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The Men’s Handball Bundesliga (full name after the main sponsor DKB Handball-Bundesliga) has been the highest league in German handball since 1966. In the Bundesliga, the German Handball Champion as well as the participants of the European Cup competitions are played out in the league system, in which each club competes against every other club in outward and return matches. Handball-Bundesliga GmbH is based in Cologne and Uwe Schwenker has been president of the Handball-Bundesliga league association since 2014. Frank Bohmann has been managing director of the Handball-Bundesliga since 2003. The most successful club in the Bundesliga is THW Kiel, followed by VfL Gummersbach.

From 1967 to 1973, there was also a field handball Bundesliga organized by the German Handball Federation (DHB), which was played in the summer months.

Until 2010/11

The two first-placed teams of the 2nd Handball Bundesliga moved up to the 1st Handball Bundesliga at the change of season. The runners-up played against each other in play-off games – the winner in turn played against the third-last in the 1st Bundesliga. The two last placed teams of the 1st Bundesliga relegated directly to the 2nd Bundesliga.

2011 to 2017

Since the 2011/12 season, the last three clubs in the final table have regularly been relegated directly to the 2nd Bundesliga and the first three clubs in the 2nd Bundesliga have been promoted directly to the 1st Bundesliga.

Special case 2014/15

2014/15 was exceptionally played with 19 teams and 4 relegates. The reason was the withdrawal of the licence for the HSV Hamburg, whereby the actual sporting relegator, the HBW Balingen-Weilstetten, was awarded the free place. Later, the withdrawal of the license was revoked, which meant that HSV Hamburg could also play in the Bundesliga again.

From 2017/18

As of the 2017/18 season, there will only be two relegates to the 2nd Handball Bundesliga; consequently, only two clubs will be promoted to the 1st Bundesliga per season. 16 players may now also be fielded and a uniform indoor floor has been introduced.


The 2nd Bundesliga was introduced in 1981 and has since been held in two squadrons (North and South), in the years 1991-1993 in three squadrons North, Central and South. These were followed as third leagues by one regional league each of the five regional federations, some of which had two squadrons (northeast 1992-1999, southwest 1981-1998, west 1981-2000, south 1991-2000). From 2000 to 2005, the regional associations jointly operated a six-stage regional league. Until 2000, each regional association had its own fourth division. The regional leagues were therefore underpinned by a total of up to 22 upper leagues (situation from 1991 to 2000, previously including the Stadtliga Berlin 17 upper leagues), of which the Landesliga Berlin 1991/92 (Oberliga Berlin only from 1992/93) and the Oberliga Hessen played in two seasons from 1981 to 2000. The structure in the top four leagues was thus able to show up to 37 leagues or squadrons (season 1991/92 with two-part 1st Bundesliga and three-part 2nd Bundesliga 2-3-8-24).

Until the introduction of the regional league reform in the years 1998 to 2000 and the beginning of the merging of upper leagues from 2000, the regular structure was 1-2-9-23 (35 leagues/scales). Before German reunification, a 1-2-7-17 structure with 27 leagues/squadrons was common. Since the comprehensive league reform in 2010 with the creation of the 3rd league in four squadrons and the merging of further upper leagues, the structure was streamlined to 1-1-4-12. Only seven regional associations currently maintain a single upper league. With the merger of the Lower Rhine and Middle Rhine Upper Leagues, this number will fall to five for the 2016/17 season. Only the associations Westfalen, Niedersachsen, Hessen, Bayern and Bremer HV, whose Oberliga, however, the clubs from the western districts of the HV Niedersachsen have been assigned to since 1965 (Nordseeliga), will then still have a solely responsible Oberliga. The fifth level currently consists of a total of 28 leagues/squadrons of the state associations. (For comparison: In football, 22 leagues form the top five leagues (1-1-1-5-14)).


