Robert Lewandowski failed to get his name on the scoresheet this weekend, but do not miss the second part of our exclusive interview with the Bayern ace - © © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein
Robert Lewandowski failed to get his name on the scoresheet this weekend, but do not miss the second part of our exclusive interview with the Bayern ace - © © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein

Matchday 9: live updates

Cologne - FC Bayern München have become the first club in Bundesliga history to win their first nine matches of the campaign.

Thomas Müller's goal was enough to earn Pep Guardiola's troops a 1-0 victory at SV Werder Bremen, while Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Thomas Tuchel's former side 1. FSV Mainz 05, and Hannover 96 made it two wins in a row on Sunday. keeps you bang up-to-date with all the latest from Matchday 9 in Germany's top flight...

Matchday 9 results

Friday 16 October

1. FSV Mainz 05 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Saturday 17 October

FC Schalke 04 2-1 Hertha Berlin
SV Werder Bremen 0-1 FC Bayern München
Hamburger SV 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
VfL Wolfsburg 4-2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Augsburg 0-2 SV Darmstadt 98
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-5 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Sunday 18 October

1. FC Köln 0-1 Hannover 96
VfB Stuttgart 1-0 FC Ingolstadt 04

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Monday 19 October

Auf wiedersehen!

So that concludes our coverage of Matchday 9 in the Bundesliga, with the focus shifting to the midweek European matches. We will be back on Thursday to bring you all the build-up to Matchday 10, so make sure you follow us again then! Thanks and Auf Wiedersehen!

Press conference in London

Xabi Alonso, Thomas Müller and Pep Guardiola are answering the media's questions in London...

Taking over London

Bayern-fever has hit the English capital...

Werkself working

More suggestions that Lars Bender will indeed be fit for Leverkusen on Tuesday - he's currently training with his team-mates.

No Europe, but no rest

Mainz do not have any European distractions, but according to their plan for the week, that does not mean they can take things easy...

PSV Preparations

Wolfsburg are also on Champions League duty - one of four Bundesliga representatives at European football's top table. They are preparing to face PSV Eindhoven...

Training in London

The fans are out in force to see Bayern leave their hotel and head for their final training session ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Arsenal.

Preparing to break European duck

Borussia Mönchengladbach are getting themselves ready for a trip to Turin on Wednesday night to face last season's beaten Champions League finalists Juventus. The odds will be stacked in Juve's favour, but that does not mean the Foals do not fancy their chances. Just listen to Alvaro Dominguez:

"We know we're not exactly favourites, but we don't have much to lose either," he said "We want to win there. Of course we've got no points yet, but that should motivate us."

And here he and his team-mates are getting loosened up for their next challenge in midweek...

Leverkusen latest

An update on that earlier announcement that Lars Bender is a doubt for Leverkusen's clash with Roma on Tuesday night - Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt says he's optimistic that the Werkself's captain will be fit, although he does have another concern with Stefan Kießling unable to train today. He will face a late fitness test tomorrow, but Kevin Kampl is definitely fit.

The waiting game

While Schalke have three days to wait before getting back into action, Gladbach's return to the field is imminent...

Shift in focus

Schalke have no rest this week, with the UEFA Europa League on the horizon for the side currently sitting pretty in third place in the Bundesliga.

Captain marvel

As he suggested in this interview, it was a comeback to savour from Benedikt Höwedes, the Schalke captain.

Record breakers

Bayern's ninth win in a row was just the latest record which now belongs to the Bavarians. Check out the link in the below Tweet for more of the Bavarians' growing list of bests.

Ginczek boost

Good news from Stuttgart top scorer Daniel Ginczek, who underwent surgery on a herniated disc in Munich on Friday. "It all went well," said the 24-year-old, who is expecting to leave hospital tomorrow. Ginczek was diagnosed with the injury prior to his side's fixture away to 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 8.

Hard at work?

While the rest of the Bayern first-team (minus Arjen Robben) are in London preparing to face Arsenal, Holger Badstuber is back in Munich working hard on his comeback. Indeed, despite the relaxed smile in this selfie, the German defender was training hard with the youth team and Robben this morning.

Gladbach's man of the month

Congratulations to Mahmoud Dahoud, who has earned an accolade as Borussia Mönchengladbach's player of the month for September, a period which saw him emerge to lift a struggling side and inspire them to a run of wins under caretaker coach Andre Schubert.

Penalty killer

1. FSV Mainz 05 do not look too concerned when they give away a penalty, and they have good reason not to be either.

Flying Foals

Andre Schubert's revolution at Borussia Mönchengladbach is continuing apace. Find out their secret in the article below.

Number crunching

Lukas Rupp put in a lung-busting shift for Stuttgart on Sunday, but who else went the extra mile on Matchday 9? Click here to find out...

Catching up

The remainder of the FC Bayern congregation is on its way to London, with club management, sponsors and guests boarding their flight this morning. CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stopped to speak with reporters, and he had the following to say:

"We've played two wonderful matches to start with, getting six points and scoring eight goals to nil, and we simply want to confirm that in England. We want to get points out of this game in London and the return in Munich to get what we want, which is top spot.

"We want to play a good game there and get something, although we know it's not going to be easy. We’re taking them very, very seriously. It's a bit odd to see them at the bottom of the group. They're second in the Premier League and that's enough proof that Arsenal have got quality."

More from the papers

Bild: 'Schalke celebrate like champions' - the Royal Blues' last-gasp win over Hertha Berlin certainly set the emotions free, as Benedikt Höwedes confirmed in this interview. 'Relief for Stuttgart' - the Swabians' win over Ingolstadt lifted them off the foot of the Bundesliga. 'Kruse decides the goal festival' - Max Kruse's first ever hat-trick was the talking point of Wolfsburg's win over Hoffenheim, and he described his feelings in this interview.

Keeping the faith

When there are winners, there are inevitably also going to be losers, and Eintracht Frankfurt fell into that category this weekend. That has not undermined this little fella's belief, however...

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What the papers say

Kicker: 'The Reformer' - a look at how Thomas Tuchel has transformed Borussia Dortmund in his first 113 days in charge, with the weekend win over his former club Mainz keeping the Westphalians in second place behind Bayern.

Süddeutsche Zeitung: 'Following in Alaba's footsteps' - Milos Pantovic made his FC Bayern debut at the weekend with an injury emergency not preventing Bayern from making it nine wins in a row this season. The 19-year-old was the only fit player Pep Guardiola had to choose from on his bench and his debut has led to the Süddeutsche Zeitung questioning whether he might be the first player since David Alaba to make the breakthrough from the Bayern youth academy.


'Chicharito' exclusive

We have an exclusive interivew with Javier Hernandez on - do not miss it!

Confident Bayern

FC Bayern have already arrived in London for their Champions League clash with Arsenal, justifiably brimming with confidence after a record-breaking start to the season.

Day off for Schalke

Joel Matip (pictured) and Co have been given a day's rest following Matchday 9's last-gasp 2-1 victory at home to Hertha Berlin.

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Hello and welcome!

We're back with further reaction to the weekend's events, and build-up to the upcoming games in Europe involving Bundesliga clubs.

Sunday, 18 October

Stuttgart off the mark and off the bottom

After losing their first four home matches of the season, Stuttgart finally gave their fans something to sing about on Sunday by beating Ingolstadt 1-0 in the final game of the weekend. Daniel Didavi scored the goal to take Stuttgart off the bottom of the standings and into 15th spot.

More from 'that' flight to London...

This Tweet from Arturo Vidal shows the Bayern 'gang on the way to London' just before take-off...

New arrival

From his seat on the plane to London, FC Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has decided to join Twitter!

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After a morning of rest in Munich, Bayern are on their travels once again, this time heading to London, where they face Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday. Don't forget we have an exclusive interview with Robert Lewandowski on Monday where he talks about that fixture and much more!

Full time!

Hannover continued their recent upswing in form by recording an impressive 1-0 victory away to Köln, who lost for the first time on home soil since December 2014.

