7 reasons why the Bundesliga should be getting the attention of football fans
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS
Without goals, football would be utterly mundane. Goals decide matches, bring the most excitement (pain if conceded) and in some instances, are talked about for years to come.
Attacking players are almost always judged by the number of goals or assists they create. And Germany is the place to be if a player wants to rack up the statistics.
The Bundesliga has consistently been the highest scoring league for a long time. There were only four occasions since 1991 that the league did not end up the highest scoring among the top leagues in Europe, namely the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1.
The 2016-17 season was one of those rare years that Serie A and La Liga had a higher goals per match average. The two leagues scored above 2.9 goals per match while the Bundesliga came in third with 2.87 goals.
Bundesliga looks set to finish top again in the 2017-18 season as Serie A and La Liga have struggled to repeat similar heights.
Fans are never short of moments to celebrate the goals. For the neutrals, like FourFourTwo was during a recent Bundesliga tour, the goals and celebrations bring much pleasure.
Attend a Cup final at Bukit Jalil Stadium and you will experience an entire ground literally vibrating. A top derby in Indonesia can be mind-blowing as well because rivalries get heated on and off the pitch.
Yet the Bundesliga holds its own when it comes to atmosphere. It has the highest average attendance in Europe with 41,500.
In the 2015-16 season, the 42,241 average per match was the highest in any professional football league. It was only second to the American National Football League (NFL) if all professional sports leagues were taken into account.
Atmosphere-wise, it will be very tough to rival the famous Yellow Wall at Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park. The 25,000 fans at the section make it the largest stadium terrace in Europe. The ground has a capacity of over 81,000 fans.
Ticket costs are rising just about everywhere in the world, often leading to backlash from the fans.
Buying a ticket to a game in Germany's top flight, however, remains among the cheapest of them all. There are still expensive seats that come with a leather cushion, hospitality benefits and such, but for the average man on the street, the Bundesliga is affordable.
It has the lowest average price of €26 compared to €50 in La Liga, €62 in Premier League and Serie A’s €50.
Season tickets holders at Signal Iduna Park fork out as little as €211 while Bayern Munich fans pay even lower than that. Some clubs in Spain – including Barcelona and Real Madrid - can rival the prices in Germany but the Premier League is beyond what you’d call affordable.
The cheapest season tickets at Manchester United are £532 (€607.95), Liverpool charge £685 (€782.06) while Arsenal fans pay £891 (€1,017.25), which is actually a reduced figure after fans voiced their displeasure.