The 2. Bundesliga season begins on Friday August 3 with three matches while the top-tier kickoff is set for Friday August 24, when holders Borussia Dortmund host Werder Bremen. Here is a look at some of the recent friendly results and lineups for German clubs as they prepare for the upcoming season.
Bayern München lost 3-2 to Napoli before leaving their Trentino training camp Sunday to head to China for friendlies this week. David Alaba and Rafinha both suffered injuries in the test match with the Italian side and each may miss 4-6 weeks, while Coach Jupp Heynckes has decided to leave Bayern stars Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger behind for individual training and recuperation.
Alaba was a goal scorer against Napoli, but suffered a stress fracture to his left foot later in the match. Newcomer Xherdan Shaqiri scored the Bavarian’s second goal on a free kick.
Bayern Lineup: Starke – Rafinha (Hojbjerg 46), Van Buyten, Dante, Contento – Tymoshchuk, Luiz Gustavo – Robben, Shaqiri, Alaba (Can 39) – Mandzukic (Pizarro 60)
Hamburger SV 2-1 FC Groningen: The red-shorts have earned a spot in the Peace Cup final played in South Korea by beating Dutch side FC Groningen 2-1. Dennis Aago scored on a penalty while Ivo Ilicevic scored the game winner. Hamburg’s South Korean international Heung-Min Son received applause every time he touched the ball from the Suwon crowd. Son and teammate Zhi Gin Lam suffered knocks during the match but hopefully will be ready for Sunday’s Cup final. According to HSV Coach Thorsten Fink
I am happy with the way the team played. They put a lot into practise what we had discussed before kick off. We deserved to win because we had the better chances. Now we want to win the final
HSV Lineup: Adler – Lam (62.Diekmeier), Bruma, Mancienne, Aogo – Skjelbred (67.Sala), Westermann – Son, Arslan (85.Beister), Jansen (67.Ilicevic) – Berg (76.Rudnevs)
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 Birmingham City Favre’s team played to a 2-2 draw Saturday with Birmingham City. Matthias Zimmerman and Thorben Marx scored late goals to earn the draw with the English club.
Gladbach Lineup: ter Stegen – Zimmermann, Stranzl, Brouwers, Daems – Cigerci (88′ Marx), Nordtveit (80′ Korb) – Arango (73′ Wendt), Hrgota (73′ Bieler) – Mlapa (61′ Rupp), de Camargo (73′ Younes)
Borussia Dortmund 2-4 FC Nürnberg BvB lost for the second time in four test matches, falling to FC Nürnberg 4-2 in the testimonial match for long-time Nurnberg striker Marek Mintal. Mintal scored on a PK, with Hanno Balitsch, Sebastian Polter and Mike Franz also netting for Der Club. Captain Sebastian Kehl scored the game’s first goal, with Polish international Jakub Blaszczykowski’s netting BvB’s second goal.
BvB Lineup: Weidenfeller – Löwe, Subotic (76. Günter), Santana, Kirch (60. Piszczek) – Kehl (60. Blaszczykowski), Bender, Leitner, Großkreutz (60. Perisic), Bittencourt – Schieber (60. Lewandowski)
FC Kaiserslatuern 2-2 Fulham The demoted Red Devils drew 2-2 with Fulham. Ilian Micanski and Albert Bunjaku scored for Kaiserslautern, while former Hamburg man Mladen Petric had a brace for the London club.
FCK Lineup: Sippel – Dick, Yahia, Simunek, Bugera – Derstroff (73′ Vermouth), Borysiuk (80′ Wooten), Alushi (67′ Linsmayer), Fortounis (73′ Azaouagh) – Micanski (80′ Shechter), Bunjaku (46′ Tiffert)
Hertha Berlin 3-2 Norwich City: The Berliners, now coached by former Augsburg man Jos Luhukay, got 3 goals from youngster Elias Kachunga to dispatch Norwich City. The 5’9″ Kachunga is on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach. He scored 10 goals in 17 matches for VfL Osnabruck last year.
Hertha Lineup: Kraft (46′ Burchert) – Morales, Hubnik (46′ Lustenberger), Brooks, Schulz (46′ Holland) – Beichler (46′ Djuricin), Niemeyer (46′ Perdedaj), Kluge (46′ Diring), Knoll (87′ Neumann) – Kachunga, Allagui (46′ Ramos)
Germania Halbserstadt 2-4 VfL Wolfsburg Felix Magath’s side had a brace from Srdjan Lakic, along with goals from newcomer Bas Dost and Patrick Helmes to dispatch the Regional league club.
VfL Lineup: 1st half: Hitz – Schäfer, Pogatetz, Naldo, Träsch – Josue, Arnold – Pilar, Olic – Helmes, Dost 2nd half: Sauß – Orozco, Russ, Knoche, Hasani – Polak – Jiracek, Pekarik – Kahlenberg – Lakic, Dejagah
SV Waldhof Mannheim 0-2 Hoffenheim: Markus Babbel’s Hoffenheim side, which finished 11h in the Bundesliga last season, got goals from newly acquired Eren Derdiyok and American Joseph Gyau in shutting down Mannheim.
Hoffenheim Lineup: Grahl – Beck, Vestergaard, Compper, Thesker – Malbasic (60′ Gyau), Weis, Braafheid, Babel (67′ Gregoritsch) – Volland (60′ Sassi) – Derdiyok (60′ Schipplock)
FK Pirmasens 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt: Armin Veh’s Frankfurt side saw Sonny Kittel and Mohamadou Idrissou net against the Pirmasens club that plays in the Oberliga Rheinland Platz/Saar.
Frankfurt Lineup: Nikolov – Djakpa (65′ Oczipka), Butscher, Jung, Celozzi – Schwegler – Matmour (65′ Aigner), Köhler (65′ Lanig), Kittel – Idrissou, Friend (46′ Inui)
MSV Dusiburg 2-0 Heracles Almelo: The Zebras got two goals from Slovenian Goran Sukalo.
MSV Lineup: Wiedwald – Berberovic (61′ Koch), Hoffmann, Bajic (67′ Kern), Perthel (52′ Wolze) – Brosinski (46′ Kastrati), Sukalo, Öztürk (46′ Lacheb), Brandy (67′ Baljak) – Pamic (80′ Jevtic) – Domovchyiski (46′ Exslager)