2008–09 Bundesliga

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Bundesliga
Season 2008–09
Champions VfL Wolfsburg
1st Bundesliga title
1st German title
Relegated Energie Cottbus (via playoff)
Karlsruher SC
Arminia Bielefeld
Champions League VfL Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich
VfB Stuttgart
Europa League Hertha BSC
Hamburger SV
Werder Bremen (via domestic cup)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 894 (2.92 per match)
Top goalscorer Grafite (28)
Biggest home win Dortmund 6–0 Bielefeld (16 May 2009)[1]
Biggest away win Frankfurt 0–5 Bremen (13 May 2009)[2]
Hannover 0–5 Wolfsburg (16 May 2009)[3]
Highest scoring Bremen 5–4 Hoffenheim (27 September 2008)[4]
(9 goals)
Average attendance 42,565

The 2008–09 Bundesliga was the 46th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. The season began on 15 August 2008 with a 2–2 draw between defending champions FC Bayern and Hamburger SV and ended with the last matches on 23 May 2009. VfL Wolfsburg secured their first national title in the last game after a 5–1 win at home against Werder Bremen.

Changes from 2007–08[edit]

Structural changes[edit]

Starting with the 2008–09 season, two-legged relegation playoffs between the third last team of the Bundesliga and the third team of the Second Bundesliga at the end of the regular season were re-introduced.

Due to the restructuring of European competitions, the third-placed team qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, entering in a separate qualifying round for non-champions. The fourth-placed team and the winner of the 2008–09 DFB-Pokal qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round; the fifth-placed team qualified for the third qualifying round. The sixth-placed team did not qualify for any European competitions as the UEFA Intertoto Cup will not be continued after its final edition in 2008.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

FC Nuremberg, Hansa Rostock, and MSV Duisburg finished the 2007–08 season in 16th through 18th place and thus were relegated to the Second Bundesliga. They were replaced by the best three teams of Second Bundesliga 2007–08: Borussia Mönchengladbach, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Köln.

Team information[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Venue Capacity
Hertha BSC Olympic Stadium 74,228
Arminia Bielefeld Bielefelder Alm 28,008
VfL Bochum rewirpowerSTADION 31,328
Werder Bremen Weserstadion 42,358
Energie Cottbus Stadion der Freundschaft 22,450
Borussia Dortmund Westfalenstadion 80,708
Eintracht Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 52,300
Hamburger SV HSH Nordbank Arena 57,274
Hannover 96 AWD-Arena 49,000
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Rhein-Neckar-Arena1 30,000
Karlsruher SC Wildparkstadion 32,306
1. FC Köln RheinEnergieStadion 50,374
Bayer Leverkusen BayArena2 22,500
Borussia Mönchengladbach Borussia-Park 54,067
Bayern Munich Allianz Arena 69,901
Schalke 04 Veltins-Arena 61,673
VfB Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena 58,000
VfL Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,122
Notes
  1. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim played their 2008 home games at Carl-Benz-Stadion in Mannheim because their Rhein-Neckar-Arena had not yet been completed.
  2. Bayer 04 Leverkusen played their 2009 home games at LTU-Arena in Düsseldorf because their BayArena was being upgraded to a capacity of 30,000.

