| Werder Bremen|
| Werder Bremen
1st Bundesliga title
1st German title|
Rudolf Brunnenmeier (24)
1860 Munich 9–0 Karlsruhe
1963–64 Bundesliga, 1973–74 Bundesliga, 1982–83 Bundesliga, 1970–71 Bundesliga, 1972–73 Bundesliga
The 1964–65 Bundesliga was the second season of the Bundesliga, West Germany's premier football league. It began on 22 August 1964 and ended on 15 May 1965. 1. FC Köln were the defending champions.
1964–65 Bundesliga Wikipedia
The championship was won by Werder Bremen. Schalke 04 and Karlsruher SC were originally going to be demoted to the Regionalliga. However, the German FA became aware of irregularities regarding transfer fees, signing bonuses and player wages paid by Hertha BSC. A cash audit was ordered, and the evidence collected from there was enough to revoke Hertha's license. In order to avoid any legal battles over Bundesliga membership, the FA decided to expand the league from sixteen to eighteen teams, meaning Schalke and Karlsruhe were spared relegation. Since Berlin should have a representative in the league as well, Tasmania Berlin were promoted besides the winners of the promotion play-off groups for the 1965–66 season.
The 1964–65 season saw the debut of Brazilian players in the Bundesliga. Zézé became the first Brazilian to play in the league when he fielded for 1. FC Köln against Hertha BSC on 22 August 1964 while Raoul Tagliari scored the first-ever Bundesliga goal by a Brazilian for Meidericher SV against 1. FC Nürnberg on 21 November 1964.
Preußen Münster and 1. FC Saarbrücken were relegated to the Regionalliga after finishing in the last two places. They were replaced by Hannover 96 and Borussia Neunkirchen, who won their respective promotion play-off groups.
Source: www.dfb.de (German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average
1 Hertha BSC had their license revoked because of financial irregularities. Karlsruher SC and Schalke 04 were spared relegation, the league was expanded to eighteen teams.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Source: www.dfb.de (German)24 goals
Rudolf Brunnenmeier (1860 Munich)
Friedhelm Konietzka (Borussia Dortmund)
Christian Müller (1. FC Köln)
Heinz Strehl (1. FC Nuremberg)
Franz Brungs (Borussia Dortmund)
Uwe Seeler (Hamburger SV)
Peter Grosser (1860 Munich)
Hartmann Madl (Karlsruher SC)
Klaus Matischak (FC Schalke 04)
Elmar May (Borussia Neunkirchen)
Karl-Heinz Thielen (1. FC Köln)
Lothar Ulsaß (Eintracht Braunschweig)
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.