The Bundesliga’s all-star cast did not have too much time to put their feet up this winter before returning to training in preparation for the second half of the 2015/16 campaign.

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bundesliga.com checks in with all 18 clubs to see how they are shaping up ahead of the upcoming season restart, starting with the bottom six.

SV Darmstadt 98

Where were they?

Darmstadt were the first Bundesliga representative to return to the grindstone on 2 January. The Lilies then spent ten days in Antalya, Turkey, before continuing their mid-season preparations in Germany.

How they fared

Dirk Schuster’s side won only one of their three mid-season friendlies. After beating German third tier club Chemnitzer FC, they played out a 1-1 draw with Kasimpasa Istanbul and suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Nürnberg.

New faces/injuries

It is a case of as you were at Darmstadt, with no transfer activity or injury problems to report.

What’s next?

13th-placed Darmstadt travel to second-bottom Hannover 96 on Matchday 18, with four points separating the two clubs. The Lilies host FC Schalke 04 a week later, before travelling to rock-bottom TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on 7 February.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Where were they?

After a flurry of transfers, Eintracht Frankfurt flew out to Abu Dhabi for the fourth time. The Eagles returned home on 13 January.

How they fared?

Eintracht thrashed local side Al-Alhi 5-1 in Dubai, only to themselves fall to a comprehensive 4-0 defeat to fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. Their final mid-season friendly ended in a 3-3 draw with Bundesliga 2 outfit Eintracht Braunschweig.

New faces/injuries

Frankfurt have been one of the busier sides of the winter transfer window, signing Mexico international attacker Marco Fabian, former Hannover midfielder Szabolcs Huszti and young Schalke full-back Kaan Ayhan (six-month loan).

Brazilian defender Bamba Anderson, meanwhile, continues to make good progress following injury.

What’s next?

The Eagles are hovering two points above the bottom three ahead of Matchday 18’s home clash against VfL Wolfsburg, with games against teams either side of them in the standings - FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart - to follow.

VfB Stuttgart

Where were they?

Stuttgart were one of six Bundesliga clubs to head to the Turkish resort of Belek, where Jürgen Kramny experienced the daily rigours of a winter training camp for the first time as a Bundesliga head coach.

How they fared

Die Schwaben edged a tight game against Antalyaspor 2-1, drew 0-0 with Bundesliga 2 club VfL Bochum 1848, beat Hannover 2-0 and lost 2-1 to Third Division outfit Würzburger Kickers.

New faces/injuries

Utility man Kevin Großkreutz, winner of two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund, is back in Germany following a brief stint with Galatasaray AS. Ukraine international striker Artem Kravets will look to prove his worth on a six-month loan deal from Dynamo Kyiv.

What’s next?

A testing few weeks, comprising games against 1. FC Köln (a), Hamburger SV (h) and Frankfurt (a), lie in wait for 15th-placed Stuttgart.

SV Werder Bremen

Where were they?

Like Stuttgart, Bremen spent time in Belek. "The conditions were superb and everyone could see how hard we worked," enthused Werder head coach Viktor Skripnik.

How they fared

The Green-Whites played out five friendlies over the course of their nine-day stay on the Turkish Riviera. They hammered Adana Demirspor 7-0 and beat Inter Baku 1-0, but lost 3-1 to Ezrgebirge Aue and drew their other two.

New faces/injuries

Greek defensive midfielder Athanasios Petsos will join the club from SK Rapid Wien in the summer.

Defender Janek Sternberg faces a spell on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments against Baku, but midfield duo Philipp Bargfrede and Zlatko Junuzovic should be fit for the start of the Rückrunde.

What’s next?

Bremen could drop a place into the bottom two if they lose away to Schalke on Matchday 18. The games do not get any easier either, with fixtures against Hertha Berlin (h) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (a) to come.

Hannover 96

Where were they?

Hannover 96 also enjoyed the warmer climes of Belek, where twice daily training sessions were the norm.

How they fared

The Reds tuned up with wins over Wehen Wiesbaden and Iran’s Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz, but lost to Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart in Belek’s Sun Express Cup.

New faces/injuries

Hannover have a new head coach in Bundesliga veteran Thomas Schaaf, and have also brought in Hotaru Yamaguchi, Hugo Almeida, Adam Szalai, Iver Possum and Marius Wolf.

Talismanic midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake is still out after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in November, while Mevlüt Erdinc will spend the rest of the season on loan at French club EA Guingamp.

What’s next?

They do not come much tougher than trips to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but either side of that Hannover have two winnable home games against Darmstadt and 1. FSV Mainz 05.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Where were they?

Rock-bottom Hoffenheim flew all the way to Rustenburg, South Africa, in preparation for the fight of their lives back home in the Bundesliga.

How they fared

A pre-Rustenburg draw with Third Division side Spvgg Großaspach was followed by a 2-0 defeat to South Africa’s Platinum Stars and a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Austrian club SK Sturm Graz.

New faces/injuries

Hoffenheim head coach Huub Stevens has so far resisted the temptation to go into the transfer market, but the Dutchman did allow Adam Szalai to move out on loan to relegation-threatened Hannover.

What’s next?

After hosting Leverkusen, Stevens' charges travel to reigning champions FC Bayern München before a double-header of potential relegation six-pointers against Darmstadt and Bremen.

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