I am not referring the year of creation, which it seems German are very proud of (FC Schalke 04, Hannover 96).

Why do some 1.Bundesliga or 2.Bundesliga teams have the number one and a dot: 1.

Here are a few notable examples: 1. FSV Mainz 05, 1. FC Nürnberg, 1. FC Köln, 1. FC Union Berlin...

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    In German dot after a number means ordinal number. So “1.” is nothing else as “first” (2. is second and so on). Sep 14 '19 at 19:06

According to this article on the the Bundesliga's website:

Germans are traditionally sticklers for accuracy and they're no different when it comes to football. As a general rule of thumb, if you see a '1.' in front of your team's name that's because they want you to know they were the first such club to be founded in their city. Similarly, any other numbers that feature (usually at the end) demonstrate the club's pride in their historical roots by flaunting the year they came into existence.


If there is a '1' in the team name, it means that the club was the first club in that city.

If there are 2 numbers in the team name, it means that the club was founded in that year. Ex: Schalke 04 (Founded in 1904) Hannover 96 (Founded in 1896)

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    This simply duplicates the accepted answer.
    – Chenmunka
    Mar 27 '20 at 18:07

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