bundesliga: the new king

VfL Wolfsburg has sealed its first Bundesliga title after thrashing Werder Bremen 5-1 as strikers Grafite and Dzeko set a new scoring record. Bayern Munich failed to overtake Wolfsburg on the final day of the season but managed to claim the second place after a 2-1 win over VfB Stuttgart, which finished third.

Wolfsburg, which had a two-point lead over Bayern, sealed its championship in the first half with a 3-0 lead through Zvjezdan Misimovic, Grafite and an own goal from Sebastian Proedl. Bremen's Diego made it 3-1 after 31 minutes, before Grafite and Edin Dzeko sealed the title with two second half goals.

The Bundesliga title was an astonishing turn around for Wolfsburg, which almost faced relegation last year and regarded as rank outsiders at the start of this season. "I knew that we were good enough," said Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath, who leaves for Schalke 04 next season. "We put in some good performances all season and we deserved to be champions. Of course, it will be hard to leave now."

Edin Dzeko and Grafite scored 26 and 28 goals respectively to break the previous record set by Bayern's Gerd Muller and Uli Hoeness in the 1970s. Wolfsburg and Bayern will automatically enter next season's Champions League while Stuttgart will go into the qualifying round. Hertha Berlin and Hamburg SV will play in the new Europa League. Arminia Bielefeld and Karlsruhe were relegated while Energie Cottbus, which finished 16th, will remain in Bundesliga if it beats the third team of the second division, either Mainz or Nuremberg, next weekend.



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