bundesliga.com looks back at an event-filled 34 rounds of matches in the 2012/13 season...
In the 2012/13 season, 49 per cent of Bundesliga players held a German passport - more than in any of the past 12 seasons. What is even more impressive is that, in spite of the numerous foreign attacking players, 46 per cent of all goals were scored by Germans. Furthermore, 25 players who reached double figures hailed from Germany. And then there is the league’s top goalscorer Stefan Kießling: German born and bred.
In the season just ended, 32 per cent of games were won by the visiting side. You have to root through the history books to find such a high proportion of away wins - it happened only once before. This fact is only mildly surprising, however, since at least 28 per cent of games ended in away wins in each of the last seven seasons. FC Bayern Munich’s sensational season is one reason why the value is so high in 2012/13 - they won 15 games (88 per cent) on their travels with just two draws.
In the 2004/05 season, 110 goals were scored by substitutes while 96 goals came from the bench in 2009/10 and 2010/11. In the past two years, however, the Bundesliga coaches have not had so many tricks up their sleeves. In 2011/12, substitutes accounted for just 77 goals while, in 2012/13, that mark dropped to 72. Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia lacked a particular punch from the bench, with not a single one of his subs managing to find the net.
In total, 898 goals were scored in the 2012/13 season, an average of 2.93 per game. This quota is particularly impressive when compared with Europe’s other big leagues. In England’s Premier League, for example, an average of 2.80 goals were scored per game. In addition, an average of 1.34 goals per Bundesliga game were scored by the away side- more than every season since 1980/81. Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski scored in 12 consecutive games while Mario Gomez scored a goal every 80 minutes on average, making him by far and away the most effective striker in the Bundesliga.
183 of those 898 goals came from headers. In the three previous seasons, this mark had never been higher than 162. When compared to the number of crosses and corners, this is an extraordinarily high quota considering how the 18 sides generally played a more narrow, direct game. The quality of the deliveries from out wide was therefore particularly impressive. Philipp Lahm created eleven goals from the Bayern right in 2012/13, for example.