2014 World Cup winner Julian Draxler (2nd l.) and his Schalke team mates are taking to the training pitch twice today - © © imago
2014 World Cup winner Julian Draxler (2nd l.) and his Schalke team mates are taking to the training pitch twice today - © © imago

2015/16: Day Four of Pre-Season

Cologne - Germans may be trying to do as little as possible in the ferocious July heat, but that isn't stopping the clubs of the Bundesliga continuing their hard work in preparing for the new campaign.

Here's how the players have been spending their Saturday...

Bis morgen!

That brings an end to day four of our pre-season live updates service. Join us for much more of the same tomorrow, but until then fill your boots and get the lowdown on Eintracht Frankfurt's new dutch ace, Luc Castaignos.

Hannover into Lublin Cup final

Hannover 96 will face KS Lechia Gdansk in tomorrow's Lublin Cup final after beating AS Monaco 1-0 at the Arena Lublin, new signing Charlison Benschop with the only goal of the game. The 96ers are currently in Poland as part of the Bundesliga World Tour 2015.

Götze ready and raring

FC Bayern attacker Mario Götze told his Twitter followers that he "can't wait to get his hands on the right kind of ball", after his pitching skills left a lot to be desired in Los Angeles yesterday...

Zhang on the scoresheet

Xizhe Zhang made the most of a welcome appearance in a VfL Wolfsburg jersey it seems...

Hasenhüttl content

Ralph Hasenhüttl says his FC Ingolstadt 04 side put in a "decent perfromacne and played with plenty of tempo" in Saturday's 3-1 friendly win against Wacker Burghausen.

Bremen firing on all cylinders

SV Werder Bremen thrashed MSV Neuruppin 11-0, with Franco Di Santo and new signing Anthony Ujah both netting hat-tricks...

Mainz on song

1. FSV Mainz 05 new boy Maximilian Beister opened his account for the 05ers this afternoon...

For the fans

Dominik Kohr stopped off to sign a few autographs following FC Augsburg's 8-1 friendly win over SV Mering earlier this evening.

Eagles cooling off

This tweet says Eintracht Frankfurt are done with training for now, so it's straight into the ice bins. It has been another scorching day at the Eagles' training camp in Stubaital, Austria, after all!

Hamburg in wheeler-dealing mode

Away from the training pitches, Hamburger SV have announced the signing of Turkish striker Batuhan Altintas from Bursaspor, with the 19-year-old signing a two-year deal. The Red Shorts have also extended the contract of 28-year-old defender Gojko Kacar by a further year.

Hannover starting XI

Here's how Bundesliga World Tour 2015 participants Hannover 96 will line up for this evening's clash with AS Monaco in the Lublin Cup. The winners will face KS Lechia Gdansk, who earlier beat FC Shakhtar Donetsk on penalties.


Only 1,5 hours to go until Bundesliga World Tour 2015 participants Hannover 96 lock horns with AS Monaco at the Lublin Cup!

Update: The Reds have arrived at the Arena Lublin:

Wolves in Gifhorn

Chinese international Xhize Zhang (l.) and his Wolfsburg team-mates have just arrived in the Lower Saxony town of Gifhorn where the Bundesliga World Tour 2015 participants will be locking horns with a Veltins XI.

Gladbach victorious

Peniel Mlapa and Mario Rodriguez were both on target as Mönchengladbach carved out a 2-0 success at TuS Koblenz.

Click here for an overview of all this summer's friendlies involving Bundesliga sides.

Bremen up against Neuruppin

Here's the Green-Whites' starting XI for the match away to their lower-league Brandenburg opponents. You can follow the friendly live using the Periscope link below:

Dortmund score 17

A staggering 41,200 spectators witnessed Borussia Dortmund's 17-0 win over a Olympic Gold Medal winners’ XI, a match also shown live on public television in Germany, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jonas Hofmann and Ciro Immobile each scoring a hat-trick.

HSV in Switzerland

Hamburg will be having their first training session in the Swiss municipality of Flims today at 18:00 CEST/16 GMT.

Foals kicking off their 2015/16

Inside view

Werder Bremen, meanwhile, are granting us a rare glimpse of the inside of their locker room:

Tuchel fielding strong side

Thomas Tuchel is taking no chances in his second game in charge of Borussia Dortmund, playing a star-studded starting line-up against the Olympic Gold Medal winners’ XI as the Black-Yellows officially kick off their new season at the Signal Iduna Park today at 14:30 CEST/12:30 GMT.

Eagles landed

Eintracht Frankfurt have touched down in Innsbruck for their eight-day pre-season training camp.

Bayern stars mixing up with the fans

Ujah in training

Some great action images from newly-recruited Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah in Bremen colours:

Friendly kickabout

Brazil international Rafinha (l.) and Thiago Alcantara, son of Selecao legend and 1990 World Cup winner Mazinho, are enjoying some footy under the Munich sun.

Reworked schedule

New coach Andre Breitenreiter has given his players the rest of the day off, as Schalke return to the pitch tomorrow afternoon.

Wolves in action

Dieter Hecking's Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are up against a Veltins XI this evening (kick-off: 18 CEST/16 GMT) for their first friendly of 2015/16.

Frontzeck wary

Hannover head coach Michael Frontzeck has warned that tonight's match against Monaco might well prove a touch test: "We're up against a top side in Europe, it'll be a great challenge."

Bürki happy

New Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki admits his pride at joining the five-time Bundesliga champions in the summer in this Instagram. BVB will be playing an Olympic Gold Medal winners’ XI including German ski jumper Sven Hannawald today.

"We're ready, BVB," says this Hannawald (bottom l.) tweet:

Temperature rising in Bavaria

After training is before training...

Werder out on the pitch

The Green-Whites were put through their paces this morning before a number of Bremen supporters got the chance to rub shoulders with their heroes.

Champions taking to the pitch

Arjen Robben and his fellow Bayern München stars are back at Säbener Straße for day four of their 2015/16 season preparations, with temperatures already as high as 27 °C this morning in the south of Munich.

Hannover gearing up

The Reds will be kicking off the Bundesliga World Tour 2015 against AS Monaco at the Lublin Cup this evening (19:15 CEST/17:15 GMT), where newly-recruited duo Charlison Benschop and Oliver Sorg could make their debuts for the Lower Saxony capital club after joining from Fortuna Düsseldorf and SC Freiburg respectively.

Ginczek pushing for the burn

Here's VfB Stuttgart's Daniel Ginczek hard at work in exercise training. The striker was a key reason why VfB avoided relegation in 2014/15, and both player and club will be hoping he can hit the ground running in the new season, instead of suffering a long-term injury like last term.