Can Bayern Munich win two Bundesliga titles in one season?
There’s a possibility Bayern Munich can celebrate two Bundesliga titles in one season. Here's how.
The men’s side have been both intimidating and dominant in the league almost since they were admitted. But the Bavarians also have a women’s team who are also strong title contenders in the Frauen Bundesliga, Germany's top tier for women.
The Bayern Munich men’s team is the most successful football club in Germany. They have won 57 domestic titles, including 27 Bundesliga seasons. Die Roten also have five Champions League/European Cups, a UEFA Cup and Super Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, two Intercontinental Cups, and a FIFA Club World Cup. They were formed in 1900. Seventy years later, which is the blink of an eye in gender equality, the club founded a women's team. The vision of building a women’s team as dominant as the men’s is, however, still a work in progress nearly 50 years later. To be fair, the men needed just over three decades to win their first title.
Bayern Munich women made history in 2015 when it completed an invincible campaign to win it’s first ever Bundesliga title. Similar success followed the season after. The streak was broken last season when VfL Wolfsburg triumphed for the seventh time in the Frauen Bundesliga era, which began in 1990.
In 2015 and 2016 both Bayern teams celebrated a Bundesliga title. It could happen again this year.
Who can catch the men?
There are a few popular teams in Munich: 1860 Munich, Nürnberg and Greuther Fürth have won 13 Bundesliga titles between them. That number is dwarfed by Bayern’s 27. Assertions there is hardly any suitable competition for Bayern in the Bundesliga has gained credence over the years. There are many cogent reasons, but mostly it's because Bayern is far and away the richest team in Germany. They snuff out the competition by buying their best players. No German team has won half as many titles as Bayern Munich.
This season, Die Roten has won 22 of its 28 matches, opening up a 17-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. You can be sure the defending Champions will win their sixth consecutive title. The only way to catch them is on television, broadband, or in person.
Bayern women must keep the pressure
Unlike the men, the women’s team must work harder to celebrate a title at season’s end. They have a rival in Wolfsburg. Stephen Lerch's side is three points ahead with a game in hand. Bayern have all the qualities of potential champions. The two clubs have fought over the title for a half-decade.
Despite Bayern’s challenge, Wolfsburg is gradually becoming dominant. The defending champions are also showing strength in Europe after qualifying for the Champions League semi-final. With brilliant scorers like Pernille Mosegaard-Harder and Alexandra Popp, who between them have scored 20 league goals, leapfrogging the Wolves will be a tough ask, albeit not an impossible one.
There are six difficult games remaining for Bayern Munich. There’s an opportunity to win the domestic double, given they’re still contenders in the DFB Pokal. The Bundesliga title can only be theirs on two conditions: Wolfsburg drop more points from their seven remaining League matches, or Bayern does not drop any.
There will be a clash of titans in the penultimate Bundesliga fixture. That game could serve as the title decider if Bayern continues to mount pressure on their rivals. If they can manage it, the Reds will do the 'Bundesliga gender double' for the third time.