In the 2019-20 Bundesliga race, Bayern Munich is seeking to win an eighth successive title. The Bavarians will have to do it while undergoing a transition both off and on the pitch. In the boardroom, club president Uli Hoeness will step down in November, severing a 50-year relationship with the club (only interrupted by a spell in prison for tax evasion).
On the pitch, FC Bayern bids auf wiedersehen to the flying wingers Robben and Ribery, the two players whose arrival in the late noughties kick-started this recent spell of Bundesliga dominance. New arrivals include French full-backs Pavard and Hernandez, while Coutinho has arrived on a year’s loan from Barcelona to provide the flair upfront.
Stalwarts Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Manuel Neuer are all the wrong side of 30, and although they will start the season as first choices, it will be interesting to see if they end it in the same way.
Any slip-ups by Bayern could be ruthlessly exploited by their rivals, particularly a resurgent Borussia Dortmund and the nouveau riche of
Red Bull RasenBallsport Leipzig.
Dortmund has held on to most of the squad which ran Bayern close last season, and have added Thorgan Hazard, and Julian Brandt to the line-up. BVB’s most intriguing signing, however, has been Mats Hummels, who has now made the move from Bayern to Dortmund for a second time. Hummels should add some backbone to the defence and allow Dortmund’s attacking talents the freedom to tear up the Bundesliga.
Leipzig was widely expected to lose star striker Timo Werner to Bayern in the close season, but he surprised us all by penning a new deal to stay in Saxony. The German international will be supported up front by Denmark’s Yousef Poulsen and Austrian Marcel Sabitzer. All 3 are in their mid-twenties and should be about to hit their career peak.
But will it be enough to see off Bayern and Dortmund, and take the Bundesliga trophy to the former East Germany for the first time?
One of the highlights of the season will be the Berlin derbies between Hertha and Union – the first such meetings in 80 years. The two teams meet at Union’s lovely little stadium in November, and in the vast bowl of the Olympiastadion in March.
2019-20 should be the most intriguing Bundesliga seasons of recent years, and in our Bundesliga guide, we provide you with interactive charts, a timeline of important events, and the latest odds so you can stay on top of the ball.
Interactive German Bundesliga Table 2019-20
In our interactive Bundesliga table, you can track each team’s progress from Match Day 1 to the final kick of the ball. Click on any team to highlight their progress through the season, and press the replay button to review how each team performs.
Bundesliga 2019-20 Timeline
Relive the most important moments of the Bundesliga (so far) in our timeline. We would love to show you the videos of the games, but unlike every other major league in Europe, the Bundesliga isn’t on YouTube.
Who will win the 2019-20 German Bundesliga? (Latest Odds)
Bayern Munich was the hot favourite to win an eighth consecutive titles at the start of the season, but what’s the current betting situation? This is how William Hill currently rate the top German teams’ odds of winning the Bundesliga.
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What’s going to happen next in the Bundesliga?
The Bundesliga returns on Friday 18th October, when Eintracht Frankfurt take on Bayer Leverkusen at the Waldstadion.
The most intriguing game from the next round of fixtures is the meeting of the two Borussias – leaders Moenchengladbach play the exciting but unpredictable Dortmund team. Anything can happen – and it probably will.