Either of Clemens Fritz (pictured, far l.) or Makoto Hasebe (2nd l.) could find themselves captaining a Bundesliga 2 team next season after SV Werder Bremen's final-day relegation six-pointer with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Either of Clemens Fritz (pictured, far l.) or Makoto Hasebe (2nd l.) could find themselves captaining a Bundesliga 2 team next season after SV Werder Bremen's final-day relegation six-pointer with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bundesliga Matchday 34: liveblog Friday - as it happened

Welcome to bundesliga.com's live coverage of Matchday 34. Relive all the build-up, action and reaction as it happened as SV Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart - with ten Bundesliga titles between them - look to avoid automatic relegation. At the other end, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Hertha Berlin and FC Schalke 04 are hoping to bypass the UEFA Europa League qualifiers...

Matchday 34 fixtures (all kick-off times at 15:30CEST/13:30GMT)

FC Bayern München - Hannover 96
Borussia Dortmund - 1. FC Köln
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Ingolstadt 04
VfL Wolfsburg - VfB Stuttgart
FC Augsburg - Hamburger SV
SV Werder Bremen - Eintracht Frankfurt
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - FC Schalke 04
1. FSV Mainz 05 - Hertha Berlin
SV Darmstadt 98 - Borussia Mönchengladbach

21:30 - One more sleep!

That concludes our rolling coverage for today, but we'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning for more build-up and news from across the Bundesliga on the final day of the season.

19:45 - Großkreutz ruled out

Stuttgart's survival bid suffered a blow on Friday with the news that versatile midfielder Kevin Großkreutz, who has played in defence for VfB recently, will be unavailable for the match against Wolfsburg due to a thigh strain. The World Cup winner posted the following message on Twitter: "I've tried everything - tablets and treatment - but unfortunately I can still feel my thigh. I can't play like that. The boys will give everything for VfB."

19:25 - Schürrle upbeat

VfL Wolfsburg have been unable to reach the lofty heights the achieved last season, which may be why midfielder Andre Schürrle is keen to sign off on a high note at home to Stuttgart tomorrow:

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17:46 - Insua ready to fight

Stuttgart defender Emiliano Insua has not given up hope of salvaging a place in the relegation play-offs:

17:24 - Supercup set in stone

It looks like Mats Hummels will be returning to Dortmund sooner than expected after the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga confirmed that the 2016 Supercup between Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München and fellow DFB Cup finalists BVB will take place at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on 14 August.

16:26 - Fashion parade

As is tradition, the home teams will be debuting their new kits for the coming campaign on Matchday 34. The rest already did so last weekend.

15:45 - Aubameyang welcomes Dembele

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has greeted the arrival of exciting attacker Ousmane Dembele, taking to Instagram with the following post:

14:08 - Meier an option for Frankfurt

Alexander Meier could return to the Frankfurt starting line-up for tomorrow's crunch clash with Bremen, following three months out with a knee injury. The 33-year-old finished Bundesliga top scorer last term, but he is not the only veteran goal-getter that got a mention from Eintracht head coach Niko Kovac at today's pre-match press conference:

13:57 - Tuchel on Hummels, Dembele and much more besides

13:39 - Robben out of DFB Cup final

Pep Guardiola says "there is no chance" of Bayern winger Arjen Robben being fit for next Saturday's DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund. The Dutchman has been out of action since March with an adductor injury.

13:04 - Bayern's penultimate pre-match Pep talk

12:59 - Mkhitaryan out in front

There's still time to vote for your standout right-sided midfielder in our Team of the Season poll. Dortmund's creator-in-chief Henrikh Mkhitaryan leads the way as we head down the final straight. Thanks for the retweet, Miki!

12:50 - Dan the man

Daniel van Buyten was back at Bayern's Säbener Straße training headquarters this morning. The big Belgian made 219 Bundesliga appearances for the record German champions, before hanging up his boots at the end of 2013/14.


Leverkusen will be without top scorer Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez for tomorrow's home game against FC Ingolstadt 04. The Mexico international is suffering from a calf problem.

11:55 - Stuttgart treading thin ice

Of the three sides fighting to avoid joining Hannover in the second tier, Stuttgart go into the final day in the most precarious position. They cannot finish higher than the relegation play-off spot currently occupied by Bremen and simply have to beat Wolfsburg to have any chance of doing so. Read up on the relegation permutations here.

11:42 - Skripnik ready to clip Eagles' wings

Here's a look at what Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik had to say ahead of his side's winner-takes-all relegation battle with Eintracht Frankfurt:

11:25 - The Dembele lowdown

As if the goals of the electric Aubameyang were not enough, Borussia Dortmund yesterday announced the signature of Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, Ousmane Dembele. Find out all you need to know about the French starlet right here.

10:40 - Team of the Season

Karim Bellarabi, Kingsley Coman, Jairo Samperio and Henrikh Mkhitaryan: four deserving candidates, but who's your pick on the right-hand side of midfield for the 2015/16 Bundesliga Team of the Season? Tweet us: @Bundesliga_EN.

10:22 - The golden cannon

As well as their record fourth successive title triumph, Bayern could also be toasting the goal-scoring exploits of Robert Lewandowski. The Pole's currently on 29 for the campaign and, with Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang four off the pace, is on course to clinch his second Tojägerkanone after taking the award in 2013/14. Click here for Lewy's exclusive thoughts on the matter.

10:05 - Party time

At the other end of the emotional spectrum, FC Bayern will be swimming in wheat beer come the full-time whistle in their clash with relegated Hannover 96 on Saturday evening, when they take receipt of their 25th Bundesliga title. It will also be Pep Guardiola's final Bundesliga outing as head coach.

09:30 - Nerves be jangling

It really is do or die for VfB Stuttgart, SV Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend...

08:45 - Season finale

So, after 33 exhilarating rounds of fixtures, it has come down to this. 90 or so season-defining minutes. Who will hold their nerve and who will buckle under the pressure? All will be revealed...

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