Late game line-ups

The teams are in for the final game of Matchday 9, as Stuttgart host promoted outfit Ingolstadt. Take a look at how they'll start below:

Happy birthday!

He may no longer be at FC Bayern, but Dante's former team-mate Holger Badstuber was among the well-wishers as the Brazilian centre-back turns 32 today!

Familiar face

Gladbach attacker Lars Stindl, who joined the Foals from Hannover 96 over the summer, is in the stadium to watch his former club face Köln this afternoon.


How do you think today's Bundesliga games will finish? Why not head over to Twitter and let us know! Don't forget you can listen to both matches on Bundesliga radio too.

Hannover team news

Osako's compatriot Hiroshi Kiyotake is named in the Hannover XI, but can he make the difference for the struggling Reds?


Köln team news

Peter Stöger has named his starting XI for the Billy Goats' clash with Hannover this afternoon. No changes from Matchday 8, which means Japanese international Yuya Osako starts behind Anthony Modeste in attack.

Tireless Werder

Opponent observation on the motorway

Wonder who this fellow supports...

Caldirola thanks fans

Darmstadt defender Luca Caldirola paid tribute to Lilies supporters after the promoted club extended their unbeaten away record with a 2-0 win at Augsburg:

"Thank you for your support! That was another victory for you, the fans! A great performance from the whole team."

Many happy returns!

Speaking of Wolfsburg, Brazil international centre-back Dante turns 32 today! The defender will have double reason to celebrate after the Wolves' 4-2 win over Hoffenheim, in which Max Kruse scored the first hat-trick of his career. Find out what Kruse and some of the other protagonists made of Saturday's encounter at the Volkswagen Arena right here.

Unbeatable Foals

They couldn't buy a win not so long ago, but Mönchengladbach can suddenly do no wrong under new head coach Andre schubert. The Foals recorded their fourth straight league victory on Saturday evening - a 5-1 win at Frankfurt no less - and are now just three points behind fourth-placed Wolfsburg in the table. Click here for more reaction to Borussia's latest win.

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'We've become a unit'

They made hard work of beating ten-man Hertha on Saturday, but Max Meyer's late, late goal eventually earned Schalke all three points against Pal Dardai's side. The Germany U21 international struck in the 93rd minute to lift the roof off the Veltins Arena and consolidate the Royal Blues' position in the top three of the division.

Record-breaking Bayern

After the league leaders set another Bundesliga best mark on Matchday 9, we've taken a closer look at the Bavarians' ever-expanding collection of milestones...

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Welcome back!

Morning everyone! After another eventful Saturday of Bundesliga football we've got two more games in store for you today: First up at 15:30 CEST it's Köln vs Hannover, before Stuttgart take on Ingolstadt two hours later. You can listen to both those games on Bundesliga radio.

Saturday, 17 October

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Bis morgen!

That's all for today, folks! Good wins for Bayern and Wolfsburg on Saturday, but tomorrow our attention turns to the foot of the Bundesliga table. Struggling Hannover 96 travel to 1. FC Köln, before rock-bottom VfB Stuttgart welcome FC Ingolstadt to the Mercedes Benz Arena in the weekend's curtain-closer. Make sure you join us then.

Twitter reaction to Saturday's encounters:

Rene Adler: "Leverkusen were better in the first half, we were better in the second - a draw was a fair result."

Enjoy the action!

You can listen to Bayern's clash with Bremen live on Bundesliga radio shortly. If you'd rather follow one of today's other matches, while not pop by our Twitter channel for live updates on all of this afternoon's fixtures. We'll be back with more bulletins later this evening. Bis dann!

Hoffenheim team news

Markus Gisdol has named the following starting XI for his Hoffenheim side's clash at Wolfsburg this afternoon. The Sinsheim outfit could do with the three points...

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Hertha team news

In-form Vedad Ibisevic leads the line for Hertha at Schalke this afternoon. The Royal Blues shipped three goals at home to 1. FC Köln last time out.The Bosnian international will be licking his lips...

Schalke team news

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is named on the bench by Andre Breitenreiter. Franco Di Santo is named as the lone striker, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Leroy Sane providing the width.

