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Thursday 29 January

Injury to Ralf Fährmann has awarded Fabian Giefer (r.) his first opportunity in the FC Schalke 04 goal for Saturday's clash with Hannover 96. "I'm really looking forward to these two games in a week," said Giefer. Find out more about the 24-year-old's debut by clicking here.

Kevin Kampl has admitted it will be strange to make his Borussia Dortmund debut against former club Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. "It's going to feel really surreal," he told the Express. "I still know so many people at Bayer, but I'm really looking forward to this game. I grew up as a footballer with Bayer and had some great years there."

Friday night's Volkswagen Arena clash between Wolfsburg and Bayern could go a long way in determining the destination of the 2015 Bundesliga crown, and Wolves' full-back Ricardo Rodriguez (r.) still fancies his side's chances. "Anything's possible in football," he told Kicker magazine. "Of course Bayern are really good, but even Bayern can make mistakes."

So here's more on Mainz's new signing Nicolas Castillo. The 21-year-old Chilean arrives on loan until the end of the season from Belgian outfit Brugge, for whom he scored 11 times in 26 competitive appearances this season. He also scored 16 in 50 for CD Universidad Catolica before switching to Belgium in January 2014.

There's nothing better than a good, healthy rivalry and Westphalian neighbours FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund would not like that to be broken up next season. Dortmund go into the second half of the season in the relegation zone, but the Royal Blues hope they recover. "We've got our fingers crossed they will stay up," said Schalke chairman Clemens Tönnies (l.) to Bild. "I'm convinced they will get out of danger. They're a good club with a good coach."

Tuesday 27 January

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