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Most clean sheets, cards and games: 20 facts about the Bundesliga that you may not know

By Rune Gjerulff

Who has scored most goals, who has kept most clean sheets, and who is the youngest debutant? Get the answers and read more facts about the Bundesliga here.

Former Bayern München goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has kept the most clean sheets in the Bundesliga.
Former Bayern München goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has kept the most clean sheets in the Bundesliga.Photo: Tsutomu Takasu/CC-by-SA 2.0

1. First edition of the Bundesliga
The first season of the Bundesliga was played in 1963-64 and was won by 1. FC Köln. A national German championship had existed since 1903, but for the first 60 years, it had a different format. Until the introduction of the Bundesliga, the teams played in regional leagues to qualify for the championship playoffs, which culminated with a final.

2. Highest transfer fee
The highest transfer fee paid by a Bundesliga club is €80 million, which Bayern München spent to sign Lucas Hernandez from Atlético Madrid last summer. Bayern set the record for the highest transfer fee between two Bundesliga teams when they paid €37 million to sign Mario Götze from Dortmund in 2013.

3. Most spectators
88,075 people were watching as Hertha BSC faced 1. FC Köln in 1969 – the highest attendance at a Bundesliga match to this date. The highest average attendance per game in a season is 45,116 in the 2011-12 campaign.

4. Most goals in a single game
The most goals scored in a single game is 12. In total, the Bundesliga has seen five 12-goal games:

Borussia Dortmund – 1. FC Kaiserslautern 9-3 (1963–64)
Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund 11-1 (1971–72)
1. FC Köln – Tennis Borussia Berlin 8-4 (1976–77)
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Borussia Dortmund 12-0 (1977-78)
Borussia Dortmund – Arminia Bielefeld 11-1 (1982–83)

5. Most cards
Stefan Effenberg received 121 cards (114 yellow, 4 yellow-red and 3 red cards) during his games in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Müchen and Wolfsburg, and that makes him the player who has been shown most cards in the league.

6. Most consecutive games played
The former Bayern München keeper Sepp Maier played no less than 442 matches in a row for the club with the impressive streak starting in the 1966-67 season and ending in the 1978-79 season.

7. Youngest player
Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin is the youngest player to appear on the pitch in the Bundesliga. He was 16 years and 335 days old as he made his Dortmund debut in 2005.

8. Oldest player
At 43 years and 184 days, Klaus Fichtel became the oldest player to feature in the Bundesliga when he played for Schalke in the 1987/88 season.

9. Most appearances
With 602 appearances in total, Karl-Heinz Körbel is the player that has played the most Bundesliga matches.

10. Goal from the longest range
Moritz Stoppelkamp scored a goal to remember for SC Paderborn in 2014 as he sent the ball into the net from 82 metres – the furthest distance from goal a player has scored in the Bundesliga.

11. Most clean sheets by a goalkeeper
The former Bayern München keeper Oliver Kahn has the record for most clean sheets by a goalkeeper as he got 196 clean sheets in 557 games.

12. Most consecutive minutes without conceding by a goalkeeper
The former Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand kept the ball out of his net for 884 minutes from matchday 33 of the 2002-03 season until matchday 9 of the 2003-04 season.

13. Most goals scored by a goalkeeper
Hans-Jörg Butt was a great shot-shopper, but he was almost just aw good at converting penalties. In total, he scored 26 times in the Bundesliga – all of them from the penalty spot – and that makes him the most scoring goalkeeper in the league's history.

14. Fastest goal
Bayer Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest ever Bundesliga goal when he got the ball in the net after just 9 seconds in 2014. In 2015, Kevin Volland managed to do the same for Hoffenheim.

15. Most goals scored in a game by a substitute
Robert Lewandowski broke several records when he was substituted on the field for Bayern München in a match against Wolfsburg in 2015. The Polish striker scored no less than five goals within nine minutes.

16. Most goals
Gerd Müller is the most scoring player in the Bundesliga with 365 goals. He is also the player who has scored the most goals in a season as he netted 40 times for Bayern München in the 1971-72 season.

17. Most average points per game for a coach
In terms of results in the Bundesliga, few things could have gone better for Pep Guardiola when he managed Bayern München from 2013 to 2016. During his stay at Allianz Arena, he managed to win 2.52 points per game on average (257 points in 102 games).

18. Most championships as a coach
Udo Lattek has won most Bundesliga titles as a coach as he has won the title eight times in total – six times with Bayern München and twice with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

19. Most points in a season
Jupp Heynckes' treble winning Bayern München team got the most points in a single season as they won the Championship with 91 points in 2012-13.

20. Highest number of titles won
Reigning German champions Bayern München have won the Bundesliga 28 times – more than any other club.

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