Established in 1963, the Bundesliga league is the top-flight soccer tournament which takes place in Germany. The founding members of this were Werder Bremen, Schalke 04, FC Koln, Hertha BSC, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart. Also, they have most recently welcomed RB Leipzig back in 2016. With such a fantastic mix of teams, this league is most definitely one to look out for this season.
With the beginning of the 2018/19 fixtures just around the corner, we wanted to put together this article to explore the scheduling of the games. From who has the best stakes at getting to the final, to how the overall tournament could turn out, this post covers it.
Fixtures and Notable Dates
Posted: April 09, 2016||
9th April 2016.
The last time Hertha Berlin qualified for the UEFA Champions League, it was 1999. As with so many other seasons, the 1998/99 Bundesliga campaign ended with Bayern Munich topping the table by a considerable margin. The battle for second place, though, was quite close, with Bayer Leverkusen eking out the runner-up finish with a point total of 63. Hertha BSC trailed just one point behind, beating Borussia Dortmund by five points for a podium position.
That strong finish came in the midst of a surprisingly strong period in the Old Lady's history. Just two years previously, Hertha Berlin had been playing second-tier football. In 1998, they sputtered to a middle-of-the-road 11th place finish in the Bundesliga. But from 1999 to 2003, Hertha Berlin landed in the top six every season-always notching European qualification.
Of that strong five-season run, though, the 1999/2000 campaign was the only year
At this point, Bayern Munich have won the DFB Pokal so many times that it seems almost foolish not to bet on the German heavyweights to win the tournament in 2016. The Bavarians have won this event 17 times and finished second thrice. The next most successful football club in the history of the event is Werder Bremen, with six wins and 10 finals appearances. Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, Bayern's toughest opponents in the Bundesliga, have only won the German Cup title three times.
Still, surprises do happen. Last year, Bayern Munich barely made it through the quarterfinals, having to beat Bayer Leverkusen in a penalty shootout after a scoreless 120-minute match. The German champions subsequently lost another penalty shootout to Dortmund in the semifinals, missing out on a chance to win a third consecutive title in the DFB Pokal. Wolfsburg went on to beat Dortmund in the finals and win the cup.
Bayern Munich's Semifinal
In 2013 2014, the German Bundesliga season ended with Bayern Munich as the champions, Borussia Dortmund as the runners-up, and Schalke 04 in third place. Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg rounded out the top five. Now, in the wake of the opening week of 2015 - 2016 Bundesliga play, it's as if we've found a time warp back to the 2013 2014 season, for how similar today's standings look like the final rankings from that season.
Indeed, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Schalke 04 are the opening week's top three performing football clubs. Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, are in fifth, while VfL Wolfsburg are just outside the top five, at sixth place. Talk about dÃ©jÃ vu.
Two Returns to the Top
For Bayern Munich, returning to the top of the Bundesliga table is more or less a foregone conclusion at this point. The soccer club has won 25 German championship titles since inception, including six of the past 10
Posted: July 21, 2015||
At Hertha Berlin, both fans and officials alike have an awful lot of faith in Pal Dardai. This past season, as the Blue-Whites teetered toward relegation, Dardai took over as manager and steered the football club to a 15th place finish. It wasn't a great result, but it kept Hertha BSC out of the red zone and alive to fight another day in Germany's top-flight division. Now, Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai has been granted an "indefinite contract" which could keep the Hungarian manager in Germany for quite some time.
Dardai's Hertha Berlin History
Of course, it makes sense that if Hertha were going to put faith in anyone at this point, it was going to be Pal. Dardai played the majority of his career at the football club, coming aboard as a midfielder in 1997, and staying put until retiring from the game in 2011. He made 297 league appearances for the team-making him the most capped player in Hertha BSC history.
It's a question that no one would have asked back in January or February, but amazingly, one we are asking now: could Borussia Dortmund wrap up the 2014 2015 Bundesliga season with a top five finish? Following a 2-0 home victory against Hertha Berlin on Saturday, the Black and Yellows have leaped into seventh place on the league standings table. They are just two points behind Schalke 04, and just three points off from FC Augsburg. Is the German top-flight division due for a few shake-ups in the final two weeks of competition? Pick up a Borussia Dortmund jersey from Soccer Box to cheer the team toward a high-ranking finish (not to mention a potential Europa League qualification!).
It's the perfect time to shop Soccer Box for BVB gear. All of the primary 2014 2015 kit designs for the club are currently on sale, from the yellow Borussia Dortmund home shirt 2014 2015 (10% off), to the black away shirt (20% off), all the way to the white third jersey (15% off). All of these kits
Posted: October 08, 2014||
Last year, the Hertha Berliner Sport Club finished in 11th place on the league table for the German Bundesliga. This year, the team is shooting for a stronger outcome, and that much can be seen in the fresh design of Nike's two new Hertha Berlin soccer jersey items.
Soccer Box is now carrying both new Hertha Berlin football kits, including the Hertha Berlin home shirt 2014 2015. The new home jersey is only a slight variation of what it has been in the past. Last year's Hertha BSC home shirt was a white and blue affair laid out in thin, alternating vertical stripes. This season, the same basic design persists, but the stripes have been thickened and the blue hues darkened.
This year's jersey also sees the return of kit sponsor (and German railway company), Deutsche Bahn.