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European competition is beginning to exhibit what Bundesliga watchers have known for a long time – the Bundesliga is on the rise, and incredibly fast at that.
As the Champion’s League group stage comes to a close, it is crystal clear which nation can take the most pride out of their teams’ performances; Germany have three sides in the competition, all of which have performed remarkably well.
Today, Schalke clinched first place in their group, beating English side Arsenal to the top spot. Schalke have been impressive both in Europe and domestically this season, with standout performers like Lewis Holtby and Klaas Jan Huntelaar garnering much attention around Europe at the moment.
Dortmund have been even more impressive – the two-time defending Bundesliga champions finished top of this year’s group of death.
In a group of four domestic champions (Ajax from Holland, Manchester City from England, and Real Madrid from Spain) Dortmund still managed to rise above the rest, winning four and drawing two games.
Bayern Munich are yet to play their final group game, but the Bavarian giants (who made last year’s Champion’s League final) are on course to also top their group.
This would mean that all three German teams competing in the Champion’s League could finish their respective groups in first place, which would be the first time this has ever happened, and would be a huge signal of the progress that the Bundesliga has made in recent years.
The Bundesliga has seemingly done everything right. The league has become an extremely competitive and diverse league with any team capable of beating one another on any given day.
England’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga (the two biggest leagues in the world) are both extremely entertaining, but the gap in quality between the best teams and the rest of the league is a gaping void.
Money has seen the rise of teams such as Manchester City, Malaga, and Chelsea, while Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United have retained the financial power to keep their stranglehold on the rest of their leagues.
The Bundesliga is much different – the league, and country for that matter, promotes infrastructure as its highest priority. Youth academies all over the country were overhauled in the early 2000s due to poor performance on the international stage by Germany, and these new academies have given the new generation of German footballers everything they need to maximize potential.
The league has seen an influx of insanely talent young players; Mario Goetze, Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, Lewis Holtby and many others have had meteoric rises to prominence.
These players are a direct result of a league being run the proper way. Youngsters are nurtured and schooled properly, and even the smallest of clubs can reap the rewards.
Germany’s clubs have become extremely competitive in recent years as a result of a new generation of German footballers gracing teams all over the country.
The Bundesliga has seen an astronomical increase recently, and it is easy to see why. The league has become extremely competitive and exciting, home to many talented footballers and managers.
Italy’s Serie A has already been officially passed (in UEFA’s co-efficient rankings) by the Bundesliga, and although the Barclay’s Premier League and La Liga look like they are untouchable at the moment, it may not be long before they are looking over their shoulder in fear of the Bundesliga.