#BundesligaTeamwork: Bundesliga in English // Bundesliga basics

31. March 2020 in tipico Bundesliga

Durch die Entwicklungen rund um das Coronavirus müssen wir nicht nur auf unseren geliebten Fußball verzichten, wir haben auch etwas mehr Zeit zur Verfügung als dies normal der Fall ist. Diese Zeit könnten wir sinnvollerweise dazu nützen, unsere Englischkenntnisse zu verbessern und ein paar Fußballvokabeln aufzufrischen. Die Kollegen von "The Other Bundesliga", dem englischen Podcast über die Österreichische Fußball-Bundesliga, helfen uns dabei.

Bundesliga basics

The Austrian football Bundesliga started back in 1974, so that makes it 46 years old. The name ‘Bundesliga’ actually makes a lot of sense for a nationwide football competition! The ‘Bundes-’ part is from Austria’s nine federal states (the ’Bundesländer’) so it represents the whole country. The ‘Liga’ part of the name, of course, is because it’s a league competition, meaning that all of the teams play against each other.
 
There are 12 teams who participate in the Bundesliga. Red Bull Salzburg have finished at the top of the league for every one of the last 6 seasons, so they’re hard to beat. Football fans from the capital city might be supporters of either Rapid Vienna or Austria Vienna, and of course those two teams are big rivals! Austria Vienna were actually the last club to win the title before Salzburg won six in a row, when the violets lifted the Bundesliga shield back in 2013.
 
In Styria there’s SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz, who won the league in 2011, and TSV Prolactal Hartberg too, who are quite new to life in the top-flight. From Upper Austria we have last season’s runners-up LASK; from Lower Austria there’s spusu SKN St. Pölten, and also FC Flyeralarm Admira who play near Mödling, almost on the border with Vienna!
 
RZ Pellets WAC are from the south of the country, down in Carinthia. Over the mountains to the far west in Vorarlberg, that’s where you’ll find CASHPOINT SCR Altach. There are still two more clubs left, one is WSG Swarovski Tirol, and you don’t need to guess too hard to know that they’re from Tyrol, and last but not least, there’s SV Mattersburg who are based in Burgenland.
 
So that’s 12 football clubs spread across all nine of Austria’s federal states! Did you know, though, that having 12 teams is quite new for the Austrian Bundesliga? Only two seasons ago, the Bundesliga was made up of 10 teams instead. Now, with 12 teams, each team plays every other team twice, home and away, so that makes 22 matches for every club in the first part of the football season.
 
After that, things get really exciting, and the top six teams and the bottom six teams get divided. The top six go into a “Championship Group” whilst the bottom six go into a “Qualification Group” where there are a final 10 matches to play.
 
The six sides in the Championship Group play matches against each other to decide which team will be the champions, and also which teams will play in the illustrious European competitions, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the following season.
 
In the Qualification Group, the six teams have to battle to avoid being relegated, and the team who finishes at the top of the group still has a small chance of reaching the UEFA Europa League!
 
Right now, just like you, all the players from the 12 Bundesliga teams have to stay at home, and they will be working out every day so they can keep fit, and be ready play football once again as soon as possible!
 

Vocabulary Guide

English - German
nationwide - landesweit
federal states - Bundesländer (In Great Britain, instead of federal states, they have 48 counties!)
county - Kreis / Bezirk
represents - repräsentiert
league - Liga
competition - Wettbewerb
participate - teilnehmen
capital city - Hauptstadt
rivals - Rivalen
Bundesliga shield - Meisterteller
top-flight - Erstliga
runners-up - Vizemeister
on the border - an der Grenze
last but not least - zu guter Letzt
two seasons ago - vor zwei Spielsaisonen
divided - aufgeteilt
home and away (games) - Heim- und Auswärtsspiele
Championship Group - Meistergruppe
Qualification Group - Qualifikationsgruppe
sides - Teams / Mannschaften
champions - Meister
illustrious - berühmt
the following season - die folgende Saison
relegated / relegation - absteigen / Abstieg
to work out - trainieren
as soon as possible - so bald wie möglich
 
If you want to read and especially hear more about Austrian football in English just visit the "The Other Bundesliga" website.
 
#BundesligaTeamwork ist eine Online-Initiative der Österreichischen Fußball-Bundesliga. Als Fußball haben wir eine gesellschaftliche Verantwortung, die über den Sport hinausgeht. In Zeiten, in denen viele Menschen auf ihre Mitmenschen Rücksicht nehmen und zur Eindämmung des Coronavirus zuhause bleiben, soziale Kontakte und Freizeitaktivitäten vermeiden, stellen wir insbesondere auf unseren digitalen Kanälen verstärkt Inhalte zur Verfügung. Die komplette Übersicht finden Sie auf www.bundesliga.at/teamwork
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