The 2013–14 Bundesliga was 51st season of the Bundesliga, Germany’s leading football league. The season started on 9 August 2013 plus the final match day was on 10th May 2014. The winter break began on 23rd December 2013 plus ended on 24 January 2014. Bayern Munich was the defending champs. Bayern authoritatively clinched the competition on 25 March 2014 afterward defeating Hertha BSC, on 27th match day of the season. This breaks their preceding record from previous season, wherever Bayern settled the Bundesliga on match day 28.
A whole of 18 teams were contesting the league, counting 15 edges from the 2012–13 season plus two sides promoted straight from the2012–13 2. Fortuna Düsseldorf plus Greuther Fürth were referred from the Bundesliga afterward a single season plus were substituted by Hertha Berlin, 2. Bundesliga champs and second place Eintracht Braunschweig. Hertha made an instant return to the topmost level, but Eintracht prepared their first arrival after 28 years in second and third levels. The final contestant was determined in the two-legged contest, in which 16th positioned Bundesliga sideways TSG 1899 Hoffenheim beaten 1.
Afterward the first round of games, Hertha BSC was in first position and Eintracht Frankfurt was in the 18th place. Afterward 17 rounds, the season extended its halfway mark. Bayern Munich was in first place seven points in front of second place Bayer Leverkusen. FC Nürnberg plus Eintracht Braunschweig were in the involuntary relegation spots with 11 points respectively. Bayern Munich settled their 24th contest afterward the 27th round of matches while they led second position Borussia Dortmund through 25 points. The final games of the season were played on 10th May 2014 A 1–4 loss to Schalke 04 established relegation for Nürnberg on final day of the season. Eintracht Braunschweig was relegated afterward a 1–3 defeat to 1899 Hoffenheim on final day. In spite of losing 2–3 to FSV Mainz 05 on final day, Hamburger SV still have a chance of residual in the Bundesliga while they face SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the downgrade play-offs.
Mainz would be competing in 2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round because of their win over Hamburg. Bundesliga champs Bayern Munich, second place Borussia Dortmund, plus third placed Schalke 04 would all enter the 2014–15 UEFA Champions’ League group phase. Bayer Leverksuen, who completed in fourth place, would enter the 2014–15 UEFA Champs League play-offs round.
The first leg of the downgrade play-offs among 16th placed Hamburg plus Greuther Fürth whoever placed 3rd in the 2. Bundesliga was played on 15th May. It completed as a goalless draw. The 2nd leg was played on 18 May. Greuther Fürth presented Hamburg in the 2nd leg of the game. Pierre-Michel Lasogga recorded the first goal of the game to give Hamburg a 1–0 lead. Stephan Fürstner recorded for Fürth to create the score 1–1. The collective score over the 2 legs was 1–1. Hamburg continued in the Bundesliga because of the away goals regulation.
One of the best football clubs that have come out of Germany, the Hamburg Football Club has a history and tradition that truly gives it a royalty status. Apart from being the only team to have not been relegated from top flight football in Germany, Hamburg FC has been featuring in tournaments all across the world bagging a number of trophies and constantly playing good aggressive football in Europe.
The club won the UEFA Champions League (European Cup formerly) in 1983 and were the runners up back in the 1980 edition. Hamburg FC have won the European Cup Winners Cup once and stood at the runners up podium as well. Having won the inter toto cup twice, Hamburg FC has also been a runner up once in the UEFA Cup.
At the national level, Hamburg FC’s record is a treat to take a look at. They have been the champions of Germany a total of 5 times with victories in the Bundesliga thrice. On eight separate occasions they have been the runners up as well along with some exceptional performances in the German Cup where they have won the trophy three times along with three campaigns in which they were the runners up.
Founded in 1887, Hamburg SV football club is a multi sport club based out of Hamburg, Germany like a lot of other clubs and has its football department famous all across the globe because of its consistency over the years.
The only German club not to have been relegated from the top flight German football ever since world war 1, Hamburg FC is the only club to have played in every single edition of the Bundesliga ever since it’s beginning back in 1963. The team play their home games at the Imtech arena which has a capacity exceeding 57,000. On the pitch the Hamburg FC players are seen in a red & white kit and the away games usually see them wearing a blue& white kit.
