The question about the champion could be answered immediately, but the Bundesliga season will be special.
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The champion of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 will probably also be the champion of 2023. Despite Bayern’s dominance, fans should be curious about the new Bundesliga season.
EIt’s really boring to write about how boring the Bundesliga is. But what do you want to do? The champions of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 suddenly spent at least 137.5 million euros on new players during the summer break.
Sure, Robert Lewandowski, the world footballer, no longer plays for him FC Bayern Munich, but: The structural lack of tension in the German league should not change in the long term as long as there is no significant intervention in the money or game system. Or just a European Super League.
This Friday (8:30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga, at Sat.1 and DAZN) the sixtieth season of the good old Bundesliga begins in Frankfurt. Eintracht expects the master from Munich. And even if their CEO Oliver Kahn can probably already design an NFT for the next wheat beer shower, as a football fan you should at least be curious. Everything indicates that FC Bayern will become German champions again. But everything also indicates that at least the way there will be different.
A lot has happened at the elite locations of the Bundesliga. In Munich there is the coach Julian Nagelsmann, who has his storm (without the world player Robert Lewandowski, but with the world player Sadio Mané) and his approach must and wants to adapt. In Dortmund there is the coach Edin Terzić, who lost the best (Erling Haaland) but won many good ones (Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, Karim Adeyemi) – and above all he has to show that he is not only a people catcher, but also as a soccer coach is fit for the job.
In Leverkusen there is the super talent Florian Wirtz, who is recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture. There is a club in Leipzig that has not yet reached the limits of its potential. And in Frankfurt there is Mario Götze.
This is how the Bundesliga starts a special season. Because of the World Cup in Qatar in November and December. From a sporting point of view, in the coming weeks and months you will not only see where the German national team stands, but also the German league, which trains talent for talent in the clubs’ youth academies, but is still an underperformer in international comparison. And the sport-political point of view will still have to be discussed with a view to the Bundesliga and Qatar anyway.