Reigning champions FC Bayern München were one of seven Bundesliga sides to return to action on Wednesday - © © gettyimages
Reigning champions FC Bayern München were one of seven Bundesliga sides to return to action on Wednesday - © © gettyimages

Pre-season training gets underway in the Bundesliga

Cologne - Bundesliga sides up and down the country have kicked off pre-season proceedings, with a number of teams having already hit the training ground and others on the cusp of a return to normal daily service ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

Wednesday 1 July brings you the latest regarding all 18 clubs’ pre-season preparations…

Pass and move (part three)

1. FC Köln have just tweeted the below video. "A high quality of passing in the exercises," reads the caption.

Loving life in the north

Franco Di Santo was back at Bremen training today, and clearly pleased about it judging by the exuberance of his Facebook post.

Drinks break

Even one of football's coolest customers, Thomas Müller, was forced into taking a drinks break such was the hot weather in Munich today.

In the zone

Anthony Ujah looks (and sounds) raring to go on his first day at Bremen.

More running...

There's no rest for the Champions League participants as Gladbach did some intense training this afternoon.

New boys

Mainz took some time after training to present their new signings to the media. "The shirt numbers of Mainz's new arrivals," reads the tweet below:

Ulreich unveiled

Champions Bayern, meanwhile, have formally unveiled new goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Stuttgart in Austria...

...and doesn't it look nice?!

Excitement in Bremen...

...after all, the first day of training means the season is drawing closer.

A break in Berlin

"Training's over but at 18.30 we'll be back for a friendly against FC Lübars," reads the tweet below:

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Düsseldorf have the right idea...

Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Düsseldorf are prepared for this weather...

"Really important on days like today: the icebath!"

Back to work in Munich

Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara are amongst the stars back on the training pitch for Bayern today under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola. You can watch that one live here...

Sunny in Mainz

1. FSV Mainz 05's stars are back on the training pitch, and it certainly looks warm down in the southwest...

Pass and move (part two)

Hamburg's stars have also come through the running unscathed and are working with the ball. "After warming up, next on the agenda are some passing exercises," explains the tweet below.

Pass and move

Hertha have come through the fitness tests and are onto some work with the ball. "Now the ball's rolling and it's time for some passing work," explains the tweet below.

Sweating in the Bavarian sunshine

"Sweating in the sun! Augsburg's morning training session underway," reads this tweet from UEFA Europa League participants FC Augsburg.

Frankfurt up and running

Although using the bike seems to be a bit of an easy ride...

Lactate tests in Bremen

The dreaded lactate test is, apparently, designed to test both your lactate system and your high-intensity running. Let's hope no-one at Werder enjoyed their holidays too much...

Fitness tests in Schalke

Goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann is first on the treadmill according to the club's Twitter account

Underway in Hamburg

Exactly a month ago, Hamburger SV saved their Bundesliga skins with a dramatic extra-time victory against Karlsruher SC in the relegation play-off. Now, they're hard at work trying to ensure they avoid having to suffer the same fate this season...

"Training gets underway in 2015/16"

Tuesday 30 June

Tuchel's first day on the job

After his squad completed their obligatory fitness tests on Monday, Thomas Tuchel finally took charge of his first Borussia Dortmund training session on Tuesday much to the excitement of the club's fans, star players and Twitter account.

Light jog to kick things off

Mainz became the latest side to return to pre-season training. The 05ers will be looking to build on last season's 11th-placed finish under head coach Martin Schmidt and have several new squad members in tow to help them do just that.

Javi can't wait another day

Having missed almost the entirety of last season due to a knee injury sustained in the 2014 Super Cup, FC Bayern's Javi Martinez got to work before his colleagues by enjoying a kick-about with children at his personally funded 'Campus de Futbol' kids camps.

One down, one to go

Capital city outfit Hertha Berlin have completed their first training session of the day, but there's one more still to come at 16:00 CEST.

