2007–08 Bundesliga

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Bundesliga
Season 2007–08
Champions Bayern Munich
20th Bundesliga title
21st German title
Relegated 1. FC Nuremberg
Hansa Rostock
MSV Duisburg
Champions League Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen
Schalke 04
UEFA Cup Hamburger SV
VfL Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund (via domestic cup)
Hertha BSC (via Fair Play)
Intertoto Cup VfB Stuttgart
Matches played 306
Goals scored 860 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Luca Toni (24)
Biggest home win Bremen 8–1 Bielefeld (29 September 2007)
Hamburg 7–0 Karlsruhe (17 May 2008)
Biggest away win Bremen 0–4 Bayern (18 August 2007)
Highest scoring Bremen 8–1 Bielefeld (29 September 2007)
Stuttgart 6–3 Bremen (8 March 2008)
Average attendance 37,644

The 2007–08 Bundesliga was the 45th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. It began on 10 August 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008. VfB Stuttgart were the defending champions.

Competition modus[edit]

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 from 2006–07[edit]

1. FSV Mainz 05, Alemannia Aachen and Borussia Mönchengladbach were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga after finishing in the last three places. They were replaced by Karlsruher SC, Hansa Rostock and MSV Duisburg.

Season overview[edit]

Bayern Munich secured their 21st title with a 0–0 draw at Wolfsburg on 4 May 2008. Bayern were good value for their title, having conceded only 21 goals, losing only 2 games in the process. Their completely overhauled squad hinged on the performances of Italy striker Luca Toni, who found the back of the net 24 times, and France winger Franck Ribéry, who won the Player of the Year award. Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was named Manager of the Year as well, to round off a thoroughly successful season for Bayern. Werder Bremen finished their first season without Miroslav Klose on 66 points, a distant ten points behind Bayern, in second place. Schalke 04 finished in the last Champions League place, two points behind Bremen. Joining Hamburger SV in the UEFA Cup spot were season surprise packages VfL Wolfsburg, who finished in 5th place. Borussia Dortmund, though suffering a terrible domestic campaign, finishing 13th, managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup as well, having finished runners-up in the DFB-Pokal Final, losing to Bayern Munich. 1. FC Nuremberg, MSV Duisburg and Hansa Rostock were all automatically relegated, having suffered a combined 58 defeats in the campaign.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Venue Capacity
Hertha BSC Olympic Stadium 74,228
Arminia Bielefeld Schüco Arena 28,008
VfL Bochum Ruhrstadion 31,328
SV Werder Bremen Weserstadion 42,358
FC Energie Cottbus Stadion der Freundschaft 22,450
Borussia Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 80,708
MSV Duisburg MSV-Arena 31,500
Eintracht Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 52,300
Hamburger SV HSH Nordbank Arena 57,274
Hannover 96 AWD-Arena 49,000
Karlsruher SC Wildparkstadion 32,306
Bayer 04 Leverkusen BayArena 22,500
FC Bayern Munich Allianz Arena 69,901
1. FC Nuremberg Easy Credit Stadion 47,559
F.C. Hansa Rostock DKB-Arena 29,000
FC Schalke 04 Veltins-Arena 61,673
VfB Stuttgart Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion 58,000
VfL Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,122

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of departure Replaced by Date of Appointment
Hertha BSC Germany Karsten Heine 19 May 2007[1] Switzerland Lucien Favre 1 July 2007[2]
VfL Wolfsburg Germany Klaus Augenthaler 19 May 2007[3] Germany Felix Magath 1 July 2007[4]
Energie Cottbus Germany Petrik Sander 23 September 2007[5] Slovenia Bojan Prašnikar 28 September 2007[6]
Arminia Bielefeld Germany Ernst Middendorp 10 December 2007[7] Germany Michael Frontzeck 1 January 2008[8]
FC Schalke 04 Germany Mirko Slomka 13 April 2008[9] Germany Mike Büskens
Netherlands Youri Mulder
14 April 2008[10][11]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (C) 34 22 10 2 68 21 +47 76 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Werder Bremen 34 20 6 8 75 45 +30 66
3 Schalke 04 34 18 10 6 55 32 +23 64 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Hamburger SV 34 14 12 8 47 26 +21 54 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
5 VfL Wolfsburg 34 15 9 10 58 46 +12 54
6 VfB Stuttgart 34 16 4 14 57 57 0 52 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
7 Bayer Leverkusen 34 15 6 13 57 40 +17 51
8 Hannover 96 34 13 10 11 54 56 −2 49
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 12 10 12 43 50 −7 46
10 Hertha BSC 34 12 8 14 39 44 −5 44 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 1
11 Karlsruher SC 34 11 10 13 38 53 −15 43
12 VfL Bochum 34 10 11 13 48 54 −6 41
13 Borussia Dortmund 34 10 10 14 50 62 −12 40 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 2
14 Energie Cottbus 34 9 9 16 35 56 −21 36
15 Arminia Bielefeld 34 8 10 16 35 60 −25 34
16 1. FC Nürnberg (R) 34 7 10 17 35 51 −16 31 Relegation to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga
17 Hansa Rostock (R) 34 8 6 20 30 52 −22 30
18 MSV Duisburg (R) 34 8 5 21 36 55 −19 29

