• Leipzig set for maiden Bundesliga season.
  • Hasenhüttl's first season in charge.
  • Werner and Keita are the high-profile summer arrivals.

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope.'s previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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First up are RB Leipzig...

Big question

For most promoted clubs, the season aim is to stay up - by hook or by crook. The big question when it comes to Leipzig, however, is just how far they can go. The talent in the squad means that the Easterners - the first side from the former East Germany to play in the Bundesliga since Energie Cottbus in 2009 - should have nothing to do with the drop.

Watch: go behind the scenes at Leipzig's media day:

Whether they can upset the established elite in the top half of the table is another task entirely, but one that Ralph Hasenhüttl's tyros will approach with relish.

New faces

Guinea midfielder Naby Keita (l.) has joined Leipzig after two years at Salzburg. © gettyimages / Andreas Schaad/Bongarts

There have been two eye-catching signings in Leipzig so far this summer: midfielder Naby Keita has arrived from FC Salzburg; forward Timo Werner from VfB Stuttgart. The two new boys fit the Leipzig profile: young, talented and hungry.

Whilst Bundesliga watchers will be familiar with Werner from his time in Baden-Württemberg, Keita is more of an unknown prospect. Described by local journalists as the best player during his two seasons in the Austrian top flight, the Guinea central midfielder's box-to-box style is sure to help him thrive in Germany.


Ralph Hasenhüttl is the new man in charge at Leipzig. © imago / Picture Point

After steering RB to promotion last season, Ralf Rangnick has moved back upstairs into the sporting director role.

His replacement in the dugout is Hasenhüttl, with the Austrian coach fresh from taking unfancied FC Ingolstadt 04 to 11th position in his and the club's first top-flight season. Leipzig fans would enjoy a repeat performance.

Key man

Davie Selke hit double figures in the second tier last season. © gettyimages / Lars Baron

One area where Hasenhüttl's Ingolstadt side struggled last term was in front of goal. There should be no excuses for that in Leipzig, particularly with Davie Selke leading the line.

The 21-year-old found the net ten times in Bundesliga 2 last season, and also has experience at the top level, scoring nine goals for SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga in 2014/15.

Pre-season form

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Key dates

Leipzig's Bundesliga adventure begins at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 1, before Borussia Dortmund are the first visitors to the Red Bull Arena on Matchday 2. Hasenhüttl's side have a tough Hinrunde, with visits to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 11 and then to Munich to face FC Bayern München on Matchday 16.

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Home ground

The Red Bull Arena - which boasts a capacity of 42,959 - hosted five games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Watch: Leipzig's promotion party took place at the Red Bull Arena: