FC Augsburg begin their sixth Bundesliga season with new coach Dirk Schuster in for Markus Weinzierl. Schuster's first challenge comes on Saturday on home turf, against a VfL Wolfsburg side hungry to hit the heights again after an up-and-down domestic season last time out (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
After four successful seasons under Weinzierl, it was time to turn the page for Augsburg this summer, with Schuster arriving from SV Darmstadt 98 to replace the FC Schalke 04-bound tactician. If Weinzierl succeeded in stabilising the Bavarian Swabians in the top flight, and led them into a memorable maiden UEFA Europa League campaign, it will be Schuster's remit to take the next step and establish the Die Fuggerstädter as top-ten material. Alfred Finnbogason's loan move has been made permanent and it is hoped that the Iceland striker can lead their assault on the top half.
Last season was something of an anomaly for the Wolves: their best ever year in Europe, with a place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, contrasted with a failure to qualify for Europe via their league placing. To rectify that, Mario Gomez, Daniel Didavi, Borja Mayoral and Jakub Blaszczykowski have been brought in to ensure the Wolves are snapping at the heels of the leading clubs again this season, a task that begins at the WWK ARENA.
- Augsburg's last game without Weinzierl as coach was on 5 May 2012 – a 1-0 win over Hamburger SV.This weekend's hosts boast a good record against Wolfsburg with four wins and just two defeats in ten meetings.New Wolfsburg striker Gomez has scored 138 goals in 236 Bundesliga appearances.
The venue: WWK ARENA
Augsburg: to follow
Absentees: Callsen-Bracker (shin), Verhaegh (ankle), Friedrich (knock)
Head coach: Dirk Schuster
Wolfsburg: to follow
Absentees: Vieirinha (ankle), Gomez (light training), Guilavogui (neck)
Head coach: Dieter Hecking