2015-16 Bundesliga Fixture List Revealed

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Borussia Dortmund will begin the defence of their 1.Bundesliga title with the visit of FC Nürnberg to Signal Iduna Park on 22 August, before a trip to last season’s 2.Bundesliga champions Kaiserslautern on 29 August.

Deutsche Fußball Liga today revealed the full fixture list for the 2015-16 season, with the opening day giving us two mouth-watering clashes between top six sides from last season as Bayern Munich host Wolfsburg, while Leverkusen entertain runners-up Hamburg on Saturday 22 August.

Kaiserslautern are back in the top-flight after three seasons chasing promotion, but they’ll face familiar opposition on the opening day as they open their campaign with a trip to Fürth, the side they pipped to the 2.Bundesliga title last season by three points.

Energie Cottbus, promoted via the Playoffs, are back in the top-tier of German football for the first time since 2009 and they’ll host Freiburg on the opening day.

 BUNDESLIGA, MATCHDAY 01/34:
  
  Saturday 22 August

           BAYER LEVERKUSEN   -   HAMBURGER SV
              BAYERN MUNICH   -   VFL WOLFSBURG
          BORUSSIA DORTMUND   -   FC NÜRNBERG
   BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH   -   FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF
        EINTRACHT FRANKFURT   -   TSG HOFFENHEIM
            ENERGIE COTTBUS   -   SC FREIBURG
                  FSV MAINZ   -   SCHALKE
       SPVGG GERUTHER-FÜRTH   -   KAISERSLAUTERN
              VFB STUTTGART   -   WERDER BREMEN

The German domestic season begins with the DFB-Pokal First Round on 15 August, and the draw will be made on Sunday 05 July. The curtain-raiser DFL-Supercup will take place between Schalke and Dortmund on 25 July in Gelsenkirchen.

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BVB’s league season will begin at home to Nürnberg, and end with the visit of Düsseldorf. The opening five games all look winnable, with the visit of Leverkusen on 26 September the sternest test BVB are likely to receive ahead of a run that sees them play the rest of last season’s top six over the next seven games, including a trip to Schalke on Halloween.

All are subject to change due to UEFA Champions League scheduling or TV broadcast:

JULY 2015
08 SV Wuppertaler           A                                FR
11 DSC Arminia Bielefeld    A                                FR
25 Schalke                  A                               GSC
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AUGUST 2015
15                                                          GC1
22 FC Nürnberg              H                               1BL
29 Kaiserslautern           A                               1BL
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SEPTEMBER 2015
12 Borussia Mönchengladbach A                               1BL
15                                                          UCL
19 VfB Stuttgart            H                               1BL
23 Energie Cottbus          A                               1BL
26 Bayer Leverkusen         H                               1BL
29                                                          UCL
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OCTOBER 2015
03 Eintracht Frankfurt      A                               1BL
06 Bayern Munich            H                               1BL
17 FSV Mainz                A                               1BL
20                                                          UCL
24 SpVgg Greuther Fürth     H                               1BL
28                                                          GC2
31 FC Schalke 04            A                               1BL
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NOVEMBER 2015
03                                                          UCL
07 VfL Wolfsburg            H                               1BL
21 TSG Hoffenheim           A                               1BL
24                                                          UCL
25 Hamburger SV (TBC)       H                               1BL
28 SC Freiburg              A                               1BL
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DECEMBER 2015
05 SV Werder Bremen         H                               1BL
08                                                          UCL
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf       A                               1BL
22                                                          GC3
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JANUARY 2016
16 FC Nürnberg              A                               1BL
23 Kaiserslautern           H                               1BL
30 Borussia Mönchengladbach H                               1BL
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FEBRUARY 2016
06 VfB Stuttgart            A                               1BL
09                                                          GCQ
13 Energie Cottbus          H                               1BL
20 Bayer Leverkusen         A                               1BL
27 Eintracht Frankfurt      H                               1BL
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MARCH 2016
05 Bayern Munich            A                               1BL
12 FSV Mainz                H                               1BL
19 SpVgg Greuther Fürth     A                               1BL
22                                                          GCS
26 FC Schalke 04            H                               1BL
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APRIL 2016
02 VfL Wolfsburg            A                               1BL
09 TSG Hoffenheim           H                               1BL
16 Hamburger SV             A                               1BL
30 SC Freiburg              H                               1BL
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MAY 2016
07 SV Werder Bremen         A                               1BL
14 Fortuna Düsseldorf       H                               1BL
21                                                          GCF
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BVB Review: Hummels Fans’ Player of Year

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As the club awaits the release of the 1.Bundesliga fixtures tomorrow, a spokesman for the official Dortmund supporters’ club has announced that club captain Mats Hummels is the Fans’ Player of the Year for the second successive season.

The Dortmund Best XI for the past season has also been named, with no great surprises as First Team Manager Gray Surman’s strongest eleven all being represented, including summer signings Lars Bender, top scorer Stevan Jovetic, and André Schürrle.

