Cologne - If Matchday 31 was anything to go by - with goals, drama and last-minute twists aplenty - then Bundesliga fans are in for a treat in the season run-in. brought to you all the latest reaction from around Germany's top flight...


VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Hannover 96
SV Werder Bremen 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Schalke 04 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
FC Augsburg 0-0 1. FC Köln
SC Freiburg 1-2 SC Paderborn 07
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 FC Bayern München
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Hamburger SV
Hertha Berlin 1-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Monday 4 May

Thank you and bis bald!

That brings to an end our Matchday 31 bulletins. We'll be back with a fresh round of rolling Bundesliga news on Thursday, including all the latest from the top-flight sides' pre-match press conferences. Before though, make sure you stay bang up to date with the latest from the Bundesliga on our News page, as European giants Bayern München and Barcelona clash in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Staying in the Ruhr district, Schalke 04's Atsuto Uchida has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign with a knee problem that has plagued the Japanese international for a number of weeks. Get well soon, Atsuto!

Not such good news for Lewandowski's countryman Jakub Blaszczykowski, however: The wideman will miss Borussia Dortmund's next two games with a groin injury, but should be fit for BVB's final game of the season at home to Werder Bremen.

"I'm not 100 per cent fit yet. You need a lot of minutes under your belt in order to feel good, but I do feel strong.

"Whether I play or not depends on Pep. It's going to be very difficult to stop Messi, Suarez and Neymar."

"We desperately want to reach the [UEFA Champions League] final. But no matter what happens against Barcelona we won't let it ruin our season.

"Pep is very focused. It's obviously a very special game for the head coach."

Bild are reporting that Robert Lewandowski, who suffered facial injuries against Dortmund in the DFB Cup last week, is back in training and is set to be included in Pep Guardiola's squad to face FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Click on the links below for the players' reaction to Sunday's Bundesliga encounters:

1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Hamburger SV

Hertha Berlin 1-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Plenty of praise for HSV head coach Bruno Labbadia in this morning's papers. Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung applauds the 49-year-old for his "simple, yet effective" methods that have "turned Hamburger SV back into a team". Hamburg are up to 14th in the Bundesliga after beating 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-1 at the Coface Arena.

It was a case of 'so near, yet so far' for VfB Stuttgart, who dominated for long periods against FC Schalke 04 on Saturday but still ended up on the losing side. Die Süddeutsche Zeitung highlights the ease with which Huub Stevens' side carved their way through the Royal Blues defence, in the first half in particular. Their efforts were all in vain, though, as Kevin-Prince Boateng popped up late to seal all three points for the hosts.

Cast your votes yet? If so, head over to Twitter and let us know who you think deserves a place in our latest Team of the Week by using the hashtag #BLTOTW. The results will be published (in pictorial form) later today.

Who do you think was the best player this weekend? And who scored the best goal? Make sure you cast your vote for Matchday 31's Player of the Week here. Our Goal of the Week vote can be found on the right column of our FANZONE page.

If you missed any of the weekend's action, don't fret: Let me point you in the direction of our WATCH page, where you will find highlights of every single Matchday 31 encounter as well as post-match interviews with 15 of the Bundesliga's biggest names. Go and have your fill!

Aaand we're back. Welcome back everyone, stick around for all the latest news and reaction to another rip-roaring weekend in Germany's top flight. First things first: A very happy Birthday to FC Schalke 04 and 1. FC Nürnberg, who turn 111 and 115 years old respectively today. Alles Gute!

Sunday 3 May

Our live bulletins have come to an end for the day, but fear not: we'll be back tomorrow bright and early with a sackful of video highlights and interviews to keep you entertained, as well as the rolling news as it comes in. Bis dann!

In terms of form and consistency in the second half of the season, Gladbach are currently the best team in the Bundesliga after extending their unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 2-1 triumph over Hertha Berlin, secured late on thanks to a cracking Ibrahima Traore (r.) goal.

Having languished in the bottom three for much of the season, Hamburg managed to pull clear of the drop zone thanks to a 2-1 victory away to Mainz. It was their second successive triumph and gives the Bundesliga's only ever-present club renewed optimism in the relegation battle. Click here for our match report.

The afternoon's action is about to kick-off in earnest so our bulletins will be put on hold for the duration of the games. Check back with us after full time for the best of the reaction from around the top-flight. In the meantime you can stay on top of events on our live ticker and on Twitter.

A reminder that the final top-flight encounter of the weekend between Hertha and Gladbach is being broadcast live on Bundesliga radio. You can also watch both today's encounters in the comfort of your own home. Find out where here!

Read Salomon Kalou's exclusive interview with ahead of Hertha's encounter with Borussia Mönchengladbach here. The Cote D'Ivoire star talks about winning the African Cup of Nations, life under pal Dardai at Hertha and some of his biggest footballing idols.

Philipp Lahm admitted after FC Bayern's defeat to Leverkusen that their minds were already on Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp. Click here to find out exactly what the skipper had to say after yesterday's 2-0 defeat at the BayArena.

Click here for a round-up of Saturday's remaining encounters, including Paderborn's vital win at fellow strugglers Freiburg and Werder Bremen's narrow victory over Thomas Schaaf's Eintracht Frankfurt at the Weserstadion.

Click on the links below for some of the players' views on Saturday's contests:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 FC Bayern München
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Hannover 96

One thing we do now by now is that at least two of Stuttgart, Hamburg, Hannover, Freiburg and Paderborn will be relegated to the second tier at the end of the season, but who will take their place in the big time? Today's six Bundesliga 2 encounters (kick-off 13:30 CEST) could bring us a step closer to finding out. You can follow all the action from Germany's second tier LIVE on the ticker!

Will today's two games make the picture a little clearer in Germany's top flight? After Bayer Leverkusen's win over FC Bayern München on Saturday, the pressure is back on Gladbach as they look to climb back above die Werkself by beating Hertha Berlin. Before then, Hamburger SV could climb out of the relegation zone with victory at 1. FSV Mainz 05. Two home wins would mean it's as you were at the top and the bottom...

Saturday 2 May

Phew! Well, what a day of enthralling Bundesliga action. And, after all the thrills and spills, we're still none the wiser as to who will finish where between second and fourth, nor have we had any further clues as to the identities of the clubs set to fly the Bundesliga flag in the UEFA Europa League next season. In fact, after Matchday 31, we're still in the dark as to who will go down! The one thing we do know, is that it promises to be entertaining. Bis Morgen!

You can read all today's match reports by clicking on the links in the fixture list above. Huge win for SC Paderborn at SC Freiburg this afternoon, but it's still awfully tight at the foot of the Bundesliga table...

The afternoon's action is about to kick-off in earnest so our bulletins will be put on hold for the duration of the games. Check back with us after full time for the best of the reaction from around the top-flight. In the meantime you can stay on top of events on our live ticker and on Twitter.

The title race may be over and done with for another season, but the battles for a place in Europe and to avoid relegation from the top flight are hotting up nicely! The table could have a very different look by 17:20 CEST this afternoon...

It may not be the DFB Cup of Champions League final, but try telling Borussia Mönchengladbach fans that Sunday's trip to the Olympiastadion isn't as important. With fourth-place Leverkusen taking on Bayern 23 hours earlier, the Foals could take a huge step towards the group stages of Europe's premier club competition with victory over Hertha.

After last week's 2-0 win over Schalke, Mainz's top-flight status is all but secure going into the final month of the season. Martin Schmidt's side welcome Hamburger SV to the Coface Arena in the first of two Sunday games, with Bruno Labbadia's charges looking to build on last Saturday's 3-2 win over Augsburg. Here's our preview!

Elsewhere this afternoon, former Werder Bremen head coach Thomas Schaaf returns to the club where he spent 14 years as boss, fellow strugglers Freiburg and Paderborn face off at the Schwarzwald-Stadion and European hopefuls Augsburg welcome Köln to the SGL Arena. Click here for more!

That's all from us for today but do check back with us on Saturday as there is a rip-roaring feast of Bundesliga action in store. There are six matches kicking-off in the afternoon, before the day is rounded out with the little matter of Leverkusen against FC Bayern. What's not to love? Bis dann!

If you're unable to make it to any of the matches in person this weekend (highly recommendable if you can), and also can't watch live on television then never fear - we have the next best thing. Experience the joy of the Bundesliga straight to your favourite device by tuning in on the Bundesliga radio. Click here for more.

Buoyed by his side booking their place in the DFB Cup final on Wednesday, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was optimistic of his side's chances against Hannover 96 tomorrow, although he did warn against the abilities of the 96ers' playmaker Hiroshi Kiyotake. Click here to watch the full video.

Ahead of the Matchday 31 curtain-closer between Hertha and Gladbach on Sunday, we caught up with striker Salomon Kalou, who is hoping to help the hosts pull clear of the relegation zone. "You can only fight and give your best," said the 29-year-old. Click here for the full interview.

"Sead Kolasinac and Jefferson Farfan have trained with the team again, but we'll have to wait until the final training session before making a decision.

"We trained well in Marienfeld. The team worked very hard and are now aiming to get three points against VfB.

"I will pick my first eleven for the Stuttgart game after the final training session [this afternoon]."

Down in Sinsheim, meanwhile, two of Schalke's fellow European aspirants go head-to-head at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Hoffenheim have lost their last three against Dortmund, but can they turn the tide on Matchday 31? Why not judge for yourself?

Neither Schalke, nor Stuttgart can afford to drop points when the two sides meet at the Veltins-Arena this Saturday. The Royal Blues are looking to consolidate their position in the top six, while VfB need to win to boost their chances of Bundesliga survival. Head over here for our preview.

