Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2016/2017
Werder to sign goalkeeper Pavlenka
Werder Bremen have agreed a deal to sign Slavia Prague goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka. The 25-year-old is expected to undergo a medical in Bremen and sign a contract later in the week. The Czech Republic international Pavlenka helped Slavia win the Czech First League title during his first campaign as No. 1.
Mainz sign Kodro from Osasuna
Mainz have made their second summer signing by securing the services of Bosnia-Herzegovina attacker Kenan Kodro for next season. The 23-year-old joins from Spanish side Osasuna and has signed a four-year-contract. Kodro scored seven goals in 28 appearances in La Liga last season. Mainz also signed former Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler on a free transfer last week.
Hamburg sign goalkeeper Pollersbeck
Hamburg have completed the signing of Germany Under-21 goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck from Bundesliga 2 outfit Kaiserslautern. The 22-year-old, who is currently at the UEFA U-21 European Championship with Germany, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal valid until summer 2021. Pollersbeck made 31 Bundesliga 2 outings for Kaiserslautern last season, keeping 14 clean sheets and conceding just 27 goals.
Mainz sign goalkeeper Rene Adler
Mainz have signed former Germany international goalkeeper Rene Adler on a two-year deal. The 32-year-old was a free agent after deciding not to extend his contract at Hamburg. Leipzig-born Adler, who spent five years at Hamburg, has been a regular fixture in the Bundesliga since breaking onto the scene with Bayer Leverkusen midway through the 2006/07 season. He has since made 255 appearances in the German top flight, and was part of the Germany squad that finished runners-up to Spain at UEFA EURO 2008.
Portugal fear broken leg for Guerreiro
Portugal fear Raphael Guerreiro suffered a broken leg in the Confederations Cup victory over Russia. Guerreiro limped off the pitch after 66 minutes of his side's 1-0 victory on Wednesday. And Portugal boss Fernando Santos is worried the Borussia Dortmund star, who had earlier set up Cristiano Ronaldo's headed winner, has suffered a serious injury.
"Raphael went to hospital," he said. "We think he might have fractured his leg, unfortunately. He is a top quality player and this might have an impact on the beginning of his new season as well. We are sad about that, but let's see what the exam results tell us. I hope they are not as serious as we believe they are at the moment, I hope not."
Nordtveit joins Hoffenheim
Norway international midfielder Havard Nordtveit has joined Hoffenheim from West Ham for an undisclosed fee. Nordtveit, 27, joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer but made just 11 league starts under Slaven Bilic. After midfielder Florian Grillitsch and defender Justin Hoogma, Nordtveit is Hoffenheim's third signing of the off-season.
Borussia sign Oxford on loan
Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing of Reece Oxford from West Ham on a one-year loan deal. The Bundesliga side were keen to add an extra defender to their squad following Andreas Christensen's return to Chelsea and they have now found their man in the 18-year-old. Oxford, who spent the second half of last season on loan at second-division club Reading, is Gladbach's fifth arrival of the off-season.
Wolfsburg sign Dimata from Oostende
Wolfsburg have signed Belgian forward Nany Landry Dimata from Oostende. The 19-year-old has agreed a five-year contract. German media reported the transfer could cost Wolfsburg up to €10m. Dimata moved from Standard Liege to Oostende last year and enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Belgian top flight, helping his team qualify for Europe for the first time in their history. He scored 12 goals in 29 league games as Oostende finished fourth to reach the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
|2||RB Leipzig||67||27||20-7-7 (34)|
|12||Bayer L.||41||-2||11-8-15 (34)|
|20.5||Dortmund - Werder||4 : 3|
|20.5||Borussia - Darmstadt||2 : 2|
|20.5||Bayern - Freiburg||4 : 1|
|20.5||Hamburg - Wolfsburg||2 : 1|
|20.5||Hertha - Bayer L.||2 : 6|
|20.5||Frankfurt - RB Leipzig||2 : 2|
|20.5||Koln - Mainz||2 : 0|
|20.5||Hoffenh. - Augsburg||0 : 0|
|20.5||Ingolstadt - Schalke||1 : 1|
German Bundesliga stats
|home wins||49 %|
|away wins||27 %|
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.