Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2016/2017
|20.Freiburg - Bayern|
|21.Schalke - Ingolstadt|
|Wolfsburg - Hamburg|
|Werder - Dortmund|
|Augsburg - Hoffenh.|
|Darmstadt - Borussia|
|RB Leipzig - Frankfurt|
|22.Bayer L. - Hertha|
|Mainz - Koln|
Hamburg sign Papadopoulos on loan
Hamburg have signed defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos on a six-month loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Papadopoulos, 24, had joined Leipzig on loan in the summer but the agreement was cut short after he made just one 27-minute appearance for the title challengers in the first half of the season. The Greece international failed to force his way into coach Ralph Hassenhuttl's plans before having to undergo knee surgery in November, but he will now look to reignite his career with relegation-battling Hamburg.
Robben signs new Bayern deal
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has extended his stay with the German champions until the summer of 2018. His current deal was due to expire at the end of the season but he is now tied to the club until he is 34. Robben has scored 82 goals in 152 Bundesliga matches and 21 goals in 53 Champions League games for the German side. He joined team-mates Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski and Rafinha in agreeing new terms with the club during Germany's winter break.
Bayern sign Sule and Rudy
Bayern have completed the signings of Niklas Sule, 21, and Sebastian Rudy, 26, from Hoffenheim. The two Germany internationals will join Bayern on 1 July 2017. Sebastian Rudy signed a three-year contract binding him to the club until 30 June 2020, whereas Sule put his name to a five-year contract until 30 June 2022.
Sidney Sam loaned to Darmstadt
Schalke 04 have loaned Sidney Sam to Darmstadt for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. The deal will run until 30th June 2017. Sam, who has a contract at Schalke until 2018, has made 109 Bundesliga appearances, 13 of which have come for Schalke. The 28-year-old's time as a Royal Blue has been plagued by injury after moving to Gelsenkirchen from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014.
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RB Leipzig sign Upamecano
RB Leipzig have signed France youth international Dayot Upamecano from Red Bull Salzburg. The 18-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal after a reported initial fee of €10m was agreed between the clubs. The centre-back, who has represented France from Under-16 through to U-19 level, has made 21 appearances for Salzburg this campaign. Upamecano had been linked with a number of major European sides, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Schalke sign Burgstaller
Schalke 04 have completed the signing of Austria international striker Guido Burgstaller from Bundesliga 2 side Nurnberg. The 27-year-old linked up with his new team-mates on Thursday after signing a contract with the Royal Blues until 2020, with Schalke also finalising the signing of Holger Badstuber on a six-month loan deal from Bayern Munchen.
Badstuber loaned to Schalke
Defender Holger Badstuber, 27, has moved on loan from Bayern Munchen Schalke 04. Badstuber, who has been plagued by injuries recently, will undergo a medical with the Royal Blues in the coming days. "I'm thankful that Bayern granted me my wish. I'd like to play more at Schalke, which is what I need, I'm looking forward to my time in Gelsenkirchen." said Badstuber.
Wolfsburg sign winger Ntep
Struggling Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have signed France international winger Paul-Georges Ntep from Rennes. The deal was worth €5m, according to German media, with Cameroon-born Ntep's contract running until 2021. The 24-year-old scored 18 goals in 74 Ligue 1 matches for Rennes. Ntep is the fourth player to join Wolfsburg since January 1, following the arrival of Yunus Malli, Riechedly Bazoer and Victor Osimhen and the departure of Julian Draxler to Paris Saint-Germain.
|2||RB Leipzig||36||16||11-3-2 (16)|
|9||Bayer L.||21||-1||6-3-7 (16)|
|21.12||Bayern - RB Leipzig||3 : 0|
|21.12||Hertha - Darmstadt||2 : 0|
|21.12||Koln - Bayer L.||1 : 1|
|21.12||Hoffenh. - Werder||1 : 1|
|21.12||Ingolstadt - Freiburg||1 : 2|
|20.12||Dortmund - Augsburg||1 : 1|
|20.12||Borussia - Wolfsburg||1 : 2|
|20.12||Hamburg - Schalke||2 : 1|
|20.12||Frankfurt - Mainz||3 : 0|
German Bundesliga stats
|home wins||48 %|
|away wins||26 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2016/2017
The German national football league contains two divisions, the First Bundesliga and the Second Bundesliga. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, a union of the football associations of west and east became reality. So, the First Bundesliga in the 1991/92 season was expanded to 20 teams to integrate the two top clubs from East Germany. The former East German football league was downgraded into a regional division. Presently, the First Bundesliga, usually called just "Bundesliga", consists of 18 teams. Each team plays two games against all the other league rivals during the season, one game at home and one game away.
The top three teams enter directly into the group stage of the Champions League. It's also possible for the fourth placed team to qualify for the Champions League after playing the qualifying round. The bottom three of the table are relegated automatically and are replaced by the three best teams of the Second Bundesliga.