How the Bundesliga compares to the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1


The German Bundesliga is becoming one of the most popular football leagues in the world now after its popularity has shot up over the past 12 months.

Bayern Munich’s treble-winning success in 2012-13 has certainly won over a number of new fans to both the most-successful team in Germany and the league itself.

Recently reported by FCB themselves, they are closing in on Benfica’s world record of most fan memberships at any one club due to an increase of 30,000 throughout last season.

Borussia Dortmund are doing their part to increase popularity in the league with the style of football and exciting players to have produced over the past three seasons – winning two of the last three titles under Jürgen Klopp.

If Saturday’s German Supercup final is anything to go by then we’re in for another treat this season as the German Bundesliga looks to grow to new heights.

The appointment of Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena has certainly done its fair share to engage fans with the German top flight –the third best league going by the UEFA coefficient. This means that for the second consecutive season the Bundesliga could have 4 representatives in the Champions League group stage.

Last season, Borussia Mönchengladbach were eliminated in the qualifying round, leaving the Bundesliga represented by Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Schalke 04.

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen will start from the group stage for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign. Next month Schalke 04 will take part in the qualifying stage in hope to become the fourth Bundesliga representative in Europe’s biggest club competition.

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The 2013-14 Bundesliga promises to be another exciting season, guaranteed to have lots of goals and entertainment along the way. Here is how to German league matched up to its English, Spanish, Italian and French counterparts based on last season’s statistics:

Top 5 UEFA Coefficient comparison

For the statistics Goals per game, Shots per game, % of Home wins, % of Away wins and Average attendance I have highlighted the highest figure amongst the top five leagues in green, and the lowest figure in red.

For the statistics % of Draws, Yellow Cards per game, Red cards per game and Points between top 2 I have highlighted the highest figure amongst the top five leagues in red, and the lowest figure in green.

The Bundesliga has the highest average number of goals per game amongst the top five leagues, with fans seeing nearly 3 goals per game on average.

The average attendance of the Bundesliga is significantly higher than the rest of the leagues, with an average of 42,421 fans at each game during the 2012-13 season. That’s more than 6,000 more fans per game than the average English Premier League game gets, whilst more than 12,000 more than the average La Liga gate, 17,000 more than Italy and 23,000 (more than double) more fans per game than the top French division, Ligue 1.

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The unpredictable nature of the Bundesliga was show by 32% of matches resulting in an away win last season.

25 points separated champions Bayern Munich and runners-up Borussia Dortmund. Bayern were arguably the greatest team in German history last season, setting several records along the way. The runners-up dwindled out a bit towards the end of the season when the title race was over and BVB had a Champions League final to prepare for. It was a rare occasion that the top two were so far apart. Only the Italian league didn’t see the winners at least 10 points clear of the runners-up, but Juventus still finished 9 points (3 wins) ahead of Napoli.

La Liga and Serie A were the two dirtiest leagues in terms of cards produced. The English Premier League was the cleanest in both of these categories and these statistics are reflective of the leagues – with Spain and Italy being very stop-start and England and Germany being very free-flowing and not very often disrupted by the referee’s whistle.

Where do you stand on the excitement of the Bundesliga in comparison to the other big four leagues? Please leave your opinion in the comment box below.



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