Leverkusen team news

Kyriakos Papadopoulos starts in midfield for die Werkself this afternoon, while Javier Hernandez partners Stefan Kießling in attack once more.

Darmstadt team news

Dirk Schuster names the same side that fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat in Mainz last time out.

Augsburg team news

Here's the side Markus Weinzierl hopes will give FC Augsburg only their second Bundesliga win of the campaign when they take on promoted SV Darmstadt 98 in around 50 minutes' time.

Wolfsburg team news

Luiz Gustavo returns to the VfL Wolfsburg midfield to face former club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, after sitting out the last two games following a knee problem.

Royal-blue frenzy

As ever, there was plenty of interest in the FC Schalke 04 players as they made their way into the Veltins-Arena for this afternoon's clash with Hertha Berlin. Less than an hour to go until kick-off...

HSV team news

Hamburg midfielder Aaron Hunt cuts a relaxed figure as he arrives at the Volksparkstadion. The former Bremen man has been named in the starting XI to face Bayer 04.

Bremen team news

The Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign goalscorer Claudio Pizarro starts on the Bremen bench against former club FC Bayern.

Bayern team news

Following his World Cup qualifying exertions with Brazil, Douglas Costa starts on the bench for the first time this season. Spain international Juan Bernat is his replacement.

Anticipation building

There's less than 90 minutes to go until kick-off between Hamburger SV and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but the north stand at HSV's Volksparkstadion is already abuzz with activity, reads this tweet.

Green, green grass of home

The pitch at Werder's Weser Stadion is in pristine condition for the visit of the defending champions.

Milestone men

FC Bayern can write another piece of Bundesliga history with victory in Bremen this afternoon.

Landmark achievement

VfL Wolfsburg are seeking to end a three-match winless streak on a day their coach Dieter Hecking notches up an impressive milestone.

Popping out

With four hours to go until kick-off at the Volksparkstadion, Bayer Leverkusen are taking a stroll in chilly Hamburg.

Good omen for Bayern

Herzlich Willkommen!

Hello and welcome! Following Dortmund's hard-fought win away to Mainz in Matchday 9's curtain raiser, we've got several crackers in store for you today, as Bundesliga leaders Bayern visit Claudio Pizarro's Werder Bremen, Leverkusen playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu faces his former side Hamburg and Wolfsburg host 1899 Hoffenheim.

Friday, 16 October

BVB bounce back

It was a happy return to the Coface Arena for Thomas Tuchel on Friday evening. The former 1. FSV Mainz 05 coach saw his Borussia Dortmund side win 2-0 in the Matchday 9 opener, thanks to goals from Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The latter has already taken to social media to celebrate the victory...

Enjoy the action!

That's it from us for now. You can listen to Dortmund's trip to Mainz on Bundesliga radio or keep tabs on events from the Coface Arena via our match ticker. Catch you after the game!

Team news

Thomas Tuchel makes three change to the BVB side beaten so comprehensively by Bayern on Matchday 8, with right-back Matthias Ginter, left-back Joo-Ho Park and attacker Marco Reus all returning to the starting line-up. Japan international Yoshinori Muto leads the line for Mainz, just two days after helping the Samurai Blue to a 1-1 friendly draw with Iran in Tehran.

Starting blocks

Borussia Mönchengladbach can't wait to get back into the Bundesliga swing of things against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening. To get you in the mood, check out our two-part exclusive interview with Foals interim boss Andre Schubert right here.

The stage is set

The pitch at the Coface Arena is looking as immaculate as ever...

Early arrivals

The atmosphere is building nicely in and around Mainz's Coface Arena, ahead of tonight's big one against Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund...

Frankfurt fortress

Andre Schubert's Borussia Mönchengladbach are chasing their fourth successive Bundesliga win, but what of their hosts this Saturday evening, Eintracht Frankfurt?

Friday night lights

The Coface Arena is being readied for the return of Thomas Tuchel...

Pizarro in contention

The Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign goalscorer Claudio Pizarro is in the Bremen squad to face former club Bayern tomorrow.

