There no surprise that the English Premier League is the most popular league in the world. There is also a reason that I said most popular and not the best.
The Premier League thrives off being an English-based league, something that not only appeals to the huge market of the USA, but also appeals to most of the world as English is slowly becoming the heart of globalization- if it hasn’t already.
But, it isn’t always the Premier League that you should be watching every weekend, but rather a league that builds careers, doesn’t shy away from action, and always leaves you wanting more. This is, of course, the German Bundesliga.
Bundesliga has given German internationals a foundation to build upon, while also challenging them week in and week out. Playing in Germany isn’t just about the building Germany’s already massive talent pool. Bundesliga is incredible vigilant in making every player in the league the best they can be.
But, instead of just saying Bundesliga is the best, let me show you with five reason why you should be watching Bundesliga over any other league in the world.
5. It is ALWAYS On
Bundesliga is incredibly intelligent in their matchday scheduling, making sure you can at least catch one game in a week, even if you have a full schedule. Bundesliga usually airs just like that of the Premier League, Saturday and Sunday kick-offs around 3-8 PM CET (German Time) which is 2 PM GMT (on BT Sport or ITV 4), 10 AM EST (on Fox Sports Channels or Fox Sports Go app) and 10 PM AWST (Australian Time… sorry guys, you have a late one). Bundesliga also hosts one match every Friday at 8 PM CET and often have an entire matchday in the middle of the week on a Tuesday and Wednesday. This much football this often will take right back to this summer with the World Cup, endless action and endless excuses to hit the pubs with your mates.
4. Bundesliga is Now English-based Too!
Yes, you read that right. Bundesliga have made a great effort to make sure the American, UK and Australian viewers are getting the most for their money, which includes German announcers, pundits and players speaking English. This has not only made it more interesting to watch (as if the football wasn’t enough) but it also connects fans to the league like it never has before. And to be fair to Bundesliga, their pundit on TV and on their website a quite good at what they do.
3. Youngster’s Galore
Fans all across the world wish for their club academy stars to get a chance in their first teams. We’ve seen this to be true after England won the U-19 European Championships and none of the players will ever seem to play in the Prem, or when Barcelona have let La Masia fall by the wayside and those genuinely skillful footballers are leaving the club permanently. But, Bundesliga is different. The German philosophy is, if you’re good enough, you will play, and we’ve seen that with young players cementing starting spots in German sides like Benjamin Pavard at Stuttgart or Max Phillip at Dortmund. Not only do the German clubs play exciting prospects, but they welcome other leagues’ wonderkids as well, i.e. England’s youth crown jewel Jaden Sancho, America’s own Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic, Switzerland’s godsend Manuel Akanji and every youth German prospect in the world (See Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz, Julian Weigel, etc.).
2. The Talent is Fantastic From Front to Back
The gifted players don’t stop there though. The Bundesliga is also home of some of world football’s greatest stars. From Robert Lewandowski nestling in 25+ goals a season to watching Marco Reus’ graceful touch to Max Kruse being the focal point of every Werder Bremen attack.
Not only is there absurd talent at the top, but Bundesliga often has the most unlikely of breakout stars every season. The 2017-18 season saw Mark Uth rarely miss a chance as he scored 19 goals for Hoffenheim. There was also Philipp Max (not to be confused with Dortmund forward Max Philipp) who assisted 13 goals at left-back for Augsburg, the second most in the league with Thomas Müller only having 14 on the season.
There was also the rise of Leon Bailey, Kai Havertz, Leon Goretzka, Ante Rebic and many more, making Bundesliga an ever lasting bowl of excitement.
1. The Competition is Fierce
Yes, Bayern Munich have ruled German football for the past 6 years, but that doesn’t prevent the rest of the league being an absolute whirlwind every week.
(Plus, there is no telling when Munich will fall, and that would be a treat in itself)
The Bundesliga table is consistently one of the most inconsistent tables in the world. Last season, the European football spots shifted drastically in the last four weeks, from Leverkusen surely securing Champions League football to Schalke, Hoffenheim and Dortmund ending up level on points with Leverkusen and all securing spots over the Die Werkself because goal difference. Add to that Stuttgart’s final two months of incredible results, boosting them into the 7th spot and securing Europa League football out of nowhere causing Eintracht Franfurt’s demise to 8th after playing some staggeringly good football (for the talent they had) all season.
Look, there is no way of convincing you to watch the German Bundesliga until you actually do it, hopefully erasing whatever stigma that you have about it in the process. All I can do now is tell you that we are less than just about 20 days away from kick off in Germany and getting in on the action there may be the best decision of your life, bar not supporting Wolfsburg after losing Kevin De Bruyne (the second time… sorry Wolfsburg fans).
Give Bundesliga a try and I promise you this, the excitement and happiness of watching Eintracht Frankfurt pummel Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal, while Eintracht’s coach Nico Kovac was leaving for Bayern in a week’s time, was more than extraordinary.