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Bundesliga Season Preview 2022-23

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The 2022/23 season, the 60th of the Bundesliga era, begins on Friday night. The following will be a look ahead to what to expect from this year’s Bundesliga season.

There has been much speculation, particularly among some German football pundits, that after 10 consecutive league titles Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance could finally be coming to an end (or at the very least that it might be challenged more than previously in the last decade).

Bundesliga Season Preview: Bavarian Giants

That is mostly wishful thinking on the part of those pundits however. While it is true that the Bavarian giants lost the services of their main striker Robert Lewandowski, that will diversify attacking play and thus make it more unpredictable. Last Saturday’s Super Cup victory over RB Leipzig supports this view. It is also true that Borussia Dortmund in particular improved their squad in the summer. But for one thing, the injury to Niklas Süle and the horrific cancer diagnosis of Sébastien Haller have made necessary some signings for the Bavarian Giants to fill in these missing pieces. Secondly, Bayern’s transfer market acquisitions of especially Matthijs de Ligt and Sadio Mané were on another level compared to those of any of their Bundesliga rivals.

Bundesliga Season Preview: Rest of the League

Apart from the two teams named above, Leipzig, Leverkusen and perhaps a surprise team or two will likely play for the top four.

It will be particularly interesting to see if some of last season’s biggest underachievers like Borussia Mönchengladbach, or VfL Wolfsburg can significantly improve under new coaches and perhaps challenge for European spots again.

Conversely, it will also be fascinating what last term’s overachievers such as SC Freiburg, Union Berlin or 1. FC Koln can do this time around. They have all lost some key players and will have to juggle European adventures with Bundesliga duties. All of that said, particularly Freiburg and Union have managed to reinvent themselves and get results against the odds for years now. If can they can do it while playing in the Europa League is yet to be seen of course.

Another major question will be where last season’s Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt will end up. With good signings like Mario Götze, or Lucas Alario they have improved their squad, but they also have to deal with Champions League football for the first time.

The fight against relegation should be especially unpredictable this season. This is due to the fact that both promoted sides in Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen are too good to finish in the bottom two or three (with third from the bottom being a promotion/relegation playoff spot) after a “normal” season.

VfL Bochum will likely struggle to stay up in their second season back in the top flight. But Thomas Reis’ men will surely make a fight of it. Other teams in potential danger of the drop will likely be FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart. Hertha Berlin might even be drawn into the struggle yet again.

One thing is for sure, the Bundesliga season will provide much drama (even if it may not do so in the title race).

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