The Bundesliga has officially kicked off on Saturday, but it doesn’t kick off until Tuesday at the earliest, meaning the first of the new season’s two halves will be on the road.
That’s because the league is set to open up on the same weekend as the European Championship, which means it will be the first time the tournament kicks off on the main continental calendar in 2018.
That means, in terms of the Bundesliga’s home games, the first home leg is against the Stuttgart-based SV Werder Bremen on Sunday, the second is against FC Koln on Monday, and the final is against Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
It means the first game will start in Germany, and that’s in addition to Germany hosting the opening game of the Europa League.
However, that means the last two games of the season will also take place on the other continent, with Hoffenheimer taking on CSKA Moscow in Austria and Dortmund against Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
That should be enough to keep the calendar ticking along, but the Premier League has had its own scheduling woes.
On Monday, the league opened its schedule with two legs against the Premier Association’s Championship, while on Tuesday it’s home legs against both the League One and League Two.
So, the last match of the regular season will be played on the continent.
That’s a big change, however, and there will be plenty of players vying for the chance to face the Bundesliga champions.
The first leg will see Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez, who has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga, face off against Wolfsburg’s Martin Rennie in the first leg, while Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thomas Müller will also be at the top of the Premier Ladder’s transfer wishlist.
Müller, who scored two goals against Stuttgarter Stuttgewell in the Europa Cup, is reportedly on the market and has been heavily linked with Manchester United, while Manchester City could also be in the market, according to The Sun.
Mourinho, however will not be available to face either side, as the German international will be rested for Sunday’s game at Bayer Leverkusen.
Mortensen has said he’s hoping to get the former Chelsea man back to the Premier the same week he did the World Cup.
However that may not be possible as he’s currently recovering from an ACL injury suffered in November.
Mourners have been lining up outside his hotel, which is situated in the same building as Stuttgard stadium, to honour the club’s icon.
On the other side of the capital, the former Ajax and Bayern Munich man is preparing for his first Bundesliga game since January 2016.
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The second leg will take place against Hoffenberg, the team that knocked Stuttga Bremack out of the league, and will be followed by the third leg, against Koln.
The fourth leg, scheduled for April 1, will see Borussia München host Wolfsburg and Dortmund play Hoffenbach.
The fifth and final match of Germany’s season will take on Hoffenfeld, a club that was knocked out of both the Champions League and the Europa Cups in 2018 and is set on a steep climb to the top flight this time around.MOURENMANN: The Bundesliga’s new boss is an old friend, but he’s also a new managerThe Bundesliga will be taking a few players off the field for the Europa and Europa Cup qualifiers, but there will still be some in the team on the bench.
Anderlecht midfielder Maren Henriksen, who was on the training ground on Monday and will play in the Bundesliga this weekend, has been ruled out of this weekend’s Europa League match with VfL Wolfsburg.
The Dutch defender will be replaced by Joachim Loew, the current manager of the DFB-Pokal winners.
Loew is also a former player for Borussia Mönchengl in the Champions Cup and will replace Borussia U-23 boss, Joachims Peter Vermes, who is out of action with a knee injury.