Bundesliga season kicks off with some top fixtures
The first matches of the 60th season may already give some clue as to the direction in which the respective clubs will be heading this season.
Berlin (dpa) - This Friday, the Bundesliga will be kicking off its 60th season with a cracker of a match: Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt will be playing at home against reigning German champions Bayern Munich. Particular attention will be paid to two new players: FC Bayern brought in Sadio Mané (on the right) from Liverpool FC to replace top striker Robert Lewandowski, who moved to FC Barcelona. And Frankfurt have strengthened their squad with Mario Götze (on the left), who catapulted Germany to the World Cup title eight years ago.
As in previous years, Bayern Munich are the favourites to win the championship. Only Didi Hamann, a football commentator and ex-national player who is respected and feared in equal measure, disagrees: he expects Dortmund to take the number one spot – ahead of Bayern, Leverkusen and Leipzig. The comeback of Schalke and Werder, which were relegated last year, will also be followed with interest. They have a broad fan base and have no intention of being relegated again.
The World Cup in Qatar has also resulted in changes to the match schedule. The first section will end after the last match on matchday 15 on 13 November 2022. On 20 January 2023, play will be resumed on matchday 16.
The 1st matchday at a glance:
Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayern Munich
Union Berlin - Hertha BSC
FC Augsburg - SC Freiburg
VfL Bochum - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Bor. Mönchengladbach - TSG Hoffenheim
VfL Wolfsburg - Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund - Bayer Leverkusen
VfB Stuttgart - RB Leipzig
1. FC Cologne - FC Schalke 04