Loanees Return to Signal Iduna Park

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The club has welcomed back sixteen players to Signal Iduna Park that spent the last season out on loan, though two of those – Mustafa Amini (with Australia at the Asian U22 Championship) and Marvin Ducksch – have been released after not being offered new contracts.

Kevin Großkreutz and Leonardo Bittencourt return from top-flight action overseas having been on loan at AC Milan and Ajax respectively, while Ogün Gümüstas was at Energie Cottbus who won promotion to 1.Bundesliga, and Marc Hornschuh spent the season at 3.Liga title-winners Sandhausen.

PLAYER            POS  LOAN CLUB     DIV  APP GLS AST POM  AVE
Mustafa AMINI     AMC  Sandhausen    3L   27   5   3   2   6.85
Leo BITTENCOURT   AMC  Ajax          INT  30   5   3   0   6.83
Marcel DEELEN     DL   Rostock       2BL   5   0   1   0   6.38
Nils DIETZ        DM   Aalen         3L   24   0   1   0   6.42
Marvin DUCKSCH    ST   Darmstadt     REG  32   8   3   0   6.72
Jeremy DUDZIAK    MC   Ingolstadt    2BL  13   0   2   0   6.56
Erik DURM         ST   Braunschweig  2BL  32  13   2   2   6.96
Paul EHMANN       DM   Oberhausen    REG  35   1   2   0   6.18
Kevin GROßKREUTZ  AML  AC Milan      INT   8   1   0   0   6.76
Ogün GÜMÜSTAS     ST   Cottbus       2BL   1   0   0   0   6.30
Koray GÜNTER      DC   St Pauli      2BL  29   3   0   3   7.03
Marc HORNSCHUH    DC   Sandhausen    3L   37   1   4   2   6.97
Florian HÜBNER    DC   Braunschweig  2BL  31   0   1   1   6.59
Kai KAUL          DC   Offenbach     U19   0   0   0   0   -
Hervé MATTHYS     DC   Darmstadt     REG  17   0   1   1   6.62
Thomas MEIßNER    DC   Aachen        2BL  30   1   0   0   6.54

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Blackpool have announced that Millwall boss Derek Adams will be their new manager, after the 40 year-old Scot left his post at The Den yesterday. Adams guided Millwall to 16th in the Championship last season, but were knocked out of both domestic cups at the first hurdles.

Former Valladolid manager Miroslav Djukic has been appointed as the new man in charge of Racing Santander. The 49 year-old, capped 49 times by Serbia, had been out of top-flight management since being dismissed by Valladolid in November 2013.

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Dortmund Diary: Reus Injury, Season Tickets

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Daily Dortmund Diary, Monday 29 June 2015:

Marco Reus will miss BVB’s opening friendlies after twisting his left knee in a training session. The club’s medical team have indicated that he’ll be sidelined for a fortnight, sitting-out the matches on 08 and 11 July at Wuppertal and Bielefeld respectively.

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The club have announced that they have sold 22,002 season tickets so far since sales began. The marketing team said that they expect to sell another 31,100 as the season approaches taking the total to around 53,100 of Signal Iduna Park’s 80,720 capacity.

Dortmund Submit £15m Bid for Ter Stegen

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Borussia Dortmund have made an official bid for Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, with the domestic transfer window opening on Wednesday. Ter Stegen is transfer listed by request after failing to agree new terms at Borussia-Park.

The 23 year-old German international (7 caps) kept nine clean sheets in 1.Bundesliga last season and has a £23m release clause, but Dortmund believe they can agree a deal at a lower value due to the player’s reluctance to remain at a Gladbach side who missed out on continental football this season.

Gladbach are thought to want closer to £19m for the player ahead of his contract expiring next summer. Though failure to seal a summer deal would surely mean a knock-down price in the new year before the player who has spent his entire career at the club can leave on a free.

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.

Daily Dortmund Diary: Sunday 21 June 2015

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The players have reported back to Brackel after their four weeks off, with a number of players being promoted through the club’s squads. Erik Durm has been promoted to the first team after his return from Braunschweig where he scored 13 times in 32 appearances for the 2.Bundesliga side last season.

Hervé Matthys, Samy Bourard, Hendrik Brauer, Nils Lennard Dietz, Ogün Gümüstas, and Jeremy Dudziak are now all ineligible for the U19 squad next season and have joined Dortmund II. The club have announced that the club won’t play in 3.Liga again next season, and players will be sent on loan should they not break into the senior squad.

Viktor Fischer and Stevan Jovetic have both been granted an extra fortnight’s holiday after looking very tired in training. Both featured heavily in recent long-distance Euro 2016 Qualifiers for Denmark and Montenegro respectively.

Coach José Segura has started on his Continental Pro License, with the club paying the fee.

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Alex Sandro has become the biggest signing of the summer so far, with a £21.5m move from Porto to Manchester City. The 24 year-old Brazilian international left-back was at Porto for four years (winning two titles) since his £8m move from Santos in 2011.

Colombian wing-back Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has left Chelsea after one season, where he only made 10 appearances following his £8.5m move from Udinese. The 27 year-old recently spoke out about his anger at not being included in Colombia’s Copa America squad, and has joined Marseille for £8.5m.

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.

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  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