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Bundesliga
2017–18
Bundesliga
Season information
Winners Bayern Munich
27th Bundesliga title
28th German title
Relegated Hamburger SV
1. FC Köln
Domestic cup winners
DFB-Pokal Eintracht Frankfurt
DFL–Supercup Bayern Munich
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Bayern Munich
Schalke 04
1899 Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund
Europa League Bayer Leverkusen
RB Leipzig
Eintracht Frankfurt
Season statistics
Matches played 306
Goals scored 855
Average 2.79
Top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski (29 goals)
Biggest home win Bayern 6–0 Hamburg
Hoffenheim 6–0 Köln
Bayern 6–0 Dortmund
Biggest away win M'Gladbach 1–5 Leverkusen
Freiburg 0–4 Bayern
Highest scoring Dortmund 4–4 Schalke
Hannover 4–4 Leverkusen
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The 2017–18 Bundesliga was the 55th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football competition. It began on 18 August 2017 and concluded on 12 May 2018. The fixtures were announced on 29 June 2017.

Bayern Munich were the defending champions and won their 27th Bundesliga title on 7 April with five games to spare, winning a sixth consecutive title for the first time in their history.

1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV were relegated at the end of the season, with the latter therefore losing their status as the only ever-presents in Bundesliga history.

Summary

One of the managerial changes before the start of the season was at Borussia Dortmund, who had finished third the previous season. After sacking Thomas Tuchel, they hired the Dutchman Peter Bosz in June 2017, after he had led Ajax to the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final. Dortmund were also the German club involved in the biggest transfer of the summer, selling young French forward Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona for an initial €105 million. Meanwhile, reigning champions Bayern Munich prepared for the season by breaking the league's transfer record in their purchase of French midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon for €41.5 million.

On 28 September 2017, Bayern sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti amidst reports of player unrest, despite the club sitting in third place. He was replaced by Jupp Heynckes in his fourth spell at the club. On 28 October, a 2–0 win over RB Leipzig put Bayern on top of the table for the first time in the season. In December, Dortmund sacked Bosz with the team in seventh, and replaced him with the Austrian Peter Stöger who himself had recently been dismissed by winless bottom team 1. FC Köln.

In the January 2018 transfer window, Dortmund lost the season's second-top scorer, Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who moved to Arsenal for a €63 million fee. They replaced him by bringing in Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi on loan. From December to February, Bayern went on a 10-match winning streak that ended with a goalless draw with Hertha BSC at the Allianz Arena, and managed 13 unbeaten until a 1–2 loss at Leipzig on 18 March.

Dortmund remained unbeaten for 12 games between December and 31 March, when they lost 0–6 away to Bayern. Schalke 04, who finished only 10th the previous season, were in the top 3 for most of the season. They were unbeaten for 11 games between September and January, putting together six consecutive victories in February and March before a 2–3 loss at bottom team Hamburg.

Bayern won their 27th Bundesliga and 28th German title (6th consecutive) on 7 April 2018, with five games left to play after defeating fellow Bavarian club FC Augsburg 4–1. Three weeks later, Köln were the first team relegated after a 2–3 loss to SC Freiburg. On 5 May, Schalke secured second place and a return to the Champions League for the first time in four years, with a 2–1 win at Augsburg. On the last matchday, 1899 Hoffenheim beat Dortmund 3–1 to finish ahead of the latter on goal difference at an all-time high third place and securing a spot in the Champions League group stage for the first time in their history. Following VfL Wolfsburg's 4–1 win over Köln, Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski was the league's top scorer for the third time, a record for a foreign player. He scored 29 goals, 14 more than second-placed Nils Petersen of Freiburg.

