|Dates||14 August 1971 – 28 June 1972|
2nd Bundesliga title
3rd German title
Arminia Bielefeld (forced by DFB)
|European Cup||FC Bayern Munich|
|Cup Winners' Cup||FC Schalke 04|
|UEFA Cup||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
1. FC Köln
1. FC Kaiserslautern (losing DFB Cup finalists to Schalke)
|Top goalscorer||Gerd Müller (40)|
|Biggest home win||FC Bayern 11–1 Dortmund (27 November 1971)|
|Biggest away win||Bielefeld 1–7 Br'schweig (28 June 1972)|
|Highest scoring||FC Bayern 11–1 Dortmund (12 goals) (27 November 1971)|
The 1971–72 Bundesliga was the ninth season of the Bundesliga, West Germany's premier football league. It began on 14 August 1971 and ended on 28 June 1972. Borussia Mönchengladbach were the defending champions.
Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received two points for a win and one point for a draw. If two or more teams were tied on points, places were determined by goal difference and, if still tied, by goals scored. The team with the most points were crowned champions while the two teams with the fewest points were relegated to their respective Regionalliga divisions.
Team changes to 1970–71
Kickers Offenbach and Rot-Weiss Essen were relegated to the Regionalliga after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by VfL Bochum and Fortuna Düsseldorf, who won their respective promotion play-off groups.
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|Arminia Bielefeld||Stadion Alm||32,000|
|SV Werder Bremen||Weserstadion||32,000|
|Borussia Dortmund||Stadion Rote Erde||30,000|
|Fortuna Düsseldorf||Flinger Broich||28,000|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||Stadion Betzenberg||42,000|
|1. FC Köln||Müngersdorfer Stadion||76,000|
|FC Bayern Munich||Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße||44,300|
|FC Schalke 04||Glückauf-Kampfbahn||35,000|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Bayern Munich (C)||34||24||7||3||101||38||+63||55||1972–73 European Cup First round|
|2||Schalke 04||34||24||4||6||76||35||+41||52||1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup First round|
|3||Borussia Mönchengladbach||34||18||7||9||82||40||+42||43||1972–73 UEFA Cup First round|
|4||1. FC Köln||34||15||13||6||64||44||+20||43|
|7||1. FC Kaiserslautern||34||14||7||13||59||53||+6||35||1972–73 UEFA Cup First round[b]|
|17||Borussia Dortmund (R)||34||6||8||20||34||83||−49||20||Regionalliga|
|18||Arminia Bielefeld (R)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0[c]|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Bayern Munich played only the last match at this stadium.
- As Schalke 04 qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup, their UEFA Cup place was transferred to DFB-Pokal finalists 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
- Arminia Bielefeld were demoted by the DFB for playing a key role in the 1971 match fixing scandal. Their record (6 wins, 7 draws, 21 losses, 41–75 goals, 19 points) was expunged, though their final position would have remained the same.
- 40 goals
- 22 goals
- 20 goals
- 19 goals
- 18 goals
- 17 goals
- 16 goals
- 13 goals
- Uli Hoeneß (FC Bayern Munich)
- Idriz Hošić (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
- Bernd Nickel (Eintracht Frankfurt)
- Werner Weist (SV Werder Bremen)
|FC Bayern Munich|
|Goalkeepers: Sepp Maier (34); Manfred Seifert (1).|
Defenders: Franz Beckenbauer (34 / 6); Johnny Hansen (32 / 4); Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck (32 / 1); Paul Breitner (30 / 4); Herwart Koppenhöfer (14); Günther Rybarczyk (4).
Manager: Udo Lattek.
On the roster but have not played in a league game: Herbert Schröder.