Bayer Leverkusen are champions of Germany for the first time in their 120-year history.

Xabi Alonso’s side wrapped up the title with five games to spare after a crushing 5-0 win over Werder Bremen in front of their jubilant supporters.

Overjoyed fans spilled on to the pitch to celebrate after Leverkusen moved to 79 points – 16 more than nearest rivals Bayern Munich – with just 15 points left to play for.

It is a remarkable achievement by former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Alonso, who took charge in October 2022 with the club second bottom of the table.

Leverkusen’s triumph ended Bayern’s stranglehold on the league after 11 title wins in a row.

Bayern Munich have dominated German football to such an extent that the last team to win the Bundesliga other than Bayern in recent years was Borussia Dortmund way back in 2012.

It is all change now, with Leverkusen securing the title after remaining unbeaten all season despite juggling Europa League and German Cup commitments.

Alonso’s side have dropped just eight points, winning 25 of their 29 matches and drawing the other four.

In addition, they are on course for an incredible treble after establishing a 2-0 first-leg lead over West Ham in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, while they face second-tier Kaiserslautern in the German Cup final on 25 May.

Their unbeaten run stands at 43 games in all competitions and should they maintain that for the rest of the season, they will break the record set by Benfica in the 1960s.

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