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The 2008–09 Bundesliga was the 46th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. The season began on 15 August 2008 with a 2–2 draw between defending champions Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV and ended with the last matches on 23 May 2009. VfL Wolfsburg secured their first national title in the last match after a 5–1 win at home against Werder Bremen.

Bundesliga
Season2008–09
ChampionsVfL Wolfsburg
1st Bundesliga title
1st German title
RelegatedEnergie Cottbus (via playoff)
Karlsruher SC
Arminia Bielefeld
Champions LeagueVfL Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich
VfB Stuttgart
Europa LeagueHertha BSC
Hamburger SV
Werder Bremen (via domestic cup)
Matches played306
Goals scored894 (2.92 per match)
Top goalscorerGrafite (28)
Biggest home winDortmund 6–0 Bielefeld (16 May 2009)[1]
Biggest away winFrankfurt 0–5 Bremen (13 May 2009)[2]
Hannover 0–5 Wolfsburg (16 May 2009)[3]
Highest scoringBremen 5–4 Hoffenheim (27 September 2008)[4]
(9 goals)
Average attendance42,565

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Changes from 2007–08Edit

Structural changesEdit

Starting with the 2008–09 season, two-legged relegation playoffs between the third last team of the Bundesliga and the third team of the 2. Bundesliga at the end of the regular season were re-introduced.

Due to the restructuring of European competitions, the third-placed team qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, entering in a separate qualifying round for non-champions. The fourth-placed team and the winner of the 2008–09 DFB-Pokal qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round; the fifth-placed team qualified for the third qualifying round. The sixth-placed team did not qualify for any European competitions because the UEFA Intertoto Cup will not be continued after its final edition in 2008.

Promotion and relegationEdit

1. FC Nürnberg, Hansa Rostock and MSV Duisburg finished the 2007–08 season in 16th through 18th place, respectively, and therefore were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga. They were replaced by the top three teams of 2007–08 2. Bundesliga: Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1899 Hoffenheim and 1. FC Köln, respectively.

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Location Venue Capacity
Hertha BSC Berlin Olympic Stadium 74,228
Arminia Bielefeld Bielefeld Bielefelder Alm 28,008
VfL Bochum Bochum rewirpowerSTADION 31,328
Werder Bremen Bremen Weserstadion 42,358
Energie Cottbus Cottbus Stadion der Freundschaft 22,450
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Westfalenstadion 80,708
Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 52,300
Hamburger SV Hamburg HSH Nordbank Arena 57,274
Hannover 96 Hanover AWD-Arena 49,000
1899 Hoffenheim Sinsheim Rhein-Neckar-Arena1 30,000
Karlsruher SC Karlsruhe Wildparkstadion 32,306
1. FC Köln Cologne RheinEnergieStadion 50,374
Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen BayArena2 22,500
Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach Borussia-Park 54,067
Bayern Munich Munich Allianz Arena 69,901
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena 61,673
VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena 58,000
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,122
Notes
  1. 1899 Hoffenheim played their 2008 home matches at Carl-Benz-Stadion in Mannheim because their Rhein-Neckar-Arena had not yet been completed.
  2. Bayer Leverkusen played their 2009 home matches at LTU-Arena in Düsseldorf because their BayArena was being upgraded to a capacity of 30,000.

