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.

Click here for an overview of the Bundesliga club's winter break activities

In part three of the series, bundesliga.com checks in with six sides dreaming of silverware and Europe.

FC Bayern München

Where were they?

Pep Guardiola took his squad to enjoy the sun of the Qatari capital, Doha.

How they fared

FC Bayern only trained and did not play any friendlies in Qatar. They faced Karlsruher SC upon their return to Germany, losing 2-1 to the Bundesliga 2 outfit - Arturo Vidal got their goal.

New faces/Injuries

The defeat in Karlsruhe came at the cost of a knee injury to Rafinha. The Brazilian full-back could join Mario Götze (adductor), Franck Ribery (thigh) and Medhi Benatia (hamstring) on the sidelines for Matchday 18.

What's next?

After heading to Hamburger SV to open the Rückrunde, Bayern welcome TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to the Allianz Arena before their first significant test of 2016: Bayer 04 Leverkusen away on Matchday 20.

Borussia Dortmund

Where were they?

Dubai was the destination of choice for BVB.

How they fared

Two played, eight goals, one conceded: the record of Dortmund's two friendlies against Eintracht Frankfurt (4-0) and South Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai (4-1) says it eloquently.

New faces/Injuries

Erik Durm returned to action in the winter break, but Nuri Sahin (muscle strain), Sven Bender (ankle) and Marcel Schmelzer (muscle strain) are still out.

What's next?

After the testing Rückrunde opener at a resurgent Mönchengladbach, BVB host FC Ingolstadt 04 before a daunting trip to the capital to face Hertha.

Hertha Berlin

Where were they?

Pal Dardai's men joined five other Bundesliga outfits in the Turkish resort of Belek.

How they fared

Hertha topped and tailed their preparations with 1-0 wins over Hannover 96 and Liechtenstein outfit FC Vaduz respectively. Sandwiched in between was a draw with Mönchengladbach and a less-than-promising 4-1 loss to VfL Bochum 1848.

New faces/Injuries

Dardai will hope new arrival Sinan Kurt can deliver on the promise he showed at FC Bayern. Goalkeepers Rune Jarstein (fever) and Sascha Burchert (thigh) are doubtful for Matchday 18 while centre-back Sebastian Langkamp has returned from Turkey with a thigh problem. Jens Hegeler (muscle tear) and Sami Allagui (knee) are sidelined.

What's next?

FC Augsburg (a) and SV Werder Bremen (h) provide the opposition before Hertha head to Dortmund (a) in what is a testing re-start.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Where were they?

Gladbach were also in Belek.

How they fared

The draw with Hertha and a victory over local outfit Sivasspor (2-1) were overshadowed by a 5-2 loss in Bochum last weekend.

New faces/Injuries

Freshly-arrived duo Jonas Hofmann and Martin Hinteregger should stiffen the Foals' spine still further. Patrick Herrmann (knee), Tony Jantschke (knee), Alvaro Dominguez (back), Andre Hahn (knee) and Nico Schulz (knee) all missed the winter training camp through injury, while Martin Stranzl is not yet fully fit and Oscar Wendt has a slight ankle problem.

What's next?

No time for Andre Schubert's men to ease into the Rückrunde with Dortmund at BORUSSIA-PARK on Matchday 18. 1. FSV Mainz (a) and SV Werder Bremen (h) follow.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Where were they?

Die Werkself flew the Bundesliga flag with FC Schalke 04 at the Florida Cup.

How they fared

A 1-0 win over Santa Fe was followed by a 3-3 thriller with Brazilian giants Internacional.

New faces/Injuries

Lars Bender (ankle), Charles Aranguiz (Achilles), Roberto Hilbert (thigh) and Sebastian Boenisch (calf) all missed the trans-Atlantic trip. No new faces arrived at the BayArena during the winter break.

What's next?

Roger Schmidt's men travel to bottom side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and host another struggling side, Hannover 96, before FC Bayern arrive on Matchday 20.

FC Schalke 04

Where were they?

Alongside Leverkusen in Florida.

How they fared

The Florida Cup opened with a 2-0 win over Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but Andre Breitenreiter's side were beaten 3-0 by Atletico Mineiro in their second outing.

New faces/Injuries

January signing Younes Belhanda should bring added magic to Schalke's attacking play with Alessandro Schöpf also giving Breitenreiter further options. The thigh injury Benedikt Höwedes picked up in the USA was the black cloud of their preparations. Atsuto Uchida and Marco Höger continue their path back to fitness.

What's next?

Home meetings with SV Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg sandwich a trip to SV Darmstadt 98.

Click here for part I of our series: The bottom six

Click here for part II of our series: The optimists