1969–70 Bundesliga

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Bundesliga
Season 1969–70
Champions Borussia Mönchengladbach
1st Bundesliga title
1st German title
Relegated TSV 1860 Munich
Alemannia Aachen
European Cup Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals scored 951
Average goals/game 3.11
Top goalscorer Gerd Müller (38)
Biggest home win Hertha BSC 9–1 Dortmund (18 April 1970)
Köln 8–0 Schalke (8 November 1969)
Biggest away win Braunschweig 0–4 Oberhausen (6 September 1969)
Braunschweig 0–4 FC Bayern (27 September 1969)
Hertha BSC 0–4 FC Bayern (21 March 1970)
Highest scoring Hertha BSC 9–1 Dortmund (10 goals) (18 April 1970)

Fußball-Bundesliga 1969–70 was the seventh season of the Bundesliga, West Germany's premier football league. It began on 16 August 1969 and ended on 7 June 1970.[1] Bayern Munich were the defending champions.

Competition modus[edit]

Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received two 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 two teams with the least points were relegated to their respective Regionalliga divisions.

Team changes to 1968–69[edit]

1. FC Nuremberg and Kickers Offenbach were relegated to the Regionalliga after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by Rot-Weiss Essen and Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, who won their respective promotion play-off groups.

Season overview[edit]

The 1969–70 season saw Borussia Mönchengladbach win their first title. Key to their success was a, in comparison to the previous seasons, significantly improved defense. Mönchengladbach successfully held off Bayern Munich despite a record season of Bayern striker Gerd Müller, who scored 38 goals.

At the other end of the table, 1860 Munich and Alemannia Aachen were demoted. The Munich side was forced to sell several key players because of financial problems, filling the voids with youth players. However, those players lacked Bundesliga capability, so relegation was a logical consequence. Meanwhile, Aachen had an even more disastrous year. Despite a second-place finish in 1968–69, the team was never able to provide even a rudimentary repeat of their level of play throughout the season, which eventually fixed their demotion several rounds before the end of the season.

The season in general was overshadowed by a very harsh winter. A total of 45 games had to be postponed because of frozen pitches and similar conditions between January and April 1970, including a complete round of games on 10 January 1970. As a consequence, many teams had severe scheduling problems. The situation was impaired by the upcoming World Cup, which was to begin only three weeks after the end of the season. Eventually, the table was evened up again, but only prior to the last two rounds of matches.

Other notable events were the cup victory of Fußball-Regionalliga sides Kickers Offenbach (although the team had already been promoted by the time the final was played) and an incident in a game between rivals Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 where Schalke player Friedel Rausch was bitten into his rear by a shepherd. The dog had been used by local police to ensure that the pitch in Dortmund's Stadion Rote Erde was kept free of spectators, who gathered until the sidelines in a hopelessly overcrowded venue.

Team overview[edit]

Club Ground[2] Capacity[2]
Alemannia Aachen Tivoli 30,000
Hertha BSC Berlin Olympiastadion 100,000
Eintracht Braunschweig Eintracht-Stadion 38,000
SV Werder Bremen Weserstadion 32,000
Borussia Dortmund Stadion Rote Erde 30,000
MSV Duisburg Wedaustadion 38,500
Rot-Weiss Essen Georg-Melches-Stadion 40,000
Eintracht Frankfurt Waldstadion 87,000
Hamburger SV Volksparkstadion 80,000
Hannover 96 Niedersachsenstadion 86,000
1. FC Kaiserslautern Stadion Betzenberg 42,000
1. FC Köln Müngersdorfer Stadion 76,000
Borussia Mönchengladbach Bökelbergstadion 34,500
TSV 1860 München Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße 44,300
FC Bayern Munich Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße 44,300
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen Niederrheinstadion 30,000
FC Schalke 04 Glückauf-Kampfbahn 35,000
VfB Stuttgart Neckarstadion 53,000

