FC Bayern München:
The competition for spots on Bayern’s flanks is fierce, but Franck Ribery’s performances during pre-season suggest he is a nailed on choice for Carlo Ancelotti.
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The technically-gifted winger has made a real impact since signing for Dortmund. He impressed greatly in the absence of Marco Reus and will be sure to start in BVB’s opening game of the season.
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Bayer 04 Leverkusen:
Volland scored goals for fun in pre-season. The forward has already struck up a strong partnership with Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and has added a new dynamic to Bayer’s prolific frontline.
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Inconspicuous by nature, but a player who always received wide-spread praise during his time with Hoffenheim. Now with Gladbach, it appears as if the versatile midfielder will have an important role to play.
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FC Schalke 04:
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Leroy Sane’s departure, coupled with the arrival of head coach Markus Weinzierl, seems to have given Choupo-Moting a new lease of life at Schalke as proven by his highly-motivated performances over the summer.
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1. FSV Mainz 05:
With Julian Baumgartlinger leaving to join Bayer Leverkusen Mainz were in need of a new captain and it was Bungert who was handed the armband by head coach Martin Schmidt.
Following a disappointing 2015/16 campaign, Stocker has gone a long way to impressing head coach Pal Dardai during pre-season and will likely be given a chance to do so again on Matchday 1.
Having featured predominantly during the second half of last season, Koen Casteels looks to have usurped the absent Diego Benaglio as Wolfsburg’s No1 having featured between the sticks in the DFB Cup.
1. FC Köln:
Rudnevs was expected by many to just provide back up for Anthony Modeste in Köln, but his pre-season performances appear to have convinced Peter Stöger to utilise a two-man frontline.
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Gregoritsch seems to be firmly in Bruno Labbadia’s first-team plans despite the signings of Filip Kostic and Alen Halilovic raising the level of competition for starting spots in Hamburg’s midfield.
FC Ingolstadt 04:
Was relegated from the Bundesliga 2 with SC Paderborn 07 last season, but has now battled his way past Romain Bregerie in the pecking order. The 22-year-old is expected to line up alongside captain Marvin Matip.
In light of Jeong-Ho Hong and Ragnar Klavan both leaving the club, last season’s winter signing is now Augsburg’s undisputed No1 choice at the heart of Dirk Schuster’s backline.
SV Werder Bremen:
Undoubtedly one of the first names of Bremen’s team sheet this season. Brought in to provide added depth in the squad, Bartels is now one of Werder’s key players.
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SV Darmstadt 98:
It wasn’t long ago that he was the third-choice keeper on the books at VfL Bochum 1848. Now Esser has seemingly won the battle with Daniel Heuer Fernandes for the role of Darmstadt’s No1.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim:
The summer signing from 1. FC Köln has put his battling qualities and versatility on display in pre-season and could well have earned himself a regular starting berth in Hoffenheim’s midfield.
His performances were one of the deciding factors in last season’s play-off with 1. FC Nürnberg. Now the young forward looks set to enjoy regular playing time in 2016/17.
With Nils Petersen in action with the German national team at the Olympics, Niederlechner has assumed goalscoring responsibilities with aplomb and may have played his way into consideration for Matchday 1.
The signing of Marius Müller has given the goalkeeper more competition between the sticks, but despite being injured during pre-season, has defended his position as Leipzig’s No1.