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A more unpredictable Bayern Munich and packed stadiums: Everything you need to know about the resumption of the Bundesliga

After the Jupiler Pro League, other European championships will resume their rights this weekend. That night Bundesliga raises the curtain on a new season with a duel between Eintracht Frankfurt, last winner of theEuropa League and Bayern Munich, a Rekordmeister in search of an eleventh consecutive title.

THE FAVORITE: A MORE UNPREDICTABLE BAYERN ?

The question this season is not only whether Bayern will become champions, but above all when this will be the case. supremacy always greater than rekordmeister ever more threatening Bundesliga which could end up becoming a less interesting competition to follow if the same scenario repeats itself year after year. Despite the departure of Robert Lewandowski at Barcelona, ​​Bayern have invested 170.5 million euros in the transfer market and give the impression that without their former Polish striker, he will be even more unpredictable than before. For the first time in a long time, the Bavarian club will play without a specific striker. This should bring more variety to the offenses which have until now been mainly focused (rightly) on Lewandowski’s finishing sense.

These large investments, however, increase the pressure that will weigh on the shoulders of Julian Nagelsmann. The 34-year-old became champion last season, but has especially failed in the Champions League against the “modest” Villarreal. He was also implicated after this fiasco. It is said of Nagelsmann that he lacks authority and that he especially finds it difficult to decide on the spot when working with high-level players. In addition, we see that young players do not progress enough under his direction. But the confidence of board Munich to his coach, who is under contract until 2026, remains. It’s not uncommon to have a less successful first season, but this time Nagelsmann won’t be able to content himself with winning only the Bundesliga.

THE CHALLENGER: ALWAYS THE BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Over the past ten seasons, Borussia Dortmund have finished as the first runners-up to the crowned team six times. the Poulidor football across the Rhine has therefore also loosened the purse strings to strengthen its core. However, he lost his scoring machine, Erling Haalandgone to Manchester City to know the intoxication of titles. His departure was to be compensated by the arrival of Karim Adeyemia young nugget from Red Bull Salzburg, but also by that of SeBastien Hallerthe prolific scorer of Ajax which had the advantage of already knowing the German competition well.

Unfortunately, a tragedy struck the Ivorian international who will be absent for months to treat a testicular tumor. The search for a new striker is therefore underway because the only Adeyemi is likely to be a little soft (with an even younger Moukoko as an alternative), especially in a formation playing on three fronts.

Youssoufa Moukoko remains on a successful pre-season preparation at Borussia Dortmund. Could he be the revelation of the season? © iStock

Defense should become more steady (and especially faster) with the arrivals of Niklas Süthe (Bayern) and Nico Schlotterbeck (SC Freiburg). Last season, the BVB conceded too many goals and the slowness of Mats Hummels has often been singled out.

Borussia Dortmund have started a new chapter in their history, with Edin Terzic cosame head coach. He must improve the general quality of the team and allow young talents in the making to grow. But, he will also have the mission of winning a trophy, if possible.

THE TALENT: THE YOUSSOUFA MOUKOKO SENSATION

Youssoufa Moukoko was sixteen and a day old when he made his debut in Bundesliga on behalf of Borussia Dortmund, against Hertha BSC, on November 21. He scored his first goal only a month later. After that, the Cameroonian-born left-handed striker slowed the pace somewhat. During the summer preparation, he seems to have flourished under new coach Edin Terzic. He is now applying for a starting position, unless Borussia finally decides to rent him so that he can ensure more playing time and thus store up the experience that he inevitably lacks today.

The path to Raum obviously led to Leipzig., iStock
The way to Raum obviously passed through Leipzig. © iStock

THE TRANSFER: DAVID RAUM, FROM THE SECOND DIVISION TO THE SUMMIT

Bayern Munich spent 70 million euros so that Matthijs de Ligt leaves Juventus. The Dutchman must become the leader in defense and build the game from the back. However, the most coveted footballer in the Bundesliga was left back David Raum. He was obviously on the shortlists Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, but he finally preferred to commit to RB Leipzig. Two seasons ago, he defended the colors of Greuther Fürth, in the second division, before joining Hoffenheim in 2021. In the meantime, his market value has quadrupled from five to 20 million euros. Raum, who also has nine appearances for the German national team, has an excellent left foot that allows him to deliver sharp crosses from his flank.

SURPRISING: A NEW RECORD IN THE NUMBER OF SPECTATORS?

No league in the world attracts as many spectators as the Bundesliga. The average number of spectators each season is around 42,000, although last season, due to the coronavirus pandemic and some restrictions, there were only 22,353. The highest average number of spectators was reached during the 2011-12 season. They were 45,130.

Can the German competition do better this season? Much depends on the capacity of the stadiums. In this regard, the two promoted clubs are an additional advantage. The arena of Schalke 04 can accommodate 62,271 people and that of Werder Bremen 42,100. This is considerably more than the two clubs that were relegated: Arminia Bielefled with a stadium of only 26,500 seats and Greuther Fürth with 16,600 seats .

The return of Schalke 04 to the Bundesliga and its packed arena is likely to boost average attendance in German stadiums., iStock
The return of Schalke 04 to the Bundesliga, and its packed arena, is likely to boost average attendance in German stadiums. © iStock

The question this season is not only whether Bayern will become champions, but above all when this will be the case. The ever-increasing supremacy of the Rekordmeister threatens the Bundesliga more and more, which could end up becoming a less interesting competition to follow if the same scenario is repeated year after year. Despite Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Barcelona, ​​Bayern have invested 170.5 million euros in the transfer market and give the impression that without their former Polish striker he will be even more unpredictable than before. For the first time in a long time, the Bavarian club will play without a specific striker. This should bring a greater variety in the offensives which have until now been mainly concentrated (rightly) on Lewandowski’s sense of finishing. These large investments, however, increase the pressure on the shoulders of Julian Nagelsmann. The 34-year-old became champion last season but mostly failed in the Champions League against ‘modest’ Villarreal. He was also implicated after this fiasco. It is said of Nagelsmann that he lacks authority and that he especially finds it difficult to decide on the spot when working with high-level players. In addition, we see that young players do not progress enough under his direction. But the confidence of the Munich board in its coach, who is under contract until 2026, remains. It’s not uncommon to have a less successful first season, but this time Nagelsmann won’t be content with just winning the Bundesliga. Over the past ten seasons, Borussia Dortmund have finished first six times dolphin of the sacred team. The Poulidor of football across the Rhine has therefore also loosened the purse strings to strengthen its core. However, he lost his scoring machine, Erling Haaland, who left for Manchester City to experience the intoxication of titles. His departure was to be compensated by the arrival of Karim Adeyemi, a young nugget from Red Bull Salzburg, but also by that of Sébastien Haller, the prolific scorer of Ajax who had the advantage of already knowing the German competition well. Unfortunately, a tragedy struck the Ivorian international who will be absent for months to treat a testicular tumor. The search for a new striker is therefore underway as the only Adeyemi is likely to be a little soft (with an even younger Moukoko as an alternative), especially in a formation playing on three fronts. The defense should become more stable ( and above all faster) with the arrivals of Niklas Süle (Bayern) and Nico Schlotterbeck (SC Freiburg). Last season, BVB conceded too many goals and Mats Hummels’ slowness was often blamed. Borussia Dortmund have started a new chapter in their history, with Edin Terzic as head coach. He must improve the general quality of the team and allow young talents in the making to grow. But he will also be on a mission to win a trophy, if possible. Youssoufa Moukoko was sixteen and a day old when he made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund against Hertha BSC on 21 November. He scored his first goal only a month later. After that, the Cameroonian-born left-handed striker slowed the pace somewhat. During the summer preparation, he seems to have flourished under new coach Edin Terzic. He is now applying for a starting position, unless Borussia finally decides to rent him so that he can ensure more playing time and thus store up the experience that he inevitably lacks today. Bayern Munich spent 70 million euros to get Matthijs de Ligt to leave Juventus. The Dutchman must become the leader in defense and build the game from the back. However, the most coveted footballer in the Bundesliga was left-back David Raum. He was obviously on the shortlists of Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, but he finally preferred to commit to RB Leipzig. Two seasons ago, he defended the colors of Greuther Fürth, in the second division, before joining Hoffenheim in 2021. In the meantime, his market value has quadrupled from five to 20 million euros. Raum, who also has nine appearances for the German national team, has an excellent left foot that allows him to send sharp crosses from his flank. No championship in the world attracts as many spectators as the Bundesliga. The average number of spectators each season is around 42,000, although last season, due to the coronavirus pandemic and some restrictions, there were only 22,353. The highest average number of spectators was reached during the 2011-12 season. They were 45,130. Can the German competition do better this season? Much depends on the capacity of the stadiums. In this regard, the two promoted clubs are an additional asset. Schalke 04’s arena can accommodate 62,271 people and Werder Bremen’s 42,100. This is considerably more than the two clubs that were relegated: Arminia Bielefled with a stadium of only 26,500 seats and Greuther Fürth with 16,600 seats. .

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