The 2018 FIFA World Cup had the entire world on the edge of their seats up until the French National team was crowned as the tournament’s champions. But we all know that after the tournament, there are more action-packed events to expect such as the Premier League, La Liga, and of course, the German Bundesliga.
While the Premier League and La Liga campaign recently took off, Matchday 1 of the Bundesliga is only about to commence.
This season’s opener is something to look forward to. Day one is headlinedm by defending champions Bayern Munich facing Hoffenheim at home. The champions’ opponents will surely be searching for a positive response to the questions of whether they have what it takes to close the cap to the record champions.
Last season’s runners-up, Schakle, will look to set off their 2018/19 season on a positive note with a trip to Wolfsburg. RB Leipzig is set to face Borussia Dortmund in front of their home crowd at the Red Bull Arena, which is a match all Bundesliga fans definitely look forward to. Meanwhile, Mönchengladbach plays host to Bayer Leverkusen in a Rhine derby.
As the opening day draws closer, here are a few facts to ponder on from the previous Bundesliga seasons:
- Bayern Munich is the most successful team on the opening Matchday of the season, averaging 2.1 points per game (since the introduction of three points for a win).
- Bayern has, logically, recorded the most victories (34), been top of the table most frequently (11 times) and scored the most goals (120) after the first round of games.
- Meanwhile, the Bavarians were also on the receiving end of the biggest opening-day defeat in Bundesliga history – a 6-0 thrashing at a Kickers Offenbach side coached by Otto Rehhagel in 1974/75.
- In the 55 Bundesliga seasons since the league’s inception in 1963, 138 clubs have been relegated. Almost a quarter of them (23%) started those seasons with a win, while 56% avoided defeat on Matchday 1.
- Borussia Dortmund suffered more opening-day defeats (22) than any other Bundesliga club.
- The largest attendance record on Matchday 1 was set in 2011 (an average of 51,344 per game). Bayern, Dortmund and Hertha Berlin – the clubs with the biggest stadiums in the league – all had home games that year. The lowest figures on Matchday 1 arrived in 1972, with an average of just 13,733 per game.
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