Often referred to as “Red Shirts” because of the color of their Kit, Hamburg FC currently have a care taking administration with its chairman and manager both working in the capacity of care takers. The club is known to have a diehard fan base who have been supporting the club for generations and continue to do so. Hence a lot of the clubs outside Europe and from within Germany often find playing at the Imtech Arena slightly intimidating.
Based in one of the most happening cities in Germany, FSV Mainz 05 Football Club is based in Mainz Rhineland-Palatinate. The club was initially formed in 1903 but it went through a lot of mergers in a short period of time and eventually settled down with it’s current name in 1919.
Playing their home games in Stadion am Bruchweg with a capacity of over twenty thousand, FSV Mainz 05 FC play in their usual home kit colored red and white. The club did not get a chance to play top flight football for a very long time since they mostly played in the German second division and mostly finished middle of the table. Eventually under the inspirational managerial leadership of Jurgen Klopp, FSV Mainz 05 won a ticket to the German Bundesliga in 2004. The very same season, they received a ticket to the UEFA Cup under the fair play rule eventually losing out to the subsequent champions Sevilla football club.
The club has since then been facing constant relegations only to return back to the top flight but there seems to be a lack of consistency which is frustrating for the owners and the fans. However, the current season has been very promising and the club is well away from the relegation zone which in itself would be a major victory for them.
Based out of Bremen, Germany and formed in 1899, SV Werder Bremen is a German sports club that is most famous for its football division. A member based club, it has a following which is in excess of 39000 and growing.
Werder Bremen football club play in the top flight German Bundesliga and has been one of the most consistent clubs who have come out of Germany. Often referred to as ‘The River Islanders’, the club plays its home games at the beautiful Weserstadion Bremen and has a capacity which is close to 43,000. The stadium has not only hosted some big European clubs over the years but has also been a venue for a number of international matches. Werder Bremen FC wear a beautiful green color kit for their home games and the away games are mostly played in a white kit and occasionally in orange attire which makes the team look more vibrant and exciting. The club has a historic rivalry with Hamburg SV but pretty recently they have developed a strong disliking for Schalke 04 football club since it has been luring big named players from the club. The players and the management are not subjected to unnecessary media attention and hence the team normally focus on some high quality football which makes them a real good football club to follow.
VFB Stuttgart, like a lot of other German clubs is a multi sports club that is based in the city of Stuttgart and is best known for its football team.Founded in 1893, it is one of the most consistent football clubs in Germany who have performed exceptionally national and internationally.
Football became a part of the VFB Stuttgart sports club in 1908 where they attracted local talent from schools and colleges. The home games are played at the Mercedes-Benz arena which was built in 1933 and is in close proximity to the new Mercedes-Benz factory. A series of refurbishments took the stadium to a stage where it’s seating capacity was increased to around 56000. Apart from the club games, the Mercedes-Benz arena has regularly hosted international matches including a few fixtures in the world cup.
Red seems to be a prominent color for VFB Stuttgart since all their kits, home or away have a tinge of red in it. The home kit is a nice amalgamation of red and white and the away kits are normally black and red.
The club is a membership based club with the current membership just exceeding the 45000 mark making it one of the largest sports clubs in the country.
FC Koln football club is one of the most successful clubs in Germany. Although they have not had an exceptional record within Europe but certainly back at home their record is worth applauding.
Not only have they been champions of Germany on three occasions in 1962, 1964 and 1978, they have also been runners up on seven different occasions. DFB-Pokal seems to be one of the most favorite hunting grounds for this mammoth German club, they have bagged the title four times but have been runners up on six different occasions. Undoubtedly, one of the highest points that FC Koln has achieved within it’s history is the runners up medal that received in the 1986 UEFA Cup in which they played supremely and became a genuine force to reckon with in Europe.
There have been some very famous names that have been associated with FC Koln football club over the years and of the most famous is the German star that one recall’s from the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Lukas Podolski. He is been one of the most consistent and ruthless strikers who have played the game and FC Koln have been lucky to have had him for a long time although he briefly played his football at Bayern Munich FC. Thomas Cichon is a defender who represented the club for almost a decade and served them in some of the club’s toughest times. Other players of note include Petit, Martin Lanig and Fabrice Ehret.