In 2004 the Bundesliga took an idea from Juventus and decided to allow clubs
to display gold stars on their logos to indicate that they've won multiple
championships since the Bundesliga was formed in 1962.
Clubs can display one star if they've won three Bundesliga
championships, two stars if they've won five, three stars if they've
won ten. The honour is known as Verdiente Meistervereine
Update 2007: The latest club to join the list is Vfb Stuttgart, their dramatic 2006-07
Championship victory means they have now won 3 titles.
The list of clubs who have officially been awarded stars is...
| Stars || Club || Bundesliga Titles |
| *** || Bayern Munich || 20 |
| ** || Borussia Monchengladbach || 5 |
| * || Werder Bremen || 4 |
| * || Borussia Dortmund || 3 |
| * || Hamburger SV || 3 |
| * || Vfb Stuttgart || 3 |
There's been quite a bit of controversy over the awards, particularly from
the former East German clubs, who obviously haven't been in the Bundesliga
since it started, and
who thought they should be entitled to display stars relating to their East
German championships. Dynamo Berlin even
went as far as putting them on the shirts anyway, ignoring the
official awards. The federation eventually decided that all pre-Bundesliga
and East German champions could display a single star with the number of
titles displayed inside it.