Munich - The 51st season of the Bundesliga is all but over, with only the final name in next season's top-flight line-up still to be finalised. That in itself is no small matter, not least for fans of Hamburger SV and SpVgg Greuther Fürth, the two sides battling it out in the play-offs this Thursday and Sunday (15/18 May) but otherwise, the stock-taking can begin on another enthralling campaign for German football's finest. rounds up the main events to have emerged from the 2013/14 campaign...

Starting at the top, FC Bayern München marched through to their 24th national title - and 23rd of the post-1963 Bundesliga era - in record-quick time, finishing on a massive 90 points. Matchday 27's 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin mathematically sealed the deal. It was the first time the championship had been decided in March, and at that juncture, there was an aura of near-invincibility around the Reds.

With the prize in the bag, however, Bayern came at least temporarily unstuck as a six-goal share of the spoils with Hoffenheim was followed by FC Augsburg's surprise termination of their record-breaking cross-season unbeaten run at the 53-game mark.

The following week, Borussia Dortmund came, saw and conquered to the tune of 3-0 in Munich, exacting a small measure of revenge for Bayern's victory, by the same scoreline, in the sides' rather more significant head-to-head at the Signal Iduna Park earlier in the season.

That late-November meeting ended with the defending champions pulling seven points clear of their arch-rivals for whom, injury-stricken as they were at the time, the road back into the title frame was always going to be an arduous one from there on in.

Dortmund came on strong down the final straight after their own rather lengthier mid-season wobble (exacerbated at one point by the absence of their entire first-choice back four) and by the finish had pulled clear of local rivals FC Schalke 04 in the race for second place.

Indeed, the Royal Blues went into their last game of the campaign still needing a point against 1. FC Nürnberg to secure their season target of a UEFA Champions League automatic group stage berth. Jens Keller's steadily improving young guns took all three with a 4-1 win, hammering the final nail in Nürnberg's Bundesliga coffin in the process.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's late rally under interim coach Sascha Lewandowski saw them pip strong-finishing VfL Wolfsburg to the Champions League qualifying slot, with Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz 05 joining the Wolves in the Europa League next season. Seventh-place Mainz just saw off the challenge of the season's other surprise package, FC Augsburg.

Augsburg enjoyed the best season by far of their admittedly brief Bundesliga career, with that record-ending win against Bayern only one of 15 racked up over the course of a campaign which further enhanced Markus Weinzierl's credentials at the forefront of a new generation of emerging top-flight coaches.

Markus Gisdol is another of them and his 1899 Hoffenheim charges certainly delivered on the entertainment front with a 72-goal haul topped only by Bayern and Dortmund. The fact that they also conceded 70 is not unconnected with their final mid-table status – only embattled Hamburg served up a worse defensive record than that.

That Hamburg have one last chance, via the play-offs, to preserve their status as the Bundesliga's only ever-present club, is down in no small part to the parallel short-fallings of Nürnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig. Like Heiko Westermann (pictured) and HSV, battling underdogs Braunschweig lost their last five games, sealing an abrupt return to Bundesliga 2.

Nürnberg meanwhile ended the season with seven defeats on the trot to suffer demotion for a record eighth time. A single victory for either of the bottom two would have seen them, rather than Hamburg, facing Fürth in the Bundesliga's last-chance saloon, class of 2013/14.