As we enter the business end of the season, COPA90 take a look at what has been an electrifying 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign. If you’re not watching the German top flight already, here’s why you really should be…
The Bundesliga has always been a source of great envy for non-German football fans. Many see it as how football ‘should be’ – games contested with great intensity, passion pulsating from the stands, and fans having a direct say in boardroom affairs.
The 2019/20 Bundesliga season in particular, though, has been mouth-watering. There are endless reasons you should be tuning in every week, but here are COPA90’s top four:
The Tightest of Title Races
Liverpool’s victory over Southampton at the weekend saw the Reds extend their unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League to 22 points. It also took their lead over fourth-placed Chelsea to a colossal 32 points.
Indeed, the gap between first and fourth in Ligue 1, LaLiga and Serie A are also all pretty significant, ranging from 15 to 21-point differences. In the Bundesliga, the gap between top of the table Bayern Munich and fourth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach is just three points.
Sandwiched between those two sides are RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. With such little separating them, the Bundesliga really is a four-horse title race and could go right to the wire with just 14 gameweeks left to play.
Top Young Talent
Given their recent form, two names that immediately spring to mind are Erling Håland and Jadon Sancho, but this Bundesliga campaign has seen young talent sprout up right the way through the league.
RB Leipzig trio Timo Werner, Christopher Nkunku and Dayot Upamecano have all lit up the 2019/20 Bundesliga and look to have very promising futures ahead of them. Likewise, the highly-rated Kai Havertz has started to rediscover his form from last season, which saw the attacking midfielder linked to Europe’s elite in the summer.
Elsewhere, Bayern have secured a long-term replacement for Manuel Neuer by snapping up 23-year-old Schalke shot-stopper, Alexander Nübel, while Sebastiaan Bornauw is enjoying a stellar campaign at the heart of F.C. Köln's defence.
Most Goals in Europe’s Top Five Leagues
To date, the Bundesliga is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues averaging more than three goals-per-game. Before the winter break, the average German top flight match played host to 3.04 goals, making it the highest-scoring elite league on the continent.
By comparison, the 2019/20 Premier league has averaged 2.85 goals-a-game, while Serie A (2.62), Ligue 1 (2.59), and LaLiga (2.52) all trail behind. With games played at an end-to-end, breakneck speed, the Bundesliga has undeniably been the most entertaining division.
Given that Borussia Dortmund are single-handedly responsible for 15 goals in their last three league matches, it looks as though that number is only going to rise…
Unique Fan Culture
Off the pitch, the main thing that makes Bundesliga football so special is its fan culture. Match day atmospheres are electrifying, playing host to an array of tifos, colours and deafening chants that make stadiums across Germany tremor with noise.
Last weekend alone saw Dortmund’s Yellow Wall give former defender Neven Subotić a rapturous ovation on his return to the club with Union Berlin, Schalke fans displaying a banner that highlighted the club’s 160,000-strong voting members, and both Mainz and Bayern commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
There is no league quite like the Bundesliga, and the fans play an immeasurable part in that. Even if you’re not fortunate enough to experience a live game, you can always feel the intensity radiating through your screen everytime you tune in.