The Bundesliga was introduced in two seasons with the 1966/67 season. In the two-track time the clubs of the regional associations north and west basically formed the relay north, representatives of the associations southwest and south the relay south. (Only) Berlin clubs could be assigned to both squadrons. In the first three years the relay winners played out the German master in a final. From 1969/70 there was a final round with semi-final and final. The final in 1970 was already held on January 2, 1970 because of the World Championships already taking place in January of the year, the league games had already ended in November 1969. With VfL Gummersbach, Grün-Weiß Dankersen, TuS Wellinghofen and SG Leutershausen, four clubs played all eleven double-track seasons in the Bundesliga.

Of these, TuS Wellinghofen missed the qualification for the single-track Bundesliga in 1977 only because of the wave of protests initiated by their relay rival TuS Derschlag with several cancellations and repeat matches (which tragically did not affect the Wellinghofers themselves at all) and never managed to make it there again in the following period. With six championship titles, nine final participations (always except 1971 and 1977) and a point average of over 80% (281 of 340 possible points), VfL Gummersbach is by far the most successful club of the double-track time. A total of 41 clubs played in the double-track Bundesliga from 1966 to 1977, of which the Reinickendorfer Füchse were the only club in both squadrons.

In 1977, the single-track Handball Bundesliga was introduced. Only THW Kiel and VfL Gummersbach have completed all 38 seasons so far. These two clubs also share twenty-two of the championship titles awarded since then. The most successful club in this period was THW Kiel, which won seventeen of its twenty championships in the single-track Bundesliga, the last of which was in 2015. Gummersbach won five of its total of twelve championship titles in this period, the last in 1991. At the same time, this title marks the end of an era, as only three teams – Gummersbach, Großwallstadt and TUSEM Essen – managed to win the championship title in the single-track Bundesliga between 1978 and the 1990/91 season. Since then, however, none of these three previously dominant clubs have managed to become champions or runners-up.

After a “transitional phase” in which the SG Wallau/Massenheim won the title in 1992 and 1993, the 1993/94 season marked the beginning of a phase of dominance for the quartet consisting of THW Kiel, SG Flensburg-Handewitt, TBV Lemgo and SC Magdeburg. In the twelve consecutive seasons from 1994/95 to 2005/06, at least three of these four teams were in the top four at the end of the season, four times all four. The championship titles after 1993 are also distributed exclusively among these four clubs until 2010, with Kiel winning the title fourteen times, Lemgo twice (1997 and 2003), Magdeburg (2001) and Flensburg (2004) each winning once. It was not until 2011 that another club, HSV Hamburg, became German champion.

A total of 94 different clubs and match teams have played in the Bundesliga to date, 76 of them in the single-track period. Of the clubs that have played in the Bundesliga for at least 20 seasons, HSG Wetzlar (since 1998), SC Magdeburg (since 1991), TBV Lemgo (since 1983) and VfL Gummersbach (since 1966) have never relegated from the Bundesliga. The SC Magdeburg played from 1956 until the end of 1991 in the GDR upper league, so now for 59 years uninterrupted in its respective highest league.

In the 1991/92 season, the Handball Bundesliga played in two seasons due to reunification. From 1990 to 1992, play-off matches were played for the championship.

In the 2014/15 season, 19 instead of 18 teams played in the Handball Oberhaus for the first time, since HSV Handball only received the licence in the last instance and HBW Balingen-Weilstetten already remained legally in the Oberhaus at that time. This was compensated by an additional relegation, so that the league started again with 18 clubs in the 2015/16 season; the 2nd Bundesliga for this season comprised 21 instead of 20 teams.

Name sponsoring

On August 21, 2007, the automobile manufacturer Toyota, a name sponsor for the 1st Bundesliga, was presented for the first time. As of the 2007/08 season, the German Handball League was officially named the “Toyota Handball Bundesliga” and received around 2.3 million euros per season, including media services. The contract was initially valid for two years and is said to have flushed around 55,000 euros into the coffers of each of the 18 first division teams. Starting with the 2012/13 season, the Deutsche Kreditbank will act as the name sponsor after Toyota itself did not extend the contract, so that the league was renamed the “DKB Handball-Bundesliga”. The contract runs for three years and was signed for the season