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Bundesliga clubs With Biggest Market Value Increase In 2021

Tue 28 December 2021 | 14:30

In 2021 some stars left Bundesliga but the talents they produce seem endless. Let’s find out which are the Bundesliga clubs with biggest market value increase in 2021.

2021 was a typical year for German football. Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title and Borussia Dortmund won the DFB-Pokal.

Robert Lewandowski

had an extraordinary year and many believed that he deserves more individual trophies.

Erling Haaland

has become one of the most wanted players in the world and there’s a chance of his transfer to an even bigger club in the future. Dortmund’s traditional rival, Schalke relegated in 2021 and there is not going to be River derby in the 2021-22 Bundesliga.

There are 10 Bundesliga teams whose value has increased. Among the decreased teams there are well-known clubs like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig. The biggest decrease in market value was for Hertha Berlin. Their market value has been decreased by €130 million in 2021. Next to Hertha, there’s Borussia Monchengladbach. The market value of Gladbach has decreased by €70, while Bayern and Leipzig have both lost around €50 million in market value. 

Read on to find out more about the increased Bundesliga clubs' market value in 2021:

Like most of the European leagues, the biggest and most successful clubs in Bundesliga have had economic problems due to the pandemic and lockdown.

Arminia Bielefeld - €45.15m to €52.75m

After a glorious championship in 2. Bundesliga with a ten point margin from VFB Stuttgart in the second place, Arminia Bielefeld had a rough start in German football's top flight. Until the January transfer window of 2021, they lost nine matches in 13 weeks of Bundesliga and were in 16th place. Their bad performance continued after the transfer window until Uwe Neuhaus was sacked at the beginning of March.

Frank Kramer became their new head coach, after three years of being in the coaching team of the German national team. In twelve games until the end of the season, they only lost in three matches and finished the season in 15th place with 35 points. Their goalkeeper

Stefan Ortega

, who is now their second most valuable player, was third in holding clean sheets in Bundesliga with 11, after Leipzig and Wolfsburg’s keepers. He had a rise in his market value by about 3.5 million euros.

In summer 2021, Armenia had a rather busy transfer window. As one of the

Bundesliga clubs with biggest market value increase in 2021

, the club signed eleven players, including Robin Hack from Nuremberg,

Masaya Okugawa

from Salzburg, and Alessandro Schöpf from Schalke. But their performance hasn’t improved much. In 17 matches they have only won three and are in 17th place with 16 points. Amos Pieper is now their most valuable player with a market value of seven million euros, which has almost doubled since January 2021.

Eintracht Frankfurt - €186.20m to €200.45m

Adi Hutter had a wonderful run with Eintracht and in the previous season finished fifth in the league table, qualifying for the Europa League group stage. Until January 2021, they were in the middle of the table.

Luka Jovic

joined from Real Madrid on loan in the winter transfer window. Andrea Silva who came from Milan for a fee of 9 million euros in September 2020, scored 28 goals and became the club’s top scorer as well as Bundesliga 2020-21 second top scorer after Robert Lewandowski with 41.

Filip Kostić

and Daichi Kamada with 14 and 12 assists were after

Thomas Muller

in the Bundesliga top assists of the season.

The season ends for Eintracht with sixteen wins and twelve draws. In the summer transfer window of 2021, Jens Petter Hauge joined on loan from AC Milan. Rafael Borré from River Plate signed a contract with the club for a free transfer. The center forward has a market value of 17 million euros and in 17 appearances he has scored four goals and provided four assists. 

Adi Hutter left the club at the end of the summer and Oliver Glasner from Wolfsburg became their new head coach. The club’s attacking midfielder, Daichi Kamada has had an increase of nine million euros in his market value. Their young talent who joined the club in the summer is Jasper Lindstrom, who has scored four goals in Bundesliga 2021-22.

1.FSV Mainz 05 - €90.55m to €106.20m

Mainz had a difficult season with four managers in 2020-21. In November 2019, Sandro Schwarz was sacked due to his lack of performance and Achim Beierlorzer, the former 1. FC Koln manager was hired. As one of the

Bundesliga clubs with biggest market value growth in 2021

, Mainz finished the season in 13th place. At the beginning of the 2020-21 season, Mainz lost their two first matches, and having lost all but one of their Pre-season and friendlies, Beierlorzer was sacked and his assistant Jan-Moritz Lichte became their head coach until January.

