Bundesliga set for El Clasico-style dominance
Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund can replicate the dominance of Real Madrid & Barcelona
The last season of football was a memorable one for the Bundesliga.
In the 50th season since its inception in 1963, the German league produced both the finalists in the Champions League final.
The Bundesliga finally got the recognition that it deserves from the footballing world.
In the past 10 years, DFB and the German football clubs have put in massive efforts to improve the overall German game.
There have been huge investments in stadiums and training facilities. People with huge experience in the game from professional to the grassroots level were involved with not even a hint of political instability in the board.
The results are evident in the last couple of years. Bayern Munich has been in the Champions League final three times in the last four years.
Borussia Dortmund and Schalke have also impressed in the Champions League. We cannot forget the all-German final at Wembley. The Bundesliga has leap-frogged Serie A in the UEFA coefficient table and is on course to overtake the Premier League in the next couple of seasons.
Another important factor to be noted is the emergence of Bayern and Dortmund as the two power houses of German football. Bayern were ever present among the title challengers winning the trophy 22 times in 50 seasons. Bayern's main title competitors varied from Borussia Monchengladbach to SV Hamburger, but no single team succeeded in sustaining their competitiveness for even a decade.
Now, Dortmund have risen from back to prominence after their financial crisis after the turn of the century. They have been guided in a systematic and financially stable way by Chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke and Manager Jurgen Klopp. They are focusing more on the youth academy and have a minimalist transfer policy.
The results are evident, twice winning the Bundesliga including the domestic double in 2011-12. After a disappointing return to the Champions League in 2011-12, crashing out in the group stages, BVB outdid all expectations by reaching the final the very next season.
Looking back, Dortmund and Bayern have been the main contestants in all tournaments. They fought for the league title and the winner of the Bayern-Dortmund clash went onto win the DFB Pokal in the last two years. Then there is the Champions League final, both teams put of displays of the highest quality in the most important club game.
There are no signs of loosening up from either team and it looks like we are set to witness a long spell of dominance from these two teams. Even though Mario Gotze switched ships, Dortmund have grown even stronger with the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis.
Meaning no disrespect to the other clubs in Bundesliga, Dortmund and Bayern are a class apart from the other clubs. Something similar to the scene in La Liga where Barcelona and Real Madrid have won 54 titles in 82 seasons. Its been nine years since Valencia won the title in 2003-04, the last time a non-clasico team has lifted the La Liga trophy.
Given the circumstances, this scene is likely to be carried to the German league as well. And the quality on show from the German giants is on par (or some might argue even better) with the quality in the El Clasico. Finally, the german league is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
Its time for El Clasico to step aside and make way for die Klassische.
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