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Head Coach Team Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Hertha BSC   Lucien Favre   Arne Friedrich Nike Deutsche Bahn
Arminia Bielefeld   Jörg Berger   Rüdiger Kauf Saller Krombacher
VfL Bochum   Marcel Koller   Marcel Maltritz Do You Football KiK
Werder Bremen   Thomas Schaaf   Frank Baumann Kappa Citibank
Energie Cottbus   Bojan Prašnikar   Timo Rost Saller enviaM
Borussia Dortmund   Jürgen Klopp   Sebastian Kehl Nike Evonik
Eintracht Frankfurt   Friedhelm Funkel   Ioannis Amanatidis Jako Fraport
Hamburger SV   Martin Jol   David Jarolím adidas Emirates
Hannover 96   Dieter Hecking   Robert Enke Under Armour TUI
1899 Hoffenheim   Ralf Rangnick   Selim Teber Puma TV Digital
Karlsruher SC   Edmund Becker   Maik Franz Jako EnBW
1. FC Köln   Christoph Daum   Milivoje Novaković Reebok REWE
Bayer Leverkusen   Bruno Labbadia   Simon Rolfes adidas TelDaFax
Borussia Mönchengladbach   Hans Meyer   Filip Daems Lotto Kyocera
Bayern Munich   Jupp Heynckes1   Mark van Bommel adidas T-Home
Schalke 04   Mike Büskens,
  Youri Mulder and
  Oliver Reck2
  Mladen Krstajić adidas Gazprom
VfB Stuttgart   Markus Babbel   Thomas Hitzlsperger Puma EnBW
VfL Wolfsburg   Felix Magath   Josué Nike Ein Herz Für Kinder*
Notes
  1. Jupp Heynckes acted as caretaker for the remainder of the season.
  2. Mike Büskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck acted as caretakers for the remainder of the season.
  • Ein Herz Für Kinder took the place of Volkswagen's sponsorship during the 2008–09 season to celebrate the 20th year of the Charity.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Bayer Leverkusen   Michael Skibbe Sacked 30 June 2008[citation needed]   Bruno Labbadia 1 July 2008[citation needed] Pre-season
Bayern Munich   Ottmar Hitzfeld End of contract 30 June 2008[5]   Jürgen Klinsmann 1 July 2008[6] Pre-season
Borussia Dortmund   Thomas Doll Resigned 30 June 2008[citation needed]   Jürgen Klopp 1 July 2008[citation needed] Pre-season
Hamburger SV   Huub Stevens End of contract 30 June 2008[7]   Martin Jol 1 July 2008[8] Pre-season
Schalke 04   Mike Büskens &
  Youri Mulder
Stepped down
to assistant position
30 June 2008[9]   Fred Rutten 1 July 2008[9] Pre-season
Borussia Mönchengladbach   Jos Luhukay Sacked 5 October 2008[10]   Hans Meyer 18 October 2008[11] 18th
VfB Stuttgart   Armin Veh Sacked 23 November 2008[12]   Markus Babbel 23 November 2008[12] 11th
Schalke 04   Fred Rutten Sacked 26 March 2009[13]   Mike Büskens,
  Youri Mulder and
  Oliver Reck
1 April 2009[14] 8th
Bayern Munich   Jürgen Klinsmann Sacked 27 April 2009[15]   Jupp Heynckes 27 April 2009[15] 3rd
Arminia Bielefeld   Michael Frontzeck Sacked 17 May 2009[16]   Jörg Berger 19 May 2009[17] 16th

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 VfL Wolfsburg (C) 34 21 6 7 80 41 +39 69 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Bayern Munich 34 20 7 7 71 42 +29 67
3 VfB Stuttgart 34 19 7 8 63 43 +20 64 2009–10 UEFA Champions League play-off round
4 Hertha BSC 34 19 6 9 48 41 +7 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round
5 Hamburger SV 34 19 4 11 49 47 +2 61 2009–10 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
6 Borussia Dortmund 34 15 14 5 60 37 +23 59
7 1899 Hoffenheim 34 15 10 9 63 49 +14 55
8 Schalke 04 34 14 8 12 47 35 +12 50
9 Bayer Leverkusen 34 14 7 13 59 46 +13 49
10 Werder Bremen 34 12 9 13 64 50 +14 45 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round
11 Hannover 96 34 10 10 14 49 69 −20 40
12 1. FC Köln 34 11 6 17 35 50 −15 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 8 9 17 39 60 −21 33
14 VfL Bochum 34 7 11 16 39 55 −16 32
15 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 8 7 19 39 62 −23 31
16 Energie Cottbus (R) 34 8 6 20 30 57 −27 30 Bundesliga relegation playoff
17 Karlsruher SC (R) 34 8 5 21 30 54 −24 29 Relegation to 2009–10 2. Bundesliga
18 Arminia Bielefeld (R) 34 4 16 14 29 56 −27 28

