|Champions||FC Bayern Munich
1st Bundesliga title
2nd German title
|Relegated||1. FC Nürnberg
|European Cup||FC Bayern Munich|
|Cup Winners' Cup||FC Schalke 04 (losing DFB Cup finalists to Bayern)|
|Top goalscorer||Gerd Müller (30)|
|Biggest home win||FC Bayern 6–0 Werder Bremen (29 March 1969)|
|Biggest away win||1860 Munich 0–4 M'gladbach (28 September 1968)|
|Highest scoring||Werder Bremen 6–5 M'gladbach (11 goals) (7 June 1969)|
The 1968–69 Bundesliga was the sixth season of the Bundesliga, West Germany's premier football league. It began on 17 August 1968 and ended on 7 June 1969. 1. FC Nürnberg were the defending champions.
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 average. 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 1967–68
Borussia Neunkirchen and Karlsruher SC were relegated to the Regionalliga after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by Hertha BSC Berlin and Kickers Offenbach, who won their respective promotion play-off groups.
The dominant team of the 1968–69 season was FC Bayern Munich. Bayern were in first place of the standings from the very first matchday and never looked back, continuously increasing their margin to eventually eight points, the biggest so far in league history. They were victorious in the DFB Cup as well, beating Schalke in the final by a 2–1 score. Keys to their double win were their improved defense and top scorer Gerd Müller, who scored 30 goals.
Behind Bayern, the league continued to create surprises. Alemannia Aachen ended up in second place after a campaign which featured almost every position between second and 16th. Other notable astonishments were Eintracht Braunschweig, who finished in fourth place, and 1. FC Köln, who ended their season in a dismal 13th position.
Köln even were in danger of being relegated prior to the last matchday, sitting in 15th place with 30 points at that time. They played 1. FC Nürnberg at home, who also were in relegation trouble as 16th-placed team, one point behind Köln. Another match on that day was the clash between 17th-placed Borussia Dortmund and 18th-placed Kickers Offenbach. Both teams had 28 points prior to the game. After the matches were over, both Nürnberg and Offenbach had received 3–0 defeats, resulting in the demotion of both teams.
The demotion of Nürnberg was especially tragic as they had been Bundesliga champions only 12 months ago. Nevertheless, a pre-season sell-out of their best players and continuous quarrels between coach Max Merkel and his players proved to be costly, and although Merkel was sacked in late March 1969, it was too late to reverse tides. A home draw to Dortmund on matchday 33 and the defeat against Köln one week later eventually sealed their fate.
|SV Werder Bremen||Weserstadion||32,000|
|Borussia Dortmund||Stadion Rote Erde||30,000|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||Stadion Betzenberg||42,000|
|1. FC Köln||Müngersdorfer Stadion||76,000|
|TSV 1860 Munich||Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße||44,300|
|FC Bayern Munich||Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße||44,300|
|1. FC Nürnberg||Städtisches Stadion||64,238|
|Kickers Offenbach||Bieberer Berg||30,000|
|FC Schalke 04||Glückauf-Kampfbahn||35,000|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Bayern Munich (C)||34||18||10||6||61||31||1.968||46||1969–70 European Cup First round|
|5||VfB Stuttgart||34||14||8||12||60||54||1.111||36||1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round|
|7||Schalke 04||34||14||7||13||45||40||1.125||35||1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup First round 1|
|10||1860 Munich||34||15||4||15||44||59||0.746||34||1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round|
|11||Hannover 96||34||9||14||11||47||45||1.044||32||1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round|
|13||1. FC Köln||34||13||6||15||47||56||0.839||32|
|14||Hertha BSC||34||12||8||14||31||39||0.795||32||1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round|
|15||1. FC Kaiserslautern||34||12||6||16||45||47||0.957||30|
|17||1. FC Nürnberg (R)||34||9||11||14||45||55||0.818||29||Regionalliga|
|18||Kickers Offenbach (R)||34||10||8||16||42||59||0.712||28|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average
1As Bayern Munich also won the 1968–69 DFB-Pokal, runners-up Schalke 04 were given the European spot reserved for the domestic 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.
|Home ╲ Away||AAC||BSC||BRS||BRE||DOR||DUI||FRA||HAM||H96||KAI||KÖL||MÖN||M60||MUN||NUR||OFF||SCH||STU|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||2–1||1–0||4–0||1–0||1–2||3–0||2–2||0–1||0–0||4–0||2–0||3–1||3–1||1–1||2–1||1–1||1–3|
|1. FC Köln||1–2||1–0||2–0||3–3||2–1||1–1||2–1||4–1||1–0||2–1||1–4||0–0||1–1||3–0||2–1||2–0||5–2|
|1. FC Nürnberg||1–4||3–0||2–0||1–1||2–2||1–1||1–0||0–0||1–2||1–0||0–1||4–0||3–0||2–0||2–2||1–1||1–1|
- 30 goals
- 23 goals
- 17 goals
- 15 goals
- Werner Görts (SV Werder Bremen)
- Herbert Laumen (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
- Hartmut Weiß (Eintracht Braunschweig)
- 14 goals
- 13 goals
- 12 goals
- Lothar Emmerich (Borussia Dortmund)
- Heinz-Dieter Hasebrink (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
- Heinz-Gerd Klostermann (Alemannia Aachen)
|FC Bayern Munich|
|Goalkeeper: Sepp Maier (34).
Defenders: Werner Olk (34 / 1); Peter Pumm (34); Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck (34); Franz Beckenbauer (33 / 2); Peter Kupferschmidt (22).
Manager: Branko Zebec .