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Fußball-Bundesliga 1965–66 was the third season of the Fußball-Bundesliga, West Germanymarker's premier football league. It began on 14 August 1965 and ended on 28 May 1966. Werder Bremen were the defending champions.

Competition modus

Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received two points for a win and one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal average. The team with the most points were crowned champions while the two teams with the least points were relegated to their respective Regionalliga divisions.

Team changes to 1964–65

Karlsruher SC and FC Schalke 04 would initially have been relegated for finishing in the bottom two places. However, Hertha BSC Berlin were found guilty of illegal financial behavior and, as a consequence, had their Bundesliga license revoken. The German FA then decided to keep Karlsruhe and Schalke in the league and expand its size to 18 teams. Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach were promoted after having won their respective promotion play-off groups. In order to still have a representative from West Berlinmarker in the league, Tasmania Berlin were also granted promotion.

Season overview

The 1965–66 season was the inaugural season for the two most successful clubs regarding league titles in Bundesliga history, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich. It was also the first time that a city had two clubs in the Bundesliga. Bayern were a title contender for large parts of the season, but eventually were held short three points by their cross-town rivals 1860, who won their first championship. Nevertheless, the newcomers had something to celebrate as well, as they won the DFB Cup one week after the end of the season, which they finished in third place.

Borussia Dortmund finished in second place, ahead on goal average to Bayern Munich. They also had huge title chances until late in the season, but were beaten 2–0 at home by 1860 on the second-to-last match day. However, Dortmund did not end the season without a title as well, as they beat Liverpool 2–1 after extra time in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final at Glasgowmarker's Hampden Parkmarker three days earlier. It marked the first time that a German club had won a European championship.

At the other end of the table, another famous German club had a historic season as well – but in the worst way possible. Tasmania Berlin were added to the league just two weeks before the start of the season after city rivals Hertha BSC had been thrown out on financial irregularities. They were not even first choice for a replacement as the Berlin representative, as they had only finished in third place in Oberliga Berlin. But when champions Tennis Borussia were considered too weak after failing in the promotion play-off rounds and therefore were not asked, and runners-up Spandauer SV declined their interest in a Bundesliga spot as well, Tasmania gladly accepted the invitation by the German FA.

The decision turned out to be a fatal one for the club. Tasmania's team was never capable of the Bundesliga and soon became the laughingstock of the league. They set up a various number of records, including, among others, lowest point total (8), least wins (2), least draws (4), most losses (28), least goals scored (15), most goals against (108) and lowest match attendance for a Bundesliga game (827 against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 15 January 1966). Most of the records are still intact.

Team overview

Club Ground Capacity
Olympiastadionmarker 100,000
Eintracht-Stadionmarker 38,000
Weserstadionmarker 32,000
Stadion Rote Erdemarker 30,000
Waldstadion 87,000
Volksparkstadionmarker 80,000
Niedersachsenstadion 86,000
Stadion Betzenbergmarker 42,000
Wildparkstadionmarker 50,000
Müngersdorfer Stadionmarker 76,000
Wedaustadionmarker 38,500
Bökelbergstadionmarker 34,500
Stadion an der Grünwalder Straßemarker 58,200
Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße 58,200
Ellenfeld 32,000
Städtisches Stadionmarker 64,238
Glückauf-Kampfbahn 35,000
Neckarstadionmarker 53,000

League table


Top scorers

31 goals

26 goals

20 goals

18 goals

17 goals

16 goals

15 goals

Champion Squad

1. TSV 1860 München
- bgcolor="#E8E8E8" align="left"|Goalkeeper: Petar Radenković (34).

Defenders: Bernd Patzke (28); Hans Reich (26); Manfred Wagner (26); Rudolf Zeiser (12); Rudolf Steiner (9).

Midfielders: Željko Perušić (34); Peter Grosser (32 / 18); Otto Luttrop (22 / 1); Hans Küppers (19 / 4); Wilfried Kohlars (19).

Forwards: Friedhelm Konietzka (33 / 26); Alfred Heiß (31 / 10); Rudolf Brunnenmeier (27 / 15); Hans Rebele (22 / 5).

(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Max Merkel .

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Wilfried Tepe; Alfred Kohlhäufl; Ludwig Bründl; Hans Fischer; Helmut Richert; Ernst Winterhalder.

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