Sane looking fresh

FC Schalke 04 forward Leroy Sane scored three times in two appearances for Germany's Under-21s during the international break. Safe to say the 19-year-old will be looking to continue his fine scoring form against Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon: he's the Royal Blues' top scorer in the Bundesliga this season on three goals.

Ready for Bremen

The defending champions put the final touches on their game plan earlier this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Bremen. Three points in that one and Bayern will set a new Bundesliga record for most wins to start a season (nine). Looks like #Lewangoalski could do with a pair of gloves...

Tuchel looks to past performances

Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel says his side "want to get back to where we were before." BVB were thumped 5-1 by FC Bayern München prior to the international break, and travel to Mainz tonight without a win in three Bundesliga matches after winning their first five of the season.


Javier Hernandez and his Bayer Leverkusen colleagues have set off for Hamburg ahead of their clash with the Red Shorts this Saturday. Safe flight, chaps!

Who on earth?

Reckon you can you recognise these top flight stars? Head to Twitter to submit your answers! All will be revealed shortly...

Fährmann inks new deal

FC Schalke 04 goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann has signed a four-year extension to his contract, which was due to expire next summer. "My biggest target is to compete with Schalke at the top end of the league," said Fährmann, who has been ever-present for the Royal Blues this season, after putting pen to paper.

Raul to retire

Legendary Spanish goalscorer Raul has announced he will retire in November, and although he spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid CF, the 38-year-old is fondly remembered in Germany for his two seasons at Schalke between 2010 and 2012, during which time he scored 40 goals in 98 appearances in all competitions. Relive his top five efforts in the Bundesliga and his emotional farewell below, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:

Stöger on squad selection

Gentner sidelined

Sky Sports News HD are reporting that VfB Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner is still struggling with an achilles tendon problem and will therefore be unavailable for selection against FC Ingolstadt 04.

Zorniger under pressure

"We're doing a lot of good things and are on the right path, but we've got to pave this path with points," said VfB Stuttgart's head coach ahead of their clash with FC Ingolstadt 04.

Augsburg trio unavailable

FC Augsburg will have to make do without the trio of Jeong-Ho Hong, Sascha Mölders and Kostas Stafylidis according to Sky Sports News HD.

Aubameyang keen to keep streak alive

Bundesliga top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski has broken a handful of Bundesliga records, but one he'll have to wait until next season to try and smash is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's run of scoring at least once in the opening eight Bundesliga Matchdays. The Gabon international will be looking to extend that run against Mainz and appears to be in good spirits...

Leverkusen injury update

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will definitely be without captain Lars Bender (ankle), while Kevin Kampl is a doubt (tonsillitis). Fortunately there was also good news to be mixed in with the bad as the club announced that Tin Jedvaj and Ömer Toprak could make their first appearances of the season against Hamburg.

Special occasion in Munich

It's all smiles in the Bavarian capital as the German record titleholders take a first step towards building their new youth training ground.

FC Bayern still without Robben

Despite losing both Kingsley Coman and Mario Götze to injury during the international break, the league leaders are refusing to rush back Arjen Robben and have made the decision not to include the Dutchman in their Matchday squad for the clash with SV Werder Bremen.

For he's a jolly good fellow

Hamburger SV's Zoltan Stieber shares his birthday with World Cup winner and FC Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter and former FC Bayern München star Mehmet Scholl.

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Bright and early

SV Darmstadt 98 were the first out of the blocks this morning as Luca Caldirola and Co. headed off to Augsburg. "The Lillies are on their way! Some players prefer to hide this early in the morning, while others are helping pack."

Guten Morgen ladies and gentlemen! The international break has its merits, but let's be honest, the Bundesliga is our bread and butter. Tonight it returns with a blockbuster of a curtain raiser as Thomas Tuchel returns to his former club 1. FSV Mainz 05 looking to get Borussia Dortmund back on track following a dismal Der Klassiker defeat. To preview the Friday night match or any others simply click on 'vs' in the fixture list at the top of the page!

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