Stuttgart - With a good number of fresh faces in their ranks, there were a fair few meet and greets going on at VfB Stuttgart's Media Day.
As well as presenting the club's new signings, the yearly event was also used to take official photographs and produce exclusive media content for use throughout the upcoming campaign.
bundesliga.com rounds up the highlights...
Stuttgart media day: best bits
1) A good omen?
The club's media day began amid baking heat and brilliant sunshine, with the media interviews in the shade the most sought after by the players. "It might be hot, but we're having a lot of fun," joked the affable Daniel Didavi. Indeed, not even a brief thunderstorm could interrupt the good mood as the attacking midfielder impressed all concerned with his efforts at the Corner Kings challenge as soon as the sun came back out. As long it continues to shine this season, it seems Stuttgart will be successful...
"It might be hot, but we're having a lot of fun," explains the Stuttgart star in the tweet below.
2) No mind games...
...from VfB coach Alexander Zorniger (l.). The new man in charge has been very quiet in the media since taking over, preferring to let hard work on the training ground do the talking instead. The 47-year-old continued in that vein at the media day, with a refusal to target a specific finishing position in the table this season. "I'm not a psychic," he explained. "The Bundesliga is far too tight for that!"
3) Ginczek's slip of the tongue
Martin Harnik could hardly take his eyes off the screen while his fellow attacker Daniel Ginczek was completing his question and answer session. The Austrian broke into laughter at Ginczek's minor Freudian slip when asked what his favourite food was. While the striker intended to say "Schnitzel with a few chips", what actually came out was "Potatoes with a little bit of schnitzel".
4) Langerak welcomed with open arms
Mitchell Langerak (r.) is loving life at new club VfB. "I have a really good impression so far and I'm proud to be here," explained the Australian international. That alone won't be enough to guarantee the former Borussia Dortmund star first-team football, however, with he and fellow new boy Przemyslaw Tyton set to battle it out for the number one spot. "It's still undecided," said Zorniger as to who will be between the sticks against 1. FC Köln on Matchday 1.
5) A change of career?
Carlos Gruezo's attempts at photography were certainly one of the highlights of media day, even if the final result wasn't quite as hoped. "We can't use these photos, they're just too out of focus," explained one cameraman when asked to judge the midfielder's efforts. The Ecuadorian international chuckled in response and went back to his day job - kicking the ball around.
Is Carlos Gruezo trying out a new position here?
Best of social media
VfB shared this image of Mitchell Langerak on Instagram...
Come again, Alex?!
Stuttgart's Romanian international, Alexandru Maxim, mixes up his English and his German. You can hear the results below...
"And here's what it looks like! Our team photo for 2015/16."
Meanwhile off the field...
...Martin Harnik is enjoying taking a video of Daniel Ginczek's live efforts in front of the camera!
Stuttgart star Filip Kostic is showing off his silky skills in front of the camera.
Work and play
The VfB boys are certainly enjoying their day so far.
Serey Die finds the net...
...but no cigar! A good effort nonetheless from VfB defender Daniel Schwaab.
In the zone
Martin Harnik is next to have a go at the Corner Kings challenge.
"Didavi, Kiesewetter, Kostic and Maxim are waiting with Fritzle the dinosaur at the media day," reads the tweet below.
The toughest challenge...
"Next up: Corner Kings"
"Timo Baumgartl shows what he can do with the ball at his feet," reads the tweet below.
And here's the end result!
Behind the camera
Translation: Role reversal - photographer Alexandru Maxim in action.
Out for a spin
VfB head coach Alexander Zorniger gets his photo taken from different angles.
Round and round
Translation: Next up, a 360-degree photo!
Translation: Stand up straight, chaps!
Translation: We’re off!
Media Day debut
Translation: The VfB line-up is here! Newcomer Emiliano Insua is taking part in his first Bundesliga Media Day!
Translation: Preparation for the official team photo.