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Top at Xmas four times in a row

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The Herbstmeisterschaft, the so-called ‘autumn championship’ awarded to the team at the top of the Bundesliga at the midpoint of the symmetrical fixture schedule, almost always coinciding with Christmas and the German top flight’s winter break, is not an official title. However, it is a milestone and an important pointer for the rest of the season - and FC Bayern were crowned autumn champions for the 20th time on Saturday. In the past, the Reds have gone on to win the league on 16 of the 19 occasions they have been top at the midpoint, so in mathematical terms there is an 84.2 percent chance they will do so again this term.

That stat means Bayern have a success rate well above the Bundesliga average, which shows that 66.7 percent of previous autumn champions (34 out of 51) lifted the championship shield in May.

The current success is Bayern’s fourth Herbstmeisterschaft in a row, a previously unachieved feat in league history. The total of 20 autumn championships means the nation’s most successful club are the record holders in this respect too, ahead of Werder Bremen (6) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (4).