Cologne - FC Bayern München extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to twelve points this week, while Borussia Dortmund remain deep in trouble at the wrong end of the standings after being held to a draw at home to VfL Wolfsburg. is keeping you bang up to date with all the reaction from the final englische Woche of 2014...

Matchday 16 results:

Tuesday 16 December:

FC Bayern München 2-0 SC Freiburg
Hannover 96 2-0 FC Augsburg
Hamburger SV 0-1 VfB Stuttgart
1. FC Köln 0-0 1. FSV Mainz 05

Wednesday 17 December:

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 SV Werder Bremen
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-4 Hertha Berlin
SC Paderborn 07 1-2 FC Schalke 04
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Thursday 18 December

Looking sharp
Nicklas Bendtner...the Danish James Bond. VfL Wolfsburg could do with that kind of effort out on the pitch - just kidding. We're simply jealous he can pull off the look!

A photo posted by Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtner3) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:11pm PST

Werder Bremen's Italian centre-back Luca Caldirola has taken to Instagram to apologise for his sending off in the 4-1 loss to Gladbach: "The defeat is especially upsetting, because I hurt the team by being sent off and we're still sitting at the foot of the table. I'm the most frustrated with myself and can only apologise to you all [fans]. I can understand your displeasure. I hope that we can pick up important points with your support on Saturday. Your Luca".

Find out what the Bundesliga's coaches made of their sides' efforts on Matchday 16 by clicking here. Jürgen Klopp and Dieter Hecking (pictured) were forced to settle for a point apiece after a breathless encounter at the Signal Iduna Park, while Pep Guardiola praised his attackers after Bayern's win against Freiburg. has compiled the most most intriguing facts and figures to have emerged from a breathless few days of midweek top-flight action. FC Bayern have been breaking records left, right and centre in recent times, and the runaway league leaders might well be sending a few more of them tumbling before the year is out...

Click here to find out what Karim Bellarabi, Kevin Volland (pictured), Andreas Beck and Ermin Bicakcic had to say for themselves after Leverkusen's 1-0 victory at Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening. The narrow loss was a difficult pill to swallow for the Sinsheim club, who travel to Hertha Berlin on Matchday 17.

Patrick Herrmann says Borussia Mönchengladbach are determined to end the 2014/15 Hinrunde with victory at FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. The Foals climbed up to third in the table with a comprehensive 4-1 win over SV Werder Bremen on Wednesday, but Herrmann is has already switched his attention to the Matchday 17 clash at the SGL Arena. "We want to win the match and give our fans a little Christmas present," the winger told following the success over Werder.

FC Bayern's David Alaba has been named Austria's Footballer of the Year for the fourth time in his career. The 22-year-old is the second Bayern player to receive such an accolade this week after Arjen Robben was voted the Netherlands' Sportsman of the Year after the record titleholders' 2-0 victory over SC Freiburg on Tuesday evening. "This is very special, I'm incredibly pleased to have won the award," said the full-back, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Click on the links below to find out what the players made of tonight's encounters at the Signal Iduna Park and the Benteler-Arena:

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg

SC Paderborn 07 1-2 FC Schalke 04

Ron-Robert Zieler's ears must have been burning following Hannover's 2-0 win over Augsburg. The World Cup winner took his clean sheet count for the campaign to seven on the night, with FCA head coach Markus Weinzierl later telling journalists: "Zieler made some great saves like he always does against us".

Georg Niedermeier has played his last game for Stuttgart in 2014. The VfB defender was sent off in yesterday's 1-0 win at Hamburger SV and will now serve a mandatory one-match ban. Die Schwaben host SC Paderborn on Saturday afternoon.

There was good and bad news for Bundesliga leaders Bayern this afternoon as the Munich club announced that both midfield prodigy Gianluca Gaudino (r.) and veteran goalkeeper Tom Starke have agreed terms on new contracts, while it was confirmed that centre-back Medhi Benatia will miss the final match of 2014 against Mainz after suffering a groin injury at home to Freiburg on Tuesday. Click here to find out more.

Johan Djourou cut a frustrated figure after Hamburger fell to a 1-0 home loss to Stuttgart last night, ending a three-game winning streak at the Imtech Arena. “We enjoyed a promising start, but Stuttgart played really well today,” the Switzerland international said, adding: “We were one man up in the second half but just weren’t confident enough going forward. We should’ve created a lot more chances against them.”

Despite keeping a clean sheet for the 13th time this season in the 2-0 victory against Freiburg, and becoming the first Bundesliga keeper to concede as few as three goals 16 matches into a season, FC Bayern shot-stopper Manuel Neuer made it clear in his post-match talk he wasn’t getting carried away by his sensational records. "I don’t think too much about how many goals I’m conceding," the 2014 Ballon d'Or contender said at the Allianz Arena. "All that really matters is us winning the three points.”

Tuesday 16 December

Anyone of a Bayern persuasion is certainly going to enjoy looking back on the season when they get ready for Christmas 2014. The Reds have been nigh on unstoppable on the pitch in 2014/15 so far, but they know how to touch the supporters off it as well, finishing tonight’s spectacle against Freiburg with a laser show and Christmas sing-song. We'll now say goodnight after an action-packed day in the top flight but bid you join us again tomorrow for five more mouth-watering matches. Adieu!

FC Bayern's Arjen Robben has been voted Matchday 15 Player of the Week by users after scoring twice in the league leaders' 4-0 win at Augsburg on Saturday. The Dutchman finished ahead of Paderborn's Lukas Kruse and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino on 63 per cent.

Hakan Calhanoglu (r.) is going to have to make his own way to Sinsheim tomorrow night, if he makes the trip at all, due to a cold. High fever forced him out of the draw with Gladbach on Sunday after 71 minutes and he's been unable to train since. "He's not feeling all that good but I'll wait to decide whether he joins us or stays at home," said coach Roger Schmidt, who will assess Calhanoglu on Wednesday morning.

Xizhe Zhang (l.) will become the fourth Chinese player to grace the Bundesliga stage and the 11th to appear in Germany's top two divisions. Before him, Jiayi Shao racked up more appearances than any other Chinese import in spells with TSV 1860 Munich, Energie Cottbus and MSV Duisburg. He told what kind of a player Zhang is, what Wolfsburg and Bundesliga fans have got to look forward to, and why it's "massive news in China".

Xizhe Zhang's move to VfL Wolfsburg is now official so we caught up with a man who knows plenty about Chinese and German football, having played for Shanghai Shennua and Hamburger SV, Jörg Albertz (r.). Find out what the 43-year-old Mönchengladbach native had to say about the move and his own experiences of Chinese football in this exclusive interview.

With second-placed Wolfsburg not playing until Wednesday, and away to Dortmund at that, Bayern can go a massive 12 points clear at the top of the table if they can get past Freiburg at the Allianz Arena, and there's plenty of evidence to suggest they can. The Reds have won 21 of the 30 Bundesliga meetings between the two sides and have a 100 per cent record at home this season. Here's our match preview.

Good morning Bundesliga fans! Matchday 15 only came to an end on Sunday evening and already we're building up to the next round of Bundesliga fixtures. That's because Matchday 16 gets underway this evening, with the englische Woche ('English week' - the delightful name that Germans use when matches are schedule for midweek and the weekend) in full swing. The action is coming thick and fast at the moment, which is how we like it.

Monday 15 December

A trio of FC Augsburg players – including captain (l.) – could miss the trip to Hannover 96 on Tuesday. hasn't recovered from a cold while is also touch and go with an ankle injury. Verhaegh took a knock to his knee against Bayern. "I'm optimistic he'll be able to play," said coach Markus Weinzierl.

returns to the Borussia Dortmund squad for their game against VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday night. "He can show me that the break did him good," said Klopp, who left the Germany international out of his squad for the trip to Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Klopp will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on the other hand, for a game he hopes will see a return to winning ways. "The good news is we're playing at the Signal Iduna Park," he added.

There are four games to get us started on Tuesday night with SC Freiburg next to try to perforate Bayern's armour inside fortress Allianz Arena, 1. FC Köln keen to build on their weekend win in Gelsenkirchen when they host 1. FSV Mainz 05, Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart meeting in a high-octane relegation six-pointer and an optimistic Hannover 96 hosting high-flying FC Augsburg.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen could be without star midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu for their midweek tie with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as the free-kick specialist and playmaker extraordinaire is still labouring under the effects of a cold. "He already pushed through for as long as he could in the game against Borussia Mönchenglabdach on Sunday," admitted head coach Roger Schmidt.