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Borussia Mönchengladbach (C) 34 23 5 6 71 29 +42 51 1970–71 European Cup First round
2 Bayern Munich 34 21 5 8 88 37 +51 47 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round
3 Hertha BSC 34 20 5 9 67 41 +26 45
4 1. FC Köln 34 20 3 11 83 38 +45 43
5 Borussia Dortmund 34 14 8 12 60 67 −7 36
6 Hamburger SV 34 12 11 11 57 54 +3 35 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round
7 VfB Stuttgart 34 14 7 13 59 62 −3 35
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 12 10 12 54 54 0 34
9 Schalke 04 34 11 12 11 43 54 −11 34
10 1. FC Kaiserslautern 34 10 12 12 44 55 −11 32
11 Werder Bremen 34 10 11 13 38 47 −9 31
12 Rot-Weiss Essen 34 8 15 11 41 54 −13 31
13 Hannover 96 34 11 8 15 49 61 −12 30
14 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 34 11 7 16 50 62 −12 29
15 MSV Duisburg 34 9 11 14 35 48 −13 29
16 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 9 10 15 40 49 −9 28
17 1860 Munich (R) 34 9 7 18 41 56 −15 25 Regionalliga
18 Alemannia Aachen (R) 34 5 7 22 31 83 −52 17

Source: www.dfb.de
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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AAC BSC BRS BRE DOR DUI ESS FRA HAM H96 KAI KÖL MGL M60 FCB OBH S04 STU
Alemannia Aachen 2–4 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–3 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 4–2
Hertha BSC 2–1 2–0 4–1 9–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 0–4 1–0 3–0 3–1
Eintracht Braunschweig 3–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–4 0–4 3–0 1–0
Werder Bremen 4–1 1–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1
Borussia Dortmund 3–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 5–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–2 1–1 0–0
MSV Duisburg 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–2 2–1 2–0 1–1
Rot-Weiss Essen 2–0 5–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–3
Eintracht Frankfurt 6–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 3–3 2–1 0–0 1–2 4–3 2–1 5–1 2–1 4–0
Hamburger SV 4–1 1–0 3–3 2–2 4–3 4–1 1–0 5–1 2–0 2–1 2–5 1–3 0–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–3
Hannover 96 5–0 2–1 0–2 3–2 4–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 3–4 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–0
1. FC Kaiserslautern 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 5–2 3–2 1–4 3–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–2
1. FC Köln 3–0 5–1 3–2 3–0 5–2 6–2 5–2 1–2 3–0 5–0 6–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 8–0 3–1
Borussia Mönchengladbach 5–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 4–1 2–1 1–2 4–3 5–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 6–1 2–0 3–0
1860 München 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 4–1 0–2 4–1
Bayern Munich 6–0 1–2 5–1 4–1 3–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 7–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 6–2 6–0 1–2
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–4 3–0 3–3 0–3 3–0
Schalke 04 3–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 5–3 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–2
VfB Stuttgart 5–0 1–4 3–2 1–1 2–1 4–3 4–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 3–1 2–3 4–2 2–0

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.

Top goalscorers[edit]

38 goals
20 goals
19 goals
17 goals
16 goals
15 goals
13 goals

Champion squad[edit]

Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goalkeepers: Wolfgang Kleff (34); Volker Danner (1).

Defenders: Berti Vogts (34 / 5); Klaus-Dieter Sieloff (33 / 3); Ludwig Müller (33 / 1); Hartwig Bleidick (28 / 2); Gerd Zimmermann (6); Erwin Spinnler (2).
Midfielders: Peter Dietrich (33 / 5); Günter Netzer (29 / 6); Winfried Schäfer (26 / 2).
Forwards: Herbert Laumen (34 / 19); Horst Köppel (34 / 9); Herbert Wimmer (30 / 6); Ulrik le Fevre Denmark (29 / 8); Werner Kaiser (10 / 4); Peter Kracke (2); Peter Meyer (1).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Hennes Weisweiler.

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Heinz Koch; Heinz Wittmann.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archive 1969/1970 Schedule". DFB. 
  2. ^ a b Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs, Band 7: Vereinslexikon (in German). Kassel: AGON Sportverlag. ISBN 3-89784-147-9. 

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