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.
|Dates||22 August 1964 – 15 May 1965|
1st Bundesliga title
1st German title
|Relegated||Hertha BSC (licence revoked)|
|European Cup||Werder Bremen|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Borussia Dortmund|
|Goals scored||796 (3.32 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Rudolf Brunnenmeier (24)|
|Biggest home win||1860 Munich 9–0 Karlsruhe|
|Biggest away win||E. Frankfurt 0–7 Karlsruhe|
|Highest scoring||1860 Munich 6–4 Hertha BSC|
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.
|SV Werder Bremen||Weserstadion||32,000|
|Borussia Dortmund||Stadion Rote Erde||30,000|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||Stadion Betzenberg||42,000|
|1. FC Köln||Müngersdorfer Stadion||76,000|
|TSV 1860 Munich||Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße||44,000|
|1. FC Nürnberg||Städtisches Stadion||64,238|
|FC Schalke 04||Glückauf-Kampfbahn||35,000|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GR||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||SV Werder Bremen (C)||30||15||11||4||54||29||1.862||41||Qualification to European Cup preliminary round|
|2||1. FC Köln||30||14||10||6||66||45||1.467||38||Qualification to Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round|
|3||Borussia Dortmund||30||15||6||9||67||48||1.396||36||Qualification to Cup Winners' Cup first round|
|4||TSV 1860 Munich||30||14||7||9||70||50||1.400||35||Qualification to Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round|
|5||Hannover 96||30||13||7||10||48||42||1.143||33||Qualification to Inter-Cities Fairs Cup second round|
|6||1. FC Nürnberg||30||11||10||9||44||38||1.158||32||Qualification to Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round|
|13||1. FC Kaiserslautern||30||11||3||16||41||53||0.774||25|
|14||Hertha BSC (R)||30||7||11||12||40||62||0.645||25||Relegation to Regionalliga[a]|
|16||FC Schalke 04||30||7||8||15||45||60||0.750||22|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal ratio.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- 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.
- 24 goals
- 22 goals
- 19 goals
- 15 goals
- 14 goals
- 12 goals
|SV Werder Bremen|
|Goalkeeper: Günter Bernard (30).|
Defenders: Horst-Dieter Höttges (29 / 1); Sepp Piontek (28 / 3); Helmut Jagielski (26); Heinz Steinmann (26); Wolfgang Bordel (1).
Manager: Willi Multhaup.
- "Spielplan 1. Spieltag". DFB. 5 April 2001.
- "Saison 1964/1965 Letzter Spieltag". DFB. 5 April 2001.
- Weinrich, Matthias (1998). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs, Band 3: 35 Jahre Bundesliga, Teil 1: 1963–1975 (in German). Kassel: AGON Sportverlag. p. 38. ISBN 3-89784-132-0.
- 50 Jahre Bundesliga – Zézé (in German) Süddeutsche Zeitung, published: 27 January 2015, accessed: 28 March 2015
- 50 Jahre Bundesliga – Raoul Tagliari (in German) Süddeutsche Zeitung, published: 27 January 2015, accessed: 28 March 2015
- Grüne, Hardy (2001). Enzyklopädie des deutschen Ligafußballs, Band 7: Vereinslexikon (in German). Kassel: AGON Sportverlag. ISBN 3-89784-147-9.
- DFB archive, 1964–65 season (in German)