Rocket lob

Check out what Leverkusen will be missing courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:

Having lost nine Bundesliga matches already this season, Dortmund could probably do without facing one of the league's most in-form sides on Matchday 16. Such is their lot, however, as second-placed VfL Wolfsburg travel to the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday. Check out the video below for more on the encounter and head to the
Bundesliga's official YouTube channel for further exclusive videos.

With the business in Nyon done and dusted, we can now turn our attention back to Matchday 16 in Germany's top flight. With four games on Tuesday night and five on Wednesday to look forward to, there will be no shortage of highlights. Stay with us for all the latest team news as it comes into the offices.

The day's proceeding's have continued in Nyon, Switzerland, and the draw for the last 32 of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League has been made. Wolfsburg will face Sporting Club de Portugal, while Borussia Mönchengladbach will take on reigning champions Sevilla FC. The ties will be played on 19 and 26 February.

That's it: the four German teams have been drawn and it's not a bad draw for the Bundesliga as whole:

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Club Atletico de Madrid
Juventus - Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 - Real Madrid CF
FC Shakhtar Donetsk - FC Bayern München

12:17 Now it's Bayern's turn, and they are drawn to face Shakhtar Donetsk.

12:16 On we go and FC Schalke's name is drawn... and they'll play - uh-oh - Real Madrid in a repeat of last season's last 16 meeting.

12:15 And here's the first German team: it's Leverkusen, and they will play Atletico Madrid! Followed by Borussia Dortmund against Juventus, in a repeat of the 1997 final!

So we're off and running in Nyon. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino shuffles onto the stage to welcome the 16 clubs and their representatives and congratulate them on reaching the last 16. Karl-Heinz Riedle, this year's Champions League ambassador and 1997 winner with Dortmund, also comes on stage to get proceedings started. This is it: who will Bayern, BVB, Leverkusen and Schalke be paired against?

Leverkusen are the fourth German representative in the Champions League and they will be drawn against Atletico, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or Porto. However, the Werkself will feel they should be in the pot of group winners after throwing away a great position to win their pool. Poor results against Monaco and Benfica allowed the French club to finish top: had Bayer won the group they would be facing Juventus, Basel, Arsenal, Paris St Germaine, Manchester City or Shakhtar.

After their ninth defeat of the league season against Hertha at the weekend, Dortmund fans can at least look forward to today's draw with a sense of optimism. No matter how bad their results have been domestically, they have played some breathtaking football in Europe this season and are still a force to be reckoned with, having reached the quarter-finals last term and the final in 2013. Who will they be drawn against this time around?

In each of the last two seasons, FC Bayern have faced English Premier League side Arsenal FC in the Champions League round of 16. In 2012/13, the Bavarians prevailed on away goals after an aggregate score of 3-3 over the two games, while last season, Pep Guardiola's men won 3-1 away and drew 1-1 at home. Will we see a repeat of the draw?

It's all ready:

The #UCLdraw balls are in place with less than three hours until proceedings get under way!

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You'd be hard pushed to find many Schalke fans hoping to face defending champions of Europe Real Madrid again this season. The Royal Blues were drawn against the Los Merengues in the last 16 in 2013/14 and were beaten 9-2 on aggregate, including 6-1 at the Veltins Arena in the first leg. Real are one of their potential opponents, though, as are Atletico de Madrid, Monaco, Barcelona and Porto.

It's that time again. Today sees the knockout stages of the Champions League and Europa League, which means an exciting morning for Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Gladbach - and the rest of us, of course. Who will they be facing?

Let's get some of the media's reaction from Matchday 15. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called Arjen Robben the "best outfield player in the world" after his brace in the champions 4-0 win at Augsburg, a sentiment echoed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, which opined that his performance 'took the limelight away from the returning Bastian Schweinsteiger'. Ruhr Nachrichten, meanwhile, summarised that Dortmund have "huge problems" after their 1-0 loss to Hertha, their ninth defeat of the campaign.

A happy start to the week to all of you. If you've managed to catch your breath after the weekend's action, then we suggest you make the most of this moment of respite. Monday sees us look back at the weekend's games, as well as build up to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League draws (12.00 CET and 13.00 CET respectively), before we finally look forward to another dose of nine Bundesliga matches in this week's englische Woche.

(Previous Matchday 15 bulletins)