Club News: Sunderland Set For Friendly Visit

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Sunderland AFC will be the first visitors to Signal Iduna Park this summer after the club accepted their proposal to meet on Saturday 18 July as part of their pre-season tour of Germany. The friendly will be BVB’s third of the summer after trips to Wuppertal and Bielefeld, and takes place a week before the DFL-Supercup against Schalke.

The club also revealed that they had to reject a proposal from recently promoted French top-flight side Le Mans for the same day. Dortmund’s U19 side will travel to TSV Großbadorf on 04 July for a friendly, after their first fixture was confirmed today.

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Benjamin Bella and Emiliano Mancinelli have been called-up by the German and Italian squads respectively for the UEFA U19 Championship taking place in Greece next month.

In South Korea, Mustafa Amini scored his second goal of the AFC U22 Championship for Australia as they beat Iraq 4-1 in their second group game. They play Vietnam to seal qualification for the final four tomorrow.

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Swansea City have taken their summer spending to the £29m mark with the £11.5m capture of Vincent Aboubakar from PSV Eindhoven. The 23 year-old striker, capped 23 times (11 goals) by Cameroon, scored 14 times in Eredivisie last season.

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Racing Santander manager Fabri has left the club by mutual consent after the club were relegated to the Spanish second-tier last season. They won just six of their forty competitive matches last season.

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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

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.

Initial BVB Summer Friendlies Announced

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that their pre-season schedule shall begin with a trip to third-tier SV Wuppertaler on Wednesday 8th July, a club who finished 17th in 3.Liga this season. Dortmund opened their domestic schedule at the same club a year earlier, winning 2-1.

Preparations for the 2015-16 season will continue three days later with a trip to DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday 11th July, whom BVB beat 3-0 back in January thanks to goals from André Schürrle, Neven Subotic, and Stevan Jovetic in the opening half-hour.

Monthly BVB Boardroom Review: March 2015

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The monthly board review has taken place at Signal Iduna Park, and to summarise, the Borussia Dortmund board continue to be pleased with Gray Surman’s management of the team. This has been underlined by the fans’ belief that he is getting the best out of Robert Lewandowski.

However, the European failure is disappointing, but the board remain positive about the potential to retain both domestic trophies this season.  The club recorded a loss of -£1.43m last month, though remains in a very healthy financial position.

Monthly Turnover:     £12.38m
Previous Month:       £8.4m
Main Income:          £3.62m (Gate Receipts)

Monthly Expenditure:  £13.81m
Previous Month:       £12.03m
Main Expenditure:     £6m (Player Wages)

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Assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has provided his regular feedback on how the players have been training over the past month. Among the senior players Marco Reus (tactics) and Jos Verniers (fitness) have impressed the coaching staff with their progress, but slight concerns have been noted about Robert Lewandowski during attacking drills.

The same can be said of the youth players, with Josef Odenthal and Emiliano Mancinelli (both fitness), and especially Saeid Hosaini (tactics) have all shown great improvement during the past month. Three players have had new individual programmes devised for them: Emiliano Mancinelli (heading), Robert Lewandowski (placing shots), and Wout Devriendt (positioning).

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The international break is over, and it’s time for the business end of the domestic season. Dortmund have just ten matches left this season, including the DFB-Pokal Final on 23 May against Schalke. BVB sit a point clear at the top of the table over Leverkusen, but have two games in hand over the rest of the top four. Euro 2016 qualification resumes in June.

 IMPORTANT DATES - APRIL 2015:
  WED 01  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. VfB Stuttgart
  SAT 04  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. Eintracht Frankfurt
  SUN 05  U19 LEAGUE    HOME v. Fortuna Düsseldorf U19
  WED 08  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. VfL Wolfsburg
  SAT 11  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. SC Freiburg

  SAT 18  BUNDESLIGA    AWAY v. Hertha Berlin SC
  SUN 19  U19 LEAGUE    AWAY v. MSV Duisburg U19

  SAT 25  BUNDESLIGA    HOME v. FC Augsburg
  SUN 26  U19 LEAGUE    AWAY v. Rot-Weis Essen U19

  MON 27  BIRTHDAY      Lars Bender (26)
  MON 27  BIRTHDAY      Sven Bender (26)