With a few positions up for grabs, the final weekend of the Bundesliga finished all chalk. In the end the build up of drama ended up being just for show. The title race was settled back in March, but there was still battles in relegation and for the European tournaments in the coming season for the last eight weeks. Still, week 34 made it clear why the table is as it is despite one last place to be determined.
Hamburg will have a chance to remain the only Bundesliga team to stay in the top league since its inception by securing the relegation playoff spot after losing their last five matches. They will face Greuther Furth to stay in the top league. Hamburg went down 3-1 to Mainz in the last ten minutes but did pull one back in the 84th minute. Despite the team’s form, Pierre-Michel Lasogga continued his scoring pace with an early goal. The two-leg relegation playoff confrontation will take place on May 15 and May 18.
Nürnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig are the two teams relegated to Bundesliga. Kevin Volland capped off the 3-1 victory for Hoffenheim against Braunschweig after receiving a call into the German National Team. Nürnberg fell 4-1 to Schalke who clinched a spot in the Champions League. Nürnberg suffered their seventh loss in a row and will be dropped for the eighth time.
The Mainz victory gave them the final Europa League qualifying spot just one point ahead of Augsburg. Here is a highlight of the way the league finished.
Champions – Bayern Munich
Champions League – Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Schalke
Champions League Qualifying – Bayer Leverkusen
Europa League – Wolfsburg
Europa League Qualifying – Mönchengladbach, Mainz
Relegation Playoff – Hamburg
Relegation – Nürnberg, Eintracht Braunschweig
FC Cologne and Paderborn will move up to the top tier next season to replace the two relegated sides. Despite the title race being over in late March, it was a fascinating season in the Bundesliga and several teams have already secured summer signings to create intrigue for the upcoming season.