With the 52nd Bundesliga season drawing ever closer, allow bundesliga.com to whet your appetite with some of the standout facts and figures to have emerged from the previous campaign...
The 2013/14 season was an extremely successful one for the Bundesliga as a whole. On average, 42,609 supporters flocked through the turnstiles every match, making Germany’s top flight the best attended league in the world. Apart from countless nail-biting encounters, fans were also treated to a plethora of goals. A total of 967 were scored in the Bundesliga last season, falling just short of the division’s historic best average of 30 goals per Matchday.
Each top-flight club contributed to that overall tally by different means. Borussia Dortmund, for example, boasted no fewer than 17 different goalscorers last season - more than any other club in the division. As well as Torjägerkanone winner Robert Lewandowski (20) and Marco Reus (16), who both bagged hat-tricks against VfB Stuttgart, newcomers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13) and Henrick Mkhitaryan (nine) also managed to hit the ground running in their first season at Signal Iduna Park.
It was champions Bayern, however, who found the net most frequently in 2013/14. The Bavarians bagged an incredible 94 league goals in their 34 matches, including 46 away from the Allianz Arena - a new top-flight record. Their victories at SV Werder Bremen (7-0) and VfL Wolfsburg (6-1), in particular, are certain to live long in the memory and contributed to the overall Bundesliga tally of 432 away goals scored last term, more than ever before.
If it’s goals you wanted, 1899 Hoffenheim failed to disappoint. Incredibly, 142 were scored in games involving the Sinsheim club - just under 15 per cent of the overall total for the entire season. Die Kraichgauer’s 4-4 draw with SV Werder Bremen was just one of several high-scoring draws involving Markus Gisdol’s side. They also featured in two 3-3 draws at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena (against SC Freiburg on Matchday 3 and Schalke on Matchday 7).
Goals were usually guaranteed when VfL Wolfsburg were in action, too. The Wolves weren’t involved in a single goalless draw last season, while the Lower Saxony club also found the net on each of the last 26 Matchdays. That not only constitutes the longest scoring run of any Bundesliga side, but is also a Wolfsburg club record. Dieter Hecking’s charges face a tough task to maintain that particular run, however, as they travel to FC Bayern on the opening day of the 2014/15 season.
Of all the strikers in Germany’s top flight, Bayer Leverkusen’s goalgetters had the best scoring record last term. Stefan Kießling, Heung-Min Son and Co. found the net on 35 occasions for die Werkself in the league, which equates to 58 per cent of their overall tally for the 2013/14 campaign. Intriguingly, 73 per cent of Leverkusen’s Bundesliga goals were scored by German players.
1. FSV Mainz 05, meanwhile, proved extremely difficult to break down in front of their own fans. Die Nullfünfer kept nine clean sheets at the Coface Arena - a club record and more than any other team in the league last season. Their outstanding defensive record played no small part in helping Thomas Tuchel’s side secure a seventh-place finish and a berth in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
The Bundesliga’s top two clubs, FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, adopted very different approaches last term, according to statistics at least. While Pep Guardiola’s charges proved to be the least physical team in the division with 6,692 challenges, BVB attempted more tackles (8,654) than any other side in the top flight. Moreover, Jürgen Klopp’s BVB also completed more sprints per match (241) than any other club.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, meanwhile, were one of the fairest teams in the league. The Foals, who qualified for the Europa League courtesy of a sixth-place finish, committed the fewest fouls in the division (352), while only Bayern and Dortmund picked up fewer bookings than Lucian Favre’s charges last term. On Matchday 32, they even set a top-flight record by conceding just a single foul in their 1-0 victory over Schalke at the Veltins-Arena.
The Royal Blues also set a Bundesliga best-mark of their own last term. Julian Draxler, product of the infamous Knappenschmiede youth academy, became the youngest ever player to reach 100 top-flight appearances on Matchday 33, aged just 20 years and 225 days. Another prodigy, VfB Stuttgart’s Timo Werner, also became the first 17-year-old to bag a brace in the top flight last season, as VfB beat Freiburg 3-1 on Matchday 12.
Until their 1-0 defeat against FC Augsburg on Matchday 29, no side had managed to get the better of champions FC Bayern in the league. No other club had ever gone so long without losing a Bundesliga match. The defeat at the SGL Arena hardly proved costly, however, as the Bavarian giants had already secured the their 24th German league title at Hertha Berlin with a record-breaking seven games of the 2013/14 campaign remaining.