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Sunday 18 January
Julian Green also took a moment to take this selfie. Perhaps he was on his way to Johan Djourou's birthday bash?
Ein von Julian Wesley Green (@jgreen_37) gepostetes Foto am Jan 18, 2015 at 12:52 PST
We played a friendly match against Eintracht Braunschweig and the result was 1-1. We are training hard for Bundesliga pic.twitter.com/9OjmVZqIUR— Junior Díaz (@JuniorDiazCR) January 18, 2015
Good practice today!! pic.twitter.com/9gLLM09r5D— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) January 18, 2015
#VfLamKap 4-3 victory against Chippa United FC Goals: Perisic (3), Stolze— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) January 18, 2015
#VfLamKap Unsere Wölfe spielen mit: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo, Arnold - Vieirinha, Hunt, Zhang - Bendtner.— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) January 18, 2015
Gelandet! Der BVB ist wieder in Dortmund! // Touchdown! The team is back in Dortmund! #bvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 18, 2015
Hello Munich! #FCBayern have arrived back safely. Today's a free day, with part II of preparations beginning tomorrow at Säbener Straße.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 18, 2015
A huge THANK YOU to our fan club in Saudi Arabia for the lovely present & the electric atmosphere inside the stadium! pic.twitter.com/KpRjCFdXc0— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 17, 2015
Saturday 17 January
The goalscorers of the first half with their names on the scoreboard. Looks even better in Arabic, right? pic.twitter.com/vVuuQpJxEF— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 17, 2015
SC Paderborn 07 will be without Marvin Ducksch for the foreseeable after the Borussia Dortmund loanee striker fractured a metatarsal in Friday's 1-0 friendly win over FC Erzgebirge Aue. "Because of that and other injuries, we'll have to look at what's available in the transfer market," confirmed sporting director Michael Born. 10th-placed Paderborn's first league fixture of 2015 takes them to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 31 January.
USA international wing-back Fabian Johnson scored the only goal of the game as Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Regionalliga-West outfit Rot-Weiss Essen 1-0 on Saturday. Despite failing to build on their lead, the result should give the Foals plenty of confidence ahead of their DFB Cup quarter-final clash with Regionalliga-West leaders Kickers Offenbach on 3 March.
Zeit zum Entspannen! Time to relax! Hora de relaxar! pic.twitter.com/uZFlJJ7cC7— Anderson Oliveira (@Andersonbamba5) January 17, 2015
Friday 16 January
Skills to pay the bills
We all know FC Bayern München have a star-studded line-up, but their enviable control of a ball extends far beyond their dominating passing game that has been championed by head coach Pep Guardiola, as the YouTube clip below proves...
Aleksandar Ignjovski and Co. have been making the most of a bit of free time away from the training pitches at Eintracht Frankfurt's Abu Dhabi training base...
Ein von Aleksandar Ignjovski (@ignjovski) gepostetes Foto am Jan 16, 2015 at 7:37 PST
SC Paderborn 07 enjoyed a 1-0 win over Bundesliga 2 side FC Erzgebirge Aue earlier this afternoon thanks to Mahir Saglik's second-half strike. SV Darmstadt 98 are up next for Andre Breitenreiter's men, who are one of six Bundesliga clubs to have flown out to the Turkish Riviera for their winter training camp.
In Hertha Berlin's final friendly before jetting off for their winter training camp in Turkey, BSC had to settle for a 1-1 draw with third division side Energie Cottbus. Tim Kleindienst put the underdogs in front in the 56th minute, only for (l.) to equalise seconds later. You can see a club-by-club overview of friendly results and fixtures here.
Heroes in a half shell
Wolfsburg quartet Aaron Hunt, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicklas Bendtner and Bas Dost could be about to join the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles judging by this snap...
I have never seen Bassi so excited. He insisted we all had to take a picture with this turtle. It's the first time he saw one.. Look at his smile when he touches it. Priceless! #Aaron #Kevin #Bas #Bendtner @vfl.wolfsburg
A photo posted by Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtner3) on Jan 16, 2015 at 3:54am PST
#Pep: "I'm here to help improve the quality of our players. The level is currently high, but there's room for improvement."— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 16, 2015
A smart finish from Raul Bobadilla gave FC Augsburg a 1-0 win over Gaziantepspor Kulübü on day five of the Bavarians' winter training camp in Belek last night...
A photo posted by FC Augsburg (@fcaugsburg1907) on Jan 15, 2015 at 10:20am PST
Bad news for Hamburger SV, who will be without Lewis Holtby for the foreseeable the former FC Schalke 04 attacker broke his collarbone in the club's 3-2 friendly win over Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt in Dubai on Thursday evening. More on that story right here.
One of the aforementioned teams that is only just embarking to foreign shores today is VfB Stuttgart, with head coach Huub Stevens summoning his charges to a camp in Lagos, Portugal. Get the lowdown on where they're staying and what they'll be up to with our guide here.
Thursday 15 JanuaryWinning start to 2015 Bayer 04 Leverkusen kicked proceedings off in the Florida Cup, part of their mid-season preparations and the Bundesliga World Tour 2015, with a comfortable victory over Brazilian side Fluminense FC.
Schweinsteiger takes it to the street
Bastian Schweinsteiger has long been one of the bigger characters in the FC Bayern München camp. The World Cup winner always knows how to put a smile on the faces of his fellow team-mates as proven by the YouTube video below.
In the swing of things
It's not all work and no play for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in South Africa, with Kevin Volland and Sebastian Rudy heading to a nearby driving range to get in a spot of golf practice. "Our lads rarely do anything that doesn't involve sport." reads the post on the club's Instagram account below:
Am freien Nachmittag arbeiten Kevin Volland und Sebastian Rudy an ihrem Schwung. Ohne Sport geht es halt nur ganz selten bei den Jungs! #tsginrsa #TSGHoffenheim #Hoffenheim #Südafrika #Trainingslager #Bundesliga
A photo posted by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (@tsg1899hoffenheim) on Jan 15, 2015 at 5:36am PST
Meanwhile, team-mate Roberto Firmino paid a visit to a Nelson Mandela memorial:
Uma foto publicada por @roberto_firmino10 em Jan 15, 2015 at 7:11 PST
Just days after BVB were rocked by the news that midfield dynamo Sven Bender would need knee surgery, the club has been hit by another blow after defender Erik Durm was ruled out until the start of February with injury. Click here for more.
Having shipped 26 goals already this season - the fifth worst defensive record in the league - Borussia Dortmund put their goalkeepers through their paces today, with looking in good shape if this video Instagram video is anything to go by:
Film zamieszczony przez użytkownika Borussia Dortmund (@bvb09) Sty 15, 2015 at 1:36 PST
Six Bundesliga clubs have warm-up matches scheduled for today, with Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Augsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Köln and Hamburg all in action. Take a look at their opponents, as well as further upcoming matches, on our overview page here.
"Cracking night for the Werkself at the Orlando Magic game.