Lichte was sacked after winning in only one match after the 13th week of the season. Being at the bottom of the table, Jan Siewert who was Mainz academy manager, became their interim head coach and was replaced after one a 5-2 loss against Bayern. Finally, Mainz’s former defender, Bo Svensson became their head coach. Svensson rescued Mainz from relegation by finishing in 12th place.

Due to Mainz’s better performance in the current season under Svensson, most of their players had an increase in their market value. Their most valuable player is

Jeremiah Juste

, who has had an eight million rise in his market value since January 2021.

Moussa Niakhate

and Leandro Barreiro are their second and third most valuable players at the club, which they also had a market value rise of 7.5 and 3.5 million euros, respectively.

1.FC Union Berlin - €60.60m to €78.30m

Union Berlin has been on the rise since 2018. In the 2018-19 season, they finished with 57 points, and only missed 2nd place on goal differential. They won the promotion playoffs against VfB Stuttgart and got their ticket to the top flight. In the 2019-20 season, they finished in the middle of the table with twelve wins and five draws.

In the previous season, they even got further and finished seventh, qualifying for the Europa Conference league play-off round. The club’s head coach Urs Fischer, who secured the promotion to Bundesliga’s top flight in his first season, has had a win rate of 39.57 percent. Besides their great performance, one of the important reasons for being on the list of

increased Bundesliga clubs' market value in 2021

, is their busy summer transfer window.

Taiwo Awoniyi

was transferred for a fee of 6.5 million euros from Liverpool, who has been outstanding with nine goals and an assist in the current season. He has had a rise of 1.5 million since joining Union Berlin and is now their second most expensive player.

Marvin Friedrich

is their most valuable player who plays at center back. In the current season, after 17 matches, they are in 7th place on the Bundesliga table with seven wins and six draws. 

VfL Bochum - €18.23m to €38.10m

This is the first season Bochum is back in Bundesliga. After a month from the start of the 2019-20 season, the former Bochum midfielder, Thomas Reis, became their new head coach in September 2019. Before him, they didn’t win even once in 2. Bundesliga. Bochum ended the season in 8th place with 11 wins and 13 draws. 

Bochum started 2020-21 well and until January, they became fourth in the league table. They didn’t have any notable transfers in January. After the holidays, they started a streak of wins and reached the top of the table in the 23rd week. As one of the Bundesliga clubs with biggest market value increase in 2021, their top scorers were

Robert Zulj

and Simon Zoller, each with 15 goals.

In the summer transfer window of 2021, they had eight players coming in, but all on free transfers or loans.

Elvis Rexhbecaj

joined from Wolfsburg on loan, which is worth four million euros. Eduard Löwen came from Hertha BSC on loan and Takuma Asano on a free transfer. Each of them has a market value of three million euros. 

In the current season and after 17 weeks in Bundesliga, they are in 12th place with six wins and two draws. Their new goal scorer is

Sebastian Polter

, who joined the club in the summer from Fortuna Sittard on a free transfer. He has scored six goals in sixteen appearances. 

SC Freiburg - €111.70m to €132.15m

As one of the Bundesliga clubs with biggest market value increase in 2021, Freiburg ended last season in 10th place with twelve wins and nine draws. They had quiet transfer windows in 2021, with only Maximilian Eggestein, who joined from Werder Bremen for a fee of five million euros.

Nico Schlotterbeck

came back from a loan spell at Union Berlin. Due to his great performance in Union, his market value has more than tripled in a year.

In the current season, they are dominating Bundesliga, being in third place after Bayern Munich and Dortmund. In 17 matches, Freiburg lost only four games and had five draws. They were unbeaten in their first ten matches of the season and only conceded seven goals. Both of their main center backs had a rise in their market value due to their defensive skills and also their goal scoring abilities.

In the current season,

Philipp Lienhart

has scored four goals as a center back. He is also the club’s second most valuable player with a market value of 14 million euros. Their most valuable player is

Roland Sallai

, who plays mostly as a right winger. His performance in Hungary shocked everyone at Euro 2020. His market value has almost tripled in 2021.   

SpVgg Greuther Fürth - €12.70m to €37.03m

Greuther Furth is currently spending its second season ever in Bundesliga. Their first presence in the German top tier was in 2012-13. In 2020-21 2. Bundesliga, Greuther Furth failed to win the first 4 games but then they achieved 5 victories in a row which handed them second place in the standings. Greuther Furth kept second place throughout the season and got Bundesliga promotion for 2021-22. They signed

Marijan Cavar

and loaned Luca Itter during the 2021 winter transfer window. 

