Germany's rich footballing history has seen it receive more than its fair share of envious glances from British shores and with four World Cup wins, it's easy to see why. The Bundesliga has been in its current guise since 1963, when Germany's regional leagues merged to create a single national competition.
Whilst the Premier League and La Liga may be seen by many as the best Football leagues in the world, the Bundesliga has its own strong claim to that mantle. Cheap ticket prices, the ability to stand and have a beer on the terraces make it very popular with supporters and Germany's top flight is in fact the highest average attended of any football league on the planet. In fact of all of the regular sporting competitions across the world, only the NFL sees a higher average of supporters per season.
With such interest in the league it is little wonder that German football betting has become increasingly popular in this country and FREEbets.org.uk will tell you all you need to know on how to claim yourself some Bundesliga Free Bets.
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The Bundesliga is no different to any other football league with a whole host of options to bet on, be it the Bundesliga winner, who is going to get relegated and of course individual matches from week-to-week and the exciting betting markets that are available for each one of those.
Popular Bundesliga Betting Markets
Being one of the biggest leagues in the world, betting on the Bundesliga is easy. You have a fantastic range of betting markets to choose from, and each weekend when the games take place you will be faced with a variety of options to choose from. The main footballing day in Germany is Saturday, and the majority of Bundesliga games take place on that day, and kick off at 2:30pm GMT. This makes the league fantastic for accumulator betting, you can take your pick of these games, place a bet, and then follow the results. Some of the other European leagues spread their games around the weekend and while we do have games moved for TV in Germany, this isn't done as much as some other leagues.
Bundesliga Accumulator Betting
This is the most common way to bet on the Bundesliga, due to the way that games are scheduled as mentioned above. There is nothing better than placing an accumulator on the same league where all your selections kick off and finish at the same time, this is the quickest way to bet, and you will know within a couple of hours how your bet has fared. Every saturday you will find a number of Bundesliga games kicking off at 2:30pm GMT that you can use to place an accumulator bet on, all finishing at around 4:15pm, so you don't have to wait long. When it comes to accumulator betting, there are two markets that most people are focusing on at the moment.
Over 1.5 Goals Acca
Betting on goals is incredibly popular, with the over 2.5 market being a market you can use for a number of different bet types, from singles to accumulators. However, if you are looking to put together numerous games and you want to give yourself some bankers to back then the over 1.5 goals market is where you need to be looking. Here you will find lower odds, but any game that has two goals or more in it is a winner, so the chances of winning increase.
90 Minute Win Market
The simplest way to bet, and sometimes we forget just how good and important this market is because of the others that are now available. This is a market you can use for any type of bet, but often the odds on offer means that you have to put multiple teams together. Again, because of this, the 90 minute win market is another market that lends itself brilliantly to the Bundesliga and accumulator betting. Simply pick out your teams, as many or as few as you like and place an accumulator bet on them all to win their games. They all kick off together and end together so you can spend one afternoon cheering on your teams with this bet.
Before the formation of the Bundesliga, football in Germany was largely played on a amateur basis with league split up geographically. In 1949, a first step was take towards professionalism with five Oberligens (Premier Leagues) established as the highest levels of football across the five regions. Each of the winners and runners-up would then compete with one another to take the crown of national champions.
After Germany's quarter-final defeat to Yugoslavia in the 1962 World Cup, a greater need was seen for a national league and at that year's German Football association convention, it was announced the Bundesliga would begin in the 1963/64 season. The founding 16 members were selected from West Germany's North, South, South West and Berlin, whilst East Germany under Soviet rule would maintain a separate league structure. The Bundesliga founding members were:
- Eintracht Braunschweig
- Werder Bremen
- Hamburger SV
- Borussia Dortmund
- FC Köln
- Meidericher SV (Now MSV Duisburg)
- SC Preßeun Münster
- Schalke 04
- FC Kaiserslauten
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Karlsruher SC
- FC Nürnberg
- TSV 1860 München
- VfB Stuttgart
- Hertha BSC
FC Köln won the inaugral Bundesliga when they finished six points clear of Meidericher SV and Eintracht Frankfurt in second and third place respectively.
Since its formation, the undeniable dominant force in the Bundesliga has been Bayern Munich. FC Hollywood as they are often referred to, are Germany's glamour club and much in the same vein as Manchester United in this country, draw on a fanbase from across the country. Bayern are the current champions and have won the last three titles, giving them a total of 24 Bundesliga triumphs. Whilst many would look at the Bundesliga and see it as 'one team league' there has actually been five different winners in the last eleven years.
That is in-fact actually one more than in England in that same period, though it is hard to argue that at present Bayern are dominating proceedings. Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund both have five titles a piece with Werder Bremen winning four and Hamburg and Stuttgart have three each. Dortmund are the team other than Bayern to have won it most recently, having won back-to-back titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12 under the stewardship of now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. They also made the 2013 Champions League Final, where they lost to guess who? Bayern Munich, in what was the first all German final.
The Bundesliga varies from the Premier League in terms of club ownership. Whilst many rich investors have ploughed money in Premier League clubs chasing success, German clubs have strict rules in-place surrounding their ownership. No individual is allowed to own more than 49% of the shares in a single club, though there are a few exceptions. Wolfsburg are owned by car manufacturers Volkswagen and Bayer Leverkusen by the Bayer pharmaceutical company with the clubs initially formed for the companies employees. Hoffenheim, from a village of just 3,000 in habitants have been financed by local billionaire Dietmar Hopp.
The software entrepreneur has held a long standing association with the club in which he has financed them for over 20 years and transformed them into a Bundesliga team. He has been allowed to become the first private owner of a Bundesliga club, with the German Football authorities granting special dispensation due to his long term affiliation. RB Leipzig are another exception to the rule, owned by the Red Bull energy drink founder Diertrich Mateschitz. The club were able to get around the membershup rules in Germany football by quite shockingly hiking up the membership prices but despite the controversy, they have enjoyed great success in reaching the Bundesliga. After accquiring the playing rights of fifth division SSV Markranstadt in 2009, they have made it all the way to the top-flight and have shown that they have what it takes to compete at the very top of German football.