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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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