The German Bundesliga one of Europes premier leagues German football has been through a rough time in the last few years but there are signs that it is on the way back up.
Qulification for the Champions league goes automatically to the top two teams, the 3rd place team will enter the qualifying rounds. 4th and 5th will qualify for the Europa league, while the teams in 16th 17th and 18th spots will be relegated.
The German league was founded in 1900 and German teams have always been renowned for their fitness. physical prowess and team spirit. Bayern Munich have led the way for many German sides by winning the European Cup Five Times.
Which German side will win the league next year. Can Schalke break Bayern's hearts will Borussia Monchengladbach come out of the doldrums.
The top teams in the Bundes League are without doubt Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen lthough the talent in Germany is not restricted to these three teams with Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Hamburg, Schalke, FC Koln can also boast talented squads.
The list of top quality German footballers is quite extensive with Gerdt Muller, Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Uli Hoeness Berti Vogts Jurgen Klinsmann and Michael Ballack To name but a few players who have graced football fields all over the world.
Germany has won the World Cup four times, only Brazil has won more with five wins. It has finished as runners-up four times. In terms of semi-final appearances, Germany is without doubt the stand out nation with 13 appearances, two more than Brazil's 11, which had participated in two more tournaments. In the last 16 World Cup tournaments, Germany has always reached at least the stage of the last eight teams.
Germany doesn't just excell at World Cups they also dominate the European Championship having won that competition three times.
The Germans have qualified for every European Championship tournament except for the very first European Championship they entered in 1968.