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Fußball-Bundesliga 1968–69 was the sixth season of the Fußball-Bundesliga, West Germanymarker's premier football league. It began on 17 August 1968 and ended on 7 June 1969. 1. FC Nuremberg 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 1967–68

Borussia Neunkirchen and Karlsruher SC were relegated to the Regionalliga after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by Hertha BSC Berlin and Kickers Offenbach, who won their respective promotion play-off groups.

Season overview

The dominant team of the 1968–69 season was FC Bayern Munich. Bayern were in first place of the standings from the very first matchday and never looked back, continuosly increasing their margin to eventually eight points, the biggest so far in league history. They were victorious in the DFB Cup as well, beating Schalke in the final by a 2–1 score. Keys to their double win were their improved defense and top scorer Gerd Müller, who scored 30 goals.

Behind Bayern, the league continued to create surprises. Alemannia Aachen ended up in second place after a campaign which featured almost every position between 2nd and 16th. Other notable astonishments were Eintracht Braunschweig, who finished in fourth place, and 1. FC Köln, who ended their season in a dismal 13th position.

Köln even were in danger of being relegated prior to the last matchday, sitting in 15th place with 30 points at that time. They played 1. FC Nuremberg at home, who also were in relegation trouble as 16th-placed team, one point behind Köln. Another match on that day was the clash between 17th-placed Borussia Dortmund and 18th-placed Kickers Offenbach. Both teams had 28 points prior to the game. After the matches were over, both Nuremberg and Offenbach had received 3–0 defeats, resulting in the demotion of both teams.

The demotion of Nuremberg was especially tragic as they had been Bundesliga champions only 12 months ago. Nevertheless, a pre-season sell-out of their best players and continuous quarrels between coach Max Merkel and his players proved to be costly, and although Merkel was sacked in late March 1969, it was too late to reverse tides. A home draw to Dortmund on matchday 33 and the defeat against Köln one week later eventually sealed their fate.

Team overview

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

League table


Top goalscorers

30 goals

23 goals

17 goals

15 goals

14 goals

13 goals

12 goals

Champion Squad

1. FC Bayern Munich
- bgcolor="#E8E8E8" align="left"|Goalkeeper: Sepp Maier (34).

Defenders: Werner Olk (34 / 1); Peter Pumm (34); Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck (34); Franz Beckenbauer (33 / 2); Peter Kupferschmidt (22).

Midfielders: August Starek (34 / 4); Franz Roth (34 / 2); Helmut Schmidt (21 / 2).

Forwards: Rainer Ohlhauser (34 / 10); Dieter Brenninger (34 / 9); Gerd Müller (30 / 30); Gustav Jung (4).

(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Branko Zebec .

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Fritz Kosar; Benno Zellermayer; Peter Stegmann; Albrecht Wachsmann; Reinhard Lippert.

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