Bundesliga is the premier league of any sport in Germany or Austria. The term simply means Federal league. The terms do however most often refer to the primary soccer leagues when used outside of Germany and Austria. There are two different divisions in the Bundesliga. The first division which is what we most often refer to when we say Bundesliga and a second division. Since Since 2008 there is also a federal 3rd division but this reason can legally not be called bundesliga since it is ran by German Football Association (DFB) and not the German Football League (Deutsche Fußball-Liga or DFL). Further down in the division system the teams are divided up into regional leagues.
The soccer Bundesliga was formed in 1963 with a women version formed 1990. 18 teams play in the league at any given time and a total of 51 teams have played in the league. You can see a list of the different champions at the bottom of this page The Bundesliga has the highest audience numbers of all the worlds soccer league with an average of 45,134 fans showing up at each game for the 2011/2012 season.
Teams playing in first division bundesliga has big advantages over other teams. The larger part of the television revenue from the Bundesliga is divided among the division one team. These teams also draws bigger crowds to their games and this combined with the extra media exposure allow them to sign good sponsorship deals. The teams are able to build considerable financial muscle and can pay to recruit top players that division 2 teams can not dream of recruiting. This makes it hard to move between divisions but this does not mean that teams do not move up and down between the divisions.
|63–64||1. FC Köln||76–77||Borussia Mönchengladbach||89–90||FC Bayern Munich||02–03||FC Bayern Munich|
|64–65||SV Werder Bremen||77–78||1. FC Köln||90–91||1. FC Kaiserslautern||03–04||SV Werder Bremen|
|65–66||TSV 1860 München||78–79||FC Bayern Munich||91–92||VfB Stuttgart||04–05||FC Bayern Munich|
|66–67||Eintracht Braunschweig||79–80||Hamburger SV||92–93||SV Werder Bremen||05–06||FC Bayern Munich|
|67–68||1. FC Nuremberg||80–81||FC Bayern Munich||93–94||FC Bayern Munich||06–07||VfB Stuttgart|
|68–69||FC Bayern Munich||81–82||Hamburger SV||94–95||Borussia Dortmund||07–08||FC Bayern Munich|
|69–70||Borussia Mönchengladbach||82–83||Hamburger SV||95–96||Borussia Dortmund||08–09||VfL Wolfsburg|
|70–71||Borussia Mönchengladbach||83–84||VfB Stuttgart||96–97||FC Bayern Munich||09–10||FC Bayern Munich|
|71–72||FC Bayern Munich||84–85||FC Bayern Munich||97–98||1. FC Kaiserslautern||10–11||Borussia Dortmund|
|72–73||FC Bayern Munich||85–86||FC Bayern Munich||98–99||FC Bayern Munich||11–12||Borussia Dortmund|
|73–74||FC Bayern Munich||86–87||FC Bayern Munich||99–00||FC Bayern Munich|
|74–75||Borussia Mönchengladbach||87–88||SV Werder Bremen||00–01||FC Bayern Munich|
|75–76||Borussia Mönchengladbach||88–89||FC Bayern Munich||01–02||Borussia Dortmund|