2015–16 Bundesliga


The 2015–16 Bundesliga was the 53rd season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football competition. The season started on 14 August 2015 and ended on 14 May 2016.[2] Bayern Munich were the defending champions, after winning their 24th Bundesliga title and 25th German championship overall in the previous season.

Bundesliga
Season2015–16
Dates14 August 2015 – 14 May 2016
ChampionsBayern Munich
25th Bundesliga title
26th German title
RelegatedVfB Stuttgart
Hannover 96
Champions LeagueBayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Europa LeagueSchalke 04
Mainz 05
Hertha BSC
Matches played306
Goals scored866 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorerRobert Lewandowski
(30 goals)
Biggest home winVfL Wolfsburg 6–0 Werder Bremen
Biggest away winEintracht Frankfurt 1–5 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Darmstadt 98 0–4 Hertha BSC
Highest scoringEintracht Frankfurt 6–2 1. FC Köln
Werder Bremen 6–2 VfB Stuttgart
Longest winning run10 matches[1]
Bayern Munich
Longest unbeaten run15 matches[1]
Borussia Dortmund
Longest winless run9 matches[1]
VfB Stuttgart
Longest losing run8 matches[1]
Hannover 96
Highest attendance81,359[1]
Borussia Dortmund 4–0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
(15 August 2015)
Lowest attendance13,500[1]
FC Ingolstadt 1–0 Mainz 05
Average attendance43,309

Bayern Munich won the 2015–16 title in the second-last round on 7 May 2016, thereby becoming the first club in the history of the Bundesliga and the German football championship to win four consecutive championships.[3]

Teams


A total of 18 teams were participating in this year's edition of the Bundesliga. Of these, 15 sides qualified directly from the 2014–15 season and the two sides were directly promoted from the 2014–15 2. Bundesliga season: FC Ingolstadt, the champions, and Darmstadt 98, the runners-up. The final participant was decided by a two-legged play-off, in which the 16th-placed Bundesliga club, Hamburger SV, defeated the third-place finisher in the 2. Bundesliga, Karlsruher SC.

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity Ref.
FC Augsburg Augsburg WWK ARENA 30,660
Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen BayArena 30,210
Bayern Munich Munich Allianz Arena 75,000
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 81,359 [4]
Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach Stadion im Borussia-Park 54,010
Darmstadt 98 Darmstadt Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor 17,000
Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 51,500
Hamburger SV Hamburg Volksparkstadion 57,000
Hannover 96 Hanover HDI-Arena 49,000
Hertha BSC Berlin Olympiastadion 74,475
1899 Hoffenheim Sinsheim Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 30,150
FC Ingolstadt Ingolstadt Audi Sportpark 15,000
1. FC Köln Cologne RheinEnergieSTADION 50,000
Mainz 05 Mainz Coface Arena 34,000
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena 62,271 [5]
VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena 60,441
Werder Bremen Bremen Weserstadion 42,100 [6][7]
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,000

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Ref.
Name Name
FC Augsburg Markus Weinzierl Paul Verhaegh Nike WWK [8][9][10]
Bayer Leverkusen Roger Schmidt Lars Bender Adidas LG Electronics [8][9][10]
Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola Philipp Lahm Adidas Deutsche Telekom [8][9][10]
Borussia Dortmund Thomas Tuchel Mats Hummels Puma Evonik [8][9][10]
Borussia Mönchengladbach André Schubert Granit Xhaka Kappa Postbank [8][9][10]
Darmstadt 98 Dirk Schuster Aytaç Sulu Jako Software AG [8][9][10]
Eintracht Frankfurt Niko Kovač Alexander Meier Nike Alfa Romeo [8][9][10]
Hamburger SV Bruno Labbadia Johan Djourou Adidas Emirates [8][9][10]
Hannover 96 Daniel Stendel Christian Schulz Jako Heinz von Heiden [8][9][10]
Hertha BSC Pál Dárdai Fabian Lustenberger Nike bet-at-home.com [8][9][10]
1899 Hoffenheim Julian Nagelsmann Pirmin Schwegler Lotto SAP [8][9][10]
FC Ingolstadt Ralph Hasenhüttl Marvin Matip Adidas Media Markt [8][9][10]
1. FC Köln Peter Stöger Matthias Lehmann Erima REWE [8][9][10]
Mainz 05 Martin Schmidt Julian Baumgartlinger Lotto Kömmerling [8][9][10]
Schalke 04 André Breitenreiter Benedikt Höwedes Adidas Gazprom [8][9][10]
VfB Stuttgart Jürgen Kramny Christian Gentner Puma Mercedes-Benz Bank [8][9][10]
Werder Bremen Viktor Skrypnyk Clemens Fritz Nike Wiesenhof [8][9][10]
VfL Wolfsburg Dieter Hecking Diego Benaglio Kappa Volkswagen [8][9][10]

