18 clubs consistently play in the first Bundesliga in Germany.
The league was founded in its current format in 1963 and is the premier football league in Germany. The composition of teams changes every season through a process of relegation with the second division of German football, the 2. Bundesliga. Approximately 13.7 million people attended games of the first Bundesliga while 5.4 billion attended games of the second Bundesliga during the 2017/2018 season.
Bayern Munich has the most expensive players in the Bundesliga.
In 2018, the transfer value of its players was 827.8 million euros. In comparison, the transfer value of the players in Borussia Dortmund was 412.3 million euros, less than half of Bayern Munich’s. In 2018, Bayern Munich had its brand valued at 1.4 billion U.S. dollars and Borussia Dortmund at 587 million U.S. dollars.