Cologne - With the training camps done and dusted and just a few pre-season friendlies remaining, the start of the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign continues to draw ever closer.
It all kicks off with FC Bayern München playing host to Hamburger SV on 14 August 2015, but before then there are still a few summer cobwebs to brush off as the 18 sides continue their preparations in earnest. bundesliga.com is on hand with all the latest pre-season rumblings from around Germany…
That's all folks!
That concludes our live coverage for today. We'll be back bright an early on Wednesday to bring you everything you need to know about the build-up to the Bundesliga re-start. Bis morgen!
Bayern flex muscles
Pep Guardiola's charges eased into the Audi Cup final thanks to a 3-0 win over AC Milan at the Allianz Arena. Guardiola was suitably satisfied in his post-match press conference:
Newcomer in Augsburg
Europa League participants Augsburg have added to their squad by signing left-back Philipp Max from Bundesliga 2 outfit Karlsruher SC.
BVB midfielder Oliver Kirch is set to miss the start of the new Bundesliga season after suffering a muscular tear in a friendly match against Real Betis.
There was good news for Gladbach fans early in the day as it was announced that winger Andre Hahn has returned to training after several days out with a knock.
VfB Stuttgart head coach Alexander Zorniger has been leading by example out on the training pitch by the looks of things...
Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann has been given a boost heading into the new campaign after the club's fans named him their PLayer of the Season for 2014/15,
Perks of the job
When you're playing in Europe's most prestigious cup competition then you have to look the part.
FC Schalke 04 have made quite an effort on their new autograph cards, but they do look incredibly sleak don't they?
Foals on a roll?
They may be in the UEFA Champions League next season and having to deal with the added pressure of competing on Europe's biggest stage, but if Borussia Mönchengladbach can boast stats like these then they have every reason to be confident.
Bender takes over from Rolfes
With long-standing captain Simon Rolfes hanging up his boots in the summer, Bayer 04 Leverkusen have announced that German international Lars Bender will be taking over the captain's armband with Ömer Toprak acting as the vice-captain.
FC Bayern München vs. AC Milan kicks off at 20:45 CEST following the first semi-final between Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur which gets underway at 18:15 CEST.
Luc Castaignos has returned to first team training just in time to continue working towards making his competitive debut in the DFB Cup 1st round.
Bumped and brusied
Mark Uth took part in a "light running session" today after it was confirmed that 1899 Hoffenheim's new striker had suffered a "ligament lesion" in his left knee.
Hecking rolling back the years
Luiz Gustavo was stuck between a rock and a hard place earlier today. Get the better of head coach Dieter Hecking or let the head coach win the one-on-one battle.
Borussia brain teaser
Far from easy, but a fantastic challenge. Gladbach's Twitter channel decided to take some time away from football to work out their fans' most important muscle: the brain!
Kids out in their droves
VfB Stuttgart enjoyed having a lot of their younger fans, free from the restraints of a school schedule, pitchside at this morning's training session.
Kevin Vogt is still revelling in the goal he scored in the Colonia Cup against Valencia. He'll be even happier if he grabs a few more of those in the 2015/16 campaign.
Billy Goats bullish
1. FC Köln have their eyes on the prize ahead of their first competitive fixture of the 2015/16 campaign in the DFB Cup 1st Round.
Next stop, the Allianz Arena
Douglas Costa will be hoping to build on what has thus far been a sensational pre-season when he takes part in the Audi Cup 2015 with FC Bayern later today. With training over, it’s onto the Allianz Arena for the clash with AC Milan next.
Feel the burn
Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Bamba Anderson has been working up a real sweat in the fitness room is this video clip is anything to go by.
With all their pre-season friendlies out of the way, Andre Breitenreiter continues to put his new charges through their paces.
Relax the ball
Augsburg are kicking things off this morning with a round of keepie-uppies. Ragnar Klavan doesn’t have a bad touch for a centre-back!
Happy to be back
One Bundesliga star definitely loving life this morning is FC Bayern centre-back Dante, who makes his return for the injury he suffered whilst playing foot-volley on holiday. Cool handshake!
Stuttgart’s players are doing things a little differently this morning. “Training is underway. Warming up with balls of a different kind,” reads the tweet below.
Not suffering from the Royal Blues
Schalke’s summer signing Junior Caicara is in great spirits this morning and this message to his fans got not one, but two thumbs up for Caicara Jr.
Lächeln 🌞😃👊 Smile :🌞😃👊 Sorria 🌞😃👊 pic.twitter.com/sNLnjJHCFs— Junior Caicara (@jrcaicara) August 4, 2015
Galvez’s well wishes
Whether it be catching him in the right light or finding the perfect action shot, SV Werder Bremen’s Alejandro Galvez seems to have found the perfect partner in crime when it comes to adding to his photo collection.
Müller raring to go
Thomas Müller for one seems particularly excited about taking on one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs.
What better way to kick things off this morning than getting the latest from the FC Bayern München camp ahead of their Audi Cup 2015 encounter with AC Milan later today.