The German Bundesliga is the premier football league in Germany. 18 teams compete annually about the trophy “best team in Germany” in a period from August to May. Many teams in Germany also compete in international competitions such as Champions League and Euro League. Winning the fourth title of the FIFA World Championship for Germany 2014 in Brazil, many German players have become known to a worldwide public and so did the German Bundesliga.
Teams like Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are internationally very well known. The clubs have a long tradition and have a strong local fan base. The other teams in the league like Borrussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, Herta BSC Berlin, VFB Stuttgart, HSV Hamburger Sportverein or VFL Wolfsburg have also a splendid atmosphere and perform great football.
German football also means very good infrastructure and excellent arenas. Some take up to 75.000 spectators, which makes watching a match a spectacular event. The high-level matches are with Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, VFL Wolfsburg and Schalke 04, but also the other teams offer high-class football events and especially Berlin and Hamburg are a perfect combination of football and a city break.
The matches take usually place on weekend, starting with one match on Friday evening (20.30 hrs), 5 matches Saturday afternoon (15.30 hrs) and one match Saturday evening (18.30 hrs). On Sunday, two matches are taking place, one in the afternoon (15.30 hrs) and one in the late afternoon (17.30 hrs).
The exact match calendar depends also on the success of the teams in international tournaments like Champions League or Euro League. Therefore, the exact time, when the teams are playing on which day, will be given 5 to 8 weeks before.
Tickets can be organized in different categories, depending on the request of the match. Business seats and lounges are also available.
Another important event in German football is the German Football Cup, where 64 teams of Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga and several champions of regional leagues fight in a knock out system. The winner will go on playing against another winning team until the end, when the big final takes place in Berlin in May.
Women’s football has become more and more popular over the last years and German teams are playing a vital role in making it popular to a broader public. The most known teams are FCC Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam, VFL Wolfsburg and Bayern München.
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