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German football : German Bundesliga 2016/2017 season preview

Bayern win fourth straight Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich romped to a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title under Pep Guardiola in 2015/16, finishing the campaign ten points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Bayern are also the 2015/16 Cup winners after beating Dortmund on penalties. This was Guardiola's 21st trophy as a coach after 14 in four years with Barcelona. It was also the perfect finish the Spaniard who left the club to take over as Manchester City boss this summer.

Former Bundesliga champions Stuttgart were relegated to the German second divison after 39 years, and Hannover after a 14-years stint in the top flight. They were replaced with second division champions Freiburg RB Leipzig, the first team from the former East Germany to play in the Bundesliga since the relegation of Energie Cottbus after the 2008/09 season.

teamtitles11/1212/1313/1414/1515/16
Bayern2621111
B. Dortmund812272
Schalke734365
Hamburger6157161610
Borussia M.548634
Werder4914121013
Koln3-17-129
Hertha Berlin216-11157
Wolfsburg1811528
Frankfurt1-613916
Bayer L.-53443
Mainz-13137116
Hoffenheim-11169815
Augsburg-14158512
Ingolstadt-----11
Darmstadt-----14
Freiburg-1251417-
RB Leipzig------

The overall number of titles since 1903 for each club in German 1. Bundesliga and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Bayern appoint Ancelotti as Guardiola successor

Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take charge of Bayern Munich from the start of this season after Pep Guardiola decided not to renew his contract with the Bundesliga champions. Despite the domestic dominance, Guardiola's three-year spell at Bayern was not deemed entirely successful having missed out on the Champions League title. Having managed Milan, Paris St-Germain, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid, Ancelotti said he had become accustomed to the pressure that comes with taking up a job with clubs targeting Champions League success. The 56-year-old Italian has been on a break from management since being axed from his position with Real Madrid in May 2015. He is one of only two men to have won the Champions League/European Cup three times as a manager, leading Milan to success in 2003 and 2007 and Real Madrid in 2014. Ancelotti has agreed a three-year deal Bayern.

This page is introduction to the 2016/2017 German Bundesliga season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Germany page.

Weinzierl seals Schalke move, Augsburg hire Schuster

Schalke have confirmed the appointment of Markus Weinzierl as their new head coach, the 41-year-old penning a three-year contract at the Gelsenkirchen-based side. Schalke parted company with their previous coach Andre Breitenreiter on the final day of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, having already spoken to Weinzierl about taking over. The 41-year-old has been in charge of Augsburg for the last four years, playing a big part in establishing them as a Bundesliga club following promotion to the top flight in 2011.

Augsburg have appointed Dirk Schuster as their new coach. The 48-year-old arrives from Bundesilaga rivals Darmstadt. Schuster took Darmstadt from the third division to the Bundesliga in straight seasons. The team finished 14th last term, securing another campaign in the German top flight. Meanwhile, Norbert Meier is the new coach at Darmstadt and gets a two-year contract. The 57-year-old led Arminia Bielefeld to 2. Bundesliga safety last season after they won promotion to the second division in 2014/15.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Bayern886328-4-2 (34)
2Dortmund784824-6-4 (34)
3Bayer L.601618-6-10 (34)
4Borussia551717-4-13 (34)
5Schalke52215-7-12 (34)
6Mainz50414-8-12 (34)
7Hertha50014-8-12 (34)
8Wolfsburg45-212-9-13 (34)
9Koln43-410-13-11 (34)
10Hamburg41-611-8-15 (34)
11Ingolstadt40-910-10-14 (34)
12Augsburg38-109-11-14 (34)
13Werder38-1510-8-16 (34)
14Darmstadt38-159-11-14 (34)
15Hoffenh.37-159-10-15 (34)
16Frankfurt36-189-9-16 (34)
17Stuttgart33-259-6-19 (34)
18Hannover25-317-4-23 (34)

The German 1. Bundesliga standings for season 2016/2016.

RB Leipzig appoint Hasenhuttl as new coach

Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has turned down Ingolstadt's offer of a new contract to join newly-promoted RB Leipzig. The 48-year-old Austrian signed a three-year contract with the club, which is backed by soft-drinks giant Red Bull. Hasenhuttl guided Ingolstadt into the top flight of German football for the first time in their history and secured their top-flight status with three games to spare last season. He began his coaching career in 2007 at Unterhaching, and also coached Aalen. Former Karlsruher coach Markus Kauczinski replaces Hasenhuttl at Ingolstadt. Kauczinski has picked up the prestigious 2015 DFB coaching award. He worked initially at Schalke 04, before being appointed youth coach at Karlsruher, where he was able to help the U19 side achieve promotion to the U19 Bundesliga.

Bayern target historic fifth straight Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win a historic fifth straight Bundesliga title this season. New coach Carlo Ancelotti has promised to continue Bayern's tradition of attacking football and his squad has been bolstered with the signing of former Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and 18-year-old Renato Sanches, who arrives from Benfica having become the youngest ever winner of an EURO competition with Portugal this summer. Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times, and Bayern thirsts for a return to European supremacy after coming close but failing to lift the ultimate prize under Pep Guardiola. The most obvious contender for Bayern's crown this season will be old rivlas Dortmund. However, coach Thomas Tuchel faces a complicated task after Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all left the club.

teamoddsteamodds
Bayern Munich1.14Hertha Berlin751
Dortmund7Hoffenheim751
Leverkusen34Eintracht Frankfurt1001
Wolfsburg67Hamburg1001
Schalke81Werder Bremen1001
B. Monchengladbach101Augsburg1001
RB Leipzig501Freiburg1001
Mainz501Darmstadt1001
Koln501Ingolstadt1501

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2016/17 German football league.

German Cup (DFB-Pokal) finals in last five years

2016   Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund   4:3   (on penalties)
2015   Wolfsburg - Dortmund   3:1
2014   Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund   2:0
2013   Bayern Munich - Stuttgart   3:2
2012   Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich   5:2

key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Augsburg

Goalkeeper Marwin Hitz (4.5); Defense: Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (3.5), Philipp Max (3.5), Konstantinos Stafylidis (2.5); Midfield: Ja-Cheol Koo (5.5), Dominik Kohr (3.5), Caiuby (2.5), Takashi Usami (2.5), Alexander Esswein (2.5); Forward: Raul Bobadilla (5), Alfred Finnbogason (5).

Bayer Leverkusen

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno (16); Defense: Omer Toprak (20), Jonathan Tah (16), Wendell (15); Midfield: Karim Bellarabi (22), Lars Bender (18), Hakan Calhanoglu (18), Julian Brandt (16), Charles Aranguiz (12); Forward: Chicharito (22), Kevin Volland (20).

Bayern Munich

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (45); Defense: Jerome Boateng (45), David Alaba (45), Mats Hummels (38), Philipp Lahm (13); Midfield: Arturo Vidal (40), Douglas Costa (35), Renato Sanches (30), Xabi Alonso (4); Forward: Thomas Muller (75), Robert Lewandowski (75).

Borussia Dortmund

Goalkeeper Roman Burki (6); Defense: Sokratis (22), Matthias Ginter (12), Raphael Guerreiro (12); Midfield: Marco Reus (40), Mario Gotze (28), Andre Schurrle (25), Julian Weigl (18), Shinji Kagawa (16), Gonzalo Castro (15); Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (45).

Borussia Monchengladbach

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer (10); Defense: Andreas Christensen (14), Jannik Vestergaard (10), Oscar Wendt (4.5); Midfield: Mahmoud Dahoud (15), Christoph Kramer (12), Thorgan Hazard (8.5), Fabian Johnson (7); Forward: Lars Stindl (11), Raffael (8), Andre Hahn (7.5).

Darmstadt

Goalkeeper Michael Esser (0.9); Defense: Artem Fedetsky (2.5), Aytac Sulu (2), Immanuel Hohn (1.3), Fabian Holland (1); Midfield: Jerome Gondorf (2), Marcel Heller (1.8), Florian Jungwirth (1), Laszlo Kleinheisler (1); Forward: Sven Schipplock (1.3), Jan Rosenthal (0.8).

Eintracht Frankfurt

Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky (4); Defense: Michael Hector (4), David Abraham (3.5), Marco Russ (2.5), Bastian Oczipka (2.5); Midfield: Marc Stendera (7), Marco Fabian (3.8), Makoto Hasebe (2); Forward: Haris Seferovic (5.5), Luc Castaignos (3), Alexander Meier (2.5).

Freiburg

Goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (1.5); Defense: Marc-Oliver Kempf (3.5), Caglar Soyuncu (2.3), Christian Gunter (2), Manuel Gulde (1.5); Midfield: Vincenzo Grifo (3.5), Amir Abrashi (2.5), Mike Frantz (1.8); Forward: Nils Petersen (3.5), Maximilian Philipp (3), Florian Niederlechner (1.8).

Hamburger

Goalkeeper Rene Adler (3.5); Defense: Johan Djourou (3.5), Matthias Ostrzolek (2.3), Emir Spahic (0.8); Midfield: Alen Halilovic (10), Filip Kostic (10), Lewis Holtby (7), Nicolai Muller (4.5), Aaron Hunt (3); Forward: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (4), Michael Gregoritsch (3.5).

Hertha Berlin Berlin

Goalkeeper Rune Jarstein (2); Defense: John Anthony Brooks (10), Mitchell Weiser (6), Marvin Plattenhardt (4), Sebastian Langkamp (3); Midfield: Vladimir Darida (10), Ondrej Duda (4.5), Per Ciljan Skjelbred (4), Fabian Lustenberger (3.5); Forward: Salomon Kalou (5), Vedad Ibisevic (2.5).

Hoffenheim

Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (5.5); Defense: Niklas Sule (12), Fabian Schar (4.5), Pavel Kaderabek (3.5); Midfield: Eduardo Vargas (6), Lukas Rupp (5), Sebastian Rudy (4), Nadiem Amiri (4), Kevin Vogt (3); Forward: Andrej Kramaric (9), Mark Uth (3).

Ingolstadt

Goalkeeper Martin Hansen (1.5); Defense: Florent Hadergjonaj (3), Robert Bauer (2), Marvin Matip (1.8), Markus Suttner (1.5); Midfield: Pascal Gross (4), Max Christiansen (2.5), Alfredo Morales (2), Mathew Leckie (2); Forward: Dario Lezcano (3.5), Lukas Hinterseer (2).

Koln

Goalkeeper Timo Horn (10); Defense: Jonas Hector (14), Dominique Heintz (6), Frederik Sorensen (3), Dominic Maroh (3); Midfield: Leonardo Bittencourt (5), Marcel Risse (3.5), Marco Hoger (3), Matthias Lehmann (0.8); Forward: Anthony Modeste (7), Simon Zoller (3).

Mainz

Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl (2.5); Defense: Stefan Bell (6), Niko Bungert (2.5), Daniel Brosinski (2.5); Midfield: Yunus Malli (10), Jairo Samperio (6), Danny Latza (3), Christian Clemens (3), Pablo de Blasis (3); Forward: Yoshinori Muto (5.5), Jhon Cordoba (5.5).

RasenBallsport Leipzig

Goalkeeper Marius Muller (1.5); Defense: Marcel Halstenberg (3.5), Willi Orban (3), Lukas Klostermann (3), Atinc Nukan (2); Midfield: Naby Keita (11), Emil Forsberg (5), Stefan Ilsanker (2); Forward: Timo Werner (8), Yussuf Poulsen (5), Marcel Sabitzer (4).

Schalke

Goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann (9); Defense: Benedikt Howedes (16), Matija Nastasic (12), Abdul Rahman Baba (12), Junior Caicara (6); Midfield: Max Meyer (16), Johannes Geis (15), Leon Goretzka (15), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (8); Forward: Breel Embolo (22), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (4.5).

Werder Bremen

Goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald (2.5); Defense: Lamine Sane (4), Luca Caldirola (3), Santiago Garcia (3), Theodor Gebre Selassie (2.8); Midfield: Zlatko Junuzovic (7), Florian Kainz (4.5), Florian Grillitsch (4), Fin Bartels (3); Forward: Max Kruse (8), Aron Johannsson (2.5).

Wolfsburg

Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio (3.5); Defense: Ricardo Rodriguez (25), Jeffrey Bruma (10), Vieirinha (6.5); Midfield: Julian Draxler (28), Luiz Gustavo (17), Maximilian Arnold (12), Josuha Guilavogui (10), Yannick Gerhardt (10); Forward: Mario Gomez (12), Bas Dost (7.5).

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