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Bundesliga: The Germans are coming

With the Bundesliga set to begin, it remains to be seen if someone can break Bayern Munich’s long-time domination.

Published: 16th August 2017 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2017 08:54 AM   |  A+A-

Bayern Munich won by a country mile and then some. | AP

By Express News Service

With the Bundesliga set to begin this weekend, it remains to be seen if someone can break Bayern Munich’s long-time domination over the league.  Express takes a look at how the teams are shaping up.

Fixtures (7.30pm unless specified):  Sat: Bayern vs Bayer (12.00 am), Wolfsburg vs Dortmund, Mainz vs Hannover, Schalke vs Leipzig, Hamburger vs  Augsburg, Hertha vs Stuttgart, TSG vs  Werder. Sun: Freiburg vs Eintracht,  Gladbach vs Koln (9.30 pm).

Big signings: Munich’s purchases of Corentin Tolisso (bottom) for £37.35m is the headline-grabbing transfer. Also Mahmoud Dahoud was bought by new Dortmund manager Peter Bosz (left) for £10.80m, a throwaway price.

Favourites

Bayern won by a country mile and then some. They won the league ahead of RB Leipzig by 15 points, the biggest margin in Europe’s top five leagues. They have further strengthened with class signings all over the pitch. But Leipzig, who have managed to hold on to Naby Keita so far, could emerge strong contenders to stave off Dortmund’s challenge for second spot. 

Last season’s top five

Bayern
Leipzig
Dortmund
Hoffenheim
FC Koln

Note:  Serie A and La Liga will be featured on subsequent days. 

Big challenge

Dortmund, only a few seasons ago, were Champions League finalists. Since that time, their stock has fallen down tremendously. They are still an attractive proposition but question marks surround the futures of both Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng. The highly-rated manager Thomas Tuchel has made way for Bosz. Can they remain in the top four? 

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