Bundesliga in talks on major overhaul of league structure with plan to end season with play-off system

The Bundesliga could be set for a major overhaul that will see the introduction of end-of-season playoffs.

Bayern Munich has won the title for the past nine seasons and looks set to become the 10th in a row later this year.

Bayern won the Bundesliga title for nine consecutive seasons


Bayern won the Bundesliga title for nine consecutive seasonsCredit: AFP

They are currently in the lead Borussia Dortmund 6 points on the last 12 games of the campaign.

And Bayern’s recent dominance has prompted organizers to think of new ways to add excitement to the title race.

Now Letters is reporting that the German Football League (DFL) is discussing holding the play-offs at the end of the campaign.

DFL CEO Donata Hopfen told YOUNG: “There’s nothing taboo for me. If the play-offs work for us, then we’ll talk about the play-offs.”

And Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn also supports the idea of ​​the reshuffle despite the potential for a negative impact on his team.

He told Kicker: “I get excited thinking about new models as play-offs for Bundesliga.

“A format in the Bundesliga with semi-finals and final will bring excitement to the fans.

“So it makes sense to play through such an idea. We at FC Bayern are always open to new ideas.”

However, most Bundesliga clubs are said to be against the idea of ​​a play-off between the top clubs – with the Bayer LeverkusenEintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin both oppose it.

And former Bayern president Uli Hoeness completely disagrees with this proposal.

Referring to Kahn’s openness to it, he told Servus TV: “It’s his opinion – it’s not mine. I find that ridiculous.

“In the Bundesliga, whoever plays the best after 34 days of playing and going through a dense process with his team will win the championship.

“It’s just the law against Bayern Munich! It has nothing to do with tension.


“The new CEO of the DFL (Hopfen) thinks day and night about how to break the dominance of FC Bayern.

“And that’s when they came up with this idea. There were no playoffs in any of the major leagues in the world, not in England, not in Spain, not in Italy, not in France.”

And Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler simply said: “A completely wrong approach. I am completely against it.” Bundesliga in talks on major overhaul of league structure with plan to end season with play-off system


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