Bundesliga: ‘Elevator club’ Arminia Bielefeld back in the top flight

Bielefeld has been the butt of jokes. The city is called a conspiracy theory, and Arminia has long earned itself a reputation as a “Fahrstuhlverein” (“elevator club”) — one that frequently moves up and down German football divisions.

But after 11 years away, they’re back in the Bundesliga and aren’t just there to make up the numbers.

One-club cities are not a rarity in the German top-flight. Traditional powerhouses like Dortmund and Mönchengladbach come to mind, even new-age…

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