Sun lotion at the ready

1. FC Köln are lapping up the sunshine in Burgenland as the pre-season preparations continue in earnest.

Dortmund new boy

It appears Borussia Dortmund were pleased to see their new man, Gonzalo Castro, clad in Yellow and Black with the side gearing up for their first ever session under Jürgen Klopp's successor, Thomas Tuchel.

First day on the grind

1. FSV Mainz 05 began building towards the upcoming campaign on Monday, but for new signings Danny Latza, Leon Balogun, Florian Niederlechner and Maximilian Beister, today was their first day in action as they got their respective Mainz careers underway with some rigourous fitness tests.

Translation: First day on the job for Mainz's new signings: Latza, Balogun, Niederlechner and Beister undergoing performance tests.

Köln settle in at lovely location

1. FC Köln are in Burgenland for the first of their two pre-season training camps. If the video they tweeted is anything to go by they'll be gearing up for the new season in optimal conditions.

Translation: Preparations for the 2015/16 season - everything remains different!

Monday 29 June

Mats the machine

Borussia Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels is already hard at work preparing for the new campaign. The Germany international and 2014 FIFA World Cup winner will have a new coach to impress in Thomas Tuchel.

Stuttgart new boys in town

Alexander Zorninger had new signing Mitch Langerak at his disposal in his first training session as VfB Stuttgart head coach on Monday.

Schalke's new star

After finishing up with the Germany U-21s at the UEFA European Championships in the Czech Republic this week, Johannes Geis had his first day at new club Schalke today. He left Mainz to join the Royal Blues on a four-year deal last week.

Kitted out

Gladbach winger Ibrahima Traore has got himself a new pair of flashy boots. The Guinean international will also wear his favoured No16 jersey, having previously worn No8...

Stuttgart raring to go

Alexander Zorniger's VfB Stuttgart get their pre-season training schedule under way later this evening. They'll also be launching their new kit for 2015/16. 'Will you be there?' asks this tweet on the club's website...

Foals back in business

Over in Mönchengladbach, the Foals resumed training in beaming sunshine with new faces Lars Stindl, Nico Elvedig and Tobias Sippel in tow and cheered on by an impressive 1,000-strong crowd.

Back to the grind

Halil Altintop and his FC Augsburg colleagues undergo lactate tests on die Fuggerstädter's first day of pre-season training.

Here we go again: The FCA squad start pre-season training with a medical examination

Making headway

No fewer than four top flight sides are due to return to training today, but for Hannover 96 and SV Darmstadt 98, pre-season preparations are already in full swing...

Hannover 96's first training session of the day has begun in beautiful sunshine! #NeverAlone

6 vs. 2 to kick off training at the start of the week #sv98

Sunday 28 June

2,500 fans turn out in Ingolstadt

Weiser makes first capital appearance

Newly-promoted FC Ingolstadt 04 had quite the turnout at their first training session as a top-flight outfit. "To have so many fans here at training is simply sensational," said head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, who had new signings Elias Kachunga and Romain Bregerie on board, while long-term absentee Danny da Costa made his return to first-team affairs.

Countdown is on across the country

Hertha Berlin also got their pre-season preparations underway on Sunday and all eyes were on one man in particular, summer signing Mitchell Weiser, who joined the capital city side from reigning champions FC Bayern München. 2,000 fans showed up to catch their stars, including Alexander Baumjohann, a victim of two torn ligaments that have seen him miss almost two full seasons, in action.

Friday 25 June

Four teams will be back on the training ground on Monday, with Alexander Zorninger set to take charge for the first time at VfB Stuttgart. Further south FC Bayern München are counting down the days before they get underway on Wednesday.

Billy Goats off to Burgenland

Saturday 20 June

Out to avoid the dreaded second-season syndrome, 1. FC Köln completed the customary fitness tests in their first day back to the normal day-to-day routine of a professional football club. On Sunday they head to Burgenland for their pre-season training camp.

Early birds get the worm?

Translation: "It’s underway: Our lads are on their way to the start of training. Fantastic reception!"

Newly-promoted SV Darmstadt 98 were the first team to return to training less than a month after clinching second place in the second tier and with it promotion to the Bundesliga.