VfL Wolfsburg – Bayern’s Main Rival?

It seems as though, VfL Wolfsburg are edging closer to becoming Bayern Munich’s main rival in the Bundesliga. A role that had been exclusive to Borussia Dortmund over the last few seasons, is now up for grabs again, at least that is what it looks like. Arguably the VW-backed club from Lower Saxony made their presence felt when they returned from the winter break with a 4-1 victory over Bayern Munich. The feat is particularly impressive if one takes into account that the Wolves have only been a Bundesliga member since 1997. On the other hand, there is no doubt that VW’s involvement helped the club win the 2008/09 edition of the Bundesliga.

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Nevertheless, some figures taken from German football database Transfermarkt.de indicate the trends in the Bundesliga. Below we look at some of the clubs’ ranking in terms of squad value.

1. Bayern Munich €551.38 million

2. Borussia Dortmund €313.90 million

3. VfL Wolfsburg €216.20 million

4. Schalke 04 €206.15 million

5. Bayer Leverkusen €172.60 million

6. Borussia Monchengladbach €130.45 million

Despite the financial power of Wolfsburg, the Bundesliga seems to be one of those places where money does not necessarily guarantee success, as Dortmund and Schalke’s struggles indicate. We agree that there is a shift and we also believe that Wolfsburg’s role will become more significant. However, given the financial prowess of the club, as well as its harmonic tandem of manager and sports director, we regard Borussia Monchengladbach as the one to watch here. With Champions League qualification achieved for the first time in more than 25 years, the club are surely looking to take advantage. Add to this Gladbach’s financial security and it is easy to understand the sudden emergence of the club most people know as the Foals.