Josip Drmic (l.) and his Borussia Mönchengladbach colleagues beat Porto 2-1 at the Borussia Park on Friday - © © imago
Josip Drmic (l.) and his Borussia Mönchengladbach colleagues beat Porto 2-1 at the Borussia Park on Friday - © © imago

2015/16: Day 25 of pre-season

Cologne - The new Bundesliga 2 season kicked off with a bang on Friday evening, but the 18 top flight clubs still have three weeks to work on their fitness levels before the start of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.

As ever, kept you posted on all the latest developments from around the training grounds...

Bis morgen!

That concludes our rolling updates for the day. Thanks for joining us, and check back in on Sunday for all the latest news and transfers. Night!

Weigl satisified

BVB summer signing Julian Weigl could not hide his grin after the club's 2-0 win over Juventus.

Translation: "A good way to finish off our training camp with a victory! Long may it continue!"

Warm welcome

Schalke new boy Franco Di Santo and sporting director Horst Heldt were all smiles today as it was announced the striker would wear the number 9 shirt.

Going places

Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel was in positive mood following BVB's 2-0 win over Juventus in St. Gallen...

Translation: "It's been a great week for us. I'm really pleased."

Translation: "We've reached an interim goal, nothing more. We're on the right path."


Deserved and morale-boosting win for Thomas Tuchel's BVB against Italian champions Juventus. Couple of lovely goals from Messrs Aubameyang and Reus, too!

Translation: Bye-bye, St. Gallen!

Porto beware

FC Schalke 04 fans could be in for a treat against FC Porto on Monday...

The Auba-Reus connection

Borussia Dortmund have been playing some fabulous football against Juventus. The Yellow-Blacks currently lead 2-0 through goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus.

Schulz fires Hertha to victory

Nico Schulz scored the only goal of the game as Hertha Berlin recorded their first pre-season win in four against Turkish Süper Lig club Akhisar Belediyespor.

Translation: That's it! Hertha beat Akhisar Belediyespor 1-0 thanks to a goal from Nico Schulz.

Prestigious affair

It's the one we've all been waiting for: Borussia Dortmund vs. Juventus in a repeat of last season's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash.

Di Santo passes Schalke medical

Franco Di Santo is on the brink of joining FC Schalke 04. The Argentinian striker parted ways with SV Werder Bremen today after the Royal Blues activated a release clause in his contract.

World Cup qualifying draw

The path to Russia 2018 has been plotted for many Bundesliga stars. Holders Germany face the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. Here are the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying groups:

Europa League winners beaten

A notable scalp for Werder Bremen in pre-season with back-to-back Europa League winners Sevilla beaten...

Eintracht scrape win

Swiss international forward Haris Seferovic's first-half free kick was enough for Eintracht Frankfurt against Fulham FC in Windischgarsten.

Hoffenheim victorious

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim were made to work for the win against Leeds United, Mark Uth and Steven Zuber with the goals in a 2-1 success.

Translation: Markus Gisdol after the win against Leeds United: "It was an intense game that asked a lot of us."

Gladbach held

Josip Drmic and Marlon Ritter were on the scoresheet for Borussia Mönchengladbach in this afternoon's 2-2 friendly draw with Turkish club Bursaspor.

Translation: 2-2 against Bursaspor. The Fohlenelf continue their good preparations.

Guangzhou memento

Check out this must-see video of FC Bayern München fan favourites Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer in Guangzhou, China, courtesy of

Bremen on fire

SV Werder Bremen have made a cracking start to their friendly against 2014/15 UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla FC!

Rain? What rain?

1. FC Köln let their inner child loose on the training pitches in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Translation: Fun in training in the rain

New chapter

Looking at this snap of some of the VfB Stuttgart players joking around in training, it's strange to think die Schwaben were embroiled in a relegation battle just over two months ago.

Translation: A winners' photo

Wolfsburg defeated

Food for thought for 2014/15 Bundesliga runners-up VfL Wolfsburg after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Villarreal CF in the Emirates Cup.

BVB hit the road

The Borussia Dortmund team bus is heading for St. Gallen, where Thomas Tuchel's troops will tackle Italian champions and 2014/15 UEFA Champions League finalists Juventus in a friendly later this evening (kick-off 18:30 CEST).

Wolves trail

VfL Wolfsburg have work to do against Villarreal CF in the Emirates Cup. Ivan Perisic quickly levelled in the tenth minute, but the Yellow submarine soon restored their advantage.

Augsburg beaten

Piotr Trochowski's stunning free kick wasn't enough for FC Augsburg as Norwich City scored two late goals to take the friendly spoils.

Rest and relaxation

FC Bayern will enjoy a well-earned break this weekend after whipping up a storm on tour in China.

Uth stunner

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim strike early against Leeds United in Lillestrom.

Translation: 2 minute. 1-0 to TSG. Mark Uth. Left foot. 18 yards out. Unstoppable. Into the corner. Dream goal.

Rapturous applause

Bremen duo Anthony Ujah and Zlatko Junuzovic prove a big hit at the club's fan day.

Translation: New striker Anthony Ujah gets a fantastic reception

English test

Still no Alex Meier for Eintracht Frankfurt as the Eagles prepare to take on English Championship side Fulham FC.

Translation: The line-ups

Ingolstadt limbering up

Bundesliga newcomers FC Ingolstadt 04 are in friendly action against Spanish outfit Real Club Celta de Vigo this afternoon.

Trochowski special

FC Augsburg take the lead against Premier League club Norwich City, thanks to new signing Piotr Trochowski's 30-yard free kick.

Football tennis

It looks like the 1. FC Köln players had great fun in training earlier today...

Translation: The FC pros showed off their football tennis skills this morning

Sane extends

Huge news from the FC Schalke 04 camp as Leroy Sane pens a two-year contract extension valid until 30 June 2019. The 19-year-old forward has scored three goals in 14 Bundesliga outings since making his professional debut in April 2014.

Bremen fan day

It's been pouring down in Bremen today, but it'll take more than rain to keep fans away from the Weserstadion.

Media duties

VfB Stuttgart’s Cote D’Ivoire international Serey Die addresses the media following the Swabians’ morning training session.

London calling

Wolfsburg are taking part in the annual Emirates Cup for the first time this year. The Wolves take on Villarreal CF and Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium. The other semi-final is between the Gunners and Olympique Lyonnais.

Eagles take on Fulham

Frankfurt are one of three Bundesliga clubs taking on English opposition on Saturday. The Eagles are up against second-tier outfit Fulham FC.

New skipper

Who better to captain the side than last season’s top goalscorer Alexander Meier?

On the road to recovery

Former Borussia Dortmund keeper Mitchell Langerak is currently recovering from a knee injury, but the Australian international has joined up with his new team-mates in St. Gallen.


Roman Bürki is set to take on Italian champions Juventus with Borussia Dortmund later on. Looks like he's relishishing the challenge.

Buenos dias...and a very good morning to you too, Juan!

Generous Schwegler

Translation: After training, captain Pirmin Schwegler invites fans to come and see the friendly against Leeds United at 16:00 CEST. The club will pay.

Long time, no see!

Former FC Schalke 04 and VfB Stuttgart striker Kevin Kuranyi has joined Hoffenheim until the end of the season. Find out more about that transfer right here.

Translation: Hey, Bundesliga. I'm back! 1899 Hoffenheim, I'm looking forward to it!

Premier League opposition

Dong-Won Ji will be hoping to play a part in Augsburg's friendly against Norwich City FC later on. The Canaries were promoted back to the top flight of English football last season.

Turkish delight?

Hertha, meanwhile, are preparing to take on Turkish outfit Akhisar Belediyespor in Schladming later today.

Translation: Cross, goal! That went very well.

Rivalry renewed

In a repeat of last season's UEFA Champions League quarter final, Borussia Dortmund take on Serie A champions Juventus at 19:00 CEST this evening.

Warming up

No game for VfB Stuttgart today, but Alexander Zorniger's boys are taking things as seriously as ever on the training ground this morning.

Spanish test

Werder Bremen are one of eight Bundesliga clubs in pre-season friendly action on Saturday. Die Grün-Weißen take on UEFA Europa League winners FC Sevilla later on.