Tuesday 8 September
Cologne - Bundesliga stars are scattered across the globe over the international break, with no fewer than 121 top-flight players representing their respective countries during the international break.
bundesliga.com takes a look at how they have fared...
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers
Sweden 1-4 Austria
FC Bayern München star David Alaba was on target as Austria booked their place at next year's tournament with a 4-1 victory in Solna in Group G. The left-sided specialist converted a penalty in the ninth minute to set the visitors on course for success, with Stuttgart's Martin Harnik adding a brace. Alaba also provided the assist for Marc Janko to add to the scorelines Werder Bremen dead-ball specialist Zlatko Junuzovic played for 80 minutes for Austria, while Gladbach left-back Oscar Wendt was an unused substitute for Sweden, for whom Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a last minute consolation.
Moldova 0-2 Montenegro
1860 Munich striker Stefan Mugosa came on as a second-half substitute for Montenegro as they kept their qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 victory that took them up to 11 points, two behind second-placed Russia and one behind Sweden in third.
England 2-0 Switzerland
The Swiss, for whom no less than 12 Bundesliga players were involved in London, were made to wait for qualification for next summer’s championships after defeat at Wembley. Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), VfL Wolfsburg duo Timm Klose and Ricardo Rodriguez, Granit Xhaka (Gladbach), Fabian Schär (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Valentin Stocker (Hertha Berlin) and Josip Drmic (Gladbach) all started the game, while Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) came off the bench. Marwin Hitz (FC Augsburg), Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund), Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha) and Admir Mehmedi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) did not make an appearance. Vladimir Petkovic’s team can book their ticket to France with victory in their next game against San Marino.
Slovenia 1-0 Estonia
Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kevin Kampl went the distance for Slovenia as they recorded a fourth win in Group E. The victory leaves them in third, three points behind Switzerland.
Macedonia 0-1 Spain
FC Bayern München left-back Juan Bernat played the full 90 minutes for Spain in Skopje as the Iberians went top of Group C courtesy of an own goal from Macedonia keeper Tome Pacovski.
Slovakia 0-0 Ukraine
Hertha Berlin's Peter Pekarik was named in Slovakia's starting line-up in the goalless draw with Ukraine, while 1. FC Köln's Dusan Svento was an unused substitute. Pekarik was taken off after 51 minutes of Tuesday's stalemate, which boosts the hosts' chances of securing second place in their qualifying group.
AFC 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Afghanistan 0-6 Japan
Borussia Dortmund attacker Shinji Kagawa helped Japan stay on course for the 2018 World Cup after notching a brace in the Samurai Blues' 6-0 thrashing of Afghanistan in Tehran. Fellow Bundesliga stars Yoshinori Muto, Makoto Hasebe, Hiroki Sakai and Genki Haraguchi also played in the win which leaves Japan in second place in Group E on seven points from three games, two behind leaders Syria.
Tajikistan 0-3 Australia
FC Ingolstadt 04 attacker Mathew Leckie played 78 minutes of the Soccerroos' 3-0 victory in Dushanbe, helping them make it three wins from as many games in Group B to top the standings. Heidenheim winger Ben Halloran was an unused substitute throughout.
Lebanon 0-3 South Korea
South Korea likewise have three wins from three matches in Group G thanks to a routine triumph in Beirut. FC Augsburg's Ja-Cheol Koo started the match but was taken off at the break.
Philippines 1-5 Uzbekistan
Greuther Fürth's Stephan Schröck came off the bench at half-time to score for the Philippines in Group H, but it proved to only be a consolation as his side lost 5-1.
USA 1-4 Brazil
SV Werder Bremen's Aron Johannsson came on late in the USA's 4-1 defeat at home to Brazil, with the damage already done prior to his introduction thanks to the efforts of VfL Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo in the Seleçao's engine room. FC Bayern's wing wizard Douglas Costa was replaced in the 63rd minute after impressing in the rout for Brazil.
Mexico 2-2 Argentina
Bayer 04 Leverkusen newcomer Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened the scoring from the spot for Mexico, but Argentina staged a late comeback to earn themselves a draw. Hector Herrera doubled the hosts' lead, before Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi struck late to deny the Mexicans.
Colombia 1-1 Peru
New VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Carlos Ascues played the full 90 minutes as Peru held fellow South Americans Colombia to a draw in New Jersey, USA. Eintracht Frankfurt defender Carlos Zambrano also featured in the starting XI, but was taken off after 74 minutes.
Costa Rica 1-0 Uruguay
Junior Diaz, who joined SV Darmstadt 98 from Mainz this summer, was a half-time substitute as Costa Rica ended their year-long winless run with a narrow 1-0 victory over Uruguay at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.
Nigeria 2-0 Niger
Johannsson's team-mate Anthony Ujah failed to find the target for the Super Eagles in their comfortable victory over Niger. The 24-year-old was taken off just before the hour mark, while 1. FSV Mainz 05's Leon Balagun failed to make an appearance off the bench.