Managerial changes


Team Outgoing Manner Exit date Position in table Incoming Incoming date Ref.
Announced on Departed on Announced on Arrived on
Borussia Dortmund Jürgen Klopp Resigned 15 April 2015 30 June 2015 Pre-season Thomas Tuchel 19 April 2015 1 July 2015 [11][12]
VfB Stuttgart Huub Stevens End of contract 24 May 2015 Alexander Zorniger 25 May 2015 [13][14]
Schalke 04 Roberto Di Matteo Resigned 26 May 2015 André Breitenreiter 12 June 2015 [15][16]
Eintracht Frankfurt Thomas Schaaf Armin Veh 14 June 2015 [17][18]
Borussia Mönchengladbach Lucien Favre 20 September 2015 18th André Schubert[lower-alpha 1] 21 September 2015 [19][20]
1899 Hoffenheim Markus Gisdol Sacked 26 October 2015 17th Huub Stevens 26 October 2015 [21]
VfB Stuttgart Alexander Zorniger Sacked 24 November 2015 16th Jürgen Kramny 24 November 2015 [22]
Hannover 96 Michael Frontzeck Resigned 21 December 2015 17th Thomas Schaaf 28 December 2015 4 January 2016 [23][24]
1899 Hoffenheim Huub Stevens 10 February 2016 Julian Nagelsmann 11 February 2016 [25][26]
Eintracht Frankfurt Armin Veh Sacked 6 March 2016 16th Niko Kovač 8 March 2016 [27][28]
Hannover 96 Thomas Schaaf 3 April 2016 18th Daniel Stendel 3 April 2016 [29]
  1. Schubert was initially appointed as interim coach, but the move was made permanent on 13 November 2015.

League table


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (C) 34 28 4 2 80 17 +63 88 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 24 6 4 82 34 +48 78
3 Bayer Leverkusen 34 18 6 10 56 40 +16 60
4 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 17 4 13 67 50 +17 55 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
5 Schalke 04 34 15 7 12 51 49 +2 52 Qualification to Europa League group stage[lower-alpha 1]
6 Mainz 05 34 14 8 12 46 42 +4 50
7 Hertha BSC 34 14 8 12 42 42 0 50 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
8 VfL Wolfsburg 34 12 9 13 47 49 2 45
9 1. FC Köln 34 10 13 11 38 42 4 43
10 Hamburger SV 34 11 8 15 40 46 6 41
11 FC Ingolstadt 34 10 10 14 33 42 9 40
12 FC Augsburg 34 9 11 14 42 52 10 38
13 Werder Bremen 34 10 8 16 50 65 15 38
14 Darmstadt 98 34 9 11 14 38 53 15 38
15 1899 Hoffenheim 34 9 10 15 39 54 15 37
16 Eintracht Frankfurt (O) 34 9 9 16 34 52 18 36 Qualification to relegation play-offs
17 VfB Stuttgart (R) 34 9 6 19 50 75 25 33 Relegation to 2. Bundesliga
18 Hannover 96 (R) 34 7 4 23 31 62 31 25
Source: DFB
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Away goals scored; 8) Play-offs.[30]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Since the winners of the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal, Bayern Munich, qualified for the Champions League based on league position, the Europa League group stage spot was passed to the sixth-placed team, Mainz 05; and the Europa League third qualifying round spot was passed to the seventh-placed team, Hertha BSC.

