FC Bayern München newcomer Arturo Vidal was among the DFB Cup goals this past weekend - © © imago
FC Bayern München newcomer Arturo Vidal was among the DFB Cup goals this past weekend - © © imago

Day 41 of pre-season

Cologne - With only four days to go until the start of the new season, all 18 Bundesliga clubs will need to be in tip-top condition by the time the weekend comes.

Until then, bundesliga.com will be bringing you all the latest news as we count down to the big kick-off between FC Bayern München and Hamburger SV...

That's a wrap

That brings us to the end of our live coverage today, thanks for joining us folks. You can recap the best of the day's events below, and check back in tomorrow for more Bundesliga goodness.

Gladbach come from behind

Lucien Favres Foals suffered a scare in Hamburg after falling behind to St. Pauli in the DFB Cup, but they turned on the sytle after the break to run our comfortable winners.

Hertha go through

Goals from Salomon Kalou and Vladimir Darida were enough for Hertha Berlin to reach the second round of the DFB Cup, much to the delight of Mitchell Weiser!

Hamburg injury worries

HSV have a few personnel concerns ahead of kicking off the new Bundesliga campaign on Friday. As the club revealed earlier, Nicolai Müller has been training individually with a view to rejoining full training either on Tuesday or Wednesday, while new captain Johann Djourou is working on building up his fitness.

Weiser watching

Mitchell Weiser is unable to help his new team-mates in their DFB Cup match tonight due to injury, but he's crossing his fingers he will get to play in the competition further down the line this season.

Translation: 'Come on lads, you can do it!'

Road (back) to Berlin

Before Gladbach wrap up the first round of the DFB Cup tonight, Hertha Berlin are in Bielefeld for the first step back to the capital and the dream of playing the final in their own home. The line-ups are here, and don't forget you can see all the results including line-ups from all the first-round ties by consulting our overview.

New goal celebration?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been caught on camera, potentially practising his moves for his next goal celebration?

Champing at the bit

Gladbach are the last Bundesliga side in DFB Cup action this weekend. They still have a few hours to wait, but the excitement is growing.

Thanks to the fans

Sebastian Rode has been taken aback by the number of people who have sent him selfies wearing his shirt. The Bayern number 20 has expressed his thanks via Twitter.

Translation: 'Fantastic shirt-selfies from my fans!'

DFB Cup satisfaction

Marcelo was unable to help Hannover in their DFB Cup win over Hessen Kassel on Sunday since he is still carrying over a suspension from last season, but that does not mean he is not revelling in the Lower Saxony club's passage to the second round. A relaxing day for him in Hanover today!

New Instagram arrival

In case you feel you are not getting enough Thomas Müller, the Bayern star has just launched his own Instagram page!


Dortmund's Ilkay Gündogan and Mats Hummels were cruising around in a car rather than training today - but after a DFB Cup win at the weekend, they can be forgiven for taking things easy.

Bremen stars on the mend

Good news for SV Werder Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik as the Green-Whites prepare to take on FC Schalke 04 this weekend...

Final test

Not content with Saturday's 4-1 DFB Cup first-round win over Stuttgarter Kickers, 2015 Supercup winners VfL Wolfsburg have pencilled in one final friendly ahead of Sunday's big one against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Labbadia targets improvement

After yesterday's shock exit from the DFB Cup at the hands of FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Hamburger SV head coach Bruno Labbadia says his side will have to be "a lot tighter as a unit, especially against our upcoming opponents." The Red Shorts face defending champions FC Bayern in Friday's Bundesliga curtain-raiser.

Billy Goats on the loose!

The 1. FC Köln players headed into the centre of town today for a fun-filled fashion parade.

How high are your excitement levels?

FC Schalke's are very high. Let us know yours via our official Twitter account!

Keeping cool

Still hot temperatures reigning over Germany these days...

Nets? check!

SV Werder Bremen will be hosting FC Schalke 04 in their Bundesliga opener on Saturday, and the preparations are in full flow at the Weser Stadion.

Anticipation rising

You really can feel the start of the Bundesliga season fast approaching

Clowning around

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been having fun with Jason Derulo's hit record "Wiggle". Imagine if they play that at the Signal Iduna Park when young Julian Weigl scores...

Fitness the key

Here's how Hannover 96 are limbering up in training after beating Hessen Kessel in the DFB Cup at the weekend. The Reds kick off their Bundesliga campaign away to promoted side SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday afternoon.

Translation: Light fitness exercises at Monday morning's training session.

Excitement in the air

FC Schalke 04 can't wait for Saturday's trip to SV Werder Bremen, what will be Franco Di Santo's first outing on Werder soil since leaving the club last month.

Calling all budding tipsters

Borussia Mönchengladbach are asking Twitter followers for their predictions for tonight's DFB Cup first-round clash against Bundesliga 2 side FC St. Pauli. What do you reckon?

Open training in Munich

If you're in the Bavarian capital today, why not head down to Säbener Straße to watch Pep Guardiola and Co. hard at work?

Hertha gearing up

Just another reminder that Hertha Berlin make their first competitive appearance of the season against DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Cup tonight.

Translation: Matchday!

Eagles soar

Hamburger SV, FC Ingolstadt 04 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are so far the only high-profile casualties of this season's DFB Cup. Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, are one of 13 Bundesliga sides to have progressed to the second round. Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hertha Berlin are in action this evening.

Seamless transition

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring as FC Bayern beat FC Nöttingen 3-1 in the first round of the DFB Cup yesterday. The Chile international settling in so quickly was never in any doubt, though, was it...?