Source: kicker (in German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Werder Bremen qualified for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the 2008–09 DFB-Pokal.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BSC DSC BOC SVW FCE BVB SGE HSV H96 TSG KSC KOE B04 BMG FCB S04 VFB WOB
Hertha BSC 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–2
Arminia Bielefeld 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–4 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–3
VfL Bochum 2–3 2–0 0–0 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–3 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 2–2
Werder Bremen 5–1 1–2 3–2 3–0 3–3 5–0 2–0 4–1 5–4 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–1
Energie Cottbus 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 3–1 0–3 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–0
Borussia Dortmund 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–3 3–0 0–0
Eintracht Frankfurt 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–5 2–1 0–2 2–3 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 4–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–2
Hamburger SV 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–3
Hannover 96 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–4 1–1 3–0 2–5 3–2 2–1 1–0 5–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 0–5
1899 Hoffenheim 0–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 4–1 2–0 1–4 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 3–2
Karlsruher SC 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 2–3 2–2 0–2 3–3 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–2 2–1
1. FC Köln 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–4 0–3 1–0 0–3 1–1
Bayer Leverkusen 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0 5–2 0–1 2–0 5–0 0–2 2–1 2–4 2–0
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 1–2 4–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–3 1–2
Bayern Munich 4–1 3–1 3–3 2–5 4–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 5–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 4–2
Schalke 04 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–2
VfB Stuttgart 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 4–1
VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 4–1 2–0 5–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 5–1 4–3 4–1
Source: DFB
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offsEdit

Energie Cottbus, as the 16th-placed team, faced third-placed 2. Bundesliga team 1. FC Nürnberg for a two-legged playoff. Nürnberg won both matches on an aggregated score of 5–0 and thus secured promotion to the 2009–10 Bundesliga, while Cottbus were relegated to the 2009–10 2. Bundesliga.

After Energie were relegated, no teams from the former East Germany played in the Bundesliga until RB Leipzig earned promotion to the Bundesliga for 2016–17.

Energie Cottbus0–31. FC Nürnberg
Report
(in German)
Boakye   13'89'
Eigler   56'
Attendance: 22,000 (capacity crowd)

1. FC Nürnberg2–0Energie Cottbus
Eigler   29'
Mintál   37'
Report
(in German)
Attendance: 46,780 (capacity crowd)

StatisticsEdit

AwardsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

Month Player Team
August[18]   Artur Wichniarek Arminia Bielefeld
September[19]   Mesut Özil Werder Bremen
October[20]   Vedad Ibišević 1899 Hoffenheim
November[21]   Franck Ribéry Bayern Munich
December[22]   Sami Khedira VfB Stuttgart
February[23]   Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
March[24]   Grafite VfL Wolfsburg
April[25]   Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
May[26]   Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart

Champion squadEdit

VfL Wolfsburg

Goalkeepers:   Diego Benaglio (31); André Lenz (5)
Defenders:   Andrea Barzagli (34); Marcel Schäfer (34); Alexander Madlung (24 / 3);   Jan Šimůnek (17);   Peter Pekarík (16);   Cristian Zaccardo (14 / 1);   Ricardo Costa (11 / 3);   Rodrigo Alvim (2); Daniel Reiche (1);   Sergei Karimov (1)
Midfielders: Christian Gentner (34 / 4);   Josué (captain; 33);   Zvjezdan Misimović (33 / 6);   Ashkan Dejagah (27 / 3);   Makoto Hasebe (25); Sascha Riether (28 / 2); Sebastian Schindzielorz (6);   Jonathan Santana (6)
Forwards:   Edin Džeko (33 / 26);   Grafite (25 / 28);   Caiuby (9 / 1);   Yoshito Ōkubo (9); Alexander Esswein (4)
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager:   Felix Magath

On the roster but have not played in a league match:   Marwin Hitz; Patrick Platins; Kevin Wolze

Transferred out during the season: Bernd Korzynietz (loan return to Arminia Bielefeld);   Jacek Krzynówek (to Hannover 96);   Vlad Munteanu (on loan to Arminia Bielefeld);   Mahir Sağlık (on loan to Karlsruher SC);   Jonathan Santana (on loan to San Lorenzo de Almagro)

Note: Players without nationality denoted are German.

ReferencesEdit

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  20. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Oktober 2008 Archived 9 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  21. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – November 2008 Archived 9 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  22. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Dezember 2008 Archived 7 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
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  26. ^ Die bisherigen Sieger – Mai 2009 Archived 7 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German)

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