In Jamal Musiala, Youssoufa Moukoko and Mathys Tel, the Bundesliga boasts some record-breaking teenagers, while more goals were scored in Germany's top flight than in any of Europe's top leagues 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 12 June 2023
A total of 971 goals were scored across the 306 fixtures in the Bundesliga's 34 matchdays this season, making it the only one of Europe's top five leagues to break the three-goal barrier.
That includes an astonishing 41-goal haul on Matchday 16 as the Bundesliga returned with a bang following the two-month hiatus for the World Cup, the biggest single matchday tally in 20 years. Standout results featured 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 gave Germany's top flight an average of 3.17 goals per game. That is by far the highest of all of Europe's top five divisions, per UEFA's coefficient ranking.
The English Premier League was next (2.85 per game), followed by France's Ligue 1 (2.81), Italy's Serie A (2.56) and LaLiga (2.51). It is no accident – in fact it is the confirmation of a trend in recent years, in which the Bundesliga has averaged more than three goals per game for the last five years. 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 16.5 per cent of chances tucked away – almost one per cent ahead of the Premier League (15.7) in second place.
In terms of aerial ability too, players in Germany come up trumps: on average 0.49 headers were scored per game, compared to 0.44 in the Premier League and 0.38 in Ligue 1, Serie A and LaLiga. The total number of headers scored (150) 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.
The Germany international is now 20 – and struck the title-securing goal in the 89th minute on Matchday 34 – but scored 10 of his 12 league strikes in 2022/23 while still in his teens. As such, he tops the pile in the continent-wide ranking for goals by U20 players, with Dortmund's Bellingham in second (eight) and Moukoko third (with seven).
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In total, 41 goals were scored by teenagers in Germany's top flight in 2022/23, more than double the tally in the Premier League (20), La Liga (18) and Serie A (16), with Ligue 1 the closest challenger in this regard with 39.
Moreover, Moukoko and Tel were also among the youngest scorers in the senior game in Europe, alongside Hertha Berlin's Ibrahim Maza (17 years, 185 days) and Mainz's Nelson Weiper (17 years, 345 days).
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 third continent-wide this season, behind Warren Zaire-Emery of Paris Saint-Germain (16 years, 330 days) and Desire Doue of Stade Rennes (17 years, 89 days).
Moukoko, the Bundesliga's all-time youngest ever scorer at 16 years and 28 days, continued his upward trajectory 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:
- Fair play: with 23.7 fouls per game on average, the Bundesliga is second only to the Premier League (21.6) this term for the fewest fouls per match.
- Only 4.9 per cent of all Bundesliga games have ended 0-0 – a quota only Serie A (5.3 per cent) comes close to matching.
- Full-blooded: a continent-leading 212 challenges were contested per game on average in the Bundesliga, with France in second (207).
- Despite the high number of tackles, the Bundesliga averages just 0.14 sendings off per game, second only to the Premier League (0.08).
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