Talking points from this weekend’s Bundesliga finale
Bayern Munich clinched their 29th German league title on the final matchday on Sunday with a 5-1 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund finished second, two points behind, despite their 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Here are five talking points from this weekend’s action:
Bayern coach Niko Kovac’ future at the club may still be unclear but the Croat became only the second person after Franz Beckenbauer to lift the league as both a player and coach of Bayern.
He may set another record if Bayern win the German Cup final, becoming the first to win the domestic double both as player and as coach for the Bavarians.
Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart will face Union Berlin, who finished third in the second division, in their two-leg relegation/promotion playoff.
The two teams will meet on Thursday and then again on Monday May 27.
Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro will stay on at Werder Bremen for another year after signing a contract extension.
The Peruvian, who turns 41 in October, scored five league goals in 26 appearances — mostly as a substitute — this season.
He is the league’s oldest scorer at 40 years and 227 days after netting the winner on Saturday against RB Leipzig and the second most prolific foreign goalscorer in Bundesliga history behind Robert Lewandowski.
Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz completed a successful return to the Bundesliga with his side finishing in fourth place to qualify for the Champions League group stage next season.
Dutchman Bosz, who had a brief and hapless spell of a few months at Borussia Dortmund in 2017, took over Leverkusen in December when they were ninth and seven points off the top four.
Paderborn earned promotion to the Bundesliga with a strong finish to their season to complete a remarkable return after their previous Bundesliga promotion in 2014.
Since then they have been relegated or promoted five times, dropping as low as the third division in 2017 before winning consecutive promotions to return to the top flight.
REUTERS/Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Nick Mulvenney