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers
Monday 7 September
Scotland 2-3 Germany
Germany moved to within one win of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a battling win against the Scots at Glasgow's Hampden Park. FC Bayern München's Thomas Müller was the star of the show with two goals and an assist, while Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gündogan struck the winning goal in this Group D encounter. Click here for a full match report.
Poland 8-1 Gibraltar
The Poles continue to breathe down Germany's necks as the campaign draws to a close, with FC Bayern's Robert Lewandowski grabbing a brace in this rout. Poland are now two points behind Germany with two games remaining. 1. FC Köln's Pawel Olkowski started the game, while Billy Goats team-mate Slawomir Peszko and VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton were unused substitutes.
Albania 0-1 Portugal
VfL Wolfsburg's Vieirinha played 64 minutes as Portugal remained top of Group I with a last-minute win in Elbassan.
Armenia 0-0 Denmark
Denmark remain second behind the Portuguese, with Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg (FC Schalke 04), Nicklas Bendtner (VfL Wolfsburg) and Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) unable to inspire them to victory against Armenia in Yerevan. Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan played the entire 90 minutes for the home side.
Northern Ireland 1-1 Hungary
Adam Szalai's Hungary were pegged back by a last-minute goal from the hosts in their 1-1 draw in Belfast and stay four points behind their opponents, who lead Group F. Hamburger SV's Zoltan Stieber was an unused substitute at Windsor Park.
Romania 0-0 Greece
Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos could not help Greece find a way past Romania, with the visitors staying bottom of Group F. Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Kyriakos Papadopoulos was an unused substitute.
France 2-1 Serbia
VfB Stuttgart midfielder Filip Kostic came on as a half-time substitute for Serbia in their friendly defeat in Bordeaux. Serbia were already 2-1 down at the time, but Kostic was unable to find a way through the hosts' defence to help his side nick a draw.
Sunday 6 September
Sunday, 6 September
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers
Turkey 3-0 Netherlands
Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu (pictured, r.) played 65 minutes as Turkey beat the Dutch for the first time since 1997 to move third in Group A and force their way back into contention for qualification. The Oranje, for whom FC Schalke 04’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was an unused substitute, can now only qualify via the play-offs.
Latvia 2-2 Czech Republic
Hertha Berlin’s Vladimir Darida scored his first international goal as the Czech Republic booked their spot in France next summer with victory in Riga. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s Pavel Kaderabek also played, while Bremen’s Theodor Gebre Selassie (pictured, l.) came off the bench.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Andorra
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s Ermin Bicakcic opened the scoring in an easy win for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the Dragons played themselves back into contention for qualification by climbing to fourth in Group B. Emir Spahic (Hamburger SV), Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04), Toni Sunjic (VfB Stuttgart), Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin) and Mario Vrancic (SV Darmstadt 98) were also involved, while Mensur Mujdza (SC Freiburg) remained on the bench.
Norway 2-0 Croatia
Hertha’s Per Ciljan Skjelbred skippered Norway to a 2-0 win over Croatia that took the hosts above the side from the Balkans and into top spot with two rounds of games remaining in Group H. 1. FC Nürnberg’s Even Hovland played the entire 90 minutes for Norway, while Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Havard Nordtveit came off the bench. Skjelbred’s Hertha team-mate Rune Jarstein was an unused substitute, while Hamburger SV’s Ivica Olic made an appearance from the bench for Croatia.
Saturday, 5 September
Saturday, 5 September
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers
Austria 1-0 Moldova
Zlatko Junuzovic was the match-winner in Vienna, the Werder Bremen star scoring a second-half winner to leave Marcel Koller's men just a point away from sealing a place at Euro 2016. Florian Klein and Martin Harnik (both VfB Stuttgart), David Alaba ( FC Bayern München), Julian Baumgartlinger (1. FSV Mainz 05) and Rubin Okotie (TSV 1860 Munich) also played, while Lukas Hinterseer (FC Ingolstadt 04) and Gyoergy Garics (SV Darmstadt 98) remained on the bench.
Switzerland 3-2 Slovenia
Switzerland scored three times in the final ten minutes to earn a stunning win against Slovenia, with Hertha Berlin's Valentin Stocker and two-goal hero Josip Drmic of Borussia Mönchengladbach finding the net. Yann Sommer and Granit Xhaka (Gladbach), Timm Klose and Ricardo Rodriguez (both VfL Wolfsburg), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Fabian Schär (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) all played, while Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha) Marwin Hitz (FC Augsburg) and Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund) also played.
Russia 1-0 Sweden
Pierre Bengtsson of 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Albin Ekdal of Hamburger SV both featured for the Swedes but neither could prevent their side falling to defeat in Moscow. The Russians are now third in Group G, just a point behind Sweden, with three games to play. Borussia Mönchengladbach's Oscar Wendt was an unused substitute for the visitors.
Estonia 1-0 Latvia
FC Augsburg's Ragnar Klavan captained his side to victory over Lithuania but the Blueshirts are still al ong way behind Group G leaders England and second-placed Switzerland.
