The next Bundesliga season, already the 60th in history, will start today. Although Robert Lewandowski will be missing from the German stadiums this time, they are still worth getting to know. We present you with venues of Europe's finest competitions. Here is our lucky 18!
Despite arguably the Bundesliga's best player, along with his biggest rival for the scoring title Erling Haaland, has left Germany, there will certainly be plenty of excitement in the coming campaign. We begin our tour of the arenas of Goethe's homeland with the newcomers, who are all deserving figures in German football. Both Werder and Schalke have returned to the top tier of the competition after spending a year in the 2. Bundesliga. They play their day-to-day matches at Wohninvest Weserstadion and the iconic Veltins Arena, respectively.
Defending the title will of course be Bayern Munich, whose Allianz Arena is still one of the most modern stadiums in the world. The big question mark remains the performance of the Bavarians without "Lewy" in the line-up. Perhaps the end of their long-standing dominance has arrived and they will not be able to win their eleventh championship in a row. Bayern could be threatened by their eternal rival from Dortmund. Time will tell if more than 80,000 fans will celebrate regaining the title at Signal Iduna Park.
Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are sure to be right behind the two giants. Both teams will also represent Germany in the Champions League. While Red Bull Arena has already established itself as the home of major football, Bay Arena will see the return of Europe's elite after a two-year absence. The Europa League will return to Stadion An der Alten Försterei, home of Union Berlin, and the brand new Europa-Park Stadion, SC Freiburg’s facility.
In the inaugural round, the 'Breisgau-Brasilianer' will be facing FC Augsburg. The match will be played at WWK Arena. Let us not forget about VfL Bochum’s stadium, the distinctive "brutal" Vonovia Ruhrstadion, which is the second smallest venue in the league and Wolfsburg’s very own Volkswagen Arena. In the upcoming campaign Hertha will continue to play at Olympiastadion, although the first information regarding the Berliners' new arena has already emerged (as we wrote about here).
Famous for its innovative canopy is Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, where Eintracht play their matches. The capacity-wise Top 5 starts with Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, where VfB play. The stadium is about to undergo another upgrade to host Euro 2024. Two other 50,000-seater stadiums are also worth mentioning: RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne and Stadion im Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach. We only need Hoffenheim's home, Prezero Arena, and Mainz's venue, Mewa Arena, to successfully wrap-up our list.
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