The Fußball-Bundesliga is the top flight of German Men’s Professional Football. Formed in 1962 the Bundesliga, as the league is referred to, is contested by 18 teams. Much like other modern leagues systems the teams play from August to May and operate a series of promotions and relegations with the second tier of German football.
A unique aspect to the Bundesliga is all the clubs qualify for and contest the DFB-Pokal cup competition whilst the champion qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.
Since its first competitive game in 1963 the league has been won by FC Bayern 22 times which is more than any other team in the Bundesliga. Over the years the German domestic football league has become one of the most watched in the world with the Bundesliga being shown is over 200 countries.
Considered to be amongst the strongest domestic leagues in the world the German national football team draw the vast majority of their squad from players in the Bundesliga. The league is ranked 3rd in the world by UEFA, based upon performances in European competitions.
The league holds the distinction of having the highest average attendance of any professional league in the world with an average of 45,000 fans attending each game.
Along with the English Premier league the Bundesliga has a strong following both at home and abroad with very lucrative foreign markets which clubs are keen to exploit. As such, clubs from the Bundesliga have a strong presence in many parts of the world where expatriate Germans live including Eastern Europe, Asia, and North & South America.