Germany has been a powerhouse of European football for the past 50 years or more. While the national team has struggled in recent years, Germany’s domestic teams remain among the very best in Europe. The Bundesliga is where you can find iconic clubs like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.
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Bundesliga history and format
The Bundesliga was founded back in the early 1960s. Of course, there had been football teams in Germany a lot longer than that, but prior to the league’s foundation, these had operated in a hotchpotch of amateur and professional regional groups. One of the biggest drivers to form a properly organised domestic league was to improve the quality of the national team, which had struggled to compete with the rest of Europe in the late 50s after the team’s incredible 1954 World Cup win. The strategy worked, and the German team became a regular in the final stages of the world’s biggest tournaments throughout the late 1960s and the 1970s.
Unlike most of the major European leagues, who have 20 teams, the Bundesliga features 18 clubs, with a three-up, three-down system of promotion and relegation to and from 2. Bundesliga. The only significant change in the format came in 1990, when Dynamo Dresden and FC Hansa Rostock joined from the East following reunification.
In the 57 seasons that the Bundesliga has existed, one team has comfortably out-performed all the rest. Bayern Munich is a little like Juventus or Manchester United, as it is one of those football clubs that everyone has heard of – even if they have never been to Europe and have very little interest in sport. Bayern’s reputation is well deserved. The club has been crowned Bundesliga champion 29 times, while finishing in the runners up spot 10 times. In other words, Bayern has actually won more than half of the Bundesliga titles ever to be contested!
It is a record that no other team can come close to – Borussia Dortmund has been the other main power in the Bundesliga over recent years, having won back-to-back titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, but their overall tally is just 5.
Why are Bayern so good?
In some sports, supporters gravitate to underdogs. But football fans love winners, and it’s not uncommon to see people change their allegiance when a team struggle. The fact that Bayern is the best-supported club on the planet therefore speaks volumes for its incredible record of success over the past half a century.
But what is it that makes them so consistently good? That’s a question that pundits love to discuss, and of course there is no single answer. But if we were to pin it on a single person, there is one name we would mention, even ahead of the footballing superstars like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller or Sepp Maier.
Uli Hoeneß might not be as famous as those other names, but he has arguably been the catalyst behind Bayern’s success for the past five decades. In the 1970s he was a highly respected forward, scoring more than 100 goals in more than 300 appearances before injury forced him to retire at 27. In 1979, he was appointed club manager, and he brought in practices that were 20 years ahead of their time. Hoeneß’s philosophy of spotting and signing the most promising players from other teams seemed controversial, but only because nobody else had thought of doing it.
He also struck sponsorship deals with dozens of commercial partners to make this “asset stripping” strategy possible. Today, running a top team according to solid business principles is perfectly normal. 40 years ago, it was an idea so far ahead of the curve that the other teams did not know how to react. Hoeneß retired in 2019, after 50 years with the club in one capacity or another.
Betting on the Bundesliga at SportPesa
The departure of Bayern’s talismanic top man did nothing to stop the rollercoaster, and more people bet on Germany’s top team than on any other. If you want to join them, there are plenty of possibilities open to you. We have the full list of fixtures, so you can bet on any game you like, whether you are backing the German favourites or trying your luck with longer odds on an upset – after all, even the mighty Bayern Munich don’t win every game!
Regardless of your team allegiances, we have you covered for all the most popular Bundesliga bets. The most common wager is the straightforward money line, where you bet on a win, lose or draw for a specific game. Other options include the over/under where you bet on the total number of goals in a game, or our fabulous in-game betting, where you can keep placing bets after the game has started. You’ll find them all at SportPesa, Africa’s top choice for Bundesliga football betting.