Bundesliga: 2021/22 Season Review

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The 2021/22 Bundesliga campaign has reached its climax. Bayern Munich were crowned champions for a tenth successive time in another season dominated by the Bavarians. Here is our Bundesliga season review:

Bundesliga Season Review

Brilliant Bayern Continue to Dominate With Tenth Bundesliga Title

The Bundesliga was once again clinched by Bayern Munich with the Bavarians clinching a tenth consecutive title. The team oozes class and it was another top scorer accolade for Robert Lewandowski with 35 goals in 34 games.

The Pole, who has declared his interest to leave the club in the summer, also recorded the most shots on goal and the most efforts against the woodwork in the division.

His Bayern teammate, Thomas Muller, picked up the most assists for a third time in four seasons with 18 in the league. The German, who signed a contract extension earlier this season, remains a key part of Hansi Flick’s team.

Champions League Qualification for Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig

Erling Haaland ended his Dortmund career with his sixth successful penalty in a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin. The Norway international managed 22 goals in an injury-hit season ahead of his big-money move to Manchester City, with BVB ending the campaign in second spot.

Bayer Leverkusen secured Champions League football for the first time since 2018/19 with a third-place finish. Gerardo Seoane’s side ended the campaign just five points short of Dortmund while RB Leipzig rounded off the top four with a draw on the final day against already relegated Arminia Bielefeld.

Patrick Schick, Haaland and Christopher Nkuku all netted over 20 goals for their respective teams ahead of Champions League football next season.

Europa League Qualification for Berlin’s Number One Club

Urs Fischer continues to overachieve with Union Berlin and the Swiss manager has guided the Köpenick club to a fifth-place finish.

Last season, Union ended the campaign in seventh spot, thus qualifying for the Europa Conference League, but they have gone above and beyond this year. Despite losing Marvin Friedrich and Max Kruse in January, Die Eisernen have enjoyed another stellar campaign, which also included a DFB-Pokal semi-final.

Europe Beckons for Freiburg and Köln

Freiburg go head to head against Leipzig in the Pokal final next week but a sixth-placed finish will also be something to shout about. They last finished in the same position in 2016/17 but have seven more points on the board this year.

Köln will also have the chance to impress in the Europa Conference League. Die Geißböcke finished 16th last season so it’s been a dramatic turnaround for them this year.

Bundesliga Relegation for Greuther Furth and Armenia Bielefeld

Newly promoted Greuther Furth have made an immediate return to 2. Bundesliga after an underwhelming campaign. Kleeblätter managed just three wins all season and finish on 18 points, just two points better off than Schalke last year.

Bielefeld avoided the drop in their first Bundesliga season last year but were unable to repeat that this time around, finishing in 17th spot.

Hertha Berlin Face Relegation Playoff

Despite being one of the richest clubs in the division, it was another disaster campaign for Hertha Berlin. Their loss at Dortmund, along with Stuttgart scoring a 92nd-minute winner against Köln, means the capital club will have to face a relegation playoff to seal their fate.

Felix Magarth’s side lost 19 times in 34 games – the second most in the Bundesliga – and even lost the Berlin derby three times over the course of the season.

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