FC Schalke 04 are in friendly action against Udinese Calcio later today - © © imago / DeFodi
FC Schalke 04 are in friendly action against Udinese Calcio later today - © © imago / DeFodi

2015/16: day 14 of pre-season

Cologne - It's full steam ahead for the 18 Bundesliga clubs on day 14 of pre-season training, with the 2015/16 season opener between FC Bayern München and Hamburger SV kicking off in exactly a month's time.

As ever, bundesliga.com will be keeping you bang up to speed with developments around the training grounds...


That concludes today's coverage of the pre-season preparations. FC Schalke 04 were held to a 1-1 draw by Udinee, while Mainz scored 27 times in a charity encounter. Roll on tomorrow...

Back to action

FC Schalke 04 will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in Tuesday night's pre-season friendly.

Round two of training

Borussia Mönchengladbach are keeping their muscles warm ahead of their final session of the day.

On your marks...

...get set, go! Hertha Berlin's stars are certainly being put through their paces if this video is anything to go by - "Stay fast men!" Sprint and run, reads the Tweet.

Back on home soil

Following their gruelling, but thoroughly enjoyable tour of the Far East, Borussia Dortmund will have been relieved to get back to normal service on Tuesday.

Just keep running

The ins and out of being a professional footballer during pre-season may not be as enjoyable as when the campaign gets kicked off, but they are necessary as 1. FC Köln will attest to.

Dream duo

Back from the first of two training camps, Eintracht Frankfurt are now gearing up for round number two which will take place in Windischgarten, Austria.

Mascots have it easy

While the FC Schalke 04 players have had their nose to the grin, Erwin appears to be loving life in Austria.

Happy chap

Argentinian international Emiliano Insua has joined up with his new Stuttgart team-mates for the first time.

Light on 'Hitz' feet

"Our goalkeeping coach, Zdenko Miletic, is keeping the keepers fit!"

It's not quite football...

...but it's no wonder the Bremen boys always have a smile on their faces.

Good news for Stuttgart fans

"After his knee problems, Timo Baumgartl has returned to first-team training."

Action in Darmstadt

"A gentle six against two to warm up. The ball's rolling," reads Darmstadt's tweet below.

Just a couple of superstars...

Bayern's David Alaba has just shared this picture of he and Mario Götze posing for the camera.

Injury update

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Thorgan!

Insua in interview

"He's just been in an interview for VFBTV and at 15.00 CEST he'll be back on the training pitch with his team-mates," reads Stuttgart's tweet below about Emiliano Insua.

Relaxation time!

Gladbach new boy Andreas Christensen likes to switch off from football by... playing football (of the table variety)!

Many happy returns!

A very happy birthday indeed to BVB's Jonas Hofmann.

Japanese connection

"Makoto Hasebe and Takashi Inui at this morning's training session. The lads are back out again at 15.00 CEST," reads Eintracht's tweet below.

Better late than never

Koen Casteels finally made his Wolfsburg bow in the Wolves 1-1 draw against Lechia Gdansk on Sunday. The custodian was snapped up by Dieter Hecking in the January transfer window, but spent the second half of the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Werder Bremen.

USA qualify

Jürgen Klinsmann's men, including Eintracht Frankfurt's Timothy Chandler, Gladbach's Fabian Johnson, Hertha Berlin's John Brooks and Ingolstadt's Alfredo Morales, have qualified for the Gold Cup quarter finals.

On your marks!

It's time for a run for Gladbach's international stars.

'Keeper training

Felix Wiedwald hard at work. Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik will have a tough choice as to who begins between the sticks for the Green-Whites' opener against Schalke on 15 August.

Europe calling

Gladbach are in Bavaria on a training camp in preparation for a season fighting on three fronts.

The green, green grass of home

"They've made a start. The first grass is being unrolled," reads VfB Stuttgart's tweet below.

Panoramic view

"Training's underway at Mainz!"

Italian on the menu

Schalke face Udinese Calcio, who finished 16th in Serie A last season, tonight.

How much can a Billy-Goat lift?

You'd have had to have been in the Köln weight room this morning to find the answer to that one...

Rain, rain, go away...

"Despite the rain, there's a good mood at training this morning. The boys are doing a short passing exercise," reads Hannover's tweet below.

Schanzer sprints

"Putting our foot on the gas towards the Bundesliga! Sprinting exercises at this morning's training session," reads the tweet from Ingolstadt below.

Mascot on tour

Schalke mascot Erwin has been making the most of the Royal Blues' pre-season trip to Velden, Austria.

Hard at work

Translation: Forwards, backwards… A bit of rain never hurt everyone!

Six vs. two!

Fitness tests at FCB

Is it really necessary to test Manuel Neuer’s reaction time?

Wakey wakey?

Bremen have also started their first session of the day in Austria - according to their Twitter feed anyway. Looks like Viktor Skripnik’s players haven’t quite woken up yet...

Translation: The first of Tuesday’s training sessions is underway.

One, two…

Translation: First session back in Darmstadt - the morning session has begun with some strength training.

Many happy returns…

...to Borussia Dortmund’s Jonas Hofmann, who turns 23 today!


Hertha Berlin have taken to Twitter to congratulate John Anthony Brooks and his USMNT colleagues on qualifying for the Gold Cup quarter-finals on Monday night, despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Panama.

Back to the grind

Bundesliga new boys FC Ingolstadt, meanwhile, have pencilled in two sessions on Tuesday. The first starts at 10:00 CEST. Better get a move on, boys!

Translation: Day 2 in Mittersill. Die Schanzer have got two sessions lined up today, one at 10 o’clock and one at 15:30.

Early risers

Having jetted off to the Tegernsee late on Monday, Borussia Mönchengladbach will take part in their first training session of their camp in Rottach-Egern at 10:30 CEST this morning.