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Volume 6 No. 216
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Bundesliga Leads World Football With Average Crowd Of 42,609 Spectators

Germany's Bundesliga "was with an average attendance of 42,609 the world's most attended football league during the '13-14 season," according to the SID. It was the league's second highest attendance number after the '11-12 record season in which it had an average attendance of 45,116. Only the NFL had a higher average attendance during the previous season with 65,338. In comparison to the '12-13 campaign in which the league attracted an average of 41,914 spectators, its attendance increased by 1.7%. Almost 13 million fans attended the 306 Bundesliga games in '13-14. The 2nd Bundesliga "was also able to increase its attendance." The league had an average attendance of 17,853, which represents a 5.5% increase in comparison to '12-13. A total of 5.5 million spectators attended the 306 games of the second division (SID, 6/24).

LEAGUE SCHEDULE: The German Footall League (DFL) "released the schedules for the '13-14 Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga seasons in Frankfurt on Tuesday." Defending champion Bayern Munich "will open the league's 52nd season on Aug. 22 at home against VfL Wolfsburg." The top match of the first matchweek "will be the game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen at the Signal Iduna Park on Aug. 23" (DPA, 6/24). Find the full schedules here. (Bundesliga / 2nd Bundesliga)