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Where the Bundesliga is best in Europe

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In Jude Bellingham, Jamal Musiala, Youssoufa Moukoko and Mathys Tel, the Bundesliga boasts some record-breaking teenagers, while more goals have been scored in Germany's top flight than in any of Europe's top leagues so far in 2022/23. But how else does it stack up against the continent's best?

bundesliga.com takes a closer look…

Data correct as of 26 January 2023

Goals galore

A total of 501 goals have been scored across the 153 fixtures in the Bundesliga's 17 matchdays so far this season, marking the first time since 1985/86 that the 500-goal milestone has been reached at the halfway stage of a campaign.

That includes an astonishing 41-goal haul on Matchday 16 as the Bundesliga came back with a bang following the two-month hiatus for the World Cup, the biggest matchday tally in 20 years. That included Wolfsburg's 6-0 win over Freiburg, Cologne's 7-1 mauling of Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund's 4-3 thriller against Augsburg.

More was to follow on Matchday 17 as RB Leipzig beat Schalke 6-1 and Wolfsburg put five without reply past Hertha Berlin.

All of which as given Germany's top flight an average of 3.27 goals per game. That is by far the highest of all of Europe's top five divisions, per UEFA's coefficient ranking.

France's Ligue 1 is next (2.94 goals per game), followed by the English Premier League (2.77), Serie A (2.59) and LaLiga (2.43). It is no accident – in fact it is the confirmation of a trend in recent years, in which the Bundesliga has regularly averaged more than three goals per game. Entertainment is guaranteed on these shores.

That goes hand-in-hand with the quality of the finishing. The Bundesliga also leads the way in this category, with 16.9 per cent of chances tucked away – fully one percent ahead of Ligue 1. In terms of aerial ability too, players in Germany come up trumps: on average 0.53 headers are scored per game, compared to 0.44 in the Premier League and 0.42 in Ligue 1. The total number of headers scored (80) is consequently higher in the Bundesliga than anywhere else.

Teenagers to the fore

The Bundesliga has long been known as a hotbed for talented youngsters, with teenagers regularly thrown in at the deep end. A great many of those not only manage to survive, but also thrive - Bayern Munich starlet Musiala chief among them.

With nine league goals already this term (not to mention six assists!), he has more than double the tally of all Premier League teenagers in 2022/23 and more than any other U20 players in Europe. Dortmund's Moukoko is third in that particular chart with six goals (plus three assists), while Bellingham is fourth on four goals.

Watch: The best of Musiala

Moreover, Moukoko and Tel are among the youngest scorers in the senior game in Europe. Tel became the youngest player ever to hit the net for Bayern when he scored against VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 6 at the age of 17 years and 136 days, placing him second continent-wide this season, behind Desire Doue of Stade Rennes (17 years, 89 days).

Moukoko, the Bundesliga's all-time youngest ever scorer at 16 years and 28 days, is third among greenhorns this term. His first goal of the campaign, in the 3-1 win over Freiburg on Matchday 2, arrived when he was 17 years, 265 days old.

Bundesliga – the place to be:

  • Youngest average starting line-ups: 26.73 years old.
  • Fair play: with 23.6 fouls per game on average, the Bundesliga is second only to the Premier League (21.1) this term for the fewest fouls per match.
  • Trigger happy: with an average of 25.7 shots per game, only Serie A comes close (25.5).
  • Only 3.3 per cent of all Bundesliga games have ended 0-0 – a quota only Serie A (5.8 per cent) comes close to matching.
  • Set pieces: 29 per cent of all goals scored in the Bundesliga come from dead-ball situations. Only Ligue 1 has more (33 per cent).
  • A tenacious 14.9 recoveries per game, second to the Premier League (16.2).