Dortmund, Bayern set for another epic battle

Saturday SC Freiburg     vs     Mainