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The 1998–99 Bundesliga was the 36th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. It began on 14 August 1998[1] and ended on 29 May 1999.[2] 1. FC Kaiserslautern were the defending champions.

Bundesliga
Season1998–99
ChampionsBayern Munich
14th Bundesliga title
15th German title
Relegated1. FC Nürnberg
VfL Bochum
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Champions LeagueBayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha BSC
Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Cup1. FC Kaiserslautern
VfL Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen (domestic cup winners)
Intertoto CupHamburger SV
MSV Duisburg
Matches played306
Goals scored866 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorerMichael Preetz (23)
Biggest home winWolfsburg 7–1 M'gladbach (7 November 1998)
Biggest away winM'gladbach 2–8 Leverkusen (30 October 1998)
Highest scoringM'gladbach 2–8 Leverkusen (10 goals) (30 October 1998)

Competition modusEdit

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 fewest points were relegated to 2. Bundesliga.

Team changes to 1997–98Edit

Karlsruher SC, 1. FC Köln and Arminia Bielefeld were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga after finishing in the last three places. They were replaced by Eintracht Frankfurt, SC Freiburg and 1. FC Nürnberg.

Season overviewEdit

While Bayern Munich clearly dominated the league and secured the championship in round 31, the season is well remembered for the struggle against relegation which remained close until the final whistle. In the last round (round 34), five teams needed a win to remain in the top flight, with one team having to join Mönchengladbach and Bochum who already had lost their chances. At halftime, Frankfurt looked like the relegated team, but they turned a 0–0 draw into a 5–1 win against Kaiserslautern. Rostock (3–2 at Bochum) and Stuttgart (1–0 against Bremen) also won their matches, and the other two teams, Nürnberg and Freiburg, faced each other. Nürnberg lost 1–2 and was eventually overtaken by the other four teams, dropping from position 12 to 16, and had to go down to League Two.

With around twenty minutes to go, league table position #16 changed hands several times:

  • 68th minute: While Frankfurt had scored shortly after the break, Kaiserslautern equalized (1–1), therefore Frankfurt even more looked like the third relegated team.
  • 70th to 74th minute: Frankfurt scored (2–1), which still would not have been enough, but Rostock (1–0 up) conceded two goals at Bochum and was now in 16th place.
  • 77th to 82nd minute: Rostock equalized (2–2), but Frankfurt scored two more goals (4–1), leaving Rostock at #16 and now having the same goal difference as Nürnberg.
  • 83th minute: Rostock scored another goal (3–2), which meant that Nürnberg (still 0–2 down) dropped to 16th place and would have been relegated.
  • 85th minute: Nürnberg scored (1–2) and climbed back up the table, leaving Frankfurt in the relegation zone again.
  • 89th minute: With the penultimate goal of the season (the final one being scored for Schalke at Munich), Frankfurt scored for the final time during the match which resulted in a 5–1 win over Kaiserslautern. Soon afterwards the games in Nürnberg (1–2), Frankfurt and Bochum (a 3–2 win for Rostock) ended, and Nürnberg was relegated.

In a famous post-match interview, Frankfurt's striker Jan Åge Fjørtoft, who had scored the team's decisive goal, praised Frankfurt's manager Jörg Berger claiming that he would have also saved RMS Titanic.

Team overviewEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (C) 34 24 6 4 76 28 +48 78 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League First group stage
2 Bayer Leverkusen 34 17 12 5 61 30 +31 63
3 Hertha BSC 34 18 8 8 59 32 +27 62 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Borussia Dortmund 34 16 9 9 48 34 +14 57
5 1. FC Kaiserslautern 34 17 6 11 51 47 +4 57 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round
6 VfL Wolfsburg 34 15 10 9 54 49 +5 55
7 Hamburger SV 34 13 11 10 47 46 +1 50 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
8 MSV Duisburg 34 13 10 11 48 45 +3 49 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
9 1860 Munich 34 11 8 15 49 56 −7 41
10 Schalke 04 34 10 11 13 41 54 −13 41
11 VfB Stuttgart 34 9 12 13 41 48 −7 39
12 SC Freiburg 34 10 9 15 36 44 −8 39
13 Werder Bremen 34 10 8 16 41 47 −6 38 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round[a]
14 Hansa Rostock 34 9 11 14 49 58 −9 38
15 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 9 10 15 44 54 −10 37
16 1. FC Nürnberg (R) 34 7 16 11 40 50 −10 37 2. Bundesliga
17 VfL Bochum (R) 34 7 8 19 40 65 −25 29
18 Borussia Mönchengladbach (R) 34 4 9 21 41 79 −38 21
Source: www.dfb.de
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Werder Bremen won the DFB-Pokal (domestic cup) and thus qualified for the UEFA Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BSC BOC SVW BVB DUI SGE SCF HSV FCK B04 BMG M60 FCB FCN ROS S04 VFB WOB
Hertha BSC 4–1 1–0 3–0 1–3 3–1 1–0 6–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
VfL Bochum 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–5 2–1 2–0 2–2 0–3 2–3 1–2 3–3 0–2
Werder Bremen 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–3 0–0 0–1 2–2 4–1 4–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–1
Borussia Dortmund 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 3–0 3–0 2–1
MSV Duisburg 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–0 6–1
Eintracht Frankfurt 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 5–1 2–3 0–0 2–3 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–1
SC Freiburg 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 3–0 0–2 2–0 0–0
Hamburger SV 0–4 1–0 1–1 0–0 4–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
1. FC Kaiserslautern 4–3 2–3 4–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 1–1 1–1
Bayer Leverkusen 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 4–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–4 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–8 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–3 5–2
1860 Munich 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 4–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 4–5 1–1 2–3
Bayern Munich 1–1 4–2 1–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 5–3 4–0 2–0 4–2 3–1 2–0 6–1 1–1 2–0 3–0
1. FC Nürnberg 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–5 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–2 1–1
Hansa Rostock 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 3–0 3–3
Schalke 04 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–4 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–0
VfB Stuttgart 0–0 4–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 4–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2
VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 4–1 2–4 0–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 7–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–2
Source: DFB
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorersEdit

Champion squadEdit

FC Bayern Munich
Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (30); Bernd Dreher (4); Sven Scheuer (3).

Defenders: Markus Babbel (27 / 1); Thomas Linke (27 / 1); Lothar Matthäus (25 / 1); Thomas Helmer (captain; 21 / 2); Bixente Lizarazu   (19 / 2); Samuel Kuffour   (15).
Midfielders: Stefan Effenberg (31 / 8); Hasan Salihamidžić   (30 / 3); Jens Jeremies (30 / 1); Thorsten Fink (28); Mario Basler (27 / 5); Thomas Strunz (24 / 4); Michael Tarnat (20 / 1); Mehmet Scholl (13 / 4); Nils-Eric Johansson   (2); David Jarolím   (1).
Forwards: Carsten Jancker (26 / 13); Alexander Zickler (26 / 7); Ali Daei   (23 / 6); Giovane Élber   (21 / 13); Alexander Bugera (2); Berkant Göktan   (1).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld.

On the roster but have not played in a league game: none.

Transferred out during the season: Alexander Bugera (on loan to MSV Duisburg); Berkant Göktan   (on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Schedule Round 1". DFB. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Archive 1998/1999 Round 34". DFB. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs, Band 7: Vereinslexikon (in German). Kassel: AGON Sportverlag. ISBN 3-89784-147-9.

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