The substitutes were named as Heinz Lindner, Felipe Santana, Dennis Praet, Ivan Perisic, Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Beck, and Viktor Fischer. Mario Götze finished the season as the leading assist creator in 1.Bundesliga with eleven.

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BVB Board Announce 2015 – 2016 Budget

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The board of directors at Borussia Dortmund have made announcements this morning regarding the club’s finances ahead of the transfer window opening on Monday as preparations begin for the 2015-16 season.

First Team Manager Gray Surman has been given an initial transfer fund of £15.85m, and the wage budget is set at £1.33m per week (current spends £1.2m p/w). 100% of any fees raised will be made available, and should the current wage total remain constant, then a £20.2m transfer kitty can be spent excluding any fees received.

The club made a total loss of £13.2m last season, but prize money has now been paid by UEFA and DFL meaning that the club has made a profit of £28m in June alone. The club’s current balance is £79.26m, with £1.04m being raised through the club’s membership scheme, a similar amount as last season.

The board announced that dividends totalling £13m will be paid to shareholders, with the turnover for the last financial year being approximately £228m.

The 1.Bundesliga fixture list will be released on 20 June. The opening day of the season will take place on 22 August, with the DFL-Supercup at Schalke scheduled for 25 July.

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The double-winning U19 side have arranged their first pre-season friendlies. They will travel to SC Freiburg on 01 August, before playing at Hamburger SV four days later. Freiburg finished 7th in Group 4 last season, while Hamburg were 3rd in Group 2.

Mats Hummels: German Footballer of the Year

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hummelsMats Hummels has been named the Deutschlands Fußballer des Jahres after he captained Borussia Dortmund to the domestic double, as well as lifting the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup over the last ten months.

The 26 year-old centre-back, capped 46 times by Germany, polled ahead of team-mate Neven Subotic in second, while Javi Martínez of Bayern Munich was third. Last season, Dortmund’s Ivan Perisic won the accolade.

klaas-jan-huntelaar-70Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) scooped the golden boot for finishing as 1.Bundesliga’s top scorer, finding the back of the net 29 times in the league. The Dutch international also scored 12 times in cup competitions and 8 times for his country giving him a total return of 41 in 45.

Hamburg head coach Frank de Boer has won both the Manager of the Year and the Players’ Manager of the Year awards after the 45 year-old guided the club to second-place, their highest finish since 1987. Title-winning Dortmund boss Grayson Surman polled second in both awards, and Freiburg’s Christian Gross came third in both after he clinched them Europa League football next season.

Goal of the year went to Marcel Risse for his 82nd minute strike for Fortuna Düsseldorf in their 3-1 win at home to Bayern Munich in February. He put Düsseldorf back in front with a wonderful 60-yard lob past Manuel Neuer.

Goalkeeper of the Year: David Ospina (Schalke)
2nd: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), 3rd: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defender of the Year: Naldo (Wolfsburg)
2nd: Philipp Wollscheid (Leverkusen), 3rd: Joël Matip (Schalke)

Midfielder of the Year: Mario Götze (Dortmund)
2nd: Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Simon Rolfes (Leverkusen)

Striker of the Year: Stevan Jovetic (Dortmund)
2nd: Ádám Szalai (Mainz), 3rd: Stefan Kießling (Leverkusen)

The Bundesliga Select XI features four Dortmund players: Mats Hummels, Mario Götze, André Schürrle, Stevan Jovetic. They join goalkeeper David Ospina, Lewis Holtby, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke; Jerome Boateng and Philip Lahm of Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg defender Naldo, and Hamburg’s Karim Bellarabi.

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Energie Cottbus Promoted to Top Tier

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FC Energie Cottbus will be playing top-flight football for the first time in seven seasons after sealing promotion to 1.Bundesliga following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Hertha Berlin tonight.

Bruno Moreira finished from close range two minutes before the break for the only goal of tonight’s match at home, a week after a 2-1 win in Berlin against the side who finished 16th in the German top-tier.

It’s the second successive year that the 2.Bundesliga side has finished victorious in the Relegation Playoff, following Augsburg’s win over Fürth last season. Cottbus join Kaiserslautern and Fürth in being promoted, replacing Hertha, Augsburg and Hannover.

Bundesliga Playoff: Cottbus Win 2-1 in Berlin

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Energie Cottbus have taken a huge step to promotion to 1.Bundesliga after a 2-1 win at Hertha Berlin this evening after six years out of the German top-flight, and their second Playoff appearance in three seasons.

William Owusu put Cottbus in front at the Olympiastadion inside 20 minutes when his initial shot hit the post but he reacted first to slot home past the ‘keeper. Ronny headed Hertha level midway through the second-half, but Daniel Adlung restored the visitors’ lead with fifteen minutes to play with what could be a vital second away-goal.

The second-leg will take place at Stadion der Frundschaft on Tuesday.