16th Bundesliga title
17th German title
|Champions League||Bayern Munich
|UEFA Cup||Hertha BSC
|Intertoto Cup||Werder Bremen
|Goals scored||897 (2.93 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Sergej Barbarez (22)
Ebbe Sand (22)
|Biggest home win||Wolfsburg 6–0 Köln (21 October 2000)|
|Biggest away win||seven matches with a differential of −4 each (1–5 once, 0–4 six times)|
|Highest scoring||Bayern Munich 6–2 Dortmund (8 goals) (4 November 2000)
Schalke 5–3 Unterhaching (8 goals) (19 May 2001)
Wolfsburg 4–4 Hamburg (8 goals) (23 September 2000)
The 2000–01 Bundesliga was the 38th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. It began on 11 August 2000 and ended on 19 May 2001. FC Bayern Munich were the defending champions.
Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received three points for a win and one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal difference and, if still tied, by goals scored. The team with the most points were crowned champions while the three teams with the least points were relegated to 2. Bundesliga.
Team changes to 1999–2000
The 2000–01 season was notable for its title race, which literally lasted until the last seconds of the campaign. Before the last round of matches, Bayern Munich lead Schalke 04 by three points, but with an inferior goal difference. Schalke managed to defeat Unterhaching, 5–3. Shortly before this match ended, Bayern gave up a 90th-minute goal against Hamburg. As the news spread quickly at the Parkstadion, most Schalke supporters believed their team had won their first championship since 1958. The pitch had thus already been stormed in celebration although the match in Hamburg was not concluded yet, which could also be seen on stadium television.
In Hamburg, Bayern tried one last attack in injury time when suddenly Hamburg goalkeeper Mathias Schober, who ironically was loaned out from Schalke, stopped a back pass by his teammate Tomáš Ujfaluši with his hands. Referee Markus Merk thus awarded an indirect free kick for Bayern about eight meters from the Hamburg goal. Discussions and protests led to a further delay before Patrik Andersson eventually scored the decisive equaliser on a Stefan Effenberg tip pass. The match was never resumed afterwards.
In Schalke, the atmosphere immediately turned from joy and celebration to shock, disbelief and mourning. Because of the events, the Schalke 04 team of that season was dubbed "Champion of Hearts" by the German media.
Title combattants Bayern and Schalke both qualified for the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League while Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen achieved qualification round spots for the same competition. Hertha BSC and SC Freiburg ended their season with successful qualification for the 2001–02 UEFA Cup. European qualification was rounded out by Werder Bremen, VfL Wolfsburg and 1860 Munich, who entered the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
The 2000–01 DFB-Pokal was won by Schalke 04. As a consequence to Schalke's Champions League qualification, the UEFA Cup spot reserved for the domestic cup winner was awarded to finalists 1. FC Union Berlin, who played in the third-tier Regionalliga Nordost.
On the bottom end of the table, SpVgg Unterhaching, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Bochum had to face relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga. Promoted for the new season were 2nd Bundesliga 2000–01 champions 1. FC Nuremberg, runners-up Borussia Mönchengladbach and third-placed FC St. Pauli.
In European competitions, Bayern Munich won the 2000–01 Champions League after beating Spanish sides Valencia CF on penalties. Aside from that, it was a rather meagre year for German teams. Hamburg and Leverkusen both exited Champions League at the first group stage, 1860 Munich even did not make the group stage at all by losing in the third qualifying round against Leeds United. All three teams were eventually moved over to the 2000–01 UEFA Cup, but neither of them advanced past the third round. From the "regular" UEFA Cup participants, Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC also exited in the third round, with Stuttgart following one round later. Only Kaiserslautern made it to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, but had no chance against another Spanish team, Deportivo Alavés.
|SV Werder Bremen||Weserstadion||36,000|
|FC Energie Cottbus||Stadion der Freundschaft||21,000|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||Fritz-Walter-Stadion||41,500|
|1. FC Köln||Müngersdorfer Stadion||46,000|
|Bayer 04 Leverkusen||BayArena||22,500|
|TSV 1860 Munich||Olympiastadion||63,000|
|FC Bayern Munich||Olympiastadion||63,000|
|F.C. Hansa Rostock||Ostseestadion||25,850|
|FC Schalke 04||Parkstadion||70,000|
|SpVgg Unterhaching||Stadion am Sportpark||11,300|
|VfL Wolfsburg||VfL-Stadion am Elsterweg||21,600|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Bayern Munich||34||19||6||9||62||37||+25||63||2001–02 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Borussia Dortmund||34||16||10||8||62||42||+20||58||2001–02 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|5||Hertha BSC||34||18||2||14||58||52||+6||56||2001–02 UEFA Cup First round|
|7||Werder Bremen||34||15||8||11||53||48||+5||53||UEFA Intertoto Cup 2001 Third round|
|8||1. FC Kaiserslautern||34||15||5||14||49||54||−5||50|
|9||VfL Wolfsburg||34||12||11||11||60||45||+15||47||UEFA Intertoto Cup 2001 Third round|
|10||1. FC Köln||34||12||10||12||59||52||+7||46|
|11||1860 München||34||12||8||14||43||55||−12||44||UEFA Intertoto Cup 2001 Second round|
|16||SpVgg Unterhaching||34||8||11||15||35||59||−24||35||2. Fußball-Bundesliga|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home ╲ Away||BSC||BOC||BRE||COT||DOR||FRA||FRE||HAM||KAI||KÖL||LEV||FCB||M60||ROS||S04||STU||UHA||WOL|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||0–1||0–1||2–0||1–1||1–4||4–2||0–2||2–1||3–1||0–1||0–0||3–2||0–1||3–2||1–0||4–0||0–0|
|1. FC Köln||1–0||2–0||1–3||4–0||0–0||4–1||0–1||4–2||0–1||1–1||1–2||4–0||5–2||2–2||3–2||1–1||0–0|
|1||Sergej Barbarez||Hamburger SV||22|
|Ebbe Sand||Schalke 04|
|3||Claudio Pizarro||Werder Bremen||19|
|4||Michael Preetz||Hertha BSC||16|
|5||Giovane Élber||Bayern Munich||15|
|Oliver Neuville||Bayer Leverkusen|
|8||Émile Mpenza||Schalke 04||13|
|9||Paul Agostino||1860 Munich||12|
|Carsten Jancker||Bayern Munich|
|Andrzej Juskowiak||VfL Wolfsburg|
|Ulf Kirsten||Bayer Leverkusen|
|FC Bayern Munich|
|Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (32); Bernd Dreher (1); Stefan Wessels (1).
Defenders: Thomas Linke (27); Willy Sagnol (27); Samuel Kuffour (23 / 1); Patrik Andersson (22 / 1); Bixente Lizarazu (15).
Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Transferred out during the season: none.