The New York Times had an article yesterday titled "Where Have All the Goals Gone in the Bundesliga? written by Rory Smith.
“The Bundesliga, historically, is the highest scoring of the big European leagues,” said Simon Gleave, the head of analysis at the data company Gracenote Sports. “It has been the highest scoring every season since 1989, and has never been lower than second since its inception.
“But this season, goal scoring has declined to its lowest level for decades. The other four leagues are all experiencing an increase, so the Bundesliga is not only likely to lose its crown, but it could end the season as low as fourth of the five.”
“It is not a one-off,” said Markus Weinzierl, the Schalke coach, scotching the idea that it is nothing more than a blip. “It is a trend.”Markus seems very confident. He may not be a betting man, because if you confuse your blips and your trends, you can get badly burnt.
We shall see. Just two seasons ago, the 2014-15 Bundesliga season ended with an average of 2.755 and an average of 2.76 goals per game over the remaining 62 games of this season, will see that number surpassed, so this season isn't yet as exciting as the headline might suggest, but maybe the author just need an excuse to talk about the metric of "packing".
It is curious perhaps that the relative decline in goals in Germany is matched with an increase in goals elsewhere, but in an age where players and coaches are employed in countries other than that of their nationality, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the Bundesliga is showing signs of adopting a similar personality to that of its cousins.