The Bundesliga season may be over, but the football fun will be coming thick and fast during an action-packed summer 2018. As well as the small matter of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, it won't be long before the Bundesliga's finest start gearing up for the 2018/19 campaign, which kicks off on 24 August.

Because you're all busy people with busy lives, has taken the trouble of compiling a list of the friendlies that you won't want to miss over the coming months…

Bayern Munich

The Bundesliga champions announced back in April that they'll be heading back to the United States this summer, where they will face Juventus and Manchester City in two high-profile friendlies as part of the International Champions Cup (ICC). Prior to their trip stateside, the Bavarian giants will also take on French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt, while a testimonial for former club legend Bastian Schweinsteiger is scheduled for late August at the Allianz Arena.  


Bayern vs. Paris Saint-Germain (ICC)
Saturday 21 July, Klagenfurt (AUT), 3.30pm CEST

Juventus vs. Bayern (ICC)
Wednesday 25 July, Philadelphia (USA), 7pm ET/1am CEST (26 July)

Bayern vs. Manchester City (ICC)
Saturday 28 July, Miami (USA), 7pm ET/1am CEST (29 July)

Bayern vs. Chicago Fire (Schweinsteiger testimonial)
Tuesday 28 August, Allianz Arena, 8.30pm CEST

Watch: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Made in the Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund will also travel to the USA this summer, not once but twice! The Black-and-Yellows are set to take on newly-formed MLS outfit Los Angeles FC later in May, before jetting back across the pond in July for ICC encounters with Man City, Liverpool – in a reunion with former boss Jürgen Klopp – and Benfica. While the squad's World Cup players will miss the first trip, they are all likely to spend some time in the country that is home to star midfielder and USA international Christian Pulisic. BVB also took on German third-tier side Zwickau in a rearranged friendly from last year.


Zwickau 4-4 Dortmund
Monday 14 May, Zwickau

Los Angeles FC 1-1 Dortmund
Tuesday 22 May, Los Angeles (USA), 7pm PT/ 4am CEST (23 July)

Manchester City vs. Dortmund (ICC)
Friday 20 July, Chicago (USA), 8pm CT/3am CEST (21 July)

Liverpool vs. Dortmund (ICC)
Sunday 22 July, Charlotte (USA), 4pm CEST/10pm CEST

Dortmund vs. Benfica (ICC)
Wednesday 25 July, Pittsburgh (USA), 8pm ET/2am CEST (26 July)

"What's that? Two trips home in one summer?" Dortmund's USA star Christian Pulisic has heard the good news... © imago


Schalke will be preparing for a return to the UEFA Champions League with a pre-season tour to China, where they will play two high-profile friendlies. They then return to Germany for two further matches, including the inauguration of Domenico Tedesco’s former club Aue’s newly completed stadium, before they head to Austria for a training camp and two more planned friendlies.


Tour to China
2-12 July

Southamption vs. Schalke
Thursday 5 July, Kunshan (CHN), kick-off tbc

Hebei China Fortuna vs. Schalke
Wednesday 11 July, Langfang (CHN), kick-off tbc

Schwarz-Weiß Essen vs. Schalke
Saturday 21 July, Essen (GER), 4pm CEST

Erzgebirge Aue vs. Schalke
Wednesday 29 July, Aue (GER), 3pm CEST

Training camp in Mittersill (AUT) – Two friendlies planned
29 July – 6 August

Weston McKennie and Schalke will be taking their Champions League celebrations to the Far East in pre-season. © imago


Julian Nagelsmann’s side will be gearing up for a maiden Champions League campaign with a number of training camps, as well as a friendly against English Championship club Queens Park Rangers, who are managed by former Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren.


Training camp in Garmisch
8-13 July

Unterhaching vs. Hoffenheim
Friday 13 July, Pöcking (GER), 5pm CEST

QPR vs. Hoffenheim
Saturday 21 July, Eppingen (GER), 5pm CEST

Training camp in Windischgarsten (AUT)
29 July – 5 August

Friendly against opponent tbc
Saturday 4 August

Julian Nagelsmann will be taking his side to the Champions League via training camps in Bavaria and Austria. © imago

Bayer Leverkusen

Priot to their UEFA Europa League campaign, Die Werkself will play a number of local friendlies before a training camp in Austria.


Roßbach/Verscheid vs. Leverkusen
Wednesday 18 July, Roßbach/Wied, 6pm CEST

Sportfreunde Siegen vs. Leverkusen
Saturday 21 July, Siegen, 3pm CEST

Wuppertaler SV vs. Leverkusen
Tuesday 24 July, Wuppertal, 7pm CEST

Training camp in Zell am See-Kaprun (AUT)
29 July – 5 August

Leon Bailey has a training camp in Austria to look forward to this summer. © imago

RB Leipzig

Leipzig’s pre-season plans have been thrown into disarray somewhat by Eintracht Frankfurt’s DFB Cup triumph. Die Roten Bullen must now reach the Europa League group stage from the second qualifying round, which begins on 26 July and would involves six matches by 30 August. The new Bundesliga season commences on 24 August. The club have, however, still found time for a training camp and a number of friendlies against teams that are yet to be confirmed.


Europa League qualifiers draw
Tuesday 19 June

Friendly vs. Opponent tbc
Friday 20 July, 6:30pm CEST

Friendly vs. Opponent tbc
Tuesday 24 July, 6.30pm CEST

Europa League second round qualifier first leg
Thursday 26 July

Training camp in Seefeld (AUT)
27 July – 5 August

Europa League second round qualifier second leg
Thursday 2 August

Friendly vs. Opponent tbc
Friday 3 August

Europa League third round qualifier first leg
Thursday 9 August

Friendly vs. Opponent tbc
Friday 10 August

Europa League third round qualifier second leg
Thursday 16 August

Europa League play-off round qualifier first leg
Thursday 23 August

Europa League play-off round qualifier second leg
Thursday 30 August

With the World Cup final on 15 July, Timo Werner could have just 11 days between that and Leipzig's first Europa League qualifier of the season. © gettyimages / Odd Andersen

VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart are yet to announce their schedule for the summer.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt will start the 2018/19 season in the Europa League group stage thanks to their DFB Cup final win over Bayern. Prior to that, they will travel to Salt Lake City for a week and face Real Salt Lake in a friendly. Their remaining pre-season plans are yet to be announced.


Training camp in Salt Lake City (USA)
7-15 July

Real Salt Lake vs. Frankfurt
Tuesday 10 July, Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City (USA), 8pm MT/4am CEST

Carlos Salcedo (l.) and Marco Fabian (r.) will be in Europa League action next season with Frankfurt after lifting the DFB Cup. © gettyimages

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach have announced just the one friendly so far against VfB Lübeck. More fixtures are set to follow.


VfB Lübeck vs. Gladbach
Friday 13 July, Lübeck (GER), 6pm CEST

Hertha Berlin

Hertha will have two training camps and a number of friendlies in pre-season, with a couple in and around Berlin already announced.


Eintracht 1949 vs. Hertha
Wednesday 4 July, Stahnsdorf (GER), 6pm CEST

Training camp in Neuruppin (GER)
12-17 July

Neuruppin vs. Hertha
Thursday 12 July, Neuruppin, 6pm CEST

Training camp in Schladming (AUT)
4-11 August

From Berlin with love: Davie Selke and Hertha are taking the love to the outskirts of the capital ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. © imago / Bernd König

Werder Bremen

Werder have two training camps planned where they will play a number of friendlies. One of two that have already been announced sees them host Spanish side Villarreal at a fan day in Bremen.


