Bayern Munich clinched their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title last week and got to lift the Meisterschale today after a 4-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg, bringing the 2019/2020 season to a close. It was a season unlike any other with the pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there was no shortage of drama both on and off the pitch.
Bayern finished first with an impressive record of 26 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses on a total of 82 points, 13 points clear of runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
At the other end of the table, Werder Bremen saved themselves from immediate relegation with an emphatic 6-1 win over FC Koln, securing the playoff spot, while Fortuna Düsseldorf crashed out with a 3-0 loss to Union Berlin. Bremen will face either Hamburger SV or FC Heidenheim in the playoff, as Arminia Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart have already secured their promotion to the Bundesliga.
Here’s a look at how the table finished and what it means:
The final table #BundesligaMD34 pic.twitter.com/yocQ2L4SNV— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) June 27, 2020
Champion: Bayern Munich
Champions League: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Europa League: Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim
Europa League Playoff: Wolfsburg
Relegation Playoff: Werder Bremen
Relegated: Fortuna Düsseldorf, Paderborn
This season, we’ve truly seen it all. Thomas Müller broke the single season assists record, Robert Lewandowski scored 34 Bundesliga goals, tying Dieter Müller, Bayern scored 100 total goals, Alphonso Davies set a Bundesliga speed record, and a handful of teams like Hertha Berlin turned their fortunes completely around when the Bundesliga restarted last month.
On the other side of things, we’ve also seen a handful of managers sacked or resign, including Niko Kovac, Friedhelm Funkel, Bruno Labbadia, Jürgen Klinsmann, Achim Beierlorzer, and Martin Schmidt, among others. Of course, some of those managers were subsequently hired by different clubs.
When Kovac resigned, Bayern’s future was questionable at best, and no one could have envisioned Hansi Flick leading the club the where they’re at today. Securing a second historic treble is still on the cards.