| Stuttgarter Kickers|
| Stuttgarter Kickers
FC St. Pauli|
SSV Ulm 1846
The 1987–88 2. Bundesliga season was the fourteenth season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system.
Stuttgarter Kickers and FC St. Pauli were promoted to the Bundesliga while Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, BVL 08 Remscheid, SSV Ulm 1846 and Arminia Bielefeld were relegated to the Oberliga.
1987–88 2. Bundesliga Wikipedia
For the 1987–88 season Kickers Offenbach, SpVgg Bayreuth, SV Meppen and BVL 08 Remscheid were newly promoted to the 2. Bundesliga from the Oberliga while SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin and Fortuna Düsseldorf had been relegated to the league from the Bundesliga.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
*Rot-Weiss Oberhausen had their license revoked and were therefore relegated.
(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.
The final place in the Bundesliga was contested between the third placed team in the 2. Bundesliga (Darmstadt 98) and the third-last team in the Bundesliga (SV Waldhof Mannheim). Waldhof Mannheim retained their Bundesliga status after a penalty shout-out in the necessary third game.
The league's top scorers: