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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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.

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