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Pretenders Wolfsburg host champions Bayern in Supercup

Cologne - The Bundesliga champions against the team that pushed them hardest last season – and won the DFB Cup for good measure: The 2015 German Supercup meeting of FC Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg promises to be a classic by any standard of this popular season curtain-raiser.

The 'challengers' – the Cup winners or, in the event of a double, the league runners-up – have enjoyed home advantage in the fixture since 2011, and a sell-out 30,000 crowd at Wolfsburg's Volkswagen Arena will be joined by a live audience in over 200 countries around the world come the kick-off on Saturday, 1 August (20:30 CEST). With the Wolves widely expected to give Bayern an even closer run for their money in 2015/16, the game thus has a psychological resonance well beyond the trophy ceremony at its finish.

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New stars, same hunger

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Great expectations