Andre Schürrle, Daniel Caligiuri and Maxi Arnold (from r.-l.) enjoy a bike ride during pre-season training as Wolfsburg look to improve on finishing as runners-up last season - © © imago
Andre Schürrle, Daniel Caligiuri and Maxi Arnold (from r.-l.) enjoy a bike ride during pre-season training as Wolfsburg look to improve on finishing as runners-up last season - © © imago

2015/16: Day 19 of pre-season

Cologne - Wherever they may be this summer, the Bundesliga clubs are working their socks off in preparation for the new campaign. keeps you abreast of all the latest news and developments from around the training grounds on day 19 of pre-season...

Gute Nacht!

That brings an end to our pre-season updates for today. Join us again tomorrow for much more of the same. Until then, we'll leave you with this spirited snap of some of the Borussia Mönchengladbach players making the most of a night of team bonding.

Translation: Enjoy team night, lads!

Autograph hunters

Hamburger SV duo Albin Ekdal and Lewis Holtby got up close and personal with some HSV aficionados at tonight's fan evening in Harsewinkel.

Translation: Have a nice evening! Thanks to all the visitors!

Ingolstadt heading home

Translation: The training camp has come to an end! Thank you very much Schloss Mittersill. We had a fantastic time!

All the fun of the fair

Swiss spa town Bad Ragaz looks like a home away from home for Borussia Dortmund...

Caicara opens his account

New Schalke defender Junior Caicara was delighted to score his first goal for the Royal Blues this evening...

Work in progress

FC Schalke 04 and 1. FSV Mainz 05 were the only Bundesliga sides in action today, and although both picked up positive results, there is still plenty of room for improvement. The Royal Blues had to come from behind to beat Vfl Osnabrück 3-2, while Mainz let a 1-0 lead slip against AS Saint -Etienne, eventually drawing 1-1. Click here for a club-by-club overview of pre-season fixtures and results.

Translation: Huntelaar with the decisive goal

Rooted to the spot

Ivorian defender Constant Djakpa tries his hand at goalkeeping as Eintracht Frankfurt's second training session of the day comes to an end in Windischgarsten, Austria.


...three men in a... ice bath. Can't be that cold judging by the smile on the face of Hamburger SV striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga...

Leno ready to rock

Bayer 04 Leverkusen can once again call on goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who joined up with the Werkself today following an extended post-U21 Euros vacation.

Translation: No sooner had he arrived than he was on with training.

Swiss downpour

The Borussia Dortmund players have resumed training after torrential rain temporarily brought a halt to proceedings in Bad Ragaz...

Gladbach all smiles

Yann Sommer and the gang look pretty pleased with themselves after snatching a late win over Standard Liege; Branimir Hrgota with the winner after new boy Josip Drmic's opener had been cancelled out.

Full house in Osnabrück

Great atmosphere at the third-tier outfit's stadium as the hosts and Schalke take to the pitch:

Darida at Hertha

A day after signing for Hertha, Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Darida (front, 3rd l.) has teamed up with his new side in their Austria training camp. The former Freiburg man and Berlin have agreed terms over a four-year deal, it was confirmed yesterday.

Geis to make Schalke debut

Royal Blues marquee signing Johannes Geis will wear the Schalke jersey in a game for the first time today away to VfL Osnabrück:

Fun times at Bayern training...

To our fantastic fans in China: thanks for your warm welcome! I love you guys! 😘✌️ #da27

— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) July 19, 2015

David Alaba also knocked out this clip showing him and fellow Bayern star Mario Götze on Bayern’s tour of China:

Schalke in town

The Royal Blues have arrived in Osnabrück where they'll be locking horns with third-tier club VfL this afternoon.

Training impressions

As Bayern return to their hotel, here's a few more snaps from the Bavarians' first practice session in Shanghai.

Hertha arrive in Austria

The Berliners have touched down in Salzburg and will be continuing their journey to their nine-day training camp in Schladming shortly.

Frankfurt's temporary home

Here's a snap of the Eagles' Windischgarten hotel and training ground. The Bundesliga side arrived in Austria yesterday.

Mainz's French adventure

The 05ers just sent out these action images from their Evian-les-Bains training camp. Martin Schmidt's charges will be locking horns with Ligue 1 club AS Saint-Etienne later today.

Gladbach locking horns with Standard

The Foals have just tweeted their starting XI for the friendly against Belgian club Standard de Liege:

Dortmund's check in

FCB out on the pitch

There's no time to rest for the Bayern stars, as Pep Guardiola puts his players through their paces at Shanghai Stadium.

Happy faces at Bayern's press conference

Thomas Müller (r., first image) and head coach Pep Guardiola spoke to the media in Shanghai today, two days ahead of Bayern München's encounter with Italy's Internazionale de Milano:

Stuttgart up against Aalen

Here's VfB's confirmed starting XI for their friendly away to fellow Baden-Württemberg club VfR Aalen, with newly-signed Argentina left-back Emiliano Insua destined to wear Stuttgart colours for the first time.

Safe and sound

Dortmund, meanwhile, have touched down in Switzerland and are currently on their way to their Bad Ragaz hotel.

Bayern checking in

Manuel Neuer, Thiago Alcantara and Co have arrived at their Shanghai residence:

Hitz extends

Switzerland goalkeeper Marwin Hitz has put pen on paper on a two-year contract extension at Europa League participants FC Augsburg. "I'm looking forward to taking on new challenges with FCA," said the 27-year-old, who joined the Bavarian side from VfL Wolfsburg in 2013.

Bayern legends at youth tournament

Shortly after arriving in Shanghai, Franz Beckenbauer and former goalkeeper Raimond Aumann visited a youth football tournament where they were received by numerous young Bayern fans.

Hannover team presentation

The Lower Saxony capital club's fans are given the chance to go face to face with their heroes at the HDI-Arena as the Reds' new signings, including Turkey striker Mevlüt Erdinc (second image), are presented to the crowd wearing the new Hannover away kit.

Dortmund off to Switzerland

Five-time Bundesliga winners Borussia Dortmund will be heading south to Bad Ragaz for a one-week training camp in just a few moments. The trip has friendlies against Swiss side FC Luzern and Italian champions Juventus in store for new head coach Thomas Tuchel (l.) and Co. Click here for the Bundesliga sides' complete 2015/16 pre-season schedule.

Hertha checking in

Salomon Kalou (l.) and his Berlin team-mates - including winger Nico Schulz, who has returned from his extended summer break after being involved at the Under-21 Euros - have come together at the capital's Tegel Airport this morning. Hertha will be spending eight days in Schladming, Austria, as they gear up for the upcoming season.

Ekdal in action

Hamburger SV new signing Albin Ekdal (l.) enjoyed his first practice session with his new team-mates today. The influential Swedish midfielder has been given the no. 9 shirt at the Bundesliga ever-presents, HSV have confirmed.

FC Bayern arrive in Shanghai

After a 90-minute flight, the Bundesliga record champions have touched down in Shanghai following a successful two-day stint in Beijing that included an impressive 4-1 victory over Spanish club Valencia CF. Bayern are currently on their way to the hotel before an afternoon training session in China's largest city.