The Bundesliga 2020-21 season was the third straight year that the Bundesliga has averaged more than 3 goals per game, with three of Europe’s six top scorers coming from the Bundesliga! Renowned for its fast, attacking football, more goals came from open play than in any other top European league (73%).
The Bundesliga also has some of the most exciting young coaches in the world, including Julian Nagelsmann, Bo Svensson and Pellegrino Matarazzo. In fact, the last three UEFA Champions League-winning coaches were made in the Bundesliga!
Here are some of the very important statistics we felt like you needed to know
The League for Goals
The Bundesliga has consistently featured as the highest scoring league in Europe, entertaining fans with fast, attacking football.
- This is the third straight season that the Bundesliga has averaged more than 3 goals per game
- Three of Europe’s six top scorers came from the Bundesliga (Robert Lewandowski, André Silva, Erling Haaland)
- All three players scored 27 goals or more–this has never been done before in the Bundesliga!
- Reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player Robert Lewandowski surpassed the “eternal” goal scoring record (set by Gerd Müller in the 1971–72 season) and secured the golden boot as Europe’s top scorer (41 goals).
- The Bundesliga recorded the second-highest number of goals/shots across all five top European leagues
- 73% of Bundesliga goals were scored from open play –the most among Europe’s top leagues
- 89% of goals were scored from within the penalty area, helped by the fact that the Bundesliga had the highest crossing accuracy rates of all European leagues (21.9%)
- Season finale MD34 encapsulated the excitement of Bundesliga with an average of 3.9 goals per game!
The League for Young Stars
Germany’s top division is renowned for giving young players a chance to shine and the 2020–21 season was no different. It is no coincidence that the German U21s won the European Championship for the second time in three years.
- 19 of the 23–man U21 squad ply their trade in the German leagues, with VfL Wolfsburg’s Ridle Baku and Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtzstarringfor Germany
- The Bundesliga once again had the youngest squads of all the top five European leagues (av. age 26.5)
- VfB Stuttgart had the Bundesliga’s youngest squad (av. age 24.5)•The % of playing time for u21 players increased from 10.1% to 12.4% –the biggest increase across all top European leagues
- Erling Haaland was crowned 2020 Golden Boy, celebrating the best footballer under the age of 21 across Europe’s top–flight leagues
- Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest Bundesliga player ever this season, coming on as a substitute for Borussia Dortmund against Hertha Berlin, a day after his 16th birthday.
- Moukoko became the league’s youngest scorer a few weeks later when he netted against 1. FC Union Berlin
- Jamal Musiala became the youngest FC Bayern scorer on the opening day of the 2020–21 season, aged 17 years and 205 days, grabbing his first senior goal in the win against Schalke 04oOn Matchday 29, a brace against VfL Wolfsburg made Musialathe youngest Bundesliga player to reach the six–goal mark.
- The Bundesliga also has some of the youngest coaches in Europe, including Julian Nagelsmann (age 33), Edin Terzic (38), Bo Svensson (41) and PellegrinoMatarazzo (43).
The League for International Stars
A record 91 players from the German leagues will be at the UEFA European Championships this summer, only the Premier League will have more representatives.
- 55.9% of Bundesliga players came from abroad (up from 53.1% last season) –the biggest % increase of all top European leagues
- The Bundesliga is the home of Asian players –in the last 10 years, the Bundesliga has seen more Asian players than any other European league
- In fact, Asian players in the Bundesliga have played more game(2,516) than players in the other 4 top European leagues combined (2,434).
- Additionally, more goals have been scored in the Bundesliga by Asian players (268) than in the other top 4 European leagues combined (245).
- The Bundesliga also has the Asian player with the most games played across all 5 top European leagues (Makoto Hasebe, 340 games)
- The Bundesliga also has more players from the USA (8) than the other top four European leagues.
- Matthew Hoppe became the first U.S. player to register a hat–trick in Germany’s top tier in Schalke04‘s 4–0 victory against TSG Hoffenheim
- Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna helped his club to win the DFB Pokal, the first time that the Black and Yellows have lifted the trophy since 2017
- In 2014, Julian Green became the youngest player to score for the US at a FIFA World Cup, and the midfielder will play in the Bundesliga’s top flight next season after he helped SpVgg Greuther Fürthsecure promotion.
- From Jay Jay Okocha and Tony Yeboah, the Bundesliga has a great history of African players finding success in Germany and this year was no different.
- Silas Wamangituka was voted Rookie of the Year after excelling for VfB Stuttgart
- Amadou Haidaraplayed 31 times for RB Leipzig in their pursuit of Champions League football, while Edmond Tapsoba(Bayer Leverkusen) and Taiwo Awoniyi (1. FC Union Berlin) helped their sides secure European football
- In total, 52 players represented African nations in Germany’s top two divisions
The League for Fair Play
Every player gives it their all for the three points, but the Bundesliga remains a league where fair play prevails.
- The Bundesliga saw the lowest amount of straight red cards this season among the top 5 leagues (15)
- It was the lowest total number of reds (33) in the Bundesliga since the 1991–92 season
- Borussia Dortmund received a total of 44 cards throughout the season, while FC Bayern München committed the fewest fouls (303)
- From Suat Serdar kicking a corner straight out during the Revierderby to Werder Bremen’s Yuya Osako telling the referee that the ball had touched him last, to Roman Bürki letting Lars Bender score a penalty in Bender’s final game before retirement, the Bundesliga season has been full of fair play moments.
The League for Unique clubs
While the Meisterschale stayed in Munich, there were battles for Europe and relegation that went down to the wire. With the 50+1 rule in place to ensure fans are also members and have a say in the running of their clubs, the Bundesliga is in a unique position with respect to the importance of the fan voice.
- FC Bayern München won their 9thconsecutive title, extending the team’s own record for successive championships
- Bayern scored 99goals in the campaign, the third-highest tally in Bundesliga history
- 1. FC Union Berlin secured European qualification for the first time since 2001. They booked their place on the final Matchday, with a 92ndminutewinner from captain Max Kruse
- Both promoted clubs (Arminia Bielefeld, VfB Stuttgart) showed their Bundesliga pedigree, avoiding relegation
- Throughout German culture, football is often at the heart of its local community, whether that is the fans supporting their team, or indeed the club supporting local projects. And during the Coronavirus pandemic, this position was put into action up and down the country. From Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park being used as a test centre to Werder Bremen selling special #StayAtHome jerseys and raising money for local charities, to players and club staff from across the Bundesliga supporting elderly fans with food delivery and phone calls, football was central to the response.
The League for Innovation
The Bundesliga has long been associated with the digital advancement of football, and the 2020–21 season saw a range of technologies implemented, on and off the pitch.
- The Bundesliga was the first European football league to bring in advanced analytics in real-time, introducing Bundesliga Match Facts Powered by AWS
- The Bundesliga debuted six BundesligaMatch Facts
- The league continues to be at the forefront of camera technology, introducing the Aerial Camera System, the Robotic Camera, and Railcam this season
- For its rapidly growing social media audience, the Bundesliga was the first to launch its Social Media Matchday Feed, providing exciting and custom–tailored content to Bundesliga media partners.
- The German top flight also took TikTok by storm, having already amassed more than 900k followers and almost 12 million likes.