Bundesliga Daily rounds up all you need to know from Germany's 18 top-flight clubs. On 14 July, Alexander Meier committed his future to Eintracht Frankfurt, while there is an update on Germany's football squad for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Embolo working hard
Putting in the hard yards is the key for Schalke's Swiss international Breel Embolo:
BVB in Austria
This was Borussia Dortmund preparing for today's friendly against FC St. Pauli in Brixen, Austria this afternoon. Let's hope they don't train in vain!
Germany Olympic squad announcement on Friday
Germany's senior team may have fallen short at UEFA EURO 2016, but the Rio de Janeiro Olympics between 5 and 21 August will give the country another chance of international glory this summer. The likes of Max Meyer (Schalke), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen) and Davie Selke (RB Leipzig) are regulars in the Germany U-21 side, while Sven and Lars Bender have also been tipped for inclusion, but they will all have to wait until Friday at 12:00CEST to hear if they have been called up for the Rio Games. Here's the full statement from DFB sporting director Hans-Dieter Flick:
"In the last few weeks we’ve had a lot of personal conversations and made countless phone calls in order to try and send a strong team to Brazil, even with the headache of selecting one. I want to find the best solution for the DFB and make our decision in conjunction with the players and their coaches. It is for that reason that [Under-21 coach] Horst Hrubesch and I have decided to now announce the squad tomorrow."
Lahm: 'Every new coach needs to prove himself'
The Bundesliga champions wore their new away kit for the 2016/17 Bundesliga season during Thursday's open training session at the Säbener Straße.
Philipp Lahm, for one, is delighted with the new kit: "It's very sophisticated, looks great and is also incredibly light," said the skipper, who also delivered his verdict on Bayern's first few training sessions under new head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
"Every coach has different exercises - that's normal," he said. "They have different positional exercises, different instructions on how to pass the ball, and new incentives which definitely won't harm us. Every new coach needs to prove himself."
Reus on the mend
Another Bundesliga star currently on the road to recovery is Marco Reus, who was forced to miss UEFA EURO 2016 with a groin injury.
The 27-year-old underwent tests on Wednesday, after which club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed the former Borussia Mönchengladbach star will return to team training in August.
"There’s nothing negative to report," said Watzke. "It’s actually healed well. Marco is keeping up with the schedule we devised several weeks ago. He’ll need four weeks to return to light training, then he will start full training in mid-August.“
Holtby back in training
Lewis Holtby has returned to light training with Hamburger SV, less than two weeks after breaking his collarbone in a bicycle accident at HSV's training camp in Switzerland.
The former Schalke midfielder scored two goals and provided three assists last season, helping the Red Shorts to a tenth-placed finish in the league.
Good to see you and get well soon, Lewis Holtby!
Bremen the trendsetters
Social media has been abuzz with news of FC Barcelona unveiling their new away kit, but to us it looks a lot like an outfit that will be on show in the Bundesliga next season...
Meier extends contract
Veteran striker Alexander Meier has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension with Eintracht Frankfurt. The 33-year-old, who won the Torjägerkanone courtesy of his 19-goal haul in the 2014/15 campaign, struggled with injury for much of last season and is hoping to put his fitness issues behind him ahead of the 54th Bundesliga campaign.