Summary

  • Sepp Maier backs FC Bayern München for a big win over SV Werder Bremen.
  • Klaus Fischer anticipates new Schalke head coach Markus Weinzierl getting off to a winning start.
  • Uwe Seeler is hoping Hamburg can allow him to drink his coffee "in peace".

The 2016/17 Bundesliga schedule release has thrown up some mouth-watering encounters. Champions FC Bayern München kick off the defence of their title at home to SV Werder Bremen whilst Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund host the coach's former club 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Accordingly, bundesliga.com asked five legends of the game to run their rule over the games…

Sepp Maier

A FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1974, Maier retired in 1980 having made a record 536 appearances for FC Bayern München. Of Bayern's opening day match with Bremen, the now 72-year-old says: "Bayern against Bremen is a good opening match. FCB plays as champion on home soil and they need a good start once again. Bayern will win 3-0."

Klaus Fischer

The former FC Schalke 04 is the second-highest scorer in Bundesliga history with 268 goals. Only Gerd Müller, with 365, scored more. No player has scored more opening-day goals than Fischer, and he is confident his former club can make a good start, stating: "In the last game in Frankfurt Eintracht played defensively. Schalke did not have many chances but I think it will be different this time. Schalke have a new coach, every player wants to impress. We will see a beautiful game that Schalke will win 2-0."

Karl-Heinz Riedle

Another World Cup winner, Riedle fired Borussia Dortmund to the UEFA Champions League title in 1997. "The opening game is of course a blast," he says. "These are two really big names. Unfortunately, Bremen are not quite as strong as before, so I believe Bayern will win. BVB got off lightly drawing Mainz, but it is never simple. Nevertheless, I think Dortmund will win 2-0."

Uwe Seeler

The Hamburger SV icon has no doubt that his club will make a good start to the 2016/17 season. For the opening game HSV are up against Ingolstadt. "I still remember the last game, and Ingolstadt were better that day," says Seeler. "But I believe our squad is stronger now and this time they will win 2-1. When HSV win then I am satisfied and can drink my coffee in peace."

Christoph Metzelder

A Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund in 2001/02, Metzelder also turned out for Schalke and Real Madrid CF in a glittering career that saw 47 Germany caps. Metzelder believes that both BVB (2-0 against Mainz) and Schalke (3-1 in Frankfurt) will make a good start to the new season.