Bayern Munich won its second German Big Six title in 2018-19, this time with help from an unlikely collapse by Borussia Dortmund.
Another terrific race in the German Big Six ended with Bayern Munich surviving at the top, thanks to an unlikely collapse by its most reliable pursuer in Germany, Borussia Dortmund.
Entering the games of April 6, Dortmund led the Deutsche Big Six with 20 points and had only two games remaining – that day against Bayern in Munich, then a home game on April 27 against Schalke 04, which was winless in the Big Six. All that remained for Bayern was that one game with Dortmund.
Dortmund could have taken a drubbing from Bayern and still won the Big Six just by beating Schalke. And, in fact, the Munich squad crushed Dortmund, 5-0, in that April 6 game. But Dortmund then also lost, 4-2, to Schalke, giving Bayern its second Big Six title in two years.
Schalke won only one Big Six game in the year after being promoted, though it decided the Big Six title. But Schalke's fate as the last-place club in the Big Six had long been decided. Schalke is going back down, along with Bayer Leverkusen.
Hertha Berlin outlasted Eintracht Frankfurt at the top of the German Middle Six, but both are going to the top level in 2019-20. SC Freiberg and Hannover 96 both are being demoted to the German Little Six.
Mainz 05 and VfL Wolfsburg finished tied on top of the German Little Six. Both are being promoted to the Middle Six in 2018-19.