Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2017/2018
|19.Hertha - Dortmund|
|20.Borussia - Augsburg|
|Wolfsburg - Frankfurt|
|Freiburg - RB Leipzig|
|Mainz - Stuttgart|
|Hoffenh. - Bayer L.|
|Hamburg - Koln|
|21.Bayern - Werder|
|Schalke - Hannover|
Koziello joins Koln
Koln have been given a boost in their bid to avoid relegation after France under-21 midfielder Vincent Koziello agreed to join them from Nice. The diminutive 22-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half-year contract. A quick and technically gifted central midfielder, Koziello helped Nice reach the UEFA Champions League thanks to a third-placed finish in Ligue 1 last season. This season Koziello played 15 league matches for Lucien Favre's side and also started seven games in the Champions League qualifying rounds and the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Dortmund sign Akanji from Basel
Borussia Dortmund have signed Swiss defender Manuel Akanji from Basel for a fee thought to be about €21.5m. The 22-year-old scored five goals in 42 league appearances and also made four appearances for Switzerland. He played every game as Basel progressed from their Champions League group. The Bundesliga club says Akanji signed a deal through to June 2022.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been suspended for today's game against Wolfsburg. The club announced the suspension in a twitter post without giving any further explanations on the reason why the striker has to sit out the game. This is not the first time the Gabon international had problems in Dortmund. In the first half of the season he already missed a game against Stuttgart because of a suspension.
In an interview before the winter break Michael Zorc commented on the situation, saying that Aubameyang had problems with punctuality, generally showing up late to practice or team-meetings. According to Bild this has also been the reason this time around, the striker reportedly missed a meeting yesterday which led to his suspension.
Dortmund hit with food poisoning
Borussia Dortmund could be missing several key players for this weekend's meeting against Wolfsburg. The German side have been out training in Marbella Spain, but several of the players have been struck down with stomach illnesses after wolfing down chicken kebabs. Roman Burki, Roman Weidenfeller, Marc Bartra, Christian Pulisic, Omer Toprak, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Nuri Sahin, Dominik Reimann and Andre Schurrle are all understood to have fallen ill. However, Dortmund are confident of getting some of them back to full fitness in time for Sunday's game.
Hummels and Lewandowski ruled out
Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels will miss Bayern Munich's Bundesliga clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Friday due to injury, coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed. Both players sustained problems during Germany's mid-season break, with Lewandowski suffering with a knee issue and Hummels injuring an adductor. The pair were forced to train alone for much of Bayern's training camp in Doha, before returning to the rest of the group on Thursday.
Lewandowski out, Wagner will start
Robert Lewandowski has overcome the patella injury that has plagued him this winter break, but he will not travel with the team to play against Leverkusen. Bayern Munich dived into the market to buy a back-up to their top scorer and got Germany international Sandro Wagner for €13m from Hoffenheim. This acquisition seems all the more vital now and also provides Bayern with the flexibility to give Lewandowski as much time as he needs to reach 100% fitness. Wagner will have a chance to impress on Friday.
Steffen joins Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg have completed their second signing of the winter transfer window, bringing in attacking midfielder Renato Steffen from Swiss champions Basel. Steffen, 26, a five-time Switzerland international who helped the Basel reach the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this season, has put pen to paper on a contract running until June 2021. Steffen follows Josip Brekalo to Lower Saxony, after the Wolves reacted to the departure of Mario Gomez earlier in January by recalling the Croatian from his loan spell at Stuttgart.
De Jong joins Mainz
Bundesliga strugglers Mainz have completed the signing of Nigel de Jong after the Netherlands midfielder was released from his deal with Galatasaray by mutual consent. The 33-year-old Dutchman has put pen to paper on a contract until summer 2018. De Jong had previously played in the Bundesliga with Hamburg. He has also represented Ajax, Manchester City, Milan, and LA Galaxy before he joined Turkish club in 2016.
|2||RB Leipzig||31||4||9-4-5 (18)|
|5||Bayer L.||28||9||7-7-4 (18)|
|14.1||Dortmund - Wolfsburg||0 : 0|
|14.1||Koln - Borussia||2 : 1|
|13.1||Stuttgart - Hertha||1 : 0|
|13.1||Werder - Hoffenh.||1 : 1|
|13.1||Hannover - Mainz||3 : 2|
|13.1||Frankfurt - Freiburg||1 : 1|
|13.1||Augsburg - Hamburg||1 : 0|
|13.1||RB Leipzig - Schalke||3 : 1|
|12.1||Bayer L. - Bayern||1 : 3|
German Bundesliga stats
|home wins||45 %|
|away wins||25 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2017/2018
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.