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The Bundesliga is Back

We've all missed football but on Saturday 16th May the Bundesliga is back with games being played behind closed doors.

As the first major European league to return, it's likely to attract a large audience of football starved fans. We thought you might want to consider adopting a team to support.

So, in conjunction with our Bundesliga correspondent (well, he is half German and follows the Bundesliga), we have put together a quick guide to the current top 10 teams and suggested who to follow based on your preferred Premier League team (just our opinions!).


FC Bayern München

The red giants of Germany. The most dominant team in German football’s recent history. Manchester United fans, this is the team for you.

Borussia Dortmund

Fast, attacking football and occasional title contenders. They sing You’ll Never Walk Alone and Jürgen Klopp used to be their manager. Liverpool fans, a marriage made in heaven.

RB Leipzig

The club has benefitted from a surge of big money from Red Bull and they’re now title contenders. Manchester City fans, we’re looking at you.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Always fighting for a top 4 place in recent years but their last major first team trophy was the Bundesliga 2 in the 2007-08 season. Sound familiar Spurs fans?

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Fierce contenders for a Champions League place every year and they have an exciting young team. This could be the club for you, Chelsea fans.

FC Schalke 04

Well known for their great history and hold 7 league titles but are currently struggling in the league for a club of such high stature. A long way off the glory days. Hello Arsenal fans.

VfL Wolfsburg

A few years ago they were looking to establish a march on the Champions League places but they now hover in and around the Europa League spots. Everton fans should feel some love for Wolfsburg.

Sport-Club Freiburg

Several successful relegation escapes in recent years and have now made a push to 8th place. A surprise season mirrored by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the past couple of years.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

They finish around mid table pretty much every year. Capable of causing an upset against the top clubs and are a generally solid side. Crystal Palace fans might recognise those traits.

1. FC Köln

Started the season awfully and were expected to be relegated. Turned things around and now sit in 10th place but could still get sucked into a relegation battle. Fans of several Premier League clubs will know what that feels like.


Thanks to the Bundesliga we now have something to look forward to at the weekend. Games are being shown live on BT Sport. Below are a few of the opening weekend fixtures.

Borussia Dortmund vs FC Schalke 04 (Revierderby)

Saturday 16th May, 14:00 BST

Live on BT Sport 1

RB Leipzig vs Sport-Club Freiburg

Saturday 16th May, 14:00 BST

Live on BT Sport 2

1. FC Union Berlin vs FC Bayern München

Sunday 17th May, 16:45 BST

Live on BT Sport 1

SV Werder Bremen vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Monday 18th May, 19:15 BST

Live on BT Sport 1

Bundesliga Official Website