Summary

  • Hamburg finished tenth last season.
  • Labbadia hoping to mastermind European push.
  • Wood, Kostic and Halilovic signings awaken optimism in the Port City.

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Next up are Hamburger SV

Big question

After a number of eye-catching summer signings, the big question in Germany's second-largest city is whether the Bundesliga's only ever-present side can restore its place near the top of the German football pyramid.

Watch: highlights of Hamburg beating fierce local rivals Bremen in 2015/16

Boasting a rare stability by the standards of their recent history and coming off the back of a tenth-place finish in 2015/16, Hamburg seem well set to make an assault on the European places for the first time in a long time. There is once again a justifiable optimism around the Volksparkstadion.

New faces

Filip Kostic has joined HSV from relegated Stuttgart. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

There have been plenty of new faces in the arrivals hall in Hamburg this summer, chief among them Filip Kostic, Alen Halilovic, Bobby Wood and Christian Mathenia.

Youngster Luca Waldschmidt - snapped up from Eintracht Frankfurt - also offers plenty of promise up front, and if a holding midfielder to replace the departed Gojko Kacar is signed, then Bruno Labbadia will consider it a more than successful summer.

Coach

Bruno Labbadia is in his second spell in charge of Hamburg. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Labbadia played the fireman in 2014/15, arriving late in the season and saving the club from a first-ever relegation by way of a dramatic play-off victory over Karlsruher SC. The former striker then led HSV to tenth last season -dreamland for fans that had experienced back-to-back relegation play-offs.

Now in his second spell in charge of the northern giants, Labbadia has also coached Bayer 04 Leverkusen, SV Darmstadt 98, SpVgg Greuther Fürth and VfB Stuttgart, as well as turning out for Hamburg as a player.

Key man

Watch: Bobby Wood's top five goals

Summer signing Wood will be the key man for Hamburg this term. Despite finishing tenth, the Red Shorts ended last season with a negative goal difference (-6) and only found the net 40 times in 34 games.

Brought in from Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Union Berlin after becoming the highest scoring American in a single season in Germany's top two divisions (17 goals) and an impressive Copa America Centenario for the USA, Wood could be the striker to spearhead Hamburg's European push.

Key dates

Hamburg welcome FC Ingolstadt 04 to the Volksparkstadion on opening weekend, part of a tricky start to the season. Labbadia's side will have met last season's top four by Matchday 10, facing Leverkusen away on Matchday 3, FC Bayern München at home on Matchday 5, Borussia Mönchengladbach away on Matchday 7 and Borussia Dortmund at home on Matchday 10.

Click here to see Hamburg's full schedule

Home ground

The Volksparkstadion, a 57,000-capacity venue, hosted five games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Watch: get to know the Volksparkstadion in the exclusive video tour below