Former Bayer Leverkusen chief Holzhauser wants Bundesliga to introduce title play-offs

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Former Bayer Leverkusen chief wants Bundesliga to introduce title play-offs to make the league, to keep fans interested till the end .

Former Bayer Leverkusen managing director, Wolfgang Holzhauser, wants to introduce a play-off for the Bundesliga title as he fears that Bayern Munich‘s continued dominance might make fans bored, according to Dailymail.

The Bavarians have dominated the German top-flight for almost a decade and have won the last nine Bundesliga titles. They have begun the 2021-2022 campaign well and are already top of the league with four wins from their opening five games of the season.

As a result, Wolfgang Holzhauser believes a change in the league’s ‘format’ will help fans remain interested in the league. Holzhauser – who stepped down from his role at Bayer Leverkusen eight years ago – revealed that his idea will be a ‘highlight for fans’.

Speaking about his idea in an interview with German sports news outlet Spox, Holzhauser said: 

“I would rather call it a knockout round. The first four teams in the table would play a semi-final against each other after the regular Bundesliga season.”

“The first plays against the fourth and the second against the third. The respective winners then contest a final, while the losers play out third or fourth place.”

“Against the backdrop of the Champions League places, such a format would be an absolute highlight for the fans.”

It remains to be seen if the Bundesliga will adopt Holzhauser’s idea in the coming seasons. But the format is already in use in the Australian League, where the first six teams compete for the title after playing a regular season.