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1997–98 Bundesliga

1997–98 Bundesliga

The 1997–98 Bundesliga was the 35th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league. It began on 1 August 1997[2] and ended on 9 May 1998.[3] FC Bayern Munich were the defending champions.

  1. FC Kaiserslautern

2nd Bundesliga title
4th German title
RelegatedKarlsruher SC
1. FC Köln
Arminia Bielefeld
Champions League
  1. FC Kaiserslautern

Bayern Munich
Cup Winners' CupMSV Duisburg (domestic cup finalists)
UEFA CupBayer Leverkusen
VfB Stuttgart
Schalke 04
Intertoto CupHansa Rostock
Werder Bremen
Matches played306
Goals scored853 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerUlf Kirsten (22)
Biggest home winLeverkusen 6–1 Karlsruhe (23 August 1997)
Leverkusen 6–1 Stuttgart (21 December 1997)
Leverkusen 5–0 Hamburg (18 April 1998)
Biggest away winnine games with a differential of +3 each (2–5 once, 1–4 twice, 0–3 six times)
Highest scoringDuisburg 4–5 M'gladbach (9 goals) (31 October 1997)
← 1996–97
1998–99 →

Competition modus

Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received three points for a win and one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal difference and, if still tied, by goals scored. The team with the most points were crowned champions while the three teams with the fewest points were relegated to 2. Bundesliga.

Team changes to 1996–97

Fortuna Düsseldorf, SC Freiburg and FC St. Pauli were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga after finishing in the last three places. They were replaced by 1. FC Kaiserslautern, VfL Wolfsburg and Hertha BSC.

Season overview

The 1997–98 Bundesliga battle for the championship was fought between FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Bayern were the defending champions after having won their 14th German title (their 13th Bundesliga title) in the 1996–97 season while Kaiserslautern were re-promoted to the Bundesliga; they had won the 1996–97 2. Bundesliga season with a ten-point margin after their very first Bundesliga relegation at the end of the 1995–96 season. Kaiserslautern was coached by Otto Rehhagel who had been sacked as Bayern coach in the spring of 1996.

Coincidentally, the fixture table was such that both clubs met directly at the very first matchday. At Munich Olympic Stadium, Kaiserslautern achieved a surprising 1–0 away win. After another win (1–0 against Hertha BSC) they were at the top of the league table after matchday two. They regained this top position after matchday four and eventually stayed there until the end of the season. After the end of the first half of the season, Kaiserslautern was four points ahead of Bayern, and while it was expected by many that the second direct encounter at Fritz-Walter-Stadion would be the start of an eventual change at the top, FCK again beat Bayern, this time 2–0, resulting in a seven-point margin between the two teams after matchday 18. Remarkable matchdays in terms of who would win the championship included round 23 and 24, when Bayern lost two matches in a row, while FCK managed to collect four points. Bayern never overtook Kaiserslautern during the whole season, and after matchday 33, with FCK beating VfL Wolfsburg 4–0 at home while Bayern only achieving a 0–0 draw at MSV Duisburg, Kaiserslautern were the early champions, with four points ahead with only one match remaining. They were the first team in Bundesliga history to win the championship as a newly promoted team.

Another surprise of the season was FC Hansa Rostock who just missed qualification for the UEFA-Cup, and all three newly promoted teams avoided relegation. At the bottom of the table, Arminia Bielefeld was the first team to be relegated, while 1. FC Köln had to go down after a 2–2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the final match of the season, ending a consecutive 35-year run of Bundesliga seasons for Cologne and leaving Hamburger SV as the "dinosaur" of the league (that is, the only Bundesliga founding member that had never been relegated until 2018). Karlsruher SC left the league after eleven seasons, while Borussia Mönchengladbach escaped relegation on the last matchday.

Team overview

Hertha BSCBerlinOlympiastadion76,000
Arminia BielefeldBielefeldStadion Alm22,512
VfL BochumBochumRuhrstadion36,344
SV Werder BremenBremenWeserstadion36,000
Borussia DortmundDortmundWestfalenstadion55,000
MSV DuisburgDuisburgWedaustadion30,128
Hamburger SVHamburgVolksparkstadion62,000
  1. FC Kaiserslautern
Karlsruher SCKarlsruheWildparkstadion33,800
1. FC KölnCologneMüngersdorfer Stadion55,000
Bayer 04 LeverkusenLeverkusenBayArena22,500
Borussia MönchengladbachMönchengladbachBökelbergstadion34,500
TSV 1860 MunichMunichOlympiastadion63,000
FC Bayern MunichMunichOlympiastadion63,000
F.C. Hansa RostockRostockOstseestadion25,850
FC Schalke 04GelsenkirchenParkstadion70,000
VfB StuttgartStuttgartGottlieb-Daimler-Stadion53,700
VfL WolfsburgWolfsburgVfL-Stadion am Elsterweg21,600