Results


Home \ Away FCA BSC SVW D98 BVB SGE HSV H96 TSG FCI KOE B04 M05 BMG FCB S04 VFB WOB
FC Augsburg 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–3 0–1 0–0 3–3 3–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–0 0–0
Hertha BSC 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–4 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Werder Bremen 1–2 3–3 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–3 4–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 6–2 3–2
Darmstadt 98 2–2 0–4 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–2 0–3 0–2 2–2 0–1
Borussia Dortmund 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 3–2 4–1 5–1
Eintracht Frankfurt 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 6–2 1–3 2–1 1–5 0–0 0–0 2–4 3–2
Hamburger SV 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 1–2 0–1 3–2 0–1
Hannover 96 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–4 1–2 0–3 1–0 4–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–3 1–3 0–4
1899 Hoffenheim 2–1 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–3 1–2 1–4 2–2 1–0
FC Ingolstadt 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 3–3 0–0
1. FC Köln 0–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–3 1–1
Bayer Leverkusen 1–1 2–1 1–4 0–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 5–0 0–0 1–1 4–3 3–0
Mainz 05 4–2 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 2–3 3–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 2–0
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–2 5–0 5–1 3–2 1–3 3–0 0–3 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–0
Bayern Munich 2–1 2–0 5–0 3–1 5–1 1–0 5–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 4–0 5–1
Schalke 04 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–3 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–0
VfB Stuttgart 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–4 2–1 1–2 5–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–1 3–1
VfL Wolfsburg 0–2 2–0 6–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–0 3–1
Source: DFB
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs


The team which finished 16th faced the third-placed 2015–16 2. Bundesliga side for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score after both matches will earn entry into the 2016–17 Bundesliga.

First leg

Eintracht Frankfurt1–11. FC Nürnberg
Gaćinović  65' Report Russ  42' (o.g.)
Attendance: 51,500
Eintracht Frankfurt
1. FC Nürnberg
GK1 Lukáš Hrádecký
RB22 Timothy Chandler
CB19 David Abraham
CB4 Marco Russ (c) 56'
LB6 Bastian Oczipka
CM20 Makoto Hasebe
CM8 Szabolcs Huszti
RW16 Stefan Aigner 61'
AM14 Alexander Meier 70'
LW11 Mijat Gaćinović 84'
CF9 Haris Seferović
Substitutes:
GK13 Heinz Lindner
DF2 Yanni Regäsel
DF5 Carlos Zambrano
MF21 Marc Stendera 70'
MF27 Aleksandar Ignjovski
MF32 Änis Ben-Hatira 61'
FW30 Luc Castaignos 84'
Manager:
Niko Kovač
GK1 Raphael Schäfer 57'
RB2 Mišo Brečko (c)
CB33 Georg Margreitter
CB4 Dave Bulthuis
LB6 László Sepsi
RM17 Sebastian Kerk 74'
CM31 Ondřej Petrák
CM18 Hanno Behrens
LM23 Tim Leibold 89'
CF24 Niclas Füllkrug 85'
CF9 Guido Burgstaller
Substitutes:
GK22 Patrick Rakovsky
DF3 Even Hovland 85'
DF28 Lukas Mühl
MF14 Kevin Möhwald
MF19 Rúrik Gíslason 89'
FW7 Danny Blum 74'
FW36 Cedric Teuchert
Manager:
René Weiler

Assistant referees:
Florian Heft (Neuenkirchen)
Jan Seidel (Oberkrämer)
Fourth official:
Bibiana Steinhaus (Hanover)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

