Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Celebrating the good times... going into its 50th season, the Bundesliga is more popular than ever. With a record average crowd of 44,293 per game in 2011/2012, it's the best-supported league in Europe. German record champions: FC Bayern Munich have won the title 22 times since the Bundesliga first <br>kicked off in 1963 - Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund are both five-time champions. Record losers: Tasmania Berlin (dark shorts) were beaten 28 times in 34 games over the course of their <br>sole Bundesliga campaign back in 1965/66. Their other six games resulted in two wins and four draws. Longest winning streak: Bayern Munich racked up 15 consecutive wins, spread over two seasons, in 2005. Who's going to stop us? Hamburger SV and their skipper Horst Hrubesch remained unbeaten in 36 back-to-back encounters in 1982 through to 1983. Tricky one... Arminia Bielefeld (in yellow) lost ten games in a row in the 1999/2000 season - as did 1. FC Nuremberg in 1983/84 and Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66. Couldn't be much better: Both Borussia Dortmund (pictured) in 2011/12 and Bayern Munich in 1972/73 managed 25 wins over the season. Home boys: VfL Wolfsburg (2008/09, pictured), Bayern Munich (1972/73) and Schalke 04 (1971/72) each won 16 matches and drew the other in their own stadium. So good to be on the road again... SV Werder Bremen (2003/04, pictured) and Borussia Dortmund <br>last season notched 11 wins and 4 draws and were beaten just twice in away games. Bayer Leverkusen's Jens Nowotny (r.) was sent off eight times, five straight red cards included, in his career - more often than any other Bundesliga player. 114 bookings in 370 matches - Stefan Effenberg, who played for Bayern, Mönchengladbach <br>and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, received the highest number of yellow cards. Goals, goals, goals... FC Bayern hit the net 101 times in the 1971/72 season, with a team containing the likes of Paul Breitner, Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeneß (left to right). One-sided: Borussia Dortmund suffered the highest ever defeat, taking a 12-0 battering off of Borussia Mönchengladbach on 29 April 1978. Quick off the mark: Bayern's Giovane Elber needed only 11 seconds to find the net against Hamburger SV on 31 January 1998 - so too did <br>Ulf Kirsten (30 March 02, for Leverkusen vs. 1. FC Kaiserslautern) and Paul Freier (24 May 2003, for VfL Bochum vs. TSV 1860 Munich). Penalty king: Hamburg's Manfred Kaltz scored a record 53 times from the spot, while missing only seven. Super-sub: Alexander Zickler scored 18 goals off the bench for Bayern Munich. Record scorer: Gerd Müller, "The Bomber", netted 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga matches <br>for Bayern Munich between 1964 and 1979 - equivalent to one every 1.17 games. Claudio Pizarro is the top scorer among currently active players, the Peruvian frontman starting into 2012/13 with 160 goals in 333 matches for Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen.
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