Team changes

Promoted from
2016–17 2. Bundesliga
Relegated from
2016–17 Bundesliga
VfB Stuttgart
Hannover 96
FC Ingolstadt
Darmstadt 98

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
FC Augsburg Augsburg WWK Arena 30,660
Hertha BSC Berlin Olympiastadion 74,475
Werder Bremen Bremen Weser-Stadion 42,100
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 81,360
Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 51,500
SC Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau Schwarzwald-Stadion 24,000
Hamburger SV Hamburg Volksparkstadion 57,000
Hannover 96 Hanover HDI-Arena 49,000
1899 Hoffenheim Sinsheim Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 30,150
1. FC Köln Cologne RheinEnergieStadion 49,968
RB Leipzig Leipzig Red Bull Arena 42,558
Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen BayArena 30,000
Mainz 05 Mainz Opel Arena 34,000
Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach Borussia-Park 54,014
Bayern Munich Munich Allianz Arena 75,000
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena 62,271
VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena 60,449
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,000

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
FC Augsburg Germany Manuel Baum Germany Daniel Baier Nike WWK
Hertha BSC Flag of Hungary Pál Dárdai Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Vedad Ibišević Nike bet-at-home.com
Werder Bremen Germany Florian Kohfeldt Flag of Austria Zlatko Junuzović Nike Wiesenhof
Borussia Dortmund Flag of Austria Peter Stöger Germany Marcel Schmelzer Puma Evonik
Eintracht Frankfurt Croatia Niko Kovač Germany Alexander Meier Nike Krombacher Brauerei, Deutsche Börse Group
SC Freiburg Germany Christian Streich Germany Julian Schuster Hummel Schwarzwaldmilch
Hamburger SV Germany Christian Titz Flag of Japan Gōtoku Sakai Adidas Emirates
Hannover 96 Germany Breitenreiter, AndréAndré Breitenreiter Flag of Russia Good One Prib, EdgarEdgar Prib Jako Heinz von Heiden
1899 Hoffenheim Germany Julian Nagelsmann Flag of Poland Eugen Polanski Lotto SAP, Prowin
1. FC Köln Germany Stefan Ruthenbeck Germany Matthias Lehmann Erima REWE
RB Leipzig Flag of Austria Ralph Hasenhüttl Germany Dominik Kaiser Nike Red Bull
Bayer Leverkusen Germany Heiko Herrlich Germany Lars Bender Jako Barmenia Versicherungen
Mainz 05 Germany Sandro Schwarz Germany Stefan Bell Lotto Kömmerling
Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany Dieter Hecking Germany Lars Stindl Kappa Postbank
Bayern Munich Germany Jupp Heynckes Germany Manuel Neuer Adidas Deutsche Telekom
Schalke 04 Germany Domenico Todesko Germany Ralf Fährmann Adidas Gazprom, AllyouneedFresh
VfB Stuttgart Flag of Turkey Korkut, TayfunTayfun Korkut Germany Gentner, ChristianChristian Gentner Puma Mercedes-Benz Bank
VfL Wolfsburg Germany Bruno Labbadia Flag of Spain Ignacio Camacho Nike Volkswagen

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing Manner Exit date Position in table Incoming Incoming date
Announced on Departed on Announced on Arrived on
Mainz 05 Switzerland Martin Schmidt Sacked 22 May 2017 30 June 2017 Pre-season Germany Sandro Schwarz 31 May 2017 1 July 2017
Borussia Dortmund Germany Thomas Tuchel Sacked 30 May 2017 Netherlands Peter Bosz 6 June 2017
Bayer Leverkusen Flag of Turkey Tayfun Korkut End of contract 13 May 2017 Germany Heiko Herrlich 9 June 2017
Schalke 04 Germany Markus Weinzierl Sacked 9 June 2017 Germany Domenico Tedesco 9 June 2017
VfL Wolfsburg Netherlands Andries Jonker Sacked 18 September 2017 14th Switzerland Martin Schmidt 18 September 2017
Bayern Munich Flag of Italy Carlo Ancelotti Sacked 28 September 2017 3rd Flag of France Willy Sagnol (interim) 28 September 2017
Flag of France Willy Sagnol (interim) End of caretaker spell 6 October 2017 2nd Germany Jupp Heynckes 6 October 2017
Werder Bremen Germany Alexander Nouri Sacked 30 October 2017 17th Germany Florian Kohfeldt 30 October 2017
1. FC Köln Flag of Austria Peter Stöger 3 December 2017 18th Germany Stefan Ruthenbeck 3 December 2017
Borussia Dortmund Netherlands Peter Bosz 10 December 2017 7th Flag of Austria Peter Stöger 10 December 2017
Hamburger SV Germany Markus Gisdol 21 January 2018 17th Germany Bernd Hollerbach 22 January 2018
VfB Stuttgart Germany Hannes Wolf 28 January 2018 15th Flag of Turkey Tayfun Korkut 29 January 2018
VfL Wolfsburg Switzerland Martin Schmidt Resigned 19 February 2018 14th Germany Bruno Labbadia 20 February 2018
Hamburger SV Germany Bernd Hollerbach Sacked 12 March 2018 17th Germany Christian Titz 12 March 2018

