The BunDucksLiga is back in style with an updated race mode that brings more drama, excitement and jaw-dropping action from the Bundesliga ducks. Now out of the water, the ducks have learnt to fly – with the help of drones! The ducks will race at full-throttle around Borussia Mönchengladbach's magnificent Borussia-Park stadium to find the next BunDucksLiga champion!

How does the BunDucksLiga 2018 work?

 It’s all very simple!

  • There are three rounds, each containing six ducks (well, 15 ducks in total – Gladbach are represented by a foal, Wolfsburg by a wolf and Werder Bremen by a dwarf in a lifebuoy).
  • The best two from each preliminary round make it to the final, where the top six go head-to head.

Watch: BunDucksLiga 2018 - best of the group stage

Previous winners

2017

Bayern Munich are the defending champions, having whizzed around the whirlpool fastest in 2017. However, they only came second in their Group A qualifying heat, with Mainz storming away to a clear victory.

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In qualifying Group B, Borussia Dortmund posted the fastest time overall and were the only club to finish the course in under a minute.

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In the final qualifying round, 2016 champions Bayer Leverkusen cruised into the final ahead of Darmstadt.

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In the final, however, Bayern were streaks ahead of the competition, taking the gold medal by a clear eight-second margin.

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Watch: Click on the video below to watch the 2017 BunDucksLiga final!

2016

The competition got off to a gentle start in 2016 as Darmstadt and Hertha Berlin floated into the final with the two slowest qualifying times.

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Qualifying Group B was a real nail-biter and went right down to the wire, with Ingolstadt and Augsburg eventually getting their beaks in front to book a place in the title decider.

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In the final heat, Leverkusen sent out a statement of their intent, recording the fastest time of the competition in 54.76 seconds.

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Leverkusen went on to back up their performance in qualifying with another speedy display in the final to take the 2016 crown.

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Watch: The 2016 BunDucksLiga final

2015

The inaugural tournament began with a neck-and-neck race between Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach to win the first qualifying heat.

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Mainz and Bayern didn't need to get out of second gear in the next qualifier, paddling into the decider with the slowest times of all finalists.

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There was no taking it easy from Werder Bremen in the next race, however, as the Green-Whites went flat out for their place in the final and recorded the fastest time overall.

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The final was a gripping affair and could scarcely have been any closer, with Hertha edging out Bayern by one tenth of a second to take the inaugural BunDucksLiga title.

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Watch: The 2015 BunDucksLiga final

Stay tuned for the 2018 competition. With 14 cameras filming over 14 hours’ worth of high-tech thrills and spills, voiced by the inimitable Jon Hartley, in a Bundesliga cathedral, this is not a race to miss!

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