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The rise of the Germans
Author: Harry Price Published : 12 Mar 2013 09:15:58
If the title of this article is anything to go by this could well be an article on the origins of the Second World War but it isn't, far from it, it's actually about the German league, more specifically the Bundesliga and its rise in such a short space of time.
The Bundesliga has always been one of the top leagues in Europe but despite being one of the top leagues in Europe it has always found itself firmly behind the likes of the Premier League, La Liga and the Serie A but since the early 2000's the league has been on a dramatic rise which has seen it take over the Serie A, a league which is fast turning into a joke which isn't even funny, and maybe the league's rise won't stop there.
The reasons behind its rise vary, one of the reasons is definitely the fact that there is an incredible emphasis on youth academies in Germany, due to the investment that is made in youth academies the end products are magnificent, well prepared footballers, this emphasis on youth academies is the product of a rule in the German league which states that every team in the Bundesliga must have a license and that license is only granted when a stable and sustainable budget plan is presented and the emphasis on youth academies helps to gain the license. Having good quality home grown players also helps to reduce the amount of money spent in the transfer market as clubs simply do not need to spend big to succeed, Bayern Munich are one of the few examples to this rule but even they possess a fantastic youth set-up which produces quality players.
Another reason, is the support for football in German, the way in which the Germans get behind their teams is truly admirable, something which is lacking in Italy, and most clubs in Germany acknowledge that fantastic support with low ticket prices, some ticket prices are as low as 15 Euros and that ticket pricing isn't an example of a small team in the Bundesliga, the example in question is that of Borussia Dortmund.
Thanks to this new set-up in the German league, Bayern Munich are no longer the only German team which are flying the flag for Germany in the Champions League, oh no, nowadays the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are beginning to become forces in European football, Borussia Dortmund topped the most difficult group in the Champions League, the group of “death” if you wish, a group which contained English champions Manchester City, Spanish champions Real Madrid and Dutch champions Ajax, and after winning the group Dortmund overcame tough opposition in the shape of Shakhtar Donetsk, and Schalke also overcame a difficult group to qualify.
On the national team front, the Germans have always been a force to be reckoned with but now they are armed with a very talented team as well as a fantastic U-21 squad which continues to produce more and more fantastic players which can and will succeed at the top level of international football, all the German team needs now is a new trophy to start their domination in international football...