Bundesliga stars like Xavi, Harry Kane and Florian Wirtz can be expected to play European football next season. - © DFL
Bundesliga stars like Xavi, Harry Kane and Florian Wirtz can be expected to play European football next season. - © DFL

The 2023/24 race for European qualification in the Bundesliga


Title rivals Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich are on course for UEFA Champions League qualification, but who else is in the mix to represent the Bundesliga in Europe next season?

Find out how many Bundesliga teams can qualify for Europe!

UEFA Champions League

Currently, the Bundesliga's top four go directly into the draw for the Champions League group stage. However, the team that finishes fifth could also make the grade for next term's expanded competition, depending on Germany's UEFA coefficient ranking at the end of 2023/24.

1st: Bayer Leverkusen (P23, 61pts, GD +43)
2nd: Bayern Munich (P23, 53pts, GD +37)
3rd: VfB Stuttgart (P23, 47pts, GD +23)
4th: Borussia Dortmund (P23, 41pts, GD +16)
5th: RB Leipzig (P23, 40pts, GD +19)

Leverkusen and Bayern are favourites to finish as the top two. Behind them, it remains very tight between surprise package VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund, with last season's runners-up leapfrogging RB Leipzig after going unbeaten through their first six fixtures in 2024, winning four.

Watch: Dortmund continued their resurgence with victory over Freiburg on Matchday 21

UEFA Europa League/ UEFA Europa Conference League

If Germany is not among the two countries with the best collective performance by their clubs in the previous year's European competitions, the Bundesliga's fifth-in-the-table team will qualify directly for the Europa League group stage, along with the winner of the DFB Cup.

Sixth will go into the Europa Conference League play-off, unless the DFB Cup winner has already finished in the top six in the Bundesliga. In that case, sixth would join fifth in the Europa League groups, with seventh going into the Conference League play-off.

5th: RB Leipzig (P23, 40pts, GD +19)
6th: Eintracht Frankfurt (P23, 34pts, GD +6)
7th: Hoffenheim (P23, 30 pts, GD -2)
8th: Bremen (P23, 30 pts, GD -3) 
9th: Freiburg (P23, 29pts, GD -12)

Frankfurt - Europa League winners in 2021/22 - are pushing for fifth, if not the top four, with Hoffenheim up to seventh after taking a 3-2 away win in Dortmund on Matchday 23.

Watch: Frankfurt edged Mainz on Matchday 19

Also in contention

Heidenheim (P23, 28pts, GD - 7)

Promoted Heidenheim are also in the mix in their debut Bundesliga campaign.

Click here for the full Bundesliga standings!