Munich - The final weekend of the 2013/14 campaign produced yet another festival of nail-biting football, with plenty of issues decided at both ends of the table.
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The main events of Matchday 34:
Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München celebrated lifting the Bundesliga shield for a record 23rd time with a last-gasp 1-0 home win against VfB Stuttgart, who announced that Armin Veh will replace Huub Stevens as head coach in the summer.
Now, this really is big news: VfB Stuttgart have confirmed the appointment of Armin Veh as their new head coach, the club Veh led to Bundesliga success in 2007. The 53-year-old, who guided Frankfurt to a 13th-place finish in the recently-ended season, put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016/17 campaign. Speaking at a press conference, Veh said he was convinced he could "take the club to the next level". Click here to find out more.
FC Schalke 04 have signed Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper Fabian Giefer. The 23-year-old has penned a contract until 2018 and will replace the outgoing Timo Hildebrand at the Veltins-Arena. Giefer has missed just four league matches for Düsseldorf this season, keeping nine clean sheets.
The transfers are coming in thick and fast now: Bundesliga 2 champions 1. FC Köln have just announced the signing of Slovakian midfielder Dusan Svento from Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg. The versatile 28-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Köln, who will compete in the top flight for the first time since the 2011/12 season. "He's a versatile, experienced player who has a very good eye for a pass," said sporting director Jörg Schmadtke.
Yes, 1. FC Nürnberg's 21-year-old striker Josip Drmic has signed a five-year contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Drmic scored 17 goals in 33 league appearances for the Franconians this season, but was unable to prevent the club from slipping into Bundesliga 2 on the final day of the campaign. "I really wish I could have helped Nürnberg avoid relegation, but [this move] is a dream come true. Leverkusen are a top side," said a delighted Drmic on Monday.
BREAKING NEWS: Bayer 04 Leverkusen have signed Swiss striker Josip Drmic from 1. FC Nürnberg on a five-year deal.
.@DFB_Team's Kevin Volland: 'I'm delighted to be part of the squad and looking forward to the match against Poland." #DFB
Pep Guardiola was in celebratory mood following Bayern's victory over Stuttgart on Saturday, but the Catalan tactician may have to win a few more Bundesliga titles before he's completely used to the traditional Bierdusche: "The beer was cold and it stung my eyes, but now I've showered it's fine," said the 43-year-old, having been drenched in Weißbier by several of his players after the final whistle. Find out what Guardiola's fellow coaches made of their teams' Matchday 34 displays by clicking here.
FC Augsburg centre-back Ragnar Klavan has signed a two-year contract extension with the Fuggerstädter. The 28-year-old Estonian has been in outstanding form for Markus Weinzierl's side this season and will now remain at the SGL Arena until 2017. "Ragnar Klavan's displays are have certainly attracted interest from other clubs, but we're happy that he's has committed his future to the club," said sporting director Stefan Reuter on Sunday.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine, meanwhile, focuses on Paderborn's promotion to the Bundesliga, describing SCP's success as a 'football fairytale'. Andre Breitenreiter's team will compete in the top flight for the first time in their history after beating VfR Aalen 2-1 on Sunday. Paderborn's win means SpVgg Greuther Fürth will face Hamburger SV in the relegation play-off, despite overcoming SV Sandhausen 2-0 on the final day of the season.
FC Bayern München may have finally got their hands on the Meisterschale on Saturday, but Matchday 34's victory over VfB Stuttgart was hardly the ideal warm-up ahead of the DFB Cup final with in-form Borussia Dortmund, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both carrying knocks, while the Bavarians' recent form has been questionable going into this weekend's clash at Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Sunday 11 May
Their heroes have finally arrived, and now there's no stopping Paderborn's promotion party:
1899 Hoffenheim, meanwhile, are heading to India tonight where the club will close out the current Bundesliga campaign with a one-week trip, both promoting the Bundesliga and taking part in various social projects:
At the other end of the table, a do-or-die encounter between SG Dynamo Dresden and Arminia Bielefeld boasted everything a neutral could want from a final-day relegation decider. Both teams were reduced to ten men, but it was Kacper Przybylko's 86th-minute strike which ensured Bielefeld caused an upset, condemning Dresden to the drop courtesy of a 3-2 win at the Glücksgas Stadion.
"Simply amazing" said this Paderborn tweet after the North Rhine-Westphalia side sealed promotion:
For the first time in the club's history, SC Paderborn 07 will feature in the Bundesliga as they're set to become the 53rd team to grace Germany's top flight in the 52nd season following a 2-1 win over VfR Aalen. Goals from Marc Vucinovic and Mario Vrancic were enough for Andre Breitenreiter's charges to overturn a one-goal deficit, sparking wild celebrations at the Benteler-Arena.
The party went on long into the night, although there was still some time for FC Bayern coach Pep Guardiola to reflect on his achievements at the end of his first Bundesliga season with the record champions. Find out more about the evening's party in Munich and the "I am a Münchner. Mia san mia!" phrase coined by the Catalan by clicking here.
expressed his delight at FC Schalke 04's qualification for the UEFA Champions League group stage next season. In an interview, he also spoke about how proud he was to have succeeded with such a young side, and gave his backing to coach Jens Keller.
1. FSV Mainz 05 have reluctantly confirmed that Thomas Tuchel will not be their coach next season after he stepped down on Saturday after five years at the club. The announcement comes just after Mainz secured their place in the UEFA Europa League next season with a 3-2 win over Hamburger SV on Saturday.
Just down the road from Lewandowski, FC Schalke 04 were celebrating having sealed third spot in the Bundesliga, thanking their "most awesome fans in the world" with this tweet:
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski cannot be faulted for his effort and dedication, ending the season as the Bundesliga's top goalscorer despite having known he would be moving to FC Bayern next season. He picked up the prized Torjägerkanone at the end of the Westphalians' 4-0 win at Hertha Berlin, having steered in goals number 19 and 20 of the season for the Bundesliga's runners-up.
Heung-Min Son did not want to take all of the credit for Bayer Leverkusen's 2-1 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, but he admitted it was a "greet feeling" to have scored the winner and ensured the Werkself's berth in the play-off for the UEFA Champions League next season. You can find out what the protagonists at the BayArena thought of Saturday's result by clicking here.
After recovering from his butter fingers moment inside the Allianz Arena, Guardiola had firm grasp on the Schale when he took to Munich's City Hall balcony. He's also clearly grasped the local fashion sense too...
Only half of the job has been done for Hamburger SV, who face an even tougher challenge in salvaging their Bundesliga status when they face the third-placed side from Bundesliga 2 in a play-off. "Hamburg did little to stay up, they just had the fortune that their rivals were even worse," posited the Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the Welt: "Hamburg have been gifted a last chance."
There were two dominating stories on the sports pages of the German papers on Sunday morning: Bayern's title celebrations and the future of Hamburger SV. Starting from the top, it was a day of celebrations in Munich with Pep Guardiola getting his first taste of the traditional beer shower. "Guardiola had to accept defeat sooner or later - he could not evade the unavoidable on this day: the obligatory wheat beer shower," said the Frankfurter Allgemeine. The Bild said the celebrations had turned into a "wild party night".
Here's a greeting to FC Bayern fans, many of whom may well be rising with sore heads this morning...
If you thought Saturday was dramatic, just wait for Sunday's Bundesliga 2 action. SC Paderborn could celebrate an historic promotion, but they still have work to do, while SG Dynamo Dresden and DSC Arminia Bielefeld face up for a relegation play-off decider.
Saturday 10 May
Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more reaction and breaking news as and when it comes in. We'll also be finding out who'll be taking their place alongside Bundesliga 2 champions 1. FC Köln in the top flight next term and who'll be facing Hakan Calhanoglu's (right) Hamburger SV in the relegation/promotion play-offs, as the second tier reaches its grand finale on Sunday afternoon. Bis dann!
Influential FC Bayern München midfielder is lapping up the party atmosphere in the centre of Munich (see below), despite taking a knock to his knee during the first half of this afternoon's 1-0 win over VfB Stuttgart. The club have, however, confirmed he'll have to undergo an MRI scan on Monday morning.
What a day at the office for FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FSV Mainz 05. It wasn't too shabby for 1899 Hoffenheim, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Augsburg and Hannover 96 either, but for Eintracht Braunschweig and 1. FC Nürnberg in particular, Matchday 34 was yet another regrettable round of fixtures. On this occasion, though, there's no going back. Here's a look at the final standings at the end of the 2013/14 campaign...
Furthermore, our live ticker will bring you all the goals as and when they go in so you won't miss any of the action. We will be back after the final whistles are sounded and the verdicts have been delivered with all the reaction. Join us then!
FC Bayern will not be the only club showing off their classy new kit for next season later on today. If you want to see what designs and colours your favourite club will be wearing next season, check out this round-up of the latest fashions to hit the Bundesliga.
Here's a look at the new Hertha Berlin shirt which will be worn for the first time today against Borussia Dortmund...
90 more minutes and then FC Bayern will finally get their hands on their 23rd Bundesliga title and 24th German league title in total. The stage is already set at the Allianz Arena for the celebrations in a ceremony which will see DFL President Dr. Reinhard Rauball (pictured) hand over the silver plate to triumphant captain Philipp Lahm and his team, who will then go on a parade into the city centre.
Not only are European places and relegation issues going to be decided today, but we will also find out who is the sharpest shooter in the division. It's tight at the top of the charts with Robert Lewandowski, Mario Mandzukic, Marco Reus, Josip Drmic and Adrian Ramos all realistically in the frame for the Torjägerkanone.
