Germany’s Bundesliga is ranked 4th amongst all European leagues by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is the youngest of the top four Euro leagues, being formed in 1963, and hosts six of the richest football clubs in the world – Bayern Munich alone is worth over $1.1 billion.
The Bundesliga season is conducted in much the same way as other European leagues. It begins in August and finishes in May, and works on a relegation/promotion system with lower league 2. Bundesliga. The two highest placed teams in 2. Bundesliga at the end of the season are substituted for the two lowest placed clubs in the Bundesliga. The 3rd promotion position, however, plays out quite differently to other leagues, with the team finishing 3rd last in Bundesliga facing off against the team finishing 3rd in 2. Bundesliga. They play home and away matches against one another, with the winner awarded the right to compete in the next season of the Bundesliga.
18 clubs currently compete in the competition, and their positions at the end of each season determine whether they are accepted to play in the two annual European tournaments. The 1st and 2nd placed teams are automatically accepted into the next Champions League competition, with the 3rd placed team entering the qualifying round. The Europa League accepts the 4th and 5th placed teams of the Bundesliga into the qualifying rounds of the tournament.
The Bundesliga boasts some of the greatest – and most highly paid – players in football today. Schalke’s Kevin Kuranyi, Hamburger SV’s Mladen Petric, and Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez are all on multi-million dollar contracts, with Gómez being transferred in May 2009 for a Bundesliga record of €30 million.
BetUS posts odds on every Bundesliga match throughout the season. Be sure to check back in before August 7 when the 2009-10 season begins to see who are favorites to win the tournament. Will it be Bundesliga stalwarts Bayern Munich, or will an unexpected champion emerge to earn victory? Keep an eye on this page to find out.