Source: www.dfb.de
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1An additional UEFA Cup spot was awarded to the Bundesliga after it had been drawn from the best teams of the UEFA Fair Play ranking 2007–08. The spot was awarded to national Fair Play competition winners Hertha BSC.
2Because German Cup 2007–08 winners Bayern Munich had already qualified for the Champions League via their league placement, losing finalists Borussia Dortmund took the UEFA Cup spot reserved for the cup winners.
(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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BSC BIE BOC BRE COT DOR DUI FRA HAM H96 KAR LEV FCB NUR ROS S04 STU WOB
Hertha BSC 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–1
Arminia Bielefeld 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 4–2 0–2 2–0 0–1
VfL Bochum 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 3–3 1–2 0–3 1–1 5–3
Werder Bremen 3–2 8–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 6–1 4–0 5–2 0–4 2–0 1–0 5–1 4–1 0–1
Energie Cottbus 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–2
Borussia Dortmund 1–1 6–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–3 1–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–3 3–2 2–4
MSV Duisburg 1–2 3–0 0–2 1–3 0–1 3–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–3
Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–0 2–2 1–4 2–3
Hamburger SV 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–1 7–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 4–1 2–2
Hannover 96 2–2 2–2 3–2 4–3 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 0–3 0–3 2–1 3–0 2–3 0–0 2–2
Karlsruher SC 2–1 0–0 1–3 3–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–4 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1
Bayer Leverkusen 1–2 4–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 4–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 4–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–2
Bayern Munich 4–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 5–0 5–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 4–1 2–1
1. FC Nürnberg 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0
Hansa Rostock 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–3 0–3 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–1
Schalke 04 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–2
VfB Stuttgart 1–3 2–2 1–0 6–3 3–0 1–2 1–0 4–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 4–1 2–2 3–1
VfL Wolfsburg 0–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 4–0

Source: www.dfb.de
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: www.kicker.de (German)

24 goals
19 goals
15 goals
14 goals
13 goals
12 goals

Awards[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

Player of the Year:[12] France Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)

Manager of the Year:[12] Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld (Bayern Munich)

Monthly awards[edit]

Player of the Month

Month Player Team
August France Franck Ribéry Bayern Munich
September Brazil Diego Werder Bremen
October Croatia Ivica Olić Hamburger SV
November Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger VfB Stuttgart
December Brazil Diego Werder Bremen
February Australia Joshua Kennedy Karlsruher SC
March Germany Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
April Germany Kevin Kurányi FC Schalke 04
May Germany Torsten Frings Werder Bremen

Champion squad[edit]

FC Bayern Munich

Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (26); Michael Rensing (10).
Defenders: Christian Lell (29 / 1); Martín Demichelis Argentina (28 / 1); Lúcio Brazil (24 / 1); Philipp Lahm (22); Daniel Van Buyten Belgium (19 / 1); Marcell Jansen (17), Willy Sagnol France (9); Breno Brazil (1).
Midfielders: Zé Roberto Brazil (30 / 5); Bastian Schweinsteiger (30 / 1); Franck Ribéry France (28 / 11); Mark van Bommel Netherlands (27 / 2); Hamit Altıntop Turkey (23 / 3); Andreas Ottl (19 / 3); José Ernesto Sosa Argentina (15); Toni Kroos (12).
Forwards: Luca Toni Italy (31 / 24); Miroslav Klose (27 / 10); Lukas Podolski (25 / 5); Jan Schlaudraff (8); Sandro Wagner (4).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld.

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Bernd Dreher; Mats Hummels; Valérien Ismaël France; Julio dos Santos Paraguay; Stephan Fürstner.

Transferred out during the season: Mats Hummels (to Borussia Dortmund); Valérien Ismaël France (to Hannover 96); Julio dos Santos Paraguay (on loans to UD Almería and then Grêmio).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karsten Heine at fussballdaten.de (German)
  2. ^ Lucien Favre at fussballdaten.de (German)
  3. ^ Klaus Augenthaler at fussballdaten.de (German)
  4. ^ Felix Magath at fussballdaten.de (German)
  5. ^ Petrik Sander at fussballdaten.de (German)
  6. ^ Bojan Prašnikar at fussballdaten.de (German)
  7. ^ Ernst Middendorp at fussballdaten.de (German)
  8. ^ Michael Frontzeck at fussballdaten.de (German)
  9. ^ Mirko Slomka at fussballdaten.de (German)
  10. ^ Mike Büskens at fussballdaten.de (German)
  11. ^ Youri Mulder at fussballdaten.de (German)
  12. ^ a b "Die Ergebnisse" (in German). Kicker Online. 6 August 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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