Last season, the German Bundesliga was the first major European football league to restart. Once again, Bayern Munich won the league: their eighth title in a row, extending a run that began in 2012/13.
Bayern comfortably won the league, with 82 points to second-placed Borussia Dortmund’s 69. Following a tighter contest the previous year (when Bayern beat Dortmund by just two points), this 13-point gap was much more in keeping with Bayern’s dominance since their winning streak began.
Bayern’s strength was such that they were undefeated from mid-December 2019, with 19 wins and just one draw (in February, when Leipzig held them to a goalless draw). Bayern would go on to complete a second treble, in a campaign that included the rout of Barcelona on the way to a sixth Champions League title. The team looks no less strong this season, demolishing Schalke 8-0 last night in the opening game of the 2020/21 season.
Having re-entered the top flight for the 2019/20 season, Paderborn dropped straight back down, managing just four wins from 34 games. Paderborn fell into the relegation zone after just four games and would stay there for the rest of the season. Ending with just 20 points, Paderborn were a full ten points behind Dusseldorf, who were also relegated. Dusseldorf fell into the automatic relegation zone on the last day of the season, pipped by just one point when Werder Bremen beat Köln that day. Werder would prevail over Heidenheim on away goals in the relegation play-offs, securing their spot in this season’s Bundesliga.
Reordered by PageRank, the table doesn’t look much different, but for three swapped places:
- RB Leipzig (third on points) and Bayer Leverkusen (fifth), owing to Leverkusen’s wins over Bayern and Dortmund, while Leipzig couldn’t manage better than a draw
- VfL Wolfsburg (seventh on points) and Eintracht Frankfurt (ninth) with, again, their respective performances against the top two differentiating them
- Union Berlin (eleventh on points) and Schalke 04 (twelfth) with Schalke faring a bit better against the teams further up the table
Data source: Football-Data