With all the German clubs from both the Champions and Europa Leagues advancing to the knockout stages, and often in thrilling fashion, a lot of attention is now being given to the 3rd placed league in Europe. Coming in behind Spain and England, Germany has replaced Italy as the next best league and people are now beginning to notice not only their on-field work but how the teams are functioning behind the scenes as well. From boardrooms to ownership and high attendances, the Bundesliga is flourishing and with teams actually turning a profit (which is surprisingly uncommon amongst top European clubs), German clubs are less likely to have to sell their top talent away to other leagues. In the Europa League both Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart have done well to advance, while in the Champions League Schalke look a decent side and Bayern Munich are perennial favourites. The giants from Bavaria are contenders once again to take Europe’s top club prize again after narrowly losing to Chelsea in the final last year on penalties – a game they really should have won. However it is Borussia Dortmund who have won the past two Bundesliga titles, captivating fans and neutrals alike [...]

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