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Monday 17 February

The key events from Matchday 21:

  • Hamburger SV have appointed Mirko Slomka as new head coach.

    • FC Schalke 04 made it four wins out of four with a narrow 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Saturday's late encounter.

      • Bayern München made it 46 matches unbeaten in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 victory over SC Freiburg.

        • Borussia Dortmund recorded their second victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the space of just four days with a comfortable 4-0 win over the Eagles at the Signal Iduna Park.

          • Hamburger SV's survival chances suffered another blow as die Rothosen went down 4-2 at bottom-of-the-table Eintracht Braunschweig, 1899 Hoffenheim cruised to a 4-1 win over VfB Stuttgart and SV Werder Bremen held Borussia Mönchengladbach to a 1-1 draw. Click here for our exclusive round-up of Saturday's action.

            • 1. FSV Mainz 05 bounced back from their disappointing 3-0 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 20 with a 2-0 victory over Hannover 96 on Friday.

              • 1. FC Nürnberg put an end to FC Augsburg's eight-game unbeaten streak courtesy of a current league table.
                Click for the Matchday 22 schedule.

                Hamburger SV have wasted no time in replacing Bert van Marwijk with the appointment of former Hannover 96 coach Mirko Slomka on a two-and-a-half-year contract. The 46-year-old, who left Hannover in January, says he is looking forward to the challenge of coaching one of Germany's foremost Traditionsvereine. Click here to find out what else Slomka had to say on his official unveiling.

                FC Schalke 04's victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Saturday's late kick-off was due in no small part to the goalkeeping heroics of Ralf Fährmann, who pulled off a number of spectacular saves to keep Sami Hyypiä's team at bay and help clinch a fourth consecutive league win for the Royal Blues. "I was in the gym a lot last year and gained around six kilos in muscle mass," the 25-year-old told schalke04.de. "Now I feel very fit and lively."

                Dante's compatriot Luiz Gustavo was also on the winning side on Matchday 21. Gustavo's VfL Wolfsburg came from behind to beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 at the Olympiastadion and move above Borussia Mönchengladbach into 5th in the Bundesliga table. The former FC Bayern München midfielder took to Twitter after the game to express his delight at the Wolves' "important away victory" - in his native Portuguese.

                After netting his third headed goal of the year in FC Bayern München's win over SC Freiburg on Saturday, Brazilian centre-back Dante has described himself as a "Kopfballungeheuer" - an "aerial powerhouse", to the non-German speakers amongst you. Dante's 19th-minute header broke the deadlock at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 21, before a Xherdan Shaqiri brace and Claudio Pizarro's late strike completed the scoring.

                Milos Jojic could hardly have wished for a better Bundesliga debut: Within seconds of replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Borussia Dortmund's win over Eintracht Frankfurt, the Serbian midfielder opened his account for the club to seal a comfortable win for BVB. Want to see the 22-year-old's first Dortmund goal again? You can, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:

                Die Welt, meanwhile, also focus on HSV, labelling their performance at Braunschweig on Saturday as "dismal" and highlighting the fact that Hamburg conceded four goals to a team that had only scored eleven league goals in 2013/14. Die Welt are also full of praise for 1. FC Nürnberg, who recorded their third victory in four league games at FC Augsburg on Sunday. Gertjan Verbeek's side are now the division's "giant killers", while the players' "incredible effort and dedication" is finally starting to bear fruit.

                Borussia Dortmund are back. According to Spiegel Online, at least, who claim that Jürgen Klopp's team are now "back to their best" following their 4-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. It's hard to disagree: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finding the net with apparent ease, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan's form has improved dramatically since the turn of the year. Milos Jojic - who scored 17 seconds after making his BVB debut at the weekend - also looks an outstanding prospect.

                What do the German media make of the latest round of top-flight action? Predictably, much of the focus centres on Hamburger SV, who parted company with coach Bert van Marwijk following their latest defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday. Bild have labelled HSV's current plight as "the biggest in the club's history", while the Süddeutsche Zeitung believes van Marwijk's successor will be taking over a "frightened" group of players.

                Who do you reckon was the best player in Germany's top flight this weekend? Get involved by voting for your Player of the Week here. You can also relive some of Matchday 21's most spectacular strikes in our Goal of the Week video, and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news news and talking points from the weekend.

                Sunday 16 February

                Things continue to go from bad to worse for Hamburger SV, who not only sacked head coach Bert van Marwijk having lost seven straight league encounters for the first time in their 50-year Bundesliga history, but will now have to make do without captain Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch international suffered a nasty ankle injury in the 4-2 defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig and is expected to be unavailable for selection for at least three weeks.

                For the fourth time this season, VfL Wolfsburg managed to overturn a one-goal deficit to take all three points. Their latest victims came in the form of Hertha Berlin as the Wolves bit back to clinch a 2-1 win on the road in Geermany's capital. Click here to read bundesliga.com's full match report...

                Keep up to date as VfL Wolfsburg face-off with Hertha Berlin in the German capital on our live ticker. To find out your local television broadcaster, please click here.

                1. FC Nürnberg move into 14th place in the Bundesliga standings following a narrow 1-0 win over high-flying FC Augsburg, which puts an end to an eight-game unbeaten run for Sunday's hosts. Click here to read bundesliga.com's full match report...

                Keep up to date with Nürnberg's visit to Bavarian rivals Augsburg on our live ticker. To find out your local television broadcaster, please click here.

                This is how FC Augsburg and 1. FC Nürnberg will be lining up in this afternoon's Bavarian derby (kick-off 15:30 CET):

                Bad news for Borussia Mönchengladbach, who will have to do without the services of left-back Oscar Wendt for the next few weeks. The Sweden defender limped off after 75 minutes of the Foals' 1-1 draw at SV Werder Bremen and Gladbach have now confirmed the 28-year-old has strained ligaments in his left knee.

                The action gets under way in Germany's second tier and there are three fixtures on the cards this afternoon, including pacesetters 1. FC Köln's visit to SV Sandhausen:

                VfR Aalen v Energie Cottbus
                SV Sandhausen v 1. FC Köln
                SC Paderborn - Arminia Bielefeld


                Keep up to date with latest action from all the games via our live ticker!

                Borussia Dortmund's comprehensive 4-0 victory at home to Eintracht Frankfurt was their 111th top-flight victory under Jürgen Klopp. The 46-year-old is now level with club record holder Ottmar Hitzfeld, a 1997 UEFA Champions League winner with the Westphalians. The current Swiss national team boss needed 208 games to reach that landmark, however, compared to Klopp's 191. Klopp has the chance to beat Hitzfeld's record next week when Dortmund travel to struggling Hamburger SV.

                "Klopp overtakes Ottmar Hitzfeld's record," claims this BVB Tweet.

                Record winner

                Hey may already be the Bundesliga's top foreign goalscorer having notched 169 goals in 361 games for current club FC Bayern München and SV Werder Bremen, but 35-year-old Peru forward Claudio Pizarro went on to establish another record yesterday afternoon, recording his 200th win in the German top tier in the win against SC Freiburg.

                "#Pizza200 celebrated his 200th Bundesliga win - no current player has more," says this Tweet. Congratulations, Pizza!

                Stat attack

                For an overview of all the Matchday 21 fixtures, as well as the latest stats and figures to have emerged from the current weekend of Bundesliga action, please follow this link.

                Both Hertha Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg have a chance to confirm their quest for European football today when they go head-to-head at the Olympiastadion (kick-off: 17:30 CET), while FC Augsburg will be entertaining Bavarian rivals 1. FC Nürnberg at 15:30 CET for what is expected to be a hard-fought derby.

                Before today's action gets underway, we'll be bringing you live action from Bundesliga 2, where VfR Aalen host Energie Cottbus, league leaders 1. FC Köln visit SV Sandhausen and SC Paderborn lock horns with Arminia Bielefeld. Kick-off is at 13:30 CET.

                You can follow all today's action on our live ticker, and if you want to find your local television broadcaster for today's top flight match-ups, please click here.

                Saturday 15 February

                We're just five minutus away from kick-off at the BayArena as second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen entertain in-form FC Schalke 04. Make sure to follow the action LIVE via our ticker. We'll be back later with more updates from the latest round of Bundsliga action.

                Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his second and third goals over Eintracht Frankfurt in the space of just four days as Borussia Dortmund cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Armin Veh's side at Signal Iduna Park. Aubameyang's late goal at the Commerzbank Arena secured BVB's passage to the DFB Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, and the Gabon international made it 13 Bundesliga goals for the season on Matchday 21. Click here for our report on BVB's third straight league victory.

                FC Bayern München extended their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 46 matches, courtesy of a straightforward 4-0 victory over SC Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 21. Click here for our exclusive preview on the Bavarians' latest triumph, which maintains their comfortable lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

                The Bundesliga kick-offs are almost upon us, so make sure you check back later on for more updates. In the meantime, click here to find your local television broadcaster and stay on top of all the in-game statistics here.

                This afternoon's line-ups:

                Hamburger SV's Bert van Marwijk is under no illusions of the severity of the club's situation as Hamburg face fellow relegation contenders Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday at 15:30 CET. The 61-year-old Dutchman knows that his side have to show a reaction to their dismal run of form of late (seven defeats in all competitions). "This is the most important game of our season," he said.

                Before today's top flight action gets underway, we provide you with all the latest from Bundesliga 2 where FC St. Pauli would jump into third if they beat VfL Bochum, while Dynamo Dresden have mid-table in sight againt FSV Frankfurt (kick-off: 13:00 CET).

                You can follow the action now on our Live Ticker!

                FC Schalke 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has Bayer 04 Leverkusen in his sights as the Royal Blues look to close the gap on the second-placed team on Saturday at 18:30 CET. Hear the thoughts of the 'Hunter' courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:

                Maxim Choupo-Moting was a happy man indeed after sealing three points for 1. FSV Mainz 05 against Hannover 96 in the Matchday 21 opener. Find out what some of the protagonists had to say after Friday's meeting at the Coface Arena in our post-match quotes.

                You can stay up to date with all the live action from both the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 on our Ticker.

                To find your local television broadcaster for the weekend's action, including Bayern's home game against SC Freiburg, please click here.

                In-form Borussia Dortmund and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (l.) will be hoping to pick up where they left off in midweek when they overcame a stubborn Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Cup as the two sides meet again at today 15:30 CET, while FC Bayern München could extend their winning streak to 13.

                Check out our exclusive previews for all the Saturday encounters by clicking on the respective game:

                Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt
                FC Bayern München - SC Freiburg
                Werder Bremen - Borussia Mönchengladbach
                1899 Hoffenheim - VfB Stuttgart
                Eintracht Braunschweig - Hamburger SV

                18:30 CET kick-off:

                Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Schalke 04

                Friday 14 February

                So Mainz have made inroads on the top six in the Bundesliga thanks to their 2-0 win over Hannover 96, who lose their tenth away game out of 11 this season. The ball is now in the court of VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, who can feel Thomas Tuchel's men breathing down their necks thanks not only to a goal from Maxim Choupo-Moting (pictured).

                Friday night's Bundesliga 2 action is over, and there was plenty of drama, in spite of the lack of goals. You can read the individual match reports by clicking on the results below:

                Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-1 1. FC Union Berlin
                FC Ingolstadt 04 2-0 TSV 1860 Munich
                SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1-1 Karlsruher SC

                Matchday 21 starts with 1. FSV Mainz 05 hosting Hannover 96. We have the official line-ups for you here:
                Mainz: Karius, Pospech, Noveski, Saller, Geis, Malli, Bell, Diaz, Okazaki, Park, Müller.
                Hannover: Zieler, Schmiedebach, Huszti, Hoffmann, Rudnevs, Schulz, Rajtoral, Marcelo, Stindl, Bittencourt, Diouf

                bundesliga.com readers predicted a home win. Will they be right? Follow the action on our Live Ticker or check out this list of broadcasters in your country to catch the game live.

                Before tonight's Bundesliga clash between Mainz and Hannover, the race to join them in the top flight next season intensifies with three stand-out Bundesliga 2 fixtures. Second-placed SpVgg Greuther Fürth host fourth-placed Karlsruher SC, 1860 Munich travel to FC Ingolstadt 04 for an intriguing Bavarian derby while Fortuna Düsseldorf have 1. FC Union Berlin as their guests. The games kicked off at 18:30 CET.

                Follow the action on our Live ticker here.

                FC Bayern München players were all in a good mood in the final training session before Saturday's clash against SC Freiburg (kick-off 15:30 CET). Die Rekordmeister are looking forward to the game and want to get revenge for the points they dropped (1-1) against Freiburg earlier on in the season. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola knows that they have to be "fully focused" in order to get a win.

                Sidney Sam will not be on board when Bayer 04 Leverkusen make their way North Rhine-Westphalia rivals Schalke 04, whom the 26-year-old Germany winger, already on seven goals and seven assists this season, has agreed to join in the summer. "I think it's better for him," explained Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypiä at the pre-match press conference. "It's always a risk fielding a player against his future side because you never how he will cope."

                Strugglers Hamburger SV have received a welcome boost as both Rafael van der Vaart (r.) and Pierre-Michel Lasogga have returned to team training on Friday. Playmaker and team captain Van der Vaart was a doubt for the northerners' visit to cellar-dwellers Eintracht Braunschweig after limping off in the DFB Cup quarter-final defeat to FC Bayern München in midweek, while the club's top scorer on nine goals, Lasogga, has not featured since picking up a leg injury after the winter break.

                "@rafvdvaart and @Lasogga20 are both able to train. Things are looking good for tomorrow," reads this Tweet posted by @hsv:

                Hannover 96 have the chance to narrow the gap on ninth-placed 1. FSV Mainz 05 to three points in Friday's Matchday 21 opener which promises to be an interesting meeting not only on the pitch, but also off it, as 05ers' coach Thomas Tuchel and Hannover's Tayfun Korkut (pictured) will enjoy a reunion on the sidelines having played together for Stuttgarter Kickers at youth level in the early 1990s.

                Stefan Kießling will be making his 300th Bundesliga appearance on Saturday when Bayer 04 Leverkusen host FC Schalke 04 at the BayArena (kick-off: 18:30 CET). The 2012/13 top goalscorer celebrated his top-flight debut in April 2003 when playing for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 4-0 defeat at Hamburger SV. The 30-year-old has gone on to notch a total of 121 goals for both Leverkusen (108) and Nürnberg to date. Meanwhile, there is also an anniversary on the cards for current side Leverkusen, as die Werkself could register their 500th win in the Bundesliga this weekend.

                Having helped Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and led them to last year's UEFA Champions League final, there's little doubt Jürgen Klopp is one of the greatest coaches in the club's history. The charismatic 46-year-old has the chance to equal, or even better the record of another Borussia legend on Saturday afternoon by registering his 111th win in 190 Bundesliga games since taking over in 2008. Hitzfeld, a 1997 European Champion with Dortmund, needed a total of 208 matches to reach that figure.

                Good news for SV Werder Bremen, who received a welcome boost with the news that both Aaron Hunt and winter signing Ludovic Obraniak returned to team training having recovered from minor injuries. Team captain Clemens Fritz (pictured) could also make the squad for the Green-Whites' home encounter against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30 CET) after a two-month spell on the sidelines. "Clemens himself will decide whether he's ready to play," says head coach Robin Dutt.

                In case you'd forgotten, today is 14 February - otherwise known as Saint Valentine's Day. Everyone enjoys a little romance now and again and the Bundesliga is no different, so sit back, relax and prepare for that warm and fuzzy feeling to take over as you enjoy the video below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.

                To find your local television broadcaster for the weekend's action, including second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen's visit to in-form FC Schalke 04 and Kevin-Prince Boateng, please click here.

                For an overview of all the Matchday 21 fixtures, as well as the latest stats and figures, please follow this link.

                1.FSV Mainz 05 and Hannover 96 kick off the weekend's festivities at the Coface Arena this evening. Hannover may have one the reverse fixture 4-1 on Matchday 4 back in August, but they may be a touch nervous ahead of this meeting. The hosts are gunning for a place in Europe, while the 96ers have suffered terrible travel sickness this season, losing nine of their ten away fixtures to date. Check out our match preview for a full overview.