The Bundesliga, whose season started on Friday with the victory of champion Bayern Munich 3-1 against Hoffenheim, tries to win back against the other big leagues in Europe, especially with Spain, which won the last five editions of the Champions League, four with Real Madrid and one with Barcelona.
German football teams have done much less than English, Italian or German. In the 2018-1919 season, the investment in signing sessions of the Bundesliga amounted to 456.2 million euros, according to data from the Transfermrkt portal. In Italy, for example, they spent 1.144 million, including the 112 million paid by Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo, the most audible purchase of the summer market.
In the Premier League, the investment was even greater, according to the same source: 1,418 million euros. The Spanish competition was slightly more austere this time, not much: 809 million euros until Friday.
The German championship is back on gambling on the numbers it already had in its ranks. In a market with much influence from what happened during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, only one big figure of that tournament was a new face in the Bundesliga, the Belgian Axel Witsel, for which Borussia Dortmund paid 20 million euros to Tianjin Quanjian from China. Nevertheless, the contribution of the German championship to the World Cup was great: 64 players, surpassed by 107 of the Premier League and 79 from the Spanish league, and above 58 of the Serie A; the latter, influenced by the elimination of Italy by Sweden in the revocation.
The tournament already had two world champions in Russia, the French Corentin Tolisso, in Bayern, and Benjamin Pavard in Stuttgart. The latter was one of Bayern & # 39; s goals for this season: It will not arrive in the summer, but it will certainly be in the winter market, for 35 million euros as a provisional figure.
The team that the Colombian James Rodriguez is playing on, was fairly sparing at the time of signing in this semester. He left the Chilean Arturo Vidal in Barcelona and sold Douglas Costa to Juventus.
Midfielder Leon Goretzka, figure of Schalke 04, arrived free. And the club paid 10 million euros for Alphonso Davies, an extreme of Ghanaian and Liberian origin, born in Canada and played in MLS, in the Vancouver Whitecaps.
"When I was a child I always dreamed of this moment, and now the dream has come true, but now that the hard work is going on, I have to do everything I can to take this opportunity," Davies said when his signature was set.
Nevertheless, Bayern is still the strongest team in the Bundesliga on the payroll. The four players with the most value on the local market, according to Transfermrkt, are in their ranks. And it seems difficult for every rival to fight to prevent him from winning the eighth consecutive title. Schalke 04, who finished second last year, lost Goretzka and striker Max Meyer, one of the most projected players in German football, who finished at Crystal Palace.
Bayern always wants more. "Those who expect Bayern to relax will be disappointed," warned Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a club history player and now director. Accustomed to winning on the field, he has also done everything possible from the outside to preserve that legacy: "In our DNA is not the gene that causes the feeling of lack of hunger."
Tournament of only one?
The last non-Spanish team to win the Champions League was only Bayern Munich, in the 2012-13 season, in which the German final took place: they defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1. Since then the clubs of that country have not appeared before the last instances except Bayern.
In the Europa League, the situation is even worse: since the 2009-10 season, when the current format was played, no German club went to the quarter-finals. And with the old format was the last champion Schalke 04, in the season 1996-97.
The feeling of helplessness grew after the failure of the selection in the World Cup in Russia, who came as champion and said goodbye in the first round, after a surprising loss against South Korea. Nevertheless, they were armed with patience in the German federation and decided to renew the contract to the national coach, Joachim Löw.
Despite the obvious superiority of Bayern, the Bundesliga remains attractive to the local market. The 2017-18 season had the second best average turnout in the stadiums in history: 43,879 spectators per game, only surpassed by 2011-12, with the brand standing at 44,293. The increase was 8 percent compared to the 2016-17 season.
German football tries to restore the reputation it had years ago and wants to be an example of training and organization. For now it is so sober. Bayern already took the first step towards a new crown.