Opinion: The Bundesliga works – but only partially


The unrestricted dominance of FC Bayern ensures monotony at the top. This will not change in the near future, predicts Andreas Sten-Ziemons. But the Bundesliga is not boring.

< p>Basically, the shell can simply remain in Munich – FC Bayern will be champions again anyway

Only FC Bayern since 2013 – the championship decision in the Bundesliga has long since ceased to be a street sweeper. Rarely in the past ten years has it been close to the end. The fact that the other top clubs do not represent competition even in a season in which FC Bayern was more vulnerable defensively than it has been in years makes many football fans shudder (except FC Bayern, of course). One can imagine how crossed the fingers are in some places that Robert Lewandowski will actually leave Bayern this summer.

Dortmund once again not a competitor

Borussia Dortmund – for years the hope of all supporters who finally want a change at the top – has once again disappointed this season as a candidate for the championship. Dortmund has developed into a club that is interesting for top talent (e.g. Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland) who then take the next step in their career at a real top club. Otherwise, BVB is a kind of reservoir for players who don't quite have enough for higher consecration. After all, if they were better, they wouldn't be playing in Dortmund, but probably in Munich or in the Premier League.

< p>Andreas Sten-Ziemons

After all, Niklas Süle, a national player, is now moving from Munich to Dortmund. But even that will not change the fundamental balance of power. Since Jürgen Klopp collected a few titles in 2011 and 2012, BVB has basically stumbled from one upheaval to the other. The next one is coming up this summer with the “Post-Haaland upheaval”.

The pursuers Bayer 04 Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are suffering the “curse of doing a good deed”. The outstanding performances of players like Patrik Schick, Moussa Diaby, Christopher Nkunku and Konrad Laimer have caught the attention of other clubs. It is quite possible that those responsible for sport in Leverkusen and Leipzig will soon have to look for alternatives in a creative way. It's quite possible that Schick and Laimer's move to Munich is the reason.

The substructure works

A big consolation is that the Bundesliga – apart from the championship question – is exciting. The question of who would qualify for the Champions League was open until the end. In addition to the “usual suspects”, outsiders like Freiburg, Union Berlin and Cologne were within striking distance of the premier class until the season finale. These 'smaller clubs' now play in the Europa League and UEFA Conference League and can – albeit to a much lesser extent than in the Champions League – earn extra money there. This will ensure a little more equal opportunities in the future when it comes to asserting oneself against clubs like Mönchengladbach, Frankfurt, Wolfsburg or Hoffenheim in the fight for a place in the European Cup.

In addition, there are returning from the 2nd division after the summer break with Schalke, and probably Bremen and HSV, clubs back in the Bundesliga, which, unlike last year's promoted Greuther Fürth, are not “falling fruit” but have come to stay. As a result, the relegation battle down to the last place should also be tighter than this season.

So you don't have to worry about the attractiveness of the Bundesliga – you should just let go of the hope that someone else will Club when FC Bayern becomes German champions.