Home to some of the biggest names in the game, a platform for world football’s brightest talents and the most fan-friendly division on the planet, there is no place like the Bundesliga.
If you haven’t fallen in love with the Bundesliga already, here are five reasons why you should make it your new year’s resolution to commit your heart and soul to German football’s pioneering top flight…
1) International Cast:- Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang,Robert Lewandowski,James Rodriguez,Christian Pulisic- the list is long and distinguished.
When the Bundesliga was founded in 1963, only seven of its 300 players were foreigners.
Last season, things looked very different, with 49.2 per cent of Bundesliga cast members hailing from outside of Germany.
2) A Regular Stream Of New Stars:- Above and beyond all the top-class imports, the Bundesliga also has a knack of producing world-beating homegrown talent:
Mario Götze,Thomas Miller and Marco Reus to name but three.
Germany’s top table is a magnet for the best and a conveyor belt when it comes to rolling out tomorrow’s finest.
And people wonder why the national side – reigning FIFA World Cupand Confederations Cup champions – performs so consistently well on the bigstage.
This season alone,all manner of youngsters have made the Bundesliga stage their own, Schalke’s USA international Weston McKennie and 17-year-old Hamburg super talent Jann-Fiete Arpchief among them.
Simply put, if you want a glimpse of football’s next big thing – domestic or foreign – look to the Bundesliga.
3) Brightest Minds:- It is not just on the pitch where youngsters are being given an opportunity to shine.
Dugouts are becoming increasingly populated with hungry young coaches, determined to show they can cut it in one of the most competitive leagues in world football.
Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann set the trend when he became the youngest full-time head coach in Bundesliga history in February 2016, aged 28, and a further five budding strategists under the age of 40 have taken up the reins since.
4) Well-run Clubs:- While many clubs across the globe appear to be in heavy debt, in Germany there are strict rules to ensure clubs avoid such scenarios.
What’s more, unlike their English Premier League counterparts for example, the top-flight sides, underpinned by the ’50+1 rule’, put their faith in the fans so that those who wear the trousers cannot go on anymad spending sprees that could jeopardise the future of the club.
In the Bundesliga, shrewd financial management is the platform for success, and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending big.
5) The Matchday Experience:- Another big pull are the terraces.
Borussia Dortmund’s magnificent Signal Iduna Park, for example, boasts the largest in Europe with enough room for 24,454 bricks in the infamous ‘Yellow Wall’.
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Tickets won’t cost you half a week’s wages, either, with average prices starting from €12, drawing crowds from all four corners of the world.
Once there, you won’t want to leave. Help yourself to a chilled beverage, hearty side and soak up the unrivalled atmosphere.
No wonder the Bundesliga boasts the highest average attendances in Europe -a lofty mean in excess of 40,000.
Manchester City vs Chelsea 1-2 – Highlights Download 08 May 2021 Premier League
CHELSEA SUBS: Jorginho, Emerson, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, Kai Havertz, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Valentino Livramento, Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma.
CHELSEA STARTING XI (3-1-4-2): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; N’Golo Kante; Reece James, Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.
MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI (3-3-3-1): Ederson; Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte; Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo, Benjamin Mendy; Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus.
Thomas Tuchel makes five changes to his side after their win over Real Madrid last time out, bringing in James, Ziyech, Gilmour, Alonso and Pulisic. Jorginho and Havertz drop to the bench, with Mason Mount, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell all being rested.
Pep Guardiola rotates his squad again and makes nine changes to the team that beat Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, with only Ederson and Dias retaining their places. Aguero, Sterling and Jesus are brought in to lead the line, while De Bruyne is left out of the squad due to not being fully fit.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid 2-0 – Highlights Download 05 May 2021 UEFA Champions League
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Willy Caballero, Kurt Zouma, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour, Reece James, Emerson.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have won the Champions League in four out of the last seven years, and are bidding to reach a record-breaking 17th final. Their form has been up and down of late, but a victory over Osasuna at the weekend sends them into the contest with momentum.
Chelsea begin the evening with an away goal advantage courtesy of Christian Pulisic’s strike in the 1-1 draw in Madrid last week. The Blues were solid last week and arguably should have taken a lead back to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Manchester City 1-0 – Highlights [DOWNLOAD VIDEO]
Chelsea vs Manchester City 1-0 – Highlights Download 17 April 2021 Premier League
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Zack Steffen; Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Benjamin Mendy; Rodrigo, Fernandinho; Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Ferran Torres; Gabriel Jesus.
SUBS: Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Kurt Zouma, Billy Gilmour, Willy Caballero, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Olivier Giroud.
CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva; Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Reece James; Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount; Timo Werner.
Thomas Tuchel’s men made it to the Champions League semi-final stages with a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto on Tuesday. To get this far in the FA Cup, Chelsea cruised past Sheffield United 2-0 in their quarter-final clash, after overcoming Barnsley, Luton Town and Morecambe in the prior rounds.