One of the Bundesliga's many record holders: Robert Lewandowski hit a lightning-fast five goals against Wolfsburg in September 2015 - © © imago / Philippe Ruiz
One of the Bundesliga's many record holders: Robert Lewandowski hit a lightning-fast five goals against Wolfsburg in September 2015 - © © imago / Philippe Ruiz
Bundesliga

Robert Lewandowski, Gerd Müller, Bayern Munich, Nuri Sahin ... meet the Bundesliga record holders!

Now in its 55th season, the Bundesliga has given fans at home and abroad some of the best football the world has seen since its foundation in 1963. The home of world champions Germany; the league with the most goals; a relentless record champion in Bayern Munich.

Goals

But what other records should you be aware of? Allow bundesliga.com to oblige…

All-time top goalscorer: Gerd Müller, with 365 goals for Bayern Munich between 1964 and 1979.

All-time top non-German goalscorer: Claudio Pizarro, with 191 goals and counting for Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich between 1999 and today…

Top non-German goalscorer in a single season: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with 31 in 2016/17.

Scorer of the first ever Bundesliga goal: Friedhelm “Timo” Konietzka, who opened the scoring for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-2 loss to Werder Bremen in October 1963.

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Most goals SCORED by a goalkeeper: Hans-Jörg Butt struck some 26 times – each from the penalty spot – before hanging up his gloves with Bayern in 2009 (19 for Hamburg; seven for Leverkusen).

Longest range goal: Moritz Stoppelkamp found the target from fully 82 metres (269 feet) when Paderborn beat his former employer Hannover 2-0 on Matchday 4 of the 2014/15 season – it was scored in the 93rd minute to boot.

Most goals scored in a single season: The 1983/84 campaign saw 1,097 goals in 306 matches, for an average of 3.58 goals per game.

Youngest goalscorer: BVB hero Nuri Sahin was just 17 years and 82 days old when he found the target for Die Schwarzgelben in their 2-1 win at Nürnberg in November 2005.

Players

Most appearances: He may not be the most familiar name to many fans, but he should be! Karl-Heinz Körbel made a total of 602 Bundesliga appearances. And just to make that feat all the more spectacular – he achieved it with just one club: Eintracht Frankfurt.

Most wins: There was hardly any getting past Karlsruhe and Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn, which is probably why he was on the winning side a record 310 times.

Youngest player: Nuri Sahin stepped onto the field for a Bundesliga fixture in a Borussia Dortmund shirt at the age of 16 years and 334 days – a record of precocity.

Oldest player: At the other end of the scale, 43 years and 184 days was not too old for Klaus Fichtel still to play in the Bundesliga for Schalke 04 on Matchday 34 of the 1987/88 season.

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Cards

Most appearances (player and coach combined): Otto Rehhagel could not get enough of the game, playing in or standing on the touchline of 1,031 Bundesliga fixtures.

Most appearances for one club (player and coach combined): Thomas Schaaf spent 35 years at Werder Bremen, totalling 742 appearances first as a player, then as their coach.

Highest number of consecutive games unbeaten as a coach from debut in the Bundesliga: Pep Guardiola hit the ground running after taking charge of Bayern Munich, waiting 28 games before being beaten for the first time in 2013/14.

Highest number of received cards: Stefan Effenberg's name went into the referee's book more than any other, with a total of 121: 114 yellow (a record in its own right), four yellow-red and three red cards.

Highest number of received red cards: Jens Nowotny and Luiz Gustavo saw more red cards than any other player, being dismissed eight times.

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