Cologne - The opening weekend of the Bundesliga season - 14-16 August - is drawing ever nearer, with the 18 top-flight clubs using all the spare time they can find to dust off the summer cobwebs before they return to competitive action.

bundesliga.com brings you all the latest training ground news...

Gute Nacht!

And with that, we'll take our leave for the evening. Hope you've enjoyed our coverage today as the Bundesliga's return moves one day closer. If you fancy some bedtime reading, we've got some great stuff from Pep Guardiola over here and an insight into Max Kruse's arrival at VfL Wolfsburg here. Just like Schalke, we'll be back bright and early to keep you up to date with all that's moving and shaking in German football. Bis Morgen!

No rest

They may have been victorious tonight, but Andre Breitenreiter's Schalke troops will be back at it bright and early tomorrow.

Another Birthday!

Many happy returns to Stuttgart star Alexandru Maxim.

Victorious Schanzer

Last but not least, FC Ingolstadt have beaten VfR Aalen in Großmehring thanks to goals from Pascal Groß, KLukas Hinterseer and Tomas Pekhart.

All good things come in threes

Schalke, meanwhile, have beaten Austria Klagenfurt 3-1.

Six of the best

Translation: 90' That's it! Our friendly against @chur97live ends 6-0.

New arrival

VfL Wolfsburg summer signing Max Kruse has arrived at the Wolves' team hotel in Bad Ragaz. The former Borussia Mönchengladbach frontman will be officially unveiled as a VfL player on Thursday.

Friendly action

FC Schalke 04 are taking on Austria Klagenfurt in a pre-season friendly this evening. We'll bring you the results from all of tonight's friendly encounters as soon as they come in.

In the zone

Gladbach centre-half Alvaro Dominguez is hard at work to repeat the successes of 2014/15 this time out.

Mobbed

Shinji Kagawa is seemingly as popular in Singapore as he is in Japan.

Hold on tight, Marco!

Although it does look quite the view.

Dinnner for Dortmund

Ilkay Gündogan, Shinji Kagawa and Co look to be enjoying themselves in Singapore.

Franco's eyes are smiling

It might be hard work, but it does look like the Argentinian is enjoying it!

Schalke vs. SC Austria Klagenfurt

You can watch the Royal Blues' arrival for their first pre-season friendly on the club's periscope account.

Number's up!

"The Argentinian Pablo De Blasis has changed his shirt number and will wear the number 32," reads this tweet from Mainz.

Dinner in Singapore

Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang is enjoying his food alongside BVB new boys Julian Weigl and Roman Bürki.

They're excited for the new season in Gladbach

You can find out the time and dates of the first seven Matchdays right here.

Back to work

"Straight from holiday into the gym! Welcome back to Mathew Leckie!" reads this tweet from FC Ingolstadt.

Warm-up time

Werder Bremen's stars are back at training and raring to go.

Feliz Cumpleaños

Many happy returns to Bremen left-back Santiago Garcia.

Hello, Mats!

Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has posted this selfie from Singapore on Instagram:

Schalke warming up

The club have tweeted some great photos from the Royal Blues' final training session before tonight's friendly against SK Austria Klagenfurt.

Excitement building

Don't forget, you can find kick-off times until the end of September, released earlier today, here.

Stop it, Marwin!

The Augsburg boys look to be having fun at their Bundesliga media day today. "My first goal of the season," club goalkeeper Marwin Hitz has tweeted with the video below.

New boots, please!

A nice haul for new 1. FC Köln striker Anthony Modeste.

Birthday boy!

Happy 23rd Birthday to one of the Bundesliga's finest atttackers, Heung-Min Son!

Selfie with the stars

Thiago Alcantara posed for photos with fans after Bayern's training session this morning.

Muto at the Coface

New Mainz 05 recruit Yoshinori Muto enjoyed his first glance at the club's CofaceArena this afternoon:

It's been a busy last two days indeed for the Blue Samurai's star striker, who trained for the first time with his new team mates today...

...after he was welcomed by Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel on Tuesday evening:

Dortmund off to training

After checking in at their Singapore hotel, Marcel Schmelzer (r.), Sokratis and Co will be taking to the pitch shortly.

Dortmund checking in

Check out this cool Periscope from Dortmund's arrival at the team's Singapore hotel:

BVB in Singopare

Borussia Dortmund have touched down in the city-state of Singapore for part II of their Bundesliga World Tour 2015 where the Westphalia club received a warm welcome indeed from the local Black-Yellows faithful!

Serey Die back in action

VfB Stuttgart were able to welcome back Geoffroy Serey Die to training on Wednesday. The Ivorian international, who so impressed in the club's successful relegation escape at the end of the last season, was granted an extended summer break following his participation in the African Cup of Nations in January and February.

"First training session for Serey Die with his team-mates," reads this tweet.

Welcome Muto!

Here's Japanese international and Mainz's "new signing Yoshinori Muto kitted out in his training gear" for the first time:

Supermanu!

Here's a colourful tribute to FC Bayern and Germany goalkeeping great Manuel Neuer.

Schalke in action

The Royal Blues will have a chance to put what they've been learning in training into practice against SK Austria Klagenfurt tonight.