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A Look At The German Bundesliga Highlights

A Look At The German Bundesliga Highlights

The 2014/2015 German Bundesliga season just wrapped up this weekend, and for the third consecutive season, Bayern Munich was crowned the champion. This didn’t come as much of a surprise to soccer fans, because the club had the best Bundesliga odds, and was picked to win the league in the Bundesliga predictions prior to the season. It’s time to take a look at the Bundesliga highlights of this past season.

As previously mentioned, Bundesliga predictions had Bayern Munich winning the league title, and the fact that they had won it two years in a row made it easier to pick them for those that were sports betting. During the season, the club lost a lot of their best players to injury, for long stretches. Players like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Xavi Martinez, David Alaba and many more, which made their accomplishments this season rather impressive. They finished the season with 79 points, 10 points clear of second place Wolfsburg, it wasn’t as dominant as their 19 point lead last season, or the 25 point lead they had two years ago, when they won the treble. With all things considered, it was still a very good effort.

Despite the injuries, Bayern Munich also had success in the German Cup and the Champions League. They were unable to win either trophy, but made it to the semifinals in both competitions. In the German Cup, they lost to rivals Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals, which must have left a bad taste in their mouths, and in the Champions League, they lost to manager Pep Guardiola’s former club Barcelona, in the semifinals.

Regardless of a successful season, Bayern fans and local media are calling for Pep Guardiola to be fired, which is surprising considering the success he has had in the past at Barcelona, and the success he had this year, despite the injuries the club dealt with. He has said that he plans to see his contract through, but we will find out if management feels the same way. He didn’t help his cause much at the end of the year, because Bayern Munich lost three of their final four Bundesliga games.

One of the biggest Bundesliga Highlights this year was the play of VfL Wolfsburg. The Club finished 11th in the Bundesliga in 2013, they improved on that last season, and finished 5th, missing out on the Champions League by one point. This season, they continued their impressive climb up the table, and finished 2nd in the league, a position that Borussia Dortmund had held for the past two seasons. Now, they will be trying to build on their success again, and aim for the league title next season, and also get to play in the Champions League.

After two seasons where they finished out of the top four in the Bundesliga standings, missing out on the Champions League, Borussia Mochengladbach made a return to the top of the tables this season. 

The club finished with 66 points, which was good for 3rd place, earning them a position in the Champions League next season, and something to build on for next year. 

The team overcame a slow start to the season, and were in great form towards the end of the year, going unbeaten in 13 games before losing their season finale to Augsburg. During the 13 game unbeaten stretch, they won 10 games, which included wins over Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Leverkusen. 

If they can play as well as they did during this stretch next season, they may challenge Bayern Munich for the league title next season.

One of the biggest disappointments of the season had to be Borussia Dortmund, the club won the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, and finished second to Bayern Munich in 2013 and 2014, which is why it was such a surprise that they struggled so much this year. 

At one point during the first half of the season, they were hovering around the relegation zone, which was unexpected from a club that only lost one player from the previous season. Although the player they lost was their leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, it’s still not an excuse for their dismal play for most of the season.

To make things even worse for the team, they are expected to lose at least two more of their best players in the offseason, and manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that he is leaving the club at the end of the season, after seven years on the job. 

To add insult to injury, he has indicated that he is open to taking the Bayern Munich job if the club decides to fire Pep Guardiola.

The good news for Borussia Dortmund fans this season is that despite their struggles this year, they were able to prevent Bayern Munich from winning the German Cup, when they eliminated them in the semifinals, and they still have a chance of winning a trophy this year, if they can defeat Wolfsburg in the finals on May 30th. 

The first meeting between the two clubs finished in a 2-2 draw, and Wolfsburg was able to win the last meeting between them 2-1. This will be a very tough test for Dortmund, but they are capable of pulling it off, especially after having defeated Bayern Munich.

Match Odds and Predictions.

Borussia Dortmund is favored to win this match, the money line is at +120 for them to win, and +200 for Wolfsburg to win.

My Pick: Borussia Dortmund struggled earlier in the season, but they seem to have regained their form, they will find a way to win the match, and send their manager off on a high note.

These were the highlights of the Bundesliga season, as previously mentioned, there were quite a few surprises this year, after having the same teams finishing 1st or 2nd for the past four years. 

Regardless of what happens with the managerial position at Bayern Munich, they will once again be the favorite to win the Bundesliga when the new season starts, because they have the most talented club in the country, and all the players that missed time with injury are expected to be healthy and back in form when the new season begins.