Training camp in Zillertal (AUT)
12-21 July

Arminia Bielefeld vs. Bremen
Friday 27 July, Bielefeld, 7pm CEST

Training camp Chiemsee (GER)
4-10 August

Bremen vs. Villarreal
Saturday 11 August, Bremen, 2.30pm CEST


Augsburg are yet to confirm their summer plans.

Augsburg full-back Philipp Max will have some time to regain his breath after a record-breaking season prior to his club's pre-season preparations. © gettyimages / Simon Hofmann


Hannover are yet to confirm their summer plans.


Mainz will contest a number of friendlies locally, with no plans for a training camp abroad yet announced.


DJK-SV Phönix Schifferstadt vs. Mainz
Saturday 30 June, Schifferschadt, 5pm CEST

Regional XI vs. Mainz
Wednesday 4 July, Gensingen, 6.30pm CEST

VfB Ginsheim vs. Mainz
Saturday 7 July, Ginsheim, 7pm CEST

Yoshinori Muto will likely miss Mainz's opening friendlies should Japan progress to the knock-out stage of the World Cup. © gettyimages / Lukas Schulze


Freiburg are set to remain relatively local for most of their pre-season preparations, but will spend a week at a training camp in Austria to begin.


Training camp in Schruns (AUT)
20-28 July

Waldkirch vs. Freiburg
Thursday 5 July, Waldkirch, 6pm CEST

Lahr vs. Freiburg
Sunday 8 July, Lahr, 5pm CEST

Kehler FV vs. Freiburg
Tuesday 10 July, Kehl, 4pm CEST

TuS Efringen-Kirchen vs. Freiburg
Friday 13 July, Efringen-Kirchen, 6pm CEST

FV Ravensburg vs. Freiburg
Thursday 19 July, Ravensburg, 5pm CEST

Opponent tbc
Friday 3 August, Bahlingen

Striker Nils Petersen will miss the start of Freiburg's pre-season should he make Germany's final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. © imago / Beautiful Sports


Wolfsburg are yet to confirm their summer plans.

Fortuna Düsseldorf

Fortuna have already announced a packed schedule ahead of their return to the Bundesliga, including two training camps and friendlies against local clubs around Dusseldorf.


Training camp in Wiesensee (GER)
3-10 July

Fortuna vs. Eisbachtaler SV
Friday 6 July, Wiesensee, 6pm CEST

VfB Wissen vs. Fortuna
Tuesday 10 July, Wissen (GER), 6pm CEST

TSV Meerbusch vs. Fortuna
Saturday 14 July, Dusseldorf, 1pm CEST

Wegberg Beeck vs. Fortuna
Wednesday 18 July, Wegberg, 7pm CEST

Training camp in Maria Alm (AUT)
19-27 July

VfL Benrath vs. Fortuna
Tuesday 14 August, Dusseldorf, 6pm CEST

After lifting the Bundesliga 2 title, Fortuna have some time to recover ahead of their return to the Bundesliga. © imago / Norbert Schmidt


Nuremberg have also announced a busy schedule, which includes a number of friendlies around southern Germany and a training camp to the German-speaking region of South Tyrol in Italy, where they will face Serie A side Bologna.


Erlangen-Bruck vs. Nuremberg
Sunday 8 July, Erlangen, 5pm CEST

Seligenporten vs. Nuremberg
Thursday 12 July, Seligenporten, time tbc

Training camp in Lichtenfels (GER)
13-15 July

Halle vs. Nuremberg
Saturday 14 July, Lichtenfels, time tbc

Regional XI vs. Nuremberg
Wednesday 18 July, Crailsheim, time tbc

Würzburger Kickers vs. Nuremberg
Saturday 21 July, Würzburg, 6pm CEST

Training camp in South Tyrol (ITA)
27 July – 5 August

Bologna vs. Nuremberg
Saturday 4 August, Brixen (ITA), time tbc

Opponent tbc
Sunday 12 August, Nuremberg, time tbc

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