If it were about the size of the stadium, that would be the Bundesliga

In an international comparison of the top leagues, the Bundesliga is lagging behind from a sporting point of view. The success of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League does little to change this fact. The Bundesliga nevertheless enjoys an excellent reputation. Their ‘unique selling point’ is the stadium experience that the 18 clubs offer millions of fans, at least as long as the pandemic situation allows.

Thanks in part to the 2006 World Cup and individual building initiatives by various clubs, the Bundesliga most likely has the most modern stadiums in the world, which are an important support for the living fan culture in the country. Incidentally, there are strict regulations as to what a club’s home ground should look like, at least when it comes to capacity. For the Bundesliga and 2nd division organized by the DFL, Appendix VI of the licensing regulations states that there must be room for at least 15,000 spectators. For the 3rd league, the responsible DFB has reduced the minimum capacity for the new season to 5001. With a few exceptions, the minimum requirements for the participants in the three largest competitions in the country do not represent a high hurdle.

HSV would finally be Bundesliga again

After all, there are a whole series of football temples in Germany that exceed the minimum capacity many times over. However, some of the country’s largest stadiums are currently not home to the House of Lords. In five of the 14 largest arenas in Germany, for example, only second division football will be offered in the new season. This circumstance has suggested a thought experiment: What would happen if participation in the top leagues in Germany were strictly linked to the size of the respective home venues? It would benefit Hamburger SV in the new season, for example, since the Volksparkstadion is one of the largest stadiums in the country.

Six ‘relegated’ from the House of Lords

In addition to HSV, Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1.FC Nuremberg, 1.FC Kaiserslautern and Hannover 96 would also benefit from such a replacement in the Bundesliga. Regional league team Alemannia Aachen would make the biggest leap. That would make DFB President Bernd Neuendorf happy, for example, who would like to watch Bundesliga football from his heart club at the Tivoli. ‘Relegated’ would be FC Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, TSG Hoffenheim, VfL Wolfsburg, VfL Bochum and Union Berlin. Bochum in particular, who climbed so strongly last season, shows that you don’t necessarily need a huge arena to turn your home ground into a real fortress. At least Bochum managed to win at home against FC Bayern, which Borussia Dortmund, for example, has not managed to do for a long time despite the largest home game crowd in Germany. And you don’t even have to start with the proven quality of the iron at this point.

In the episode lists the national leagues as they would look after a reshuffling based on stadium sizes. The basis for this: Only venues in which at least regional league football is played in the new season are included in the rating.

This is what the Bundesliga looks like

1. Borussia Dortmund (up to 81,365 spectators at Signal Iduna Park)

2. FC Bayern (75 021 / Allianz Arena)

3. Hertha BSC (74 475 / Olympic Stadium)

4. FC Schalke 04 (62 271 / Veltins-Arena)

5. VfB Stuttgart (60 449 / Mercedes-Benz Arena)

6. Hamburger SV (57,000 / Volkspark Stadium)

7. Fortuna Dusseldorf (54,600 / Merkur Spiel-Arena)

8. Borussia Mönchengladbach (54 022 / Borussia-Park)

9. Eintracht Frankfurt (51,500 / Deutsche Bank Park)

10. 1.FC Nuremberg (50,000 / Max Morlock Stadium)

11. 1.FC Cologne (50,000 / Rheinenergie Stadium)

12. 1.FC Kaiserslautern (49 850 / Fritz Walter Stadium)

13. Hannover 96 (49 200 / HDI-Arena)

14. RB Leipzig (47 069 / Red Bull Arena)

15. Werder Bremen (42 100 / Weser Stadium)

16. SC Freiburg (34,700 / Europa-Park Stadium)

17. FSV Mainz 05 (33 305 / Mewa Arena)

18. Alemannia Aachen (32 960 / Tivoli)

This is what the 2nd Bundesliga looks like

1. Dynamo Dresden (32 249 / Rudolf Harbig Stadium)

2. MSV Duisburg (31,500 / Schauinsland Travel Arena)

3. FC Augsburg (30,660 / WWK-Arena)

4. Bayer Leverkusen (30 210 / BayArena)

5. TSG Hoffenheim (30,150 / PreZero-Arena)

6. 1.FC Magdeburg (30 098 / 1700-Arena)

7. VfL Wolfsburg (30,000 / Volkswagen Arena)

8. FC St. Pauli (29 546 / Millerntor Stadium)

9. Hansa Rostock (29 000 / Ostseestadion)

10. VfL Bochum (27 599 / Ruhr Stadium)

11. Arminia Bielefeld (26 515 / SchücoArena)

12. Waldhof Mannheim (24 302 / Carl-Benz-Stadion)

13. Eintracht Braunschweig (23 325 / Eintracht Stadium)

14. Wuppertaler SV (23 067 / Stadion am Zoo)

15. Energie Cottbus (22 528 / Stadium of Friendship)

16. Union Berlin (22 012 / Stadium An der Alten Försterei)

17. SpVgg Bayreuth (21,500 / Hans Walter Wild Stadium)

18. Karlsruher SC (20 740 / BBBank Wildpark)

(Information via Wikipedia)