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Friday 23 January
Stuttgart are taking it a bit lighter today because they were involved in a friendly against Portuguese second division side Sporting Clube Farense on Thursday. Coach Huub Stevens (l.) was satisfied with the 1-1 draw, secured by Filip Kostic's goal, but there was something more important than the scoreline. "The result is secondary for me," he said. "What was important was that all of my players got a run out and nobody picked up an injury."
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Stop wishing. Start doing. pic.twitter.com/1O3TyPlwH6— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) January 22, 2015
#Naldo fehlte heute aufgrund einer Knieprellung bei den Trainingseinheiten der Wölfe und wird im Test morgen gegen den KSC nicht spielen.— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) January 22, 2015
Full time result in today's friendly is 7-0, good to get lots of players on the score sheet! Now it's time to focus on Bundesliga action!— Hoffenheim EN (@Hoffenheim_EN) January 22, 2015
Wie geht es dir heute? How are you today? Como você esta hoje? pic.twitter.com/XYQaWaJ80l— Dante Bonfim Costa (@dante_bonfim) January 22, 2015
League leaders FC Bayern München gave fans another behind-the-scenes look at training under Pep Guardiola as they showed off their shooting boots in a masterclass on finding the back of the net. Check out the video below.
Wednesday 21 January
FC Bayern centre-back Medhi Benatia, meanwhile, has made his comeback to team training today having overcome persistent back problems. "It wasn't easy for me to watch the team train while and not being able to take part myself," admitted the Morocco captain, "I'm happy to be back."
After a training camp full of positive experiences for Frankfurt in Abu Dhabi, head coach Thomas Schaaf was a very happy man indeed upon arrival in Hesse this morning. “We’re coming home with a great feeling,” said the former Bremen boss. Find out all about the Eagles' nine-day visit to the Middle East right here.
Heartful thanks, Herzlichen Dank, Ի սրտե շնորհակալություն...for all your warm wishes! You make my day a special one! pic.twitter.com/JdzrXTxcup— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) January 21, 2015
With Dortmund finishing 2014 in a disastrous 17th place, coach Jürgen Klopp (l.) will be pinning much of his hopes on winter signing Kevin Kampl, who's already made quite an impression at the five-time Bundesliga champions in mid-season training after joining from RB Salzburg. Click here to find out ten fascinating facts about the Slovenian midfield promise.
Tuesday 20 January
SV Werder Bremen could be about to welcome Germany Under-21 international Özkan Yildirim back into the first-team fold after injury. The 21-year-old midfielder has been out of action with an ankle problem since April 2014.
Ein von SV Werder Bremen (@werderbremen) gepostetes Video am Jan 20, 2015 at 10:31 PST
It's finished 2:4 to YB Bern- Both Stocker and Lustenberger miss their penalties. On Friday we play for third place against Thun— Hertha English (@HerthaBSC_EN) January 20, 2015
Here's more on the story that Bayern captain and Germany World Cup winner Phlipp Lahm is making steady progress on his return from injury. The 31-year-old fractured his ankle in training back in November.
With VfL Wolfsburg hosting Bayern when the season resumes next Friday, the Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH has recommended that a minute's silence be observed in memory of Junior Malanda. The Wolves midfielder was tragically killed in a road accident on 10 January at the age of 20.
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that veteran midfielder Sebastian Kehl will be out for four weeks with a separated shoulder. The 34-year-old, who is set to call time on his career at the end of the current campaign, suffered the injury following a collision involving team-mate Mats Hummels during BVB’s 1-0 win over FC Steaua Bucuresti in La Manga on Saturday.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen fans can look forward to seeing a lot more of Tin Jedvaj in the coming years after the 19-year-old defender made his loan deal from AS Roma permanent. The Croatian international has signed on the dotted line until 30 June 2019. More on that boon for Roger Schmidt's side right here.
Monday 19 January
A vital part of any fitness regime is a healthy diet, as Eintracht Frankfurt's Aleksandar Ignjovski will tell you...
Ein von Aleksandar Ignjovski (@ignjovski) gepostetes Foto am Jan 19, 2015 at 8:54 PST
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been forced to end training early after suffering a knock to his right foot. The Germany captain limped off the field with a pained expression on his face and clutching his right boot. Let's hope it's nothing serious...
The rest of the Bayern players have taken to the pitch at the Säbener Straße. Pep Guardiola's side are due to take on second-division VfL Bochum in a friendly this coming Friday, before kicking off the second season-half at VfL Wolfsburg a week later.
Our roving reporter is keeping you up to date with all the latest from Säbener Straße, as Bayern München return for their first team training following the trip to Middle East. Centre-back Medhi Benatia has already taken to the pitch, the Morocco captain doing some light jogging on a sunny day in Munich.
Heads up FCB fans! There are open training sessions at Säbener Straße today (16:00 CET) & tomorrow (17:00 CET). If you're in Munich, pop by!— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 19, 2015
Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt was full of praise for his side after the Bundesliga World Tour participants returned from their 12-day stint in Florida. "This was a good training camp for us, both physically and mentally," revealed the 47-year-old. Click here to find out what else Schmidt and Co. had to say.
Welcome back in Wolfsburg! pic.twitter.com/QwBjITGN0C— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) January 19, 2015