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Record numbers flock to Bundesliga

sports Updated: Jul 25, 2007 18:09 IST

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German domestic football is in rude health judging by Wednesday's news that Bundesliga season ticket sales have reached an all-time high, according to the owner of the German Football League (DFL).

Wolfgang Holzhauser says the Bundesliga will be watched by 377,161 season-ticket holders next season compared to the previous water-shed mark of 372,535 in 2005.

"The interest in football, within an increasingly broad population, continues to benefit from the effects of last year's World Cup," said Holzhauser.

Borussia Dortmund lead the way with an impressive 50,000 season-ticket holders for their Signal Iduna Park stadium, which has a capacity of 81,266.

The second highest number is at Schalke 04 (43,935) while German giants Bayern Munich have 37,000 season-ticket holders.