The long summer wait is over, as the new 54th in a row, Bundesliga season kicks off tomorrow. Reigning champions Bayern Munich led by new manager Carlo Ancelotti will host former German football giants Werder Bremen who fight for survival in the past few seasons. Ancelotti has already won German Super Cup with Bayern and now starts the real task of leading Bavarians to their fifth straight Bundesliga title. Although they signed two major reinforcements in Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches, Bayern will start their season without several key players like Kingsley Coman, Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben, Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng due to injuries.
DORTMUND READY FOR THE TITLE
Although they lost captain Mats Hummels to their biggest rivals and have seen Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund fans think they are ready for the title. Coach Thomas Tuchel have assembled a new team for the new season with plenty of new names who are likely to debut in Dortmund’s league opener against Mainz. Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele, Sebastian Rode, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Schurrle and biggest reinforcement this summer, Mario Gotze are all ready to start Dortmund’s title challenge with a win. Mainz however will not be an easy bite as showed last season when they qualified for Europa League group stage and played very offensive football.
WOLVES CHASES EUROPE AGAIN
Wolfsburg had rather strange last season as it was their best ever performance in European competitions where they reached Champions League quarterfinals while failing to qualify again for Europe through Bundesliga. To correct that, Wolves have brought back Mario Gomez to Germany and signed Borja Mayoral and Jakub Blaszczykowski in order to stay on par against top Bundesliga contenders. Their chase for Europe starts in Augsburg against side who also had successful season in Europa League last term. Augsburg starts its sixth season in top flight with new coach Dirk Schuster who arrived from Darmstadt after Markus Weinzierl left to take over at Schalke.
RB LEIPZIG DEBUTS IN BUNDESLIGA
RB Leipzig will debut this weekend as 55th club to compete in Bundesliga. The club was formed only seven years ago with financial support of Red Bull company and has quickly become one of the most hated teams in Germany. Fans around the country sees them as “fake” club with no tradition, achieving success through money and have made the decision to boycott the matches in which their clubs play against RB Leipzig. With huge funds, RB Leipzig have managed to attract players from higher leagues to sign for them. Last season, playing in the 2. Bundesliga, the club had three European international players in Yussuf Poulsen, Marcel Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg and completed the transfer of attacker Davie Selke who is thought to be a future regular member of the German national team, from Werder Bremen. RB Leipzig has won four promotions in seven years, starting from fifth division. They finally won a promotion to top flight with a second place finish in 2. Bundesliga last season and will debut on Sunday away at Hoffenheim.
We’ll have a first high-profile game of new season on Saturday evening – Borussia Monchengladbach will host Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League participators duel. Other games to kick off the Bundesliga in the round 1 this weekend are: Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalke 04; FC Koln – Darmstadt; Hamburger SV – Ingolstadt and Hertha Berlin – Freiburg on Sunday.