Don't forget you can also catch the action live here on bundesliga.com via our radio stream. This weekend, we will be bringing you the crucial European qualification clash between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach. You can find out here what is at stake in that match before tuning in at 13:30 GMT/15:30 CEST to follow that game live, with updates from around the grounds.
For the final time this season, the Bundesliga clubs are announcing it's Spieltag. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is Matchday...
Why not start the morning by sitting back and watching these videos about what relegation would mean to Hamburger SV, who may have to stop the clock on their uninterrupted spell in the top flight, and how their rivals at the bottom are bracing themselves for a battle for 16th this Saturday afternoon.
Good morning and welcome to the continuation of our live updates on what is set to be a day of twists, turns and unparalleled emotion up and down the country. There is plenty still at stake and if you want to know how you can follow all the drama as it unfolds, check out who will be broadcasting the games live in your country.
Friday 9 May
That's all for today, but make sure you join us on Saturday for what is certain to be an enthralling finale to the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign. Bis morgen!
Bayer Leverkusen go into Saturday's game with SV Werder Bremen knowing a win will guarantee their place in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. However, anything less than a win could see die Werkself drop out of the top four on the final day of the campaign, with fellow Champions League hopefuls Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach going toe-to-toe at the Volkswagen Arena. Check out our previews of both encounters by clicking on the above links.
With just two points separating 16th-placed Hamburg from rock-bottom Eintracht Braunschweig, the Red Shorts know they can't afford to slip up at Mainz this weekend. The Lions, meanwhile, must win at 1899 Hoffenheim to stand any chance of avoiding relegation to Bundesliga 2. Click here for bundesliga.com's exclusive preview of Saturday's action, which also looks ahead to Augsburg's match with Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover's clash with Freiburg.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola says he is 'looking forward' to the traditional beer shower when the Bundesliga champions are presented with the Meisterschale after Saturday’s match with VfB Stuttgart. "I know all about what a great tradition beer showers are here," said the Catalan, who also spoke of his pride at his players' achievements this season at his pre-match press conference. "It's been a long, hard slog and I'm proud of everyone at the club - not just the players."
A week after Robert Lewandowski played his last home match in Borussia Dortmund colours, BVB's replacement - Colombian striker Adrian Ramos - is set to follow suit when Hertha Berlin host his future employers this weekend. "It's going to be a sad day because it's my last game for Hertha," said the 28-year-old. "But moving to BVB is a step forward that I'm very excited about." Find out what else Ramos had to say in our exclusive preview of tomorrow's match at Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Check out EA Sports' virtual prediction of Matchday 34's relegation showdown by clicking on the video below...
After making his long-awaited comeback from injury against SC Freiburg last time out, Marco Höger will be forced to watch FC Schalke 04's final game of the season - against relegation-threatened 1. FC Nürnberg - from the sidelines after suffering a muscle injury in training. On a more positive note for Royal Blues' coach Jens Keller, Jefferson Farfan, Sead Kolasinac and Benedikt Höwedes are all available for selection against der Club on Saturday.
Centurion: Daniel Baier, who has featured in all FC Augsburg's 33 Bundesliga matches this season, will make his 100th top-flight appearance for the Swabians against Braunschweig on Saturday:
FC Bayern will not be at full strength tomorrow after revealing on Twitter that French winger will be absent, while and captain are doubtful. Coach Pep Guardiola did say, however, that long-term absentee could be on the bench after resuming full training following a persistent knee injury (see Tweet from 1:14 CET).
Good news for SC Freiburg, who have announced that Sebastian Kerk has extended his contract with the Baden-Württemberg club. “Sebastian is a versatile attacking player. He’s already impressed this season, but there’s a lot more to come from him,” said Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier. The Germany Under-20 midfielder has featured 26 times for Freiburg in the Bundesliga so far this term.
#Guardiola: "Getting drenched with beer is a massive tradition here. I like traditions. If the players want to soak me, they can!" #FCBVFB
Nürnberg had to without first-choice goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer in training today, and the custodian will also miss tomorrow’s meeting with Schalke at the Veltins Arena. The 35-year-old injured a muscle in his left shoulder, the club just confirmed.
There's a lot at stake for Nürnberg when the struggling Franconians travel to Schalke 04 on Saturday. Roger Prinzen's men are currently having their final training session before making their way to Gelsenkirchen:
There will be drama at both ends of the table in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with six sides still challenging for places in either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League, while Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig are all hoping to keep their chances of avoiding the drop alive as they eye the relegation play-off spot. Get yourself to grips with what’s still to play for in the Bundesliga on Saturday .
Before we get into gear for what promises to be the climax of the 2013/14 campaign, bundesliga.com would like to take one moment and wish one of German football’s greats a very happy birthday. Jupp Heynckes, who won the treble last year when still in charge of FC Bayern München, turns 69 today!