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  • German Bundesliga Tops All Euro Soccer Leagues In Attendance

    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 ATTENDANCE
    CLUB
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '07-08 GMS
    Dortmund
    17
    1,272,460
    74,851
    72,510
    3.2%
    17
    Bayern Munich
    17
    1,173,000
    69,000
    69,000
    0.0%
    17
    Schalke 04
    17
    1,043,580
    61,387
    61,274
    0.2%
    17
    Hamburg SV
    17
    931,165
    54,774
    55,120
    -0.6%
    17
    Hertha Berlin
    17
    886,668
    52,157
    45,482
    14.7%
    17
    VfB Stuttgart
    17
    883,646
    51,979
    50,706
    2.5%
    17
    FC Cologne*
    17
    838,367
    49,316
    n/a
    n/a
    17
    Mönchengladbach*
    17
    805,397
    47,376
    n/a
    n/a
    17
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    17
    800,100
    47,065
    48,300
    -2.6%
    17
    Hannover 96
    17
    711,616
    41,860
    40,233
    4.0%
    17
    Werder Bremen
    17
    686,381
    40,375
    40,267
    0.3%
    17
    1899 Hoffenheim*
    17
    477,300
    28,076
    n/a
    n/a
    17
    Karlsruher SC
    17
    476,312
    28,018
    28,840
    -2.8%
    17
    VfL Wolfsburg
    17
    465,929
    27,408
    24,407
    12.3%
    17
    Bayer Leverkusen
    17
    442,750
    26,044
    22,471
    15.9%
    17
    VfL Bochum
    17
    433,762
    25,515
    24,399
    4.6%
    17
    Arminia Bielefeld
    17
    398,900
    23,465
    21,518
    9.0%
    17
    Energie Cottbus
    17
    284,245
    16,720
    16,598
    0.7%
    17
    LEAGUE TOTALS
    306
    13,011,578
    42,521
    39,444
    7.8%
    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)
    SEASON
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    '08-09
    13,011,578
    42,521
    '07-08
    12,069,813
    39,444
    '06-07
    12,226,795
    39,957
    '05-06
    12,478,319
    40,779
    '04-05
    11,570,364
    37,812
    '03-04
    11,442,009
    37,392
    '02-03
    10,450,202
    34,151
    '01-02
    10,315,507
    33,711
    '00-01
    9,453,110
    30,893
    '99-00
    9,549,181
    31,206
    '98-99
    10,026,166
    32,765
    '97-98
    10,087,247
    32,965
    '96-97
    9,449,798
    30,882
    '95-96
    9,424,485
    30,799
    '94-95
    9,196,246
    30,053

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