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Head Coach Team Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Hertha BSC Switzerland Lucien Favre Germany Arne Friedrich Nike Deutsche Bahn
Arminia Bielefeld Germany Jörg Berger Germany Rüdiger Kauf Saller Krombacher
VfL Bochum Switzerland Marcel Koller Germany Marcel Maltritz Do You Football KiK
SV Werder Bremen Germany Thomas Schaaf Germany Frank Baumann Kappa Citibank
FC Energie Cottbus Slovenia Bojan Prašnikar Germany Timo Rost Saller enviaM
Borussia Dortmund Germany Jürgen Klopp Germany Sebastian Kehl Nike Evonik
Eintracht Frankfurt Germany Friedhelm Funkel Greece Ioannis Amanatidis Jako Fraport
Hamburger SV Netherlands Martin Jol Czech Republic David Jarolím adidas Emirates
Hannover 96 Germany Dieter Hecking Germany Robert Enke Under Armour TUI
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Germany Ralf Rangnick Germany Selim Teber Puma TV Digital
Karlsruher SC Germany Edmund Becker Germany Maik Franz Jako EnBW
1. FC Köln Germany Christoph Daum Slovenia Milivoje Novakovič Reebok REWE
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Germany Bruno Labbadia Germany Simon Rolfes adidas TelDaFax
Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany Hans Meyer Belgium Filip Daems Lotto Kyocera
FC Bayern Munich Germany Jupp Heynckes1 Netherlands Mark van Bommel adidas T-Home
FC Schalke 04 Germany Mike Büskens,
Netherlands Youri Mulder and
Germany Oliver Reck2
Serbia Mladen Krstajić adidas Gazprom
VfB Stuttgart Germany Markus Babbel Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger Puma EnBW
VfL Wolfsburg Germany Felix Magath Brazil Josué Nike Ein Herz Für Kinder*
Notes
  1. Jupp Heynckes acted as caretaker for the remainder of the season.
  2. Mike Büskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck acted as caretakers for the remainder of the season.
  • Ein Herz Für Kinder took the place of Volkswagen's sponsorship during the 2008–09 season to celebrate the 20th year of the Charity.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Germany Michael Skibbe Sacked 30 June 2008[citation needed] Germany Bruno Labbadia 1 July 2008[citation needed] Pre-season
FC Bayern Munich Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld End of contract 30 June 2008[5] Germany Jürgen Klinsmann 1 July 2008[6] Pre-season
Borussia Dortmund Germany Thomas Doll Resigned 30 June 2008[citation needed] Germany Jürgen Klopp 1 July 2008[citation needed] Pre-season
Hamburger SV Netherlands Huub Stevens End of contract 30 June 2008[7] Netherlands Martin Jol 1 July 2008[8] Pre-season
FC Schalke 04 Germany Mike Büskens &
Netherlands Youri Mulder
Stepped down
to assistant position
30 June 2008[9] Netherlands Fred Rutten 1 July 2008[9] Pre-season
Borussia Mönchengladbach Netherlands Jos Luhukay Sacked 5 October 2008[10] Germany Hans Meyer 18 October 2008[11] 18th
VfB Stuttgart Germany Armin Veh Sacked 23 November 2008[12] Germany Markus Babbel 23 November 2008[12] 11th
FC Schalke 04 Netherlands Fred Rutten Sacked 26 March 2009[13] Germany Mike Büskens,
Netherlands Youri Mulder and
Germany Oliver Reck
1 April 2009[14] 8th
FC Bayern Munich Germany Jürgen Klinsmann Sacked 27 April 2009[15] Germany Jupp Heynckes 27 April 2009[15] 3rd
Arminia Bielefeld Germany Michael Frontzeck Sacked 17 May 2009[16] Germany Jörg Berger 19 May 2009[17] 16th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 VfL Wolfsburg (C) 34 21 6 7 80 41 +39 69 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Bayern Munich 34 20 7 7 71 42 +29 67
3 VfB Stuttgart 34 19 7 8 63 43 +20 64 2009–10 UEFA Champions League play-off round
4 Hertha BSC 34 19 6 9 48 41 +7 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round
5 Hamburger SV 34 19 4 11 49 47 +2 61 2009–10 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
6 Borussia Dortmund 34 15 14 5 60 37 +23 59
7 1899 Hoffenheim 34 15 10 9 63 49 +14 55
8 Schalke 04 34 14 8 12 47 35 +12 50
9 Bayer Leverkusen 34 14 7 13 59 46 +13 49
10 Werder Bremen 34 12 9 13 64 50 +14 45 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round
11 Hannover 96 34 10 10 14 49 69 −20 40
12 1. FC Köln 34 11 6 17 35 50 −15 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 8 9 17 39 60 −21 33
14 VfL Bochum 34 7 11 16 39 55 −16 32
15 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 8 7 19 39 62 −23 31
16 Energie Cottbus (R) 34 8 6 20 30 57 −27 30 Bundesliga relegation playoff
17 Karlsruher SC (R) 34 8 5 21 30 54 −24 29 Relegation to 2009–10 2. Bundesliga
18 Arminia Bielefeld (R) 34 4 16 14 29 56 −27 28

Source: kicker (German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Werder Bremen qualified for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the 2008–09 DFB-Pokal.
(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]

Official schedule (German)

Home \ Away[1] BSC BIE BOC BRE COT DOR FRA HAM H96 HOF KAR KÖL LEV MGL FCB S04 STU WOB
Hertha BSC 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–2
Arminia Bielefeld 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–4 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–3
VfL Bochum 2–3 2–0 0–0 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–3 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 2–2
Werder Bremen 5–1 1–2 3–2 3–0 3–3 5–0 2–0 4–1 5–4 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–1
Energie Cottbus 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 3–1 0–3 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–0
Borussia Dortmund 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–3 3–0 0–0
Eintracht Frankfurt 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–5 2–1 0–2 2–3 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 4–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–2
Hamburger SV 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–3
Hannover 96 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–4 1–1 3–0 2–5 3–2 2–1 1–0 5–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 0–5
1899 Hoffenheim 0–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 4–1 2–0 1–4 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 3–2
Karlsruher SC 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 2–3 2–2 0–2 3–3 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–2 2–1
1. FC Köln 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–4 0–3 1–0 0–3 1–1
Bayer Leverkusen 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0 5–2 0–1 2–0 5–0 0–2 2–1 2–4 2–0
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 1–2 4–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–3 1–2
Bayern Munich 4–1 3–1 3–3 2–5 4–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 5–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 4–2
Schalke 04 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–2
VfB Stuttgart 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 4–1
VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 4–1 2–0 5–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 5–1 4–3 4–1

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

Relegation playoff[edit]

Energie Cottbus as 16th-placed team had to face 3rd-placed 2. Bundesliga team 1. FC Nuremberg for a two-legged playoff. Nuremberg won both matches on an aggregated score of 5–0 and thus secured promotion to 2009–10 Bundesliga, while Cottbus were relegated to 2009–10 2. Bundesliga.

28 May 2009
18:00 CEST
Energie Cottbus 0–3 1. FC Nuremberg
Report
(German)
Boakye Goal 13'89'
Eigler Goal 56'
Stadion der Freundschaft, Cottbus
Attendance: 22,000 (capacity crowd)
Referee: Florian Meyer (Braunschweig)

31 May 2009
15:30 CEST
1. FC Nuremberg 2–0 Energie Cottbus
Eigler Goal 29'
Mintál Goal 37'
Report
(German)
Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 46,780 (capacity crowd)
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer (Herne)

Statistics[edit]

Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Team
August[18] Poland Artur Wichniarek Arminia Bielefeld
September[19] Germany Mesut Özil Werder Bremen
October[20] Bosnia and Herzegovina Vedad Ibišević 1899 Hoffenheim
November[21] France Franck Ribéry Bayern Munich
December[22] Germany Sami Khedira VfB Stuttgart
February[23] Germany Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
March[24] Brazil Grafite VfL Wolfsburg
April[25] Germany Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
May[26] Germany Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart

Champion squad[edit]

VfL Wolfsburg

Goalkeepers: Switzerland Diego Benaglio (31); André Lenz (5)
Defenders: Italy Andrea Barzagli (34); Marcel Schäfer (34); Alexander Madlung (24 / 3); Czech Republic Jan Šimůnek (17); Slovakia Peter Pekarík (16); Italy Cristian Zaccardo (14 / 1); Portugal Ricardo Costa (11 / 3); Brazil Rodrigo Alvim (2); Daniel Reiche (1); Sergei Karimov (1)
Midfielders: Christian Gentner (34 / 4); Brazil Josué (33); Bosnia and Herzegovina Zvjezdan Misimović (33 / 6); Iran Ashkan Dejagah (27 / 3); Japan Makoto Hasebe (25); Sascha Riether (28 / 2); Sebastian Schindzielorz (6); Paraguay Jonathan Santana (6)
Forwards: Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko (33 / 26); Brazil Grafite (25 / 28); Brazil Caiuby (9 / 1); Japan Yoshito Ōkubo (9); Alexander Esswein (4)
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Germany Felix Magath

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Switzerland Marwin Hitz; Patrick Platins; Kevin Wolze

Transferred out during the season: Bernd Korzynietz (loan return to Arminia Bielefeld); Poland Jacek Krzynówek (to Hannover 96); Romania Vlad Munteanu (on loan to Arminia Bielefeld); Turkey Mahir Sağlık (on loan to Karlsruher SC); Paraguay Jonathan Santana (on loan to San Lorenzo de Almagro)

Note: Players without nationality denoted are German.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archive 2008/2009: Borussia Dortmund – Arminia Bielefeld 6:0 (1:0)". dfb.de. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Archive 2008/2009: Eintracht Frankfurt – Werder Bremen 0:5 (0:0)". dfb.de. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Archive 2008/2009: Hannover 96 – VfL Wolfsburg 0:5 (0:3)". dfb.de. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Archive 2008/2009: Werder Bremen – 1899 Hoffenheim 5:4 (4:2)". dfb.de. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hitzfeld wird gehen – Kommt van Basten?" (in German). kicker.de. 24 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Klinsmann: "Eine Ehre für mich"" (in German). kicker.de. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Perfekt! Stevens 2008 zur PSV" (in German). kicker.de. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Jol neuer HSV-Coach" (in German). kicker.de. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Rutten bei S04 vorgestellt" (in German). kicker.de. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Luhukay entlassen – Ziege übernimmt vorerst" (in German). kicker.de. 5 October 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Meyer wieder in Gladbach" (in German). kicker.de. 19 October 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "Armin Veh und der VfB gehen getrennte Wege" (in German). vfb.de. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  13. ^ "Rutten muss gehen" (in German). bundesliga.de. 26 March 2009. Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  14. ^ "Mike Büskens, Youri Mulder und Oliver Reck trainieren Schalke 04" (in German). schalke04.de. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "FCB trennt sich von Jürgen Klinsmann" (in German). fcbayern.t-home.de. 27 April 2009. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "Arminia trennt sich von Michael Frontzeck" (in German). arminia-bielefeld.de. 17 May 2009. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Bielefeld holt "Retter" Berger" (in German). bundesliga.de. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  18. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – August 2008 (German)
  19. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – September 2008 (German)
  20. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Oktober 2008 (German)
  21. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – November 2008 (German)
  22. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Dezember 2008 (German)
  23. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Februar 2009 (German)
  24. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – März 2009 (German)
  25. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – April 2009 (German)
  26. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Mai 2009 (German)

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