The 1996–97 Bundesliga was the 34th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. It began on 16 August 1996 and ended on 31 May 1997. Borussia Dortmund were the defending champions.
13th Bundesliga title
14th German title
|Champions League||Bayern Munich|
Borussia Dortmund (title holders)
|Cup Winners' Cup||VfB Stuttgart|
|UEFA Cup||VfL Bochum|
Schalke 04 (title holders)
|Intertoto Cup||Werder Bremen|
1. FC Köln
|Goals scored||886 (2.9 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ulf Kirsten (22)|
|Biggest home win||Bochum 6–0 St. Pauli (24 May 1997)|
|Biggest away win||seven games with a differential of +4 each (1–5 once, 4–0 six times)|
|Highest scoring||M'gladbach 6–2 Bochum (8 goals) (17 May 1997)|
Leverkusen 5–3 Freiburg (8 goals) (22 September 1996)
St. Pauli 4–4 Schalke (8 goals) (23 August 1996)
Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received three points for a win and one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal difference and, if still tied, by goals scored. The team with the most points were crowned champions while the three teams with the least points were relegated to 2. Bundesliga.
Team changes to 1995–96Edit
1. FC Kaiserslautern, Eintracht Frankfurt and KFC Uerdingen 05 were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga after finishing in the last three places. They were replaced by VfL Bochum, Arminia Bielefeld and MSV Duisburg.
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|Arminia Bielefeld||Bielefeld||Stadion Alm||22,512|
|SV Werder Bremen||Bremen||Weserstadion||36,000|
|1. FC Köln||Cologne||Müngersdorfer Stadion||55,000|
|Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Leverkusen||BayArena||22,500|
|TSV 1860 Munich||Munich||Olympiastadion||63,000|
|FC Bayern Munich||Munich||Olympiastadion||63,000|
|F.C. Hansa Rostock||Rostock||Ostseestadion||25,850|
|FC Schalke 04||Gelsenkirchen||Parkstadion||70,000|
|FC St. Pauli||Hamburg||Stadion am Millerntor||20,550|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 won their respective European competitions in this season, so they qualified as title holders. As a consequence, the original UEFA Cup places of Dortmund and Stuttgart, who qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as domestic cup winners, were awarded to Karlsruhe and 1860 Munich; the Intertoto Cup berths of Karlsruhe and 1860 were handed to Köln and, as Mönchengladbach did not apply for this competition, Hamburg.
|Home \ Away||DSC||BOC||SVW||BVB||DUI||F95||SCF||HSV||KSC||KOE||B04||BMG||M60||FCB||ROS||S04||STP||VFB|
|1. FC Köln||2–5||2–0||4–1||1–3||2–5||2–0||1–0||2–2||4–1||—||4–0||4–0||1–0||2–4||0–2||3–1||0–1||1–5|
|FC St. Pauli||2–3||2–1||0–3||0–1||0–2||3–0||2–0||2–2||2–4||0–0||3–1||1–3||0–0||1–2||0–1||4–4||—||2–1|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
- 22 goals
- 21 goals
- 19 goals
- 17 goals
- Sean Dundee (Karlsruher SC)
- Giovane Élber (VfB Stuttgart)
- Paulo Sérgio (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
- Bernhard Winkler (TSV 1860 Munich)
- 15 goals
- 14 goals
|FC Bayern Munich|
|Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (32); Sven Scheuer (2).|
Defenders: Markus Babbel (31 / 1); Lothar Matthäus (28 / 1); Thomas Helmer (captain; 24 / 4); Samuel Kuffour (22); Markus Münch (11); Oliver Kreuzer (9).
Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni .