Bundesliga teams will compete in UEFA Championship 2023-24

In 2023–2024, seven Bundesliga teams will compete in Europe. Next season, the Bundesliga will be represented in UEFA competition by Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Union Berlin, Freiburg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern’s victory in Bremen and Union’s and Freiburg’s losses on Matchday 31 ensured that they would play in the Champions League. They won their 11th straight Bundesliga title on a dramatic afternoon on the final day of the season, ensuring their position in Pot 1 when the group stage draw was announced. With a 2-1 victory in Cologne, Thomas Tuchel’s squad edged out Borussia Dortmund to win the Meisterschale. As a result, the Bavarians will spearhead Germany’s ascent into European football’s premier competition.

However, Dortmund’s real goal was to win the Meisterschale for the first time since 2011–12, when Jürgen Klopp led them to their second successive championship. Dortmund qualified for the Champions League for the 12th time in 13 seasons. Dortmund profited greatly from Leipzig’s massive favor to Die Schwarzgelben by defeating Bayern 3-1 on Matchday 33, and they went on to defeat Augsburg 3-0. The Black-and-Yellows, who were in first place in their division and appeared to be on the verge of winning the championship, could only draw Mainz 2-2 at home. Dortmund had to be content with second place after Bayern’s victory in Cologne.

Bundesliga teams will compete in UEFA Championship

After defeating Bayern, Leipzig was guaranteed entry to the Champions League for the sixth time in seven years. Just a few weeks prior, their hopes of making the competition appeared to be in doubt, but four straight wins—including victories over fellow competitors Union and Freiburg—put them in the driver’s seat, and the victory away at Bayern secured their qualification with one game left to play. They then successfully defended the DFB Cup to cap off a strong campaign.

Union, who are only in their fourth season of Bundesliga play, clinched their first-ever entry into the Champions League with a victory over Werder Bremen on the final day of the regular season. In the Matchday 34 game, Union held off Freiburg to finish three points ahead of them in the final Bundesliga standings. Rani Khedira’s game-winning goal in the 81st minute electrified the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Freiburg upset the apple cart once more in 2022–23, even briefly taking the top spot in the Bundesliga standings in early September.

Freiburg placed sixth the previous year. The Black Forest team got a taste of what Champions League football may be like after taking on teams like the formidable Juventus in the Europa League this season. When Vincenzo Grifo’s team took the lead in Frankfurt on the final day of the season, Christian Streich’s team briefly moved ahead of fourth-placed Union and into first place. However, the home team rallied to win 2-1, and with to the Berliners’ late victory and Freiburg’s commendable fifth-place finish, the club was relegated to the Europa League.

Leverkusen’s dreams of finishing in the top six appeared to have been dashed on Matchday 31 as they were defeated 2-1 at home by Rhine rivals Cologne.The eliminated Europa League semifinalists drew with Stuttgart on Matchday 32, and after another draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach at home on Matchday 33, they were left in a battle for sixth place on the final day.In that particular race, Die Werkself enjoyed a one-point edge, but Bochum, which was in danger of being relegated, proved to be a nightmare for Xabi Alonso’s team on the final day. The visitors were eventually destroyed 3-0 as Bochum maintained their Bundesliga position despite being down to 10 men.

Bundesliga teams will compete in UEFA Championship

Wolfsburg, who briefly overtook Bayer in the standings on the final day.

Nevertheless lost at home to Hertha Berlin, giving Bayer a significant respite and guaranteeing European evenings at the BayArena for the upcoming campaign. Leverkusen advances to the Europa League group stage, while seventh place enters the Conference League play-off because DFB Cup champion Leipzig had already locked up a top-six finish in the Bundesliga. Frankfurt would have automatically advanced to the group stage of the Europa League, which they won in 2021–2022, had they not fallen to Leipzig in the DFB Cup final.

Due to Eintracht’s victory over Freiburg on the penultimate day, which moved them up to seventh place, Die Adler will relish the challenge of the UEFA Conference League next season. In Oliver Glasner’s final Bundesliga game as head coach of the Mainhatten team, Randal Kolo Muani and Eric Dina Ebimbe scored the Matchday 34 goals that propelled the Eagles to victory. To enter the tournament proper, they must triumph in a two-leg play-off, though.

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