmstadt. Leipzig lost to Wolfsburg. The Bundesliga has seen a huge change compared to the usual dominance of Bayern and Dortmund. Any team now possesses the ability to beat the other and this bodes well for the marketability and popularity of the Bundesliga. We’ve seen a season of change and excitement. The downfall of giants and rise of the passionate, smaller teams. RB Leipzig are subject to huge hatred but will be playing in Europe next season. There’s little doubt that the quality on show in the Bundesliga is matched by few leagues in Europe.
The Premier League usually earns all the plaudits for being the world’s best league. However the Bundesliga is not very far away either. Attacking football combined with the far superior performance of German teams in UEFA competitions compared to English teams illustrate how improved the BuLi is. Next season promises to be a cracker if it is anything like this one.
The Bundesliga is drawing to a close with a handful of match-days left. This season has seen change like no other and has made Germany’s top division an absolute pleasure to watch.