The Bundesliga is the highest German football league. 18 clubs play from August to May on 34 matchdays a total of 306 matches. The games are played on Friday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoon and evening. A few matchdays are being held on weekday evenings (called "English Weeks" in Germany).
In the season 2013–2014, the average Bundesliga match attendance was 43,502 (previous season 42,612), the highest of any professional football league. Behind the Spanish La Liga and the Premier League, the Bundesliga ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years.
The Bundesliga has gained much more visibility over the last couple of years and signed new TV right contracts all over the world. Currently it has TV partners in more than 180 countries (click here to see where you can watch the Bundesliga live on TV). In April 2012, a new domestic TV contract was signed with various TV channels for a record-breaking average revenue of € 635 mn. per season (compared to € 412 mn. previously).
A sophisticated player education system has been built up after Germany’s disastrous failure at the FIFA World Cup 1998 (0:3 against Croatia in quarter-final) and European Championship 2000 (Germany ranked last in the group with England, Portugal, and Romania). As a result of this, the Bundesliga has seen many homegrown talents such as Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler and Mario Götze, to name just a few. Its growing financial strength enables the clubs to also attract foreign stars such as Frank Ribery, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben (all Bayern Munich), Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburger SV), Kevin-Prince Boateng and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (both FC Schalke 04).
No club of the 1st Bundesliga comes from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), commonly known as East Germany. The Bundesliga map shows where the clubs are located in Germany.
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