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Bundesliga: Dates, teams, history & betting odds

The Bundesliga is one of Europe's top five leagues and produced moments of drama throughout 2022/23, with Bayern Munich securing the title on the final day.

Thomas Tuchel's side are 1/4 to win their 12th title in a row this time around, with the season getting underway in the middle of August before coming to a close in May.

WhatBundesliga 2023/24
When18th August 2023 - 18th May 2024
How to watchbet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights & Sky Sports
OddsBayern Munich 1/4, Borussia Dortmund 5/1, RB Leipzig 16/1, Bayer Leverkusen 50/1, Union Berlin 100/1

When is the Bundesliga?

The 2023/24 Bundesliga season begins on Friday 18th August 2023 and will last all the way until Saturday 18th May 2024.

Where is the Bundesliga?

All 18 teams in the Bundesliga are from Germany so all fixtures are played within that country.

FC Heidenheim were promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history last season, so the city of Heidenheim will experience Bundesliga football for the very first time.

How does the Bundesliga work?

The Bundesliga has 18 teams which play each other twice across the season to determine their final placings.

The top four teams qualify for the Champions League while the fifth-placed team will qualify for the Europa League group stage and the sixth team will reach the Europa Conference League play-off round, barring results in the DFB Pokal.

The bottom two teams are automatically relegated while the 16th-placed side face a relegation play-off against the third-placed Bundesliga 2 team.

Last season, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Union Berlin qualified for the Champions League by finishing in the top four of the Bundesliga, with Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen booking places in the Europa League group stages in fifth and sixth.

Eintracht Frankfurt will compete in the Europa Conference League next season after finishing in seventh place.

Schalke and Hertha Berlin were relegated automatically, while Stuttgart came through their relegation play-off against Hamburg to retain their place in the top flight.

The new teams in the division are Darmstadt, who return to the top flight after a six-year absence, and Heidenheim, who will be playing in the Bundesliga for the first time in their history after their recent ascent through the leagues.

Can I watch the Bundesliga?

The action can be followed on bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights, while select games are available to watch on Sky Sports.

How many times has the Bundesliga taken place?

The new Bundesliga season will be the 61st edition in its history, with the first taking place in 1963.

Who has won the Bundesliga on the most occasions?

The Bundesliga has been won by Bayern Munich on 32 occasions, with Borussia Dortmund are a distant second on that tally with five titles.

Who won last year's Bundesliga?

Bayern Munich led for much of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season but they did not convince completely and Julian Nagelsmann lost his job as a result.

Thomas Tuchel took over but could not stop Dortmund's progress. BVB went into the final day of the campaign needing just a win against Mainz to secure their first title in 11 seasons.

However, they went 2-0 down to their opponents early and despite pulling it back to 2-2, Bayern's late winner against FC Koln meant that the perpetual winners secured the Bundesliga title in the most dramatic fashion possible.

Who are the favourites for the Bundesliga?

Bayern's dominance in the Bundesliga, particularly in recent seasons, means that they are just 1/4 to win this year's title, which would be their 12th victory in a row.

Dortmund came within touching distance last season and are 5/1 chances to avenge that loss this time around despite losing Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid.

RB Leipzig are next in the betting at 16/1, hoping to avoid repeating the mistakes of their slow start to the last campaign.

Bayer Leverkusen come next at 50/1 and Union Berlin, who had the best season in their history last time out, are 100/1 to keep impressing and take the title.

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