Following their promotion, Greuther was more active in the summer transfer window. They signed

Jeremy Dudziak

on a €750 thousand deal with Hamburger SV. Dudiak is one of the most expensive arrivals at the club. They also signed Nick Viergever and Sebastian Griesbeck in the window. There were more transfers, but the rest were free or on loan. The most valuable player on the team is Cedric Itten, who is a loanee from the Scottish club Rangers.

Maximilian Bauer

is the next valuable player that is valued at €3 million, which is twice more than at the beginning of 2021. Paul Seguin, Marco Meyerhofer, and Adrian Fein all have €2.5 million market value except that Fein is on loan from Bayern. Jetro Williams and Dudziak are both valued at €2 million but their value is descending. 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - €343.45m to €387.45m

Leverkusen finished 5th in the 2019-20 season, qualifying for the Europa League group stage. They started the previous season really well and didn’t lose once in 12 games. For two weeks they were at the top of the table in December 2020. But in January 2021, in six games, they only won once and dropped to sixth place. At the end of March, the club’s head coach,

Peter Bosz

was sacked, and Hannes Wolf, who was their caretaker, became head coach until the summer.

Leverkusen hired Gerardo Seoane, who was Young Boys manager, at the first of July. they had a busy summer transfer window. Amine Adli joined from Toulouse for a fee of 7.5 million euros. Their most expensive transfer was

Odilon Kossounou

, Club Brugge's center back, for a fee of 223 million euros. In the current season, Leverkusen is in 4th place with eight wins and four draws after seventeen matches. Their most expensive player is

Florian Wirtz

with 65 million euros. Since January 2021, the attacking midfielder’s market value has increased by more than 30 million and many clubs in Europe are interested in signing him.

Their second most valuable player is the French left winger, Moussa Diaby. He is worth 42 million euros, and his market value is increasing due to his great performance. He has scored five goals and provided six assists in 15 appearances.

Patrik Schick

with his outstanding goal in Euro 2020 as their fourth most valuable player who is their top scorer. He has scored 16 goals in fourteen appearances and provided three assists. 

VfL Wolfsburg - €218.95m to €286.03m

Wolfsburg is having a hard time this season. They finished 4th in 2020-21 with 61 points after Dortmund and qualified for Champions League. But their head coach, Olivier Glasner, who managed to qualify for Europa League in his first season, departed to join Eintracht Frankfurt. In summer 2021, Wolfsburg announced that the former Bayern Munich midfielder, Mark van Bommel will be the new head coach for the 2021-22 season. 

Sebastiaan Bornauw

, the former Koln center back, joined the club with a transfer fee of 13.5 million euros. Another notable signing in the summer was Luca Waldschmidt from Benfica with a 12 million euros transfer fee. Wolfsburg wasn’t successful in pre season matches but started the 2021-22 season with four wins. But until 23 October they didn’t win once. Van Bommel was sacked and the former Werder Bremen head coach, Florian Kohfeldt was hired to replace him.

Since then Wolfsburg has participated in eight games, winning only two, and getting a point out of a draw against Arminia Bielefeld. The main reason for Wolfsburg being on the list of Bundesliga clubs with biggest market value increase in 2021, is their great performance last season. Also, some of their players like

Maxence Lacroix,

Xaver Schlager, and

Ridle Baku

had an increase in their market value by about 17, 7, and 13 million euros, respectively. 

VfB Stuttgart - €103.45m to €174.20m

Stuttgart hired Pellegrino Matarazzo in the middle of the 2019-20 season, to break the losing streak they’ve been on, and it worked. They came back to German football's top flight after only one season in 2. Bundesliga.

In the previous season, they finished 9th with 12 wins and nine draws. Their top scorer,

Saša Kalajdžić

scored 16 goals, and his market value increased by almost 18 million euros. In the summer transfer window of 2021, they hired Florian Müller as a goalkeeper from Mainz for a transfer fee of five million euros. Another notable signing was

Wahid Faghir

for a fee of 4.5 million euros.

In the current season, Stuttgart hasn’t been as successful as last season and they are fighting to survive in the top tier. After playing sixteen games, they only won four and had five draws. Despite their lack of performance in Bundesliga, most of their players had a rise in their market value. Their defensive midfielder,

Orel Mangala

has had a rise of about 7 million euros in his market value.  Another example is Borna Sosa, who plays in left back and had an increase of 12 million euros in his market value.

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