Champions Bayern overcame Valencia 4-1 in Beijing on Saturday thanks to a brace from Thomas Müller - © © gettyimages
Champions Bayern overcame Valencia 4-1 in Beijing on Saturday thanks to a brace from Thomas Müller - © © gettyimages

2015/16: Day 18 of pre-season

Cologne - While the weekend may mean rest and relaxation for most of the world, with under a month until the 2015/16 campaign kicks off in earnest, time is of the essence for the 18 Bundesliga clubs.

There was plenty going on, but's live updates kept you in the loop. Recap the action here...

Gute Nacht!

If you can't wait until tomorrow morning for your latest Bundesliga fix, you'll be pleased to know we have more than enough to keep you entertained in the meantime. Here are the highlights of Bayern's win over Valencia, which you can follow up with some XXL images from the game here. Find out all you need to know about Bundesliga new boys Mark Uth and Emiliano Insua here and here and if you want even more, there's a review of Köln's transfer dealings over here. See you bright and early - bis morgen!

Bundesliga representation

Eintracht Frankfurt's Timothy Chandler is set to star for the USA in their CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter final against Cuba tonight.

Bayer on tour

"Best wishes from Austria," reads Karim Bellarabi's Instagram post below.

Looks like Snoop Dogg's out of date...

... he needs the 2015/16 kit! Check out our gallery with all the Bundesliga clubs' new attire here.

Henrikh's off to the boxing...

...seems like he'll be watching his fellow Armenian, Arthur Abraham. who is fighting in Halle, in the same federal state as Dortmund.

Stindl starred

Lars Stindl played the second half as Gladbach drew 2-2 with French side Stade Rennais FC.

Say cheese!

Junior Caicara also seems to be looking forward to his getting going with his new club.

Number 33

Loanee from Bremen Luca Caldirola is excited for his Darmstadt adventure. The Lilies welcome Hannover 96 on Matchday 1 - four weeks today!

Suggestions please!

What should Holger watch on his Saturday night?

Enjoying the ride?

Wendell looks delighted at his evening's transport arrangements.

Drmic strikes!

A first Gladbach goal for the Swiss star.

On target

Schalke new boy Johannes Geis has been impressing all concerned. Check out these efforts from his Bundesliga Corner Kings challenge at the Royal Blues' media day...

Jairo's working hard...

Mainz are currently at a training camp in Evian, France.

Back in action!

Check out the rest of the reaction to Bayern's 4-1 victory over Valencia here.

'Head'-ing home

"Thanks for the great time, Zillertal," tweeted Anthony Ujah.

Flying Fährmann

The Schalke stopper looks in fine fettle.

Nagasawa the key

A fantastic solo goal from Kazuki Nagasawa gave 1. FC Köln the win against GKS Tychy in Poland.

Heidenheim clip Eagles' wings

There's definitely a recurring theme right now...

Darmstadt switch off

SV Darmstadt 98 have also been beaten by lower-league opposition - 3-2 at home to RW Erfurt.

Translation: Silly ending to what was otherwise a decent performance. The lack of match sharpness was noticeable at the end.

Hamburg stumble

Bruno Labbadia's HSV still have work to after losing 2-0 to Bundesliga 2 side DSC Arminia Bielefeld...

Picturesque conditions

Martin Schmidt is putting his Mainz players through their paces at their training camp in Evian, France.

Perfect end

Bremen continued their fine pre-season form with victory over Zbrojovka Brno. Werder will now return home from their training camp in Zillertal, Austria.

Another win, another trophy

Some things never change…

Not long to go

That’s four weeks until Schalke take on Bremen (it’s 3 weeks and six days until Bayern face Hamburg in the 2015/16 opener).

Convincing victory

FC Bayern have beaten Valencia 4-1 in the first of their three friendlies during their tour of China.

Working up a sweat

Bundesliga newboys Darmstadt are taking on RW Erfurt.

Warming up

1. FC Köln are up against GKS Tychy this afternoon. Leonardo Bittencourt is set to make his Billy Goats debut.

HSV team news

New signing Emir Spahic has been named in Hamburg’s starting line-up for their friendly against Arminia Bielefeld.

Heidenheim test

Eintracht Frankfurt are also in friendly action later today…

Werder underway

Meanwhile, Werder Bremen’s friendly against FC Zbrojovka Brno has just kicked off in Austria. Viktor Skripnik’s side are unbeaten so far in pre-season.


Sven Schipplock has put the seal on a 15-1 victory for Markus Gisdol’s side in Weilheim.

Wolves on the go

Dieter Hecking’s side are heading to Donaueschingen after drawing 1-1 with AFC Ajax on Friday.

Excited Alaba

David Alaba can’t wait for FC Bayern’s friendly against Valencia in Beijing later today.

Bayern line-up

Pep Guardiola has named his starting XI for FC Bayern’s friendly against Valencia at the Bird’s Nest Stadium this afternoon.

On the run

BVB trio Matthias Ginter, Kevin Kampl and Kevin Großkreutz get the adrenaline pumping with a light jog around the training pitch.

Ping pong showdown

After taking part in FC Bayern’s first training session of their China tour on Friday, Thomas Müller and Philipp Lahm took on three of China’s biggest table tennis stars.

Meanwhile, in Berlin...

Vladimir Darida has joined Hertha Berlin from SC Freiburg, who were relegated to Bundesliga 2 at the end of last season.

Productive morning for HSV

After completing the signing of Swedish international Albin Ekdal earlier, Hamburg have now signed Swiss goalkeeper Andreas Hirzel from Vaduz.

Smile, everyone!

Julian Draxler takes a picture of the Schalke coaching staff at the Royal Blues' Media Day on Friday.

All about the team

Surely if one of them drops to the floor, they all do...

Enthusiastic Foals

Borussia Mönchengladbach are continuing their pre-season preparations in Rottach-Egern on Saturday.

HSV sign Ekdal

As expected Hamburger SV have tied up a deal for Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal. The 25-year-old joins the club from Serie A side Cagliari Calcio.

Translation: In the bag. Albin Ekdal has signed a four-year contract. He's already on the team bus. Welcome!

Question time

Bayern duo David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski take to the stage in Beijing...

Room with a view

FC Schalke 04 captain Benedikt Höwedes has been admiring his side's training pitches at this morning's spinning class.

Translation: Spinning sesh with a view

Into the Bird's Nest

It's another jam-packed day for FC Bayern München on the Bundesliga World Tour 2015. Pep Guardiola's men train this morning and have various media commitments to go with this afternoon's mouth-watering clash against Valencia CF at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium.