When it comes to official membership, there are no fewer than three Bundesliga representatives among the world's five best supported football clubs, underlining the excellent relationship between Germany's elite sides and their passionate fan bases.
It should come as no surprise to see Bayern Munich leading the way. Just as they are currently bestriding the Bundesliga like a Colossus - with an insolent lead of 19 points over second-placed Borussia Dortmund - the record champions are also head and shoulders above the rest in terms of official support, with a total of 290,000 members. That's over 100,000 more than the best of the rest, Portuguese champions Benfica.
Indeed, the presence of three German clubs in the top five is inextricably linked to the country's unique fan culture, which - underpinned by the all-important 50+1 ownership rule - is designed to keep entertainment values high and ticket prices low.
Dortmund and Bayern are also two of the top three clubs in Europe when it comes to average attendance, with the Signal Iduna Park welcoming over 80,000 supporters on a weekly basis, and the Allianz Arena not far behind with 75,000.