Bayern Munich won the Champions League for the sixth time at the weekend, but they will not be wearing an extra star above their badge when the new Bundesliga season resumes.
The Bavarian giants are one of hundreds of clubs around Europe that have chosen to add the symbol above the crest on their shirt as a symbol of past successes.
However, in the case of German clubs, the insignia is only awarded for domestic success.
In a rather confusing set of guidelines, stars are allowed to be worn by clubs after they have won three, five, 10 and 20 top flight titles, with four stars currently being the highest honour.
Bayern have won an unparalleled 30 top flight German titles [29 since it was rebranded as the Bundesliga] after their 2019/20 triumph, and it is likely that a fifth star is awarded by the DFB when they win one more in it’s new format.
Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach are others who are able to put the achievement on their shirts, and they both wear two stars thanks to their five Bundesliga triumphs apiece.
Hamburg, Stuttgart, Werder Bremen are the only other clubs to have won more than two titles, and they all wear a single star having won it three, three and four times respectively.
Bayern have now won an astonishing eight league titles in a row since Dortmund’s back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2012, and have twice won the treble in that period.
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CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of their most recent domestic triumph: "I would like to congratulate the team and our head coach Hansi Flick and his coaching staff very warmly on winning the Bundesliga title.
“Without question, this is a season played in special conditions that nobody wished for, and which hopefully will remain unique.
“Hansi Flick, his coaching staff and the team have had a brilliant second half of the season despite these difficult circumstances, not only in terms of our victories, the points we've taken and the many goals, but also to our way of playing.
“We want to give our fans trophies and at the same time inspire them with attacking football. That's been achieved. FC Bayern have deservedly won the league for the eighth time in a row."
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With Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke saying in 2019: “Bayern are always the favourite.
“I won’t allow myself to be told anything else. Anyone in such an economic sphere must live with being the perennial favourite.
“For us, it is more important that we have shown the German football community that we are a factor to be reckoned with again, that we have brought excitement back to the league.
“In the past years, it was effectively clear at Christmas who would be the champions.”
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