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Greuther Fürth unofficially display three (silver) stars for pre-war titles in spite of being in the Bundesliga. These stars are a permanent part of their crest. However, Fürth has to leave the stars out of their jersey.

Each club plays every other club once at home and once away. Originally, a victory was worth two points, with one point for a draw and none for a loss. Since the 1995–96 season, a victory has been worth three points, while a draw remains worth a single point, and zero points are given for a loss. The club with the most points at the end of the season becomes German champion. Currently, the top four clubs in the table qualify automatically for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League.

Since June 2010, the following clubs have been officially allowed to wear stars while playing in the Bundesliga. The number in parentheses is for Bundesliga titles won. Every team in the two Bundesligen must have a licence to play in the league, or else they are relegated into the regional leagues.

The number in parentheses is for total league championships won over the course of German football history, and would be displayed within the star. Some teams listed here had different names while winning their respective championships, these names are also noted in parentheses. Bayern Munich were the defending champions and successfully defended their title, winning their record-extending 10th consecutive title and 32nd title overall (31st in the era) on 23 April with three matches to spare. Bayern also became the first ever club in Europe’s top five leagues to achieve a tenth consecutive league title, the previous record being Juventus’ nine consecutive titles from 2012 to 2020. The German football champion is decided strictly by play in the Bundesliga.

For a number of years, the clubs in the Bundesliga have been subject to regulations not unlike the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations agreed upon in September 2009. The number of German clubs which may participate in UEFA competitions is determined by UEFA coefficients, which takes into account the results of a particular nation’s clubs in UEFA competitions over the preceding five years. In terms of team selection, matchday squads must have no more than five non-EU representatives.

To obtain a licence, teams must be financially healthy and meet certain standards of conduct as organisations. Liga, leagues are generally subdivided on a regional basis. For example, the Regionalligen are currently made up of Nord (North), Nordost (Northeast), Süd (South), Südwest (Southwest) and West divisions. Below this are thirteen parallel divisions, most of which are called Oberligen (upper leagues) which represent federal states or large urban and geographical areas. The levels below the Oberligen differ between the local areas. The league structure has changed frequently and typically reflects the degree of participation in the sport in various parts of the country.


Regional champions and runners-up played a series of playoff matches for the right to compete in a final game for the national championship. On 28 January 1900, a national association, the Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) had been founded in Leipzig with 86 member clubs. The first recognised national championship team was VfB Leipzig, who beat DFC Prague 7–2 in a game played at Altona on 31 May 1903. Fifty-six clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding. It has also produced the continent’s top-rated club seven times. Bundesliga clubs have won eight UEFA Champions League, seven UEFA Europa League, four European Cup Winners’ Cup, two UEFA Super Cup, two FIFA Club World Cup, and three Intercontinental Cup titles.

  • The club with the most points at the end of the season becomes German champion.
  • However, this has never been necessary in the history of the Bundesliga.
  • The league fielded 14 teams with two relegation spots.
  • A total of eighteen teams participated in the 2021–22 edition of the Bundesliga.

At the time, there were five Oberligen (premier leagues) in place representing West Germany’s North, South, West, Southwest, and Berlin. East Germany, behind the Iron Curtain, maintained its separate league structure. 46 clubs applied for admission to the new league. 16 teams were selected based on their success on the field, economic criteria and representation of the various Oberligen. The DFB format only applies to teams playing below the Bundesliga (below the top two divisions), since the DFL conventions apply in the Bundesliga.

Its players have accumulated nine Ballon d’Or awards, two The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards, four European Golden Shoe, and three UEFA Men’s Player of the Year awards including UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. In addition, a system of one star designation was adopted for use. This system is intended to take into account not only Bundesliga titles but also other (now defunct) national championships. As of July 2014, the following clubs are allowed to wear one star while playing outside the Bundesliga.

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