German football : German Bundesliga 2017/2018 season preview

Bayern win fifth straight Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich secured a record-extending fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with three games left last term. They have lost just twice in the league all season, and eventually topped the table with a 15 point gap to second placed RB Leipzig, whose threatened title challenge in the first half of the season faded after Christmas. They have been led to the title by Carlo Ancelotti, who lifted the trophy in his first season as Bayern boss, and is the third manager to have won the title with the club during their five-year run, following Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola. Ancelotti has now won four national league titles after also lifting the English Premier League with Chelsea, Serie A with Milan and Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain.

B. Dortmund822723
Borussia M.586349
Hertha Berlin2-111576
Bayer L.-344312
RB Leipzig-----2

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

Dortmund appoint Peter Bosz as new head coach

Borussia Dortmund have appointed Peter Bosz as their new head coach. The 53-year-old, who led Ajax to the Europa League final in his sole season in charge of the Amsterdam club, has signed a two-year deal to succeed Thomas Tuchel, who left the club following a rift with club bosses. Bosz was under contract at the Amsterdam Arena until 2019, so Dortmund have had to agree a compensation package to secure his services, reportedly €5m. Despite a slow start at Ajax in which they lost a Champions League playoff to Rostov, the former Heracles and Vitesse Arnhem boss ultimately led his young side to the Europa League final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United, while finishing runners-up to Feyenoord in the Eredivisie. Dortmund finished third in the Bundesliga last term to qualify for the Champions League, and also won the German Cup, but Bosz will be tasked to challenge the dominance of Bayern Munich.

Herrlich named new Bayer Leverkusen coach

Bayer Leverkusen have appointed former Germany international Heiko Herrlich as their new coach on a contract until 2019. The 45-year-old coached Jahn Regensburg to consecutive promotions from the regional division into the second Bundesliga in his two seasons in charge. The former Bundesliga top scorer has had one previous stint as a head coach in the German top flight, where he was sacked at Bochum in April 2010 after less than a season in charge of the club. Following a disappointing midtable finish, Leverkusen parted ways with interim coach Tayfun Korkut, who had taken over from Roger Schmidt, dismissed in March.

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Tedesco named as new Schalke boss

Schalke have appointed 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco as coach to replace the sacked Markus Weinzierl. Last season, Tedesco took charge of second-tier Erzgebirge Aue for the last 11 games, his first job as a boss, and guided them to survival. Tedesco has signed a two-year deal at Schalke, who finished 10th in the German top-flight. With Schalke missing out on European football for the first time since the 2008/09 season, Tedesco's mandate is to ensure they finish in the European places next season.

Tedesco's appointment comes after another young manager, 29-year-old Julian Nagelsmann, enjoyed a fine season at Hoffenheim, guiding the club to a place in the Champions League play-off round. The division's youngest coach took over in February 2016 without a proper senior licence, but led them to a club-best fourth-placed finish. Nagelsmann has extended his deal with Hoffenheim until 2021.

Schwarz replaces Schmidt as Mainz coach

Mainz have promoted Sandro Schwarz to take charge of the first team following Martin Schmidt's exit at the end of last term. Mainz battled against relegation last season, only avoiding the relegation playoff on goal difference following two wins in their final 12 Bundesliga games of the season. It will be the second time that Schwarz has succeeded Schmidt, having also taken over Mainz's U23 team when the Schmidt was promoted to the first team. The appointment continues a Mainz tradition of promoting from within.

2RB Leipzig672720-7-7
12Bayer L.41-211-8-15

The German 1. Bundesliga standings for season 2016/2017.

Bayern expected to win sixth straight title

Bayern Munich have favorite odds on almost all bookmakers. They kick off the new Bundesliga season with the coaches of 13 of their 17 rivals expecting them to dominate again. In a survey of the 18 coaches in Germany's top flight, the overwhelming consensus is that manager Carlo Ancelotti's team will claim a sixth straight league crown. Bayern have strengthened their squad by signing midfielders Corentin Tolisso from Lyon and James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. However, the Bavarians will be without the steadying influence of ex-captain Philipp Lahm and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, who both retired in May.

Bayern Munich1.14Wolfsburg401
RB Leipzig21Hertha Berlin401
Schalke67Eintracht Frankfurt501
Bayer Leverkusen67Mainz1001
Borussia Mgladbach101Hamburg1001
Werder Bremen151Freiburg1001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 German football league.

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

2017   Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt   2:1
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

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)


Goalkeeper Marwin Hitz (4); Defense: Martin Hinteregger (8), Konstantinos Stafylidis (4.5), Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (3.5), Philipp Max (3.5); Midfield: Ja-Cheol Koo (4.5), Jonathan Schmid (3), Caiuby (2); Forward: Alfred Finnbogason (4.5), Raul Bobadilla (4), Michael Gregoritsch (3.5).

Bayer Leverkusen

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno (16); Defense: Jonathan Tah (22), Aleksandar Dragovic (12), Wendell (12), Benjamin Henrichs (10); Midfield: Kevin Kampl (15), Lars Bender (10), Charles Aranguiz (8); Forward: Julian Brandt (20), Karim Bellarabi (18), Kevin Volland (17).

Bayern Munich

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (40); Defense: Mats Hummels (40), Jerome Boateng (38), David Alaba (38), Javi Martinez (30); Midfield: James Rodriguez (50), Thiago (40), Arturo Vidal (35), Renato Sanches (22); Forward: Robert Lewandowski (80), Thomas Muller (50).

Borussia Dortmund

Goalkeeper Roman Burki (9); Defense: Sokratis (28), Raphael Guerreiro (20), Omer Toprak (16); Midfield: Julian Weigl (25), Mario Gotze (20), Mahmoud Dahoud (15); Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (65), Marco Reus (35), Ousmane Dembele (33), Andre Schurrle (20).

Borussia Monchengladbach

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer (9); Defense: Matthias Ginter (15), Jannik Vestergaard (12), Nico Elvedi (7), Tony Jantschke (6); Midfield: Christoph Kramer (12), Thorgan Hazard (12), Denis Zakaria (4); Forward: Lars Stindl (15), Vincenzo Grifo (10), Patrick Herrmann (7).

Eintracht Frankfurt

Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky (4.5); Defense: Jetro Willems (7.5), David Abraham (4), Carlos Salcedo (3.5), Timothy Chandler (3.5); Midfield: Marco Fabian (7), Omar Mascarell (4.5), Marc Stendera (4.5), Mijat Gacinovic (3.5); Forward: Sebastien Haller (8), Branimir Hrgota (2.5).


Goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (4); Defense: Caglar Soyuncu (7), Marc Oliver Kempf (4), Christian Gunter (3.5); Midfield: Bartosz Kapustka (6), Nicolas Hofler (3.5), Mike Frantz (2.5), Amir Abrashi (2.5); Forward: Florian Niederlechner (5.5), Janik Haberer (4.5), Nils Petersen (4.5).


Goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (2.5); Defense: Kyriakos Papadopoulos (7), Douglas Santos (5), Gotoku Sakai (3); Midfield: Walace (8), Lewis Holtby (5), Nicolai Muller (4.5), Gideon Jung (2.5); Forward: Filip Kostic (8), Bobby Wood (4.5), Andre Hahn (4.5).


Goalkeeper Michael Esser (2); Defense: Salif Sane (5), Julian Korb (3), Waldemar Anton (2.5), Matthias Ostrzolek (2); Midfield: Manuel Schmiedebach (2), Edgar Prib (1.8), Pirmin Schwegler (1.5); Forward: Martin Harnik (3), Felix Klaus (2), Niclas Fullkrug (2).

Hertha Berlin Berlin

Goalkeeper Rune Jarstein (2.5); Defense: Niklas Stark (10), Mitchell Weiser (9), Marvin Plattenhardt (8), Sebastian Langkamp (3); Midfield: Vladimir Darida (10), Per Ciljan Skjelbred (4), Ondrej Duda (3.5), Valentin Stocker (3); Forward: Davie Selke (6), Salomon Kalou (4).


Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (7); Defense: Kevin Vogt (6), Benjamin Hubner (5), Pavel Kaderabek (4.5); Midfield: Kerem Demirbay (10), Nadiem Amiri (10), Havard Nordtveit (5), Steven Zuber (5); Forward: Serge Gnabry (15), Andrej Kramaric (15), Sandro Wagner (6.5).


Goalkeeper Timo Horn (12); Defense: Jonas Hector (20), Dominique Heintz (7.5), Frederik Sorensen (7.5), Jorge Mere (6); Midfield: Marco Hoger (4), Milos Jojic (2.5), Matthias Lehmann (0.8); Forward: Jhon Cordoba (7), Leonardo Bittencourt (6), Yuya Osako (5.5).


Goalkeeper Rene Adler (2); Defense: Stefan Bell (6), Giulio Donati (3.5), Daniel Brosinski (2.5); Midfield: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (5), Danny Latza (4), Fabian Frei (2.5); Forward: Levin Oztunali (6.5), Viktor Fischer (5), Yoshinori Muto (4.5), Jairo Samperio (4).

RB Leipzig

Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi (3); Defense: Willi Orban (8), Dayot Upamecano (7.5), Marcel Halstenberg (6); Midfield: Naby Keita (27), Emil Forsberg (22), Konrad Laimer (8), Diego Demme (7.5); Forward: Timo Werner (25), Marcel Sabitzer (13), Bruma (11).


Goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann (9); Defense: Benedikt Howedes (18), Matija Nastasic (12), Coke (4); Midfield: Leon Goretzka (23), Nabil Bentaleb (18), Max Meyer (14), Johannes Geis (10); Forward: Breel Embolo (20), Yevhen Konoplyanka (10), Guido Burgstaller (7).


Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler (7); Defense: Timo Baumgartl (4), Benjamin Pavard (3.5), Emiliano Insua (3.5), Holger Badstuber (2.5); Midfield: Chadrac Akolo (2.5), Christian Gentner (2), Ebenezer Ofori (1.8); Forward: Carlos Mane (4.5), Simon Terodde (4), Josip Brekalo (3).

Werder Bremen

Goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka (1.5); Defense: Ludwig Augustinsson (4), Lamine Sane (3.5), Robert Bauer (3.5), Milos Veljkovic (3), Theodor Gebre Selassie (3); Midfield: Zlatko Junuzovic (6.5), Thomas Delaney (6), Florian Kainz (3); Forward: Max Kruse (12), Fin Bartels (3.8).


Goalkeeper Koen Casteels (2.5); Defense: John Anthony Brooks (14), Jeffrey Bruma (10), Yannick Gerhardt (10); Midfield: Ignacio Camacho (10), Riechedly Bazoer (10), Maximilian Arnold (10), Yunus Malli (10), Josuha Guilavogui (8); Forward: Paul-Georges Ntep (8), Mario Gomez (7.5).

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