Second leg

1. FC Nürnberg0–1Eintracht Frankfurt
Report Seferović  66'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Christian Dingert (Lebecksmühle)
1. FC Nürnberg
Eintracht Frankfurt
GK1 Raphael Schäfer
RB2 Mišo Brečko (c) 72'
CB33 Georg Margreitter
CB4 Dave Bulthuis
LB6 László Sepsi 84'
RM17 Sebastian Kerk 56' 74'
CM31 Ondřej Petrák 74'
CM18 Hanno Behrens
LM23 Tim Leibold
CF9 Guido Burgstaller 90+2'
CF24 Niclas Füllkrug
Substitutes:
GK22 Patrick Rakovsky
DF3 Even Hovland 84'
DF28 Lukas Mühl
MF14 Kevin Möhwald
MF19 Rúrik Gíslason 74'
FW7 Danny Blum 74'
FW36 Cedric Teuchert
Manager:
René Weiler
GK1 Lukáš Hrádecký 90+1'
RB22 Timothy Chandler 69'
CB5 Carlos Zambrano (c)
CB19 David Abraham 90+4'
LB6 Bastian Oczipka 24'
CM20 Makoto Hasebe
CM8 Szabolcs Huszti
RW32 Änis Ben-Hatira 58'
AM21 Marc Stendera 11'
LW11 Mijat Gaćinović
CF9 Haris Seferović 76'
Substitutes:
GK13 Heinz Lindner
DF2 Yanni Regäsel
MF10 Marco Fabián 51' 11'
MF16 Stefan Aigner
MF27 Aleksandar Ignjovski 69'
FW14 Alexander Meier 58'
FW30 Luc Castaignos
Manager:
Niko Kovač

Assistant referees:
Tobias Christ (Münchweiler an der Rodalb)
Arne Aarnink (Nordhorn)
Fourth official:
Bastian Dankert (Rostock)

Match rules:

Eintracht Frankfurt won 2–1 on aggregate.

Season statistics


Hat-tricks

Player Club Against Result Date
Alexander Meier Eintracht Frankfurt 1. FC Köln 6–2 12 September 2015
Yunus Mallı Mainz 05 1899 Hoffenheim 3–1 18 September 2015
Robert Lewandowski5 Bayern Munich VfL Wolfsburg 5–1 22 September 2015
Max Kruse VfL Wolfsburg 1899 Hoffenheim 4–2 17 October 2015
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund FC Augsburg 5–1 25 October 2015
Yoshinori Muto Mainz 05 FC Augsburg 3–3 31 October 2015
Salomon Kalou Hertha BSC Hannover 96 3–1 6 November 2015
Javier Hernández Bayer Leverkusen Borussia Mönchengladbach 5–0 12 December 2015
Alexander Meier Eintracht Frankfurt VfL Wolfsburg 3–2 24 January 2016
André Schürrle VfL Wolfsburg Hannover 96 4–0 1 March 2016
Claudio Pizarro Werder Bremen Bayer Leverkusen 4–1 2 March 2016
Koo Ja-cheol FC Augsburg Bayer Leverkusen 3–3 5 March 2016

5 Player scored five goals

Awards


Player of the Month

Month Player Team Ref.
August Douglas Costa Bayern Munich [33]
September Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich [34]
October Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund [35]
November Javier Hernández Bayer Leverkusen [citation needed]
December Javier Hernández Bayer Leverkusen [36]
January Javier Hernández Bayer Leverkusen [37]
February Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich [38]
March André Schürrle VfL Wolfsburg [39]
April Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund [40]
May Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich [41]

Number of teams by state

Position State Number of teams Teams
1  North Rhine-Westphalia51. FC Köln, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke 04
2  Bavaria3FC Augsburg, Bayern Munich and FC Ingolstadt
3  Baden-Württemberg21899 Hoffenheim and VfB Stuttgart
 Hesse2Darmstadt 98 and Eintracht Frankfurt
 Lower Saxony2Hannover 96 and VfL Wolfsburg
6  Berlin1Hertha BSC
 Bremen1Werder Bremen
 Hamburg1Hamburger SV
 Rhineland-Palatinate1Mainz 05

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