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
  1. FC Kaiserslautern
34191146339+24681998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2Bayern Munich3419966937+32661998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3Bayer Leverkusen34141376639+27551998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4VfB Stuttgart341410105549+652
5Schalke 0434131383832+652
6Hansa Rostock34149115446+8511998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
7Werder Bremen34148124347−4501998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
8MSV Duisburg341111124344−1441998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round[1]
9Hamburger SV341111123846−844
10Borussia Dortmund341110135755+243
11Hertha BSC34127154153−1243
12VfL Bochum34118154149−841
131860 Munich34118154354−1141
14VfL Wolfsburg34116173854−1639
15Borussia Mönchengladbach34911145459−538
16Karlsruher SC(R)34911144860−1238
  1. Bundesliga
171. FC Köln(R)34106184964−1536
18Arminia Bielefeld(R)3488184356−1332


Hertha BSC1–12–20–21–11–30–22–03–11–02–22–22–02–11–11–43–01–0
Arminia Bielefeld1–30–23–03–13–30–32–22–12–12–13–11–14–40–11–12–10–1
VfL Bochum2–11–00–12–10–00–01–33–32–10–03–11–02–31–33–00–22–1
Werder Bremen0–22–11–02–12–20–01–12–43–02–11–03–30–31–12–12–23–1
Borussia Dortmund3–03–25–22–23–00–12–22–23–00–11–22–30–23–22–23–12–1
MSV Duisburg0–12–12–02–10–03–01–11–02–21–14–50–20–00–11–00–32–2
Hamburger SV1–12–02–12–11–31–01–13–12–10–12–21–20–20–11–10–01–2
  1. FC Kaiserslautern
Karlsruher SC0–23–11–13–10–11–20–12–43–11–12–50–01–13–00–04–22–1
1. FC Köln2–03–52–12–04–23–21–20–00–12–23–22–31–30–00–24–25–3
Bayer Leverkusen0–10–03–24–12–22–15–01–16–14–01–12–24–21–10–06–12–1
Borussia Mönchengladbach4–20–02–10–01–10–31–11–31–14–12–25–11–15–20–10–00–2
1860 Munich3–11–00–20–14–20–11–11–32–21–03–42–02–20–11–01–32–1
Bayern Munich3–01–00–02–04–03–03–00–11–10–22–13–23–12–01–13–35–2
Hansa Rostock4–02–12–21–23–12–12–12–24–21–21–22–03–01–34–11–10–1
Schalke 041–02–12–00–11–01–12–21–12–01–02–12–02–01–00–03–41–1
VfB Stuttgart4–11–02–01–00–01–15–20–13–01–11–03–01–10–32–10–02–1
VfL Wolfsburg2–12–00–21–01–40–21–12–11–21–11–00–21–02–31–10–01–0

Top goalscorers

22 goals
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Ulf Kirsten (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

21 goals
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Olaf Marschall (1. FC Kaiserslautern)

14 goals
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f3/Flag_of_Switzerland.svg/16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f3/Flag_of_Switzerland.svg/24px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f3/Flag_of_Switzerland.svg/32px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png 2x|Switzerland|h16|w16|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Stéphane Chapuisat (Borussia Dortmund)

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Michael Preetz (Hertha BSC)

13 goals
  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Fredi Bobic (VfB Stuttgart)

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Carsten Jancker (FC Bayern Munich)

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/35px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/46px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png 2x|Sweden|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Jörgen Pettersson (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/41/Flag_of_Austria.svg/23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/41/Flag_of_Austria.svg/35px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/41/Flag_of_Austria.svg/45px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png 2x|Austria|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Toni Polster (1. FC Köln)

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Roy Präger (VfL Wolfsburg)

  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/35px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/46px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png 2x|Germany|h14|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Bernhard Winkler (TSV 1860 Munich)

Champion squad

  1. FC Kaiserslautern
Goalkeepers: Andreas Reinke (31); Lajos SzűcsHungary(3).
Defenders: Michael SchjønbergDenmark(32 / 4); Miroslav KadlecCzech Republic(32 / 1); Harry Koch (31); Axel Roos (31); Oliver Schäfer (10); Roger Lutz (6); Andreas Brehme (captain; 5); János HrutkaHungary(3).
Midfielders: Ciriaco SforzaSwitzerland(32 / 3); Andreas Buck (31 / 1); Martin Wagner (30 / 4); RatinhoBrazil(26 / 4); Marian HristovBulgaria(22 / 5); Michael Ballack (16); Thomas Riedl (6 / 1); Frank Greiner (1); Pascal OjigweNigeria(1).
Forwards: Marco Reich (31 / 1); Jürgen Rische (27 / 11); Olaf Marschall (24 / 21); Pavel KukaCzech Republic(22 / 5); Stefan Ertl (5).
*(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)*Manager: Otto Rehhagel. On the roster but have not played in a league game: Petr KoubaCzech Republic; Thomas Franck. Transferred out during the season: Petr KoubaCzech Republic(to FK Viktoria Žižkov).

See also


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