Pumping iron

Nothing like a bit of strength training on a public holiday, 'eh Johnny? Heitinga's Hertha Berlin welcome third-place Gladbach to the Olympiastadion on Sunday.

Gym work done..

Ein von @johnheitinga gepostetes Foto am 1. Mai 2015 um 3:57 Uhr

"Apart from Martin Stranzl, everybody is available [for Sunday's trip to Hertha Berlin. Tony Jantschke could be included, but Julian Korb played very well against Wolfsburg last time out.

"Hertha are a very compact side. They don't concede many goals and are very organised."

"We've had to cope with injuries for the last two or three months, so it's not a problem for us anymore!

"We're not going to risk Lewandowski [againts Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday evening. The players we do have at our disposal are all raring to go.

"We've obviously got Barcelona at the back of our minds, but I can't afford to rotate players in eight or nine positions. It's just not possible!"


Hoffenheim youngster Kevin Akpoguma, captain of the German U-20 side, will spend the next two seasons with Bundesliga 2 outfit Fortuna Düsseldorf after agreeing a loan deal on Friday.

Akpoguma looks set to return to Hoffenheim once the deal has expired, though, having simultaneously agreed a new contract with the Sinsheim club until 2019!

With the battle to avoid relegation set to go right down to the wire, has pinpointed five games that could prove pivotal in determining who stays up and who drops into Bundesliga 2 this season. Click here for more!

Let's dance!

And to you, Franco. Wouldn't you be better off joining Luca in the gym, though??

Welcome back everybody and happy May Day to you all. No, no top-flight football today unfortunately, but with no fewer than seven Bundesliga games on Saturday, you won't know which way to turn! (I know, it's only one game more than usual...).

Anyway, click here for our preview on Saturday's Lower Saxony derby between VfL Wolfsburg and Hannover 96!

Thursday 30 April

Gute Nacht

There's no Bundesliga action tomorrow due to May 1 being a public holiday, but that won't prevent from bringing you the best of the build-up ahead of the weekend's action. Bis dann! caught up with Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou on Thursday to get the Ivorians thoughts on life in his new German abode, what it's like working under Pal Dardai and what the future holds for the capital city club. He also answered some users' Twitter questions. Click here to read the full interview...

With four games and 12 points left to play for in the 2014/15 campaign, two sides' Bundesliga journeys will reach, at least, temporary ending come the campaign's conclusion. But which two sides will suffer the ill-fated drop? These five fixtures could play a significant role in deciding just that. Check out's exclusive infographic.

It hasn't been a great day for Borussia Dortmund. Having announced that influential midfielder Ilkay Gündogan won't be signing a contract extension beyond 2016, BVB have now also confirmed that Kevin Großkreutz will be unable to feature for the remainder of the season due to the midfielder's need to undergo knee surgery. Get well soon Kev!

Click here for more on the breaking news that BVB midfielder Ilkay Gündogan will not be signing a new contract with Borussia Dortmund. The midfielder penned an extension last year, but has decided against staying at the Signal Iduna Park beyond June 2016.


Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Ilkay Gündogan will not extend his contract with the club, which is due to expire in 2016. More on that shortly...

"Mainz are in very good form. We'll have to do more on Sunday [than against FC Augsburg on Matchday 30]."

On Dennis Diekmeier's injury: "He's included [in the squad], but we'll have to wait two more days to see if he can be involved against Mainz."

"This isn't a part of the season where we can afford to save our energy levels. I can't say yet who will be involved [against Hoffenheim].

"Roman [Weidenfeller] is feeling better but we'll have to see whether he's fit. Kevin [Großkreutz] still has knee problems and Nuri [Sahin] hasn't returned to training yet.

"We've got a very tough end to the season. Our match against Bremen [on the final day of the season] could be a real final. I'm going to miss everything here, but I'm not too nostalgic... yet!"

"I'm hoping for a fantastic atmosphere [against Dortmund]. We need the support of our fans.

"We can't read too much into Dortmund's victory [against Bayern in the DFB Cup]. We should really focus on our own performances against them recently."

"Our target is direct qualification for the Champions League. For that, we need a win.

"Marcel Schäfer's knee injury isn't as bad as first feared, but he will miss the Hannover game this weekend."

"We want to pick up where we left off against Hoffenheim and put up a good fight against Wolfsburg."

On Hannover's training camp in Klosterpforte next week: "It's about focusing on our remaining games. We'll be able to concentrate on the job at hand there."

"It looks like everyone's fit. [Thomas] Kraft and [Änis] Ben-Hatira have both trained.

"Borussia are a great team and we want to beat another great team before the end of the season. I've learned a lot from [Lucien] Favre."

As ever, has compiled some of the more intriguing facts and figures pertaining to the weekend's action in an informative graphic (for all you stats freaks out there! Click here for more...

Keepy-uppy king?

We all know Zlatko Junuzovic is a dab hand at set-pieces, but how many keepy-uppies can SV Werder Bremen's Austrian international do with a tennis ball? Click on the video below to find out...