FC Bayern are German champions for the ninth time in a row. And there is little to suggest that this will change in the years to come. The principle of hope remains.
At this point, congratulations to FC Bayern Munich on their ninth championship in a row. Yes, you heard that right: FC Bayern is celebrating winning the German championship for the ninth time in a row! If this is still surprising, he or she did not hear the shot. Even if the Bundesliga has another exciting relegation battle this season, the question of the championship has already been resolved two game days before the end. Pure boredom. The reasons for this are easy to find.
Weakness of the competition, but also financial dominance
For years, the only serious competitor of FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, weakened this season already in the first half of the season. It was clear early on that BVB would not play a role in the title fight. And RB Leipzig, which sooner or later sees itself as the strongest pursuer of Bayern, had to admit in mid-April in the 1: 2 against Cologne that it is not yet ready for the title. The weakening of the competition is one thing, the (also financial) dominance of the Munich team that has grown over the years is another.
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Sure, the Bundesliga still has its charms. In times when world clubs risk splitting off from their domestic leagues and are looking for big money, it becomes all the more clear how important stable national competition is.
But the truth is also: The title fight has not been in years. Only in 2019 was the championship decided on the last day of the game. Since 2013, the shell has always been awarded early to the record champions.
Fans long for times like 2009
But that’s what all football fans long for: tension right through to the end, an open, balanced competition in which at least three or four clubs can seriously compete for the title. And that was last the case in 2009, when on matchday 34, both FC Bayern, VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart were able to become German champions.
Stuttgart’s Mario Gomez (right) and Bavaria’s Lucio met on matchday 34 of the 2009 season. Both teams could still become champions, in the end VfL Wolfsburg triumphed. (Source: Sportfoto Rudel / imago images)
Twelve years later, the reality is very different. Bayern don’t even have to have an outstanding season (with more than 80 points) to take the title. And there is little reason to hope that something will change in the Bundesliga title holder in the coming years.
Only a look at Italy could nourish the hope that the champion would not be Bayern Munich in Germany in 2022. In Serie A, Inter Milan are at the top of the table this season, serial champions Juventus Turin are thirteen points behind the leaders in third place – and that after nine titles in a row. The principle of hope remains.