Germany’s top-flight soccer league, Bundesliga, is set to become the world’s first major sports league to return on May 16th. Despite soccer not being followed by many in the United States, the Bundesliga is worth the watch, with elite clubs, exciting talent, and a tight race for the trophy come to the end of June.
Want to know which team you should follow? Here are some teams worth watching based on their NFL counterparts!
New England Patriots-> Bayern Munich
This one is no secret. Both the Patriots and Bayern Munich have been the most successful clubs in their respective leagues over the past 20 years. The Patriots have won six championships since the turn of the century, as well as 17 AFC East Championships, and nine AFC Championships. As for Bayern Munich, they have 13 German league titles, two Champions League titles, and nine German Cup titles in the same time frame. The commonality both clubs share silverware.
Bayern is a world-class club that destroys its domestic competition and does more of its impressive work outside of Germany in Champions League play. They are currently on top of the table with nine games left to play. With no other football being played besides domestic, Bayern will throw everything they have into winning their 30th German title in the clubs’ history. If you like winners, look no further.
Kansas City Chiefs-> Borussia Dortmund
The 2020 Lombardi Trophy hoisters dominated the NFL with its explosive offensive capability. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins can be compared to the front four of Borussia Dortmund’s offense: Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, and Thorgan Hazard. High-quality offensive weapons with the capability of scoring in bunches are the similarity between these franchises.
Dortmund is Germany’s second-biggest soccer team but has lived in the shadows of Bayern Munich year after year. With young, promising talent, they sit three points behind first in the table, still within reach of capturing its first title since 2012.
Baltimore Ravens->RB Leipzig
Both the Ravens (1997) and RB Leipzig (2010) are newer clubs in their respective leagues. Despite being new on the scene, both organizations have been doing well as of recently, making a name and establishing themselves as title contenders. NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has taken the league by storm with his electrifying style of play and blistering the pace. The same can be said about Leipzig striker Time Werner, who at 24 years old has solidified himself as a top striker in Europe.
RB Leipzig has yet to win a German title, but with a strong core of young players and elite goal-scoring, they are one point off second in league play. Their impressive play in European competition has cemented their place as a newly respected club across the continent.
Philadelphia Eagles->Bayer Leverkusen
The only difference between the Philadelphia Eagles and Bayer Leverkusen? The Birds have one championship under their belt, and Bayer is still searching for theirs.
The Eagles won their first Super Bowl in 2018, and despite having a solid, formidable roster, they were counted out as underdogs. After the victory, the blue-collar city of Philadelphia rejoiced in seeing their team win its first-ever Lombardi trophy, a day that many thought would never come. As for Bayer, like the Eagles, they are considered to be a blue-collar team from a blue-collar city. Their “Carson Wentz” is midfielder Kai Havertz, the face of the club at 20 years old. Bayer has been a top-five club in Germany for many years, so when they finally win a domestic trophy, you bet the city of Leverkusen will be celebrating just like Philadelphia did in 2018.
Leverkusen sits fifth in the table and will be praying for the four teams in front of them to collapse for any hope at the 2019-2020 trophy.
Dallas Cowboys-> Borussia Monchengladbach
If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’re gonna hate me for this analogy.
Just like Borussia Monchengladbach, the Dallas Cowboys have had title success in their history as an NFL franchise (5 Lombardi Trophies). However, that success came pre 2000, at a much earlier time than most of their younger fan base can remember (1996 being the latest). Borussia Monchengladbach has 5 domestic titles like the Cowboys, and all of those titles came during the 1970s. The thing that the Cowboys and “Die Fohlen” have in common: despite them once being great, their chances of winning it all since then have been a mere dream to their fans.
Monchengladbach currently sit fourth in the table, and while they are not far off of Bayern’s point total, they have a handful of top table teams left to play as the season comes to a close