Bayern Munich are Bundesliga champions. Moreover, they have broken some not inconsiderable records completing the feat. As Rafa Honigstein wrote this morning:
The 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin sealed a 24th championship that was never in doubt. All the incomprehensible numbers – 77 points from 27 matches, 52 games unbeaten, 20 wins in a row – don’t quite do justice to the difference in class between them and a competition that wasn’t quite worthy of the name. Bayern won the championship in March, earlier than last year and earlier than anyone else in any major European league, but, in truth, they have been out of sight from the first kick-off in August. “They were too dominant, too regal, too relaxed, too elegant, too cool for the rest of the league,” wrote Spiegel Online.
Moreover, their win means Bayern have broke another record among the Big Five European leagues:
Either way, Bayern's points-per-game record – 2.85 – is, by a distance, the highest in the entire history of the top five leagues.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) March 25, 2014
That record, I’ve been assured, has been adjusted for the introduction of the 3 points for a win rule. And this is where Bayern fit in the list:
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) March 25, 2014
You can see the obvious pattern (sans PNE, of course). And I don’t want to take anything away from the German champions the day after their incredible feat. But Honigstein’s thesis that Bayern have outgrown their domestic competitors could be applied to Barca and Real Madrid too, even with this year’s challenge from Atletico. And who knows? Maybe add Juventus to that list, too.
Despite the glory, laud and honour for the 50+1 ownership rule, we’re reminded that historical dominance is exponential, scalable, without a ceiling. There will be Bayerns, all across Europe, and old questions about the best competitive format for them to compete, particularly those involving a breakaway Super League, will one day return.
And so European domestic football will be faced with a choice–do they abandon the laissez-faire system which rewards winners with even more cash to sustain their supremacy in order to promote more even competition? Or do they make a radical break from history in order to reap the rewards in generous television rights fees with a Super League? It’s a debate that has quieted in recent years but may return soon if these records continue to fall…