• Leipzig confirm status as best-ever promoted club.
  • Lewandowski moves clear of Elber with brace.
  • Bayern setting mid-season tone again.

With the conclusion of Matchday 17, the midway stage of the Bundesliga season has been reached, producing plenty of Hinrunde records and laying significant markers for the remainder of the campaign. has done some number crunching to bring you the best facts and figures from the final fixtures of the first half of the season, and the first round of matches in the new year.

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen won the first game of a calendar year for the first time in four years, and for the first time under Roger Schmidt, by overcoming Hertha Berlin 3-1.


FC Bayern München are the league leaders at the midway stage of the season – unofficially known as autumn champions – for the sixth season running and 22nd time in total.


For only the sixth time in the history of the Bundesliga, a team has made it through the entire first half of the campaign unbeaten. Hats off to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, who follow in the footsteps of Bayern (three times), Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hamburger SV.

Watch: Sandro Wagner on Hoffenheim's unbeaten streak:


Bayern have won their last 27 games against sides that have just been promoted.


For the 13th season in a row, Borussia Dortmund avoided defeat in their first game back after the winter break.


Hakan Calhanoglu scored a Bundesliga brace for Bayer Leverkusen for the first time. He had once previously found the net twice in a game: for Hamburg against Eintracht Braunschweig in August 2013.


VfL Wolfsburg are now 11 games unbeaten against northern rivals Hamburg (six wins, five draws) – they have never had a longer unbeaten run against a single opponent in their Bundesliga history.

Wolfsburg celebrated going 11 games in a row against Hamburger SV without losing. © gettyimages / Martin Rose

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Torsten Frings followed in the footsteps of his eight predecessors (four draws, four defeats) on the SV Darmstadt 98 bench by failing to win on his debut.


Robert Lewandowski scored his 134th and 135th Bundesliga goals against Freiburg, taking him ahead of Giovane Elber as the second most prolific foreign goalscorer in Bundesliga history (behind Claudio Pizarro).


Lewandowski scored his fifth brace of the season – more than anybody else in the Bundesliga this term.

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Lukasz Piszczek levelled his personal best for a single season (from 2011/12) with his fourth goal of the current campaign.


Leverkusen conceded for the sixth time following a corner this season when Hertha's Valentin Stocker poked home from close range. It was the capital club's first goal following a corner this season.


Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are the league's best two early starters: no other club have scored as many as the eight goals they have netted in the opening 15 minutes of their games.


Darmstadt's wait for a goal is now almost nine hours long (534 minutes).

Drobny had probably imagined a better way to celebrate his 200th Bundesliga appearance than with a red card. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin


Dieter Hecking's first game on the Borussia Mönchengladbach bench was his 333rd Bundesliga fixture as coach.


Hamburg's loss in Wolfsburg was their 600th Bundesliga defeat.


FC Schalke 04 celebrated their 650th Bundesliga win by beating FC Ingolstadt 04.


Lukas Hradecky was on the field for just 131 seconds before being shown the red card in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-0 defeat at Leipzig. It was the second-fastest dismissal in Bundesliga history, and the quickest for a goalkeeper.


Thomas Delaney became the 31st player SV Werder Bremen have sent onto the field in a Bundesliga fixture this season. Never before have a club used so many players in the first half of a season.

Thomas Delaney (r.) competes against Matthias Ginter (l.). © imago / DeFodi


HSV succumbed to their tenth defeat of the season – more than they have ever had in the first half of a season.


Albin Ekdal saw his fifth red card of the season in HSV's defeat to Wolfsburg, three of which have come before half-time.


Frankfurt's Omar Mascarell is the only player to have been booked nine times this season.


Leipzig are the best promoted club ever at the midway stage of the season, with 39 points and a goal difference of +19, making them just one goal better off than 1. FC Kaiserslautern (also 39 points, +16 goals) in 1997/98, when they went on to win the title.


Yunus Malli's departure to VfL Wolfsburg meant 1. FSV Mainz 05 were without the midfielder agaist 1. FC Köln for the first time in 86 consecutive league games.

Yunus Malli left Mainz for Wolfsburg in the January transfer window.
Yunus Malli left Mainz for Wolfsburg in the January transfer window.


Against Köln, Mainz failed to score for the first time at home this season.


Köln have now drawn four league matches on the trot.

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