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The Bundesliga, Germany's top-tier soccer league, saw its highest-ever average attendance, leading all European leagues in '08-09 with 42,521 fans per game, up 7.8% from 39,444 fans per game last season. Bundesliga attendance topped even the 35,594 fans the EPL averaged this season. Dortmund led all clubs with 74,851 fans per game, which would have placed them second behind Manchester United in the EPL. Only three clubs saw declines in average attendance this season, while three clubs (of those returning from '07-08) saw double-digit increases. Listed below is club-by-club attendance for the German Bundesliga for '08-09, with comparisons to last season. Also below is an attendance trend for the Bundesliga from recent years (THE DAILY).'08-09 GERMAN BUNDESLIGA ATTENDANCECLUBGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'07-08 GMSDortmund171,272,46074,85172,5103.2%17Bayern Munich171,173,00069,00069,0000.0%17
Schalke 04171,043,58061,38761,2740.2%17 Hamburg SV17931,16554,77455,120-0.6%17 Hertha Berlin17886,66852,15745,48214.7%17 VfB Stuttgart17883,64651,97950,7062.5%17 FC Cologne*17838,36749,316n/an/a17 Mönchengladbach*17805,39747,376n/an/a17 Eintracht Frankfurt17800,10047,06548,300-2.6%17 Hannover 9617711,61641,86040,2334.0%17 Werder Bremen17686,38140,37540,2670.3%17 1899 Hoffenheim*17477,30028,076n/an/a17 Karlsruher SC17476,31228,01828,840-2.8%17 VfL Wolfsburg17465,92927,40824,40712.3%17 Bayer Leverkusen17442,75026,04422,47115.9%17 VfL Bochum17433,76225,51524,3994.6%17 Arminia Bielefeld17398,90023,46521,5189.0%17 Energie Cottbus17284,24516,72016,5980.7%17 LEAGUE TOTALS30613,011,57842,52139,4447.8%306
NOTES: *=Promoted from Bundesliga 2 after '07-08 season. '07-08 Bundesliga average contains figures for clubs Hansa Rostock, MSV Duisburg and FC Nuremburg, who were relegated.BUNDESLIGA ATTENDANCE TREND (306 MATCHES)SEASONTOTALAVG.'08-0913,011,57842,521'07-0812,069,81339,444'06-0712,226,79539,957'05-0612,478,31940,779'04-0511,570,36437,812'03-0411,442,00937,392'02-0310,450,20234,151'01-0210,315,50733,711'00-019,453,11030,893'99-009,549,18131,206'98-9910,026,16632,765'97-9810,087,24732,965'96-979,449,79830,882'95-969,424,48530,799'94-959,196,24630,053