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (C) 34 27 3 4 92 28+64 84
Champions League group stage
2 Schalke 04 34 18 9 7 53 37+16 63
3 1899 Hoffenheim 34 15 10 9 66 48+18 55
4 Borussia Dortmund 34 15 10 9 64 47+17 55
5 Bayer Leverkusen 34 15 10 9 58 44+14 55
Europa League group stage
6 RB Leipzig 34 15 8 11 57 53+4 53
Europa League Second qualifying round
7 VfB Stuttgart 34 15 6 13 36 360 51
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 14 7 13 45 450 49
Europa League group stage
9 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 13 8 13 47 52−5 47
10 Hertha BSC 34 10 13 11 43 46−3 43
11 Werder Bremen 34 10 12 12 37 40−3 42
12 FC Augsburg 34 10 11 13 43 46−3 41
13 Hannover 96 34 10 9 15 44 54−10 39
13 FSV Mainz 05 34 9 9 16 38 52−14 36
15 SC Freiburg 34 8 12 14 32 56−24 36
16 VfL Wolfsburg (Q) 34 6 15 13 36 48−12 33 Qualification to the relegation play-offs
17 Hamburger SV  (R) 34 8 7 19 29 53−24 31 Relegation to 2. Bundesliga
18 1. FC Köln  (R) 34 5 7 22 35 70−35 22
Source: Kicker.de
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Relegation play-offs

All times are UTC+2.

First leg

17 May 2018
20:30
VfL Wolfsburg 3–1 Holstein Kiel Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
Attendance: 28,800
Referee: Deniz Aytekin
Origi Soccerball 13'
Brekalo Soccerball 40'
Mallı Soccerball 56'
Report Schindler Soccerball 34'

Second leg

21 May 2018
20:30
Holstein Kiel 0–1 VfL Wolfsburg Holstein-Stadion, Kiel
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Daniel Siebert
Report Knoche Soccerball 75'

VfL Wolfsburg won 4–1 on aggregate and therefore both clubs remain in their respective leagues.

Statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 29
2 Germany Nils Petersen SC Freiburg 15
3 Germany Niclas Füllkrug Hannover 96 14
Germany Mark Uth 1899 Hoffenheim
Germany Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen
6 Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 13
Flag of Austria Michael Gregoritsch FC Augsburg
Croatia Andrej Kramarić 1899 Hoffenheim
Germany Timo Werner RB Leipzig
10 Flag of Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason FC Augsburg 12
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Salomon Kalou Hertha BSC
Germany Sandro Wagner 1899 Hoffenheim
Bayern Munich

Hat-tricks

Player Club Against Result Date
Flag of Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason FC Augsburg 1. FC Köln 3–0 9 September 2017
Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Borussia Mönchengladbach 6–1 23 September 2017
Germany Max Kruse Werder Bremen Hannover 96 4–0 19 November 2017
Germany Nils Petersen SC Freiburg 1. FC Köln 4–3 10 December 2017
Flag of Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason FC Augsburg SC Freiburg 3–3 16 December 2017
Germany Niclas Füllkrug Hannover 96 Mainz 05 3–2 13 January 2018
Flag of Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Hamburger SV 6–0 10 March 2018
Flag of Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund 6–0 31 March 2018
Germany Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen Eintracht Frankfurt 4–1 14 April 2018
Croatia Andrej Kramarić 1899 Hoffenheim Hannover 96 3–1 27 April 2018

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Switzerland Roman Bürki Borussia Dortmund 12
Germany Ralf Fährmann Schalke 04
Germany Sven Ulreich Bayern Munich
Germany Ron-Robert Zieler VfB Stuttgart
5 Germany Oliver Baumann 1899 Hoffenheim 10
Germany Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen
7 Switzerland Marwin Hitz FC Augsburg 9
Germany Alexander Schwolow SC Freiburg
9 Belgium Koen Casteels VfL Wolfsburg 8
Flag of Czech Jiří Pavlenka Werder Bremen

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