USA 2-1 Peru
Jürgen Klinsmann's USMNT came back from a goal down to register a 2-1 success over Peru. Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks and Bobby Wood (1. FC Union Berlin) were both named in the hosts' starting XI, SV Werder Bremen new signing Aron Johannsson replacing the latter 71 Minutes in, with both Carlos Zambramo of Eintracht Frankfurt and Carlos Ascues (VfL Wolfsburg) in action for Peru.
Friday, 4 September
Friday, 4 September
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers
Germany 3-1 Poland
There was a distinct FC Bayern München flavour to this match as Mario Götze (two) and Thomas Müller both scored for Germany against Poland, for whom Robert Lewandowski was on target. The victory moved Germany top of Group D, putting them in pole position to reach France 2016 next year. Click here for our full match report.
Greece 0-1 Finland
Greece's miserable run of form continued with a 1-0 defeat at home to Finland that leaves them rooted to the foot of Group F. Leverkusen defenders Kyriakos Papadopoulos played in defence alongside Dortmund centre-back Sokratis, but they were powerless to stop Fortuna Düsseldorf striker Joel Pohjanpalo netting a 75th minute winner. New Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Lukas Hradecky was between the posts for the victors.
Hungary 0-0 Romania
Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai and Hamburg midfielder Zoltan Stieber both started for Hungary in a goalless stalemate with Romania, for whom Stuttgart playmaker Alexandru Maxim made a late substitute appearance. The result leaves Romania in second place in Group F on 15 points, three ahead of Hungary.
Serbia 2-0 Armenia
Stuttgart midfielder Filip Kostic helped Serbia to their first qualifying win, playing 84 minutes of a 2-0 triumph in Novi Sad. Borussia Dortmund superstar Henrikh Mkhitaryan captained Armenia, but even his silky skills were not enough to find a way through for the visitors. The result means neither side will be at EURO 2016 as both are stuck on a single point at the bottom of the table (Serbia were deducted three points earlier in the campaign).
Denmark 0-0 Albania
Wolfsburg striker Nicklas Bendtner and Schalke midfielder Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg both played the full 90 minutes for Denmark in a goalless draw with Albania in Copenhagen. It was a disappointing evening for the Danes, who remain level on 11 points with Albania despite having played a game more, while they are a point behind group leaders Portugal, who likewise have an extra match to play.
Portugal 0-1 France
Wolfsburg's Vieirinha played 68 minutes of Portugal's 1-0 friendly defeat at home to EURO 2016 hosts France in Lisbon. The Portuguese will be hoping to improve in time for Monday's qualifying match away to Albania, where they can go four points clear at the Group I summit with victory.
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers
Thursday, 3 September
Netherlands 0-1 Iceland
Arjen Robben’s debut as captain of the Netherlands didn’t go according to plan as not only was the FC Bayern München star forced off due to a groin injury just past the half-hour mark, but the Oranje also went on to succumb to a 1-0 loss to Iceland. FC Schalke 04’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was also taken off early on after his side were reduced to ten men 33 minutes into the match. The result has Danny Blind’s men in third place in Group A with just 10 points, putting their hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016 in a perilous position.
Turkey 1-1 Latvia
Turkey's hopes of featuring in France are also hanging by a thread after conceding a last-minute equaliser against Latvia, despite having Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu in the starting line-up.
Czech Republic 2-1 Kazakhstan
The Czech Republic maintained their grip on second place in Group A as they named two Bundesliga stars, Vladimir Darida of Hertha Berlin and Pavel Kaderabek of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in their first XI for the hard-fought win over Kazakhstan. Theodor Gebre Selassie had to settle for a place on the bench.
Belgium 3-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04) and Emir Spahic (Hamburger SV), half of Bosnia Herzegovina’s backline was made up of Bundesliga representatives. However, while they did manage to take the lead, the Dragons were unable to avoid defeat against Belgium with Hertha Berlin’s Vedad Ibisevic making a brief appearance off the bench late on.
Azerbaijan 0-0 Croatia
Hamburger SV striker Ivica Olic had to watch on from the sidelines as Croatia were held to a 0-0 draw by Azerbaijan, a result which saw them slip into second place below Italy in Group H.
Bulgaria 0-1 Norway
Norway still have an outside shot of finishing in the top two of Group H after clinching a 1-0 win in Bulgaria, with Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Per Skjelbred (Hertha Berlin) both playing their part in the victory.
World Cup qualifiers
Australia 5-0 Bangladesh
Having scored FC Ingolstadt 04's winning goal over FC Augsburg on Matchday 3, Mathew Leckie opened the scoring for the Socceroos in a convincing win over Bangladesh, in which the 24-year-old featured for 62 minutes.
Japan 3-0 Cambodia
Five Bundesliga players - Hiroki Sakai, Makoto Hasebe, Shinji Kagawa, Yoshinori Muto and Genki Haraguchi - made an appearance during Japan's win over Cambodia with Borussia Dortmund's Kagawa scoring the third and final goal of the encounter in the 61st minute.
South Korea 8-0 Laos
FC Augsburg's Jeong-Ho Hong played the full 90 minutes as South Korea thrashed Laos, while TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Jin-Su Kim came on in the second half.