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The Bundesliga A 2023/24 season began on August 18 and will end on May 18
The campaign will feature 34 rounds of fixtures spread over a nine-month period
Bayern Munich are the defending champions after triumphing in the 2022/23 season
The Bundesliga 2023/24 title winner will be determined by the 34 rounds of fixtures staged in Germany’s top division between 18 August 2023 and 18 May 2024.
Bayern Munich are, as is customary, strong favorites to win the prize. They have claimed the title in each of the last 11 seasons and are widely expected to do so again. However, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and RB Leipzig will hope to mount a challenge.
Who will lift the trophy next May? Check out the odds below, before we explore the Bundesliga 2023/24 title winner in more detail.
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Bayer Leverkusen are now strong favorites to win the Bundesliga title according to the best online sportsbooks. After beating Bayern Munich 3-0 in February, they took control of the race. Leverkusen have won two more games since then, extending their advantage in the top spot to eight points.
Leverkusen are still unbeaten in what could become the club’s greatest-ever season. No wonder their manager Xabi Alonso is being linked with Barcelona, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich, but for now the Spaniard will be fully focused on the job at hand.
Bayern Munich ceded control of the title race when they lost 3-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in that titanic tussle at the BayArena. Even more damaging was a 3-2 defeat by Bochum the following week. Bayern now have an eight-point deficit to overturn.
That will not be easy given how brilliant Leverkusen have been up to now. But Alonso and his players have little experience of being in this position. Bayern must keep them honest by not falling any further behind first place.
Not even the most optimistic members of the Stuttgart fan base could have imagined the club being in the top three of the Bundesliga this far into the season. Sebastien Hoeness’ side only narrowly avoided relegation last term, and a bottom-half finish looked to be on the cards this time around.
Instead, Stuttgart are on course to qualify for the Champions League - it would be a surprise if they fell out of the top four from here. However, Hoeness’ men will not win the title ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund almost won the title last season. They headed into the final weekend knowing that a victory over Mainz would secure the top spot for them ahead of Bayern Munich. Yet BVB fluffed their lines, drawing 2-2 to allow Bayern to claim the prize once more.
Dortmund will not get close to finishing atop the table this time around. Edin Terzic’s team have not harbored realistic title prospects since the autumn when a run of one win in eight matches sent them hurtling down the standings. A top-four finish is BVB’s aim now.
RB Leipzig are also focused on qualifying for the Champions League. They fell to a 2-1 defeat by Bayern Munich at the weekend, as a goal from Harry Kane in second-half stoppage time broke Leipzig's hearts.
Twenty-one points adrift of top spot, there is no chance of Marco Rose’s side lifting the Bundesliga trophy this season. The club’s wait for a first-ever German championship crown will go on.
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title in the 2022/23 season. It looked like they would fall short for a long while. Going into the final weekend of the campaign, Borussia Dortmund were the favorites to finish in first place.
But BVB fluffed their lines and fell at the final hurdle. Their failure to beat Mainz opened the door to Bayern, whose victory over Koln saw them leapfrog Dortmund at the last moment.
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The Bundesliga was only formed in 1963, which was significantly later than the equivalent national competitions in England (1888), Spain (1929), Italy (1929) and France (1932).
West Germany was slow to professionalize the game and had already won one World Cup before this happened with the launch of the Bundesliga.
The above table includes title wins in the pre-Bundesliga era. Only one of Nurnberg’s victories occurred after 1963, yet they remain the second-most successful club in German soccer history.
Bayern Munich are the only team to have reached double figures, and the fact they are 24 titles clear of second place shows that their dominance of the German game is historic as well as recent.
Twenty-nine different clubs have won the German championship, including in the pre-Bundesliga era. Since the league was launched in its current guise in 1963, there have been 12 title winners.
By way of comparison, 12 different teams have won the English top flight since 1963 – which suggests the competitiveness of the two leagues has been similar over the last 60 years. Over in Spain, only seven clubs have won the La Liga title in the same period.
However, the last decade or so has ushered in an era of Bayern Munich dominance – as you can see below. Many argue that this is unhealthy for the Bundesliga, which only occasionally features a genuine title race.
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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