The 2021 season of the Bundesliga has seen record after record being broken, in what has been one of the most exciting years in recent Bundesliga history.
From some of the most exciting young talents in world football, to the same old with Bayern Munich once again dominant, I’m going to look into what made the 2021 Bundesliga one of the most exciting in world football.
That’s the Goal
• In the 2021-22 season so far, the Bundesliga is averaging 3.09 goals per game,
the highest of Europe’s top leagues.
• After only 17 matchdays, Bundesliga clubs have already scored 473 goals. Over
the full calendar year of 2021, 1032 goals were scored, making 2021 the most
goal-filled year in German football since 1991.
• The champions of 2020-21 and the 2021-22 Herbstmeister FC Bayern München
have scored the biggest share of goals. Over the year, the team netted 116 goals –
breaking the previous record of 101 goals set by 1. FC Köln in 1977 by a landslide.
• Bayern have Robert Lewandowski to thank for a number of those goals. The Striker
of the Year scored 43 goals in the Bundesliga in 2021, the most ever in a calendar
year, passing Gerd Müller’s historic feat of 42 goals in 1972.
Lewandowski also became the player with the most away goals in Bundesliga
history (120 so far), passing FC Schalke legend Klaus Fischer.
• Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt’s André Silva scored 28 goals in the 2020-21
Bundesliga season before joining RB Leipzig in the summer – the most goals ever
scored by a Frankfurt player in a single season.
• 1. FC Köln’s Anthony Modeste scored eight headed goals in the first half of the
season –more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
• In 2021-22, the Bundesliga also saw the second lowest number of goalless games
compared to the other major leagues in Europe. Additionally, 73% of goals were
scored from open play.
• Some matchdays stand out in particular: Matchday 14 of 2021-22 produced 41
goals, averaging more than 4.5 goals per game – the most across European
• Considering the high number of goals, there have naturally been new records for
providing assists. On Matchday 16 of 2021-22, FC Bayern München’s Thomas
Müller became the first player ever to provide 12 assists before the first half of the
season was concluded.
• Over the full calendar year, Müller provided 24 assists and thereby set a new record
for the most assists in a calendar year across Europe’s to five leagues.
All about the Youth
• The Bundesliga is the second youngest of the major European leagues, with an
average age of only 25.6 years across the 18 clubs.
• Players under the age of 20 made a total of 248 appearances so far, the second
most in Europe’s leading leagues.
• In the 2021-22 season so far, the Bundesliga provided young players with valuable
playing time. There are several outfield players under 21-years old that have
played in every match this season, including: Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Joe
Scally, Greuther Fürth’s Jamie Leweling and TSG Hoffenheim’s Georginio Rutter.
• On Matchday 13 of the 2021-22 season, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland
scored his 50th goal in his 50th Bundesliga game. Never has a player in the
Bundesliga hit this landmark so quickly. Furthermore, the Norwegian is the
youngest player ever to reach the 50-goal mark.
• With his goal on Matchday 6 for Bayer Leverkusen, Florian Wirtz became the
youngest player in Bundesliga history to score at least ten goals. Furthermore, on
Matchday 16, Wirtz became the youngest player ever to make 50 appearances in
the Bundesliga. He is also the teenager with the most goal involvements across the
top five leagues so far this season (five goals, eight assists).
• Players born in 2000 or later were involved in 133 goals so far in the 2021-22
season (66 goals, 67 assists), more than in any other leading league in Europe.
• The Bundesliga is not only known for its top-class young players, but also for the
development of coaches. On Matchday 15 of 2021-22, FC Bayern München’s head
coach Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach ever to reach 100
Bundesliga clubs record breaking
• By becoming 2020-21 champions, FC Bayern München leveled Juventus to
become one of only two clubs in Europe to win nine consecutive league titles.
• Borussia Dortmund also left their mark this year. In May, they beat RB Leipzig 4-1
in the DFB Pokal final, winning the title for the fifth time in the club’s history. In the
final, both Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland scored braces and became the two
youngest players to score multiple goals in a DFB Pokal final since the foundation
of the Bundesliga.
In addition, Dortmund won all of their first seven home matches of the 2021-22
Bundesliga season – a feat they previously never managed to achieve.
• SC Freiburg set a new record for the club’s highest win in a Bundesliga match with
a 6-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 14 of 2021-22. Before
that, the club had not won an away game against Gladbach for 26 years.
Freiburg also started the 2021-22 season better than ever before in the
Bundesliga, ending the first half of the season in third place.
• Between Matchday 17 and Matchday 23, VfL Wolfsburg went a club record seven
Bundesliga matches in a row without conceding. Only three teams have managed
to record more consecutive clean sheets in Bundesliga history.
• Both FC Bayern München and Eintracht Frankfurt finished the 2020-21 Bundesliga
season without a single home defeat.
• On Matchday 14 of 2021-22, Bayern Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick became the first
player in the club’s history to score four goals in a Bundesliga match. Not happy there just one
Matchday later, Schick took the 5,000th penalty in the history of the Bundesliga.
Theres our review of the Bundesliga in 2021 have you enjoyed the past year and what are you expecting in 2022?.
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