Cologne - A total of 15,854 matches have been played since the Bundesliga's inaugural season in 1963/64, but which contest has attracted the most spectators, which has been played out the most and which has witnessed the most goals?
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Historically, the southern derby between FC Bayern München and VfB Stuttgart is the most-attended fixture in Bundesliga history. Since Bayern were promoted to the Bundesliga in 1965, the two Traditionsvereine have met 96 times, with a total of 5,340,000 fans taking in the action live in the stadiums. On average, that's 55,625 fans per game.
The out-and-out number one fixture attendance-wise, however, is the Munich derby. When FC Bayern and TSV 1860 Munich meet, a sell-out crowd is guaranteed - and it was no different back in the days of Grünwalder Straße or the Olympiastadion. On average, 60,966 spectators have attended the derby: a Bundesliga best-mark.
Yet of all games that will also be contested in the coming season, it's the one involving Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg that has produced the highest average attendance so far. The two sides have met each other eight times in the Bundesliga, yielding a mean attendance figure of 55,634 fans: the reason being that fixtures that have been played out more often regularly took place in front of fewer spectators, thereby bringing the average attendance figure down.
In 2015/16, Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen will contest the 103rd Nordderby. No other Bundesliga fixture has been played out more often - only once in 52 Bundesliga seasons has it been missing from the calendar (in 1980/81 when Bremen were playing in Bundesliga 2) - and no other match has ended in so many draws (33 - almost one every three games).
The fans have certainly always got their money's worth, too. Exactly 300 goals have been scored in the 102 meetings so far (an average of 2.94 per game), while only eight have finished goalless since the league's inception.
Games involving Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have produced the most goals altogether. HSV and BVB have met 96 times in the Bundesliga, sharing 341 strikes between them (an average of 3.6 per game).
The award for the highest goals-per-game average involving teams set to compete in the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign, however, goes to VfB Stuttgart and SV Darmstadt 98. In the four top-flight meetings between the two clubs to date, 18 goals have been scored - 4.5 per game on average - with VfB winning three and the other ending all-square.
Tobias Schild and Tobias Anding