Soccer / Football : Germany : Bundesliga 2017/2018
|20.Borussia - Wolfsburg|
|21.Stuttgart - Werder|
|Hamburg - Freiburg|
|Hannover - Bayern|
|Frankfurt - Hertha|
|RB Leipzig - Hoffenh.|
|Dortmund - Bayer L.|
|22.Augsburg - Mainz|
|Koln - Schalke|
Neuer returns to Bayern training
Bayern Munich have received a boost with Manuel Neuer taking part in team training for the first time in seven months. The Germany goalkeeper, 32, has broken his foot three times since March 2017 and has made only three Bundesliga appearances this season, the last coming on September 16. However, he won't be available when Real Madrid visit Germany next Wednesday. Back-up goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has impressed following Neuer's injury-enforced absence.
Koln appoint Anfang as head coach
Koln have announced the appointment of Markus Anfang as their head coach for the 2018/19 season. It was confirmed last week that Stefan Ruthenbeck's contract with Koln would not be extended, with the club bottom of the Bundesliga and seemingly destined for relegation, but they have moved early to install a new boss for the coming campaign. Anfang arrives from Holstein Kiel, who he has guided to third place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Vidal out for rest of season
Arturo Vidal's surgery was successful in repairing the damage in his knee, but the Bayern Munich midfielder will miss the rest of this season in recovery. The Chilean underwent knee surgery by Dr Ulrich Boenisch in Augsburg on Monday. The loose body that had been diagnosed beforehand was removed. The attachment of the rear lateral meniscus which was damaged by the loose body was repaired.
Batshuayi a doubt for World Cup
Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi has confirmed his season is "probably over" after suffering an ankle injury in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 defeat to Shalke on Sunday. The Chelsea loanee, who has scored nine goals in 14 games for Dortmund, was admitted to hospital for scans on a suspected ankle break. Scans are believed to have revealed ligament damage to his ankle, meaning he faces a race to regain his fitness before the World Cup in Russia.
Heynckes confirms surgery for Vidal
Arturo Vidal is a doubt for both legs of Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid as he requires knee surgery, head coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed. The 30-year-old felt pain in his right knee during training on Sunday and was sent for further tests. Heynckes says the Chilean now requires a small operation to remove "a loose body" from within the joint, meaning he faces a spell on the sidelines. The news is a blow for Bayern, with Vidal set to miss the DFB-Pokal semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen and almost certainly the Bundesliga trip to Hannover at the weekend.
Batshuayi 'in great pain'
Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger is worried that Michy Batshuayi could be out for a 'long time' after picking up a potentially serious injury on Sunday. The 24-year-old had to be stretchered off during the 2-0 defeat at Schalke and it has been reported that the Chelsea loanee is set for a scan on a suspected broken ankle. "He is in great pain," Stoger said. "It looked like he could be out for a long time. I hope it's not that bad."
Vidal injures knee in training
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal injured his right knee in Sunday's training session and it looks like he will miss at least the first leg of the Champions League Semifinals. It's unknown how bad Vidal's injury is, but he was forced off the pitch on a stretcher after being lifted by two Bayern employees.
Batshuayi suffers ankle injury
Michy Batshuayi has been admitted to hospital for scans on a suspected ankle injury sustained in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 defeat to Schalke on Sunday. Batshuayi appeared to roll his left ankle following a challenge from Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli, before being stretchered off deep into added time as Dortmund finished the contest with ten men. The Belgium international reportedly left the Veltins Arena on crutches.
|3||Bayer L.||51||18||14-9-7 (30)|
|5||RB Leipzig||47||3||13-8-9 (30)|
|16.4||Mainz - Freiburg||2 : 0|
|15.4||Schalke - Dortmund||2 : 0|
|15.4||Werder - RB Leipzig||1 : 1|
|14.4||Bayer L. - Frankfurt||4 : 1|
|14.4||Stuttgart - Hannover||1 : 1|
|14.4||Bayern - Borussia||5 : 1|
|14.4||Hertha - Koln||2 : 1|
|14.4||Hoffenh. - Hamburg||2 : 0|
|13.4||Wolfsburg - Augsburg||0 : 0|
German Bundesliga stats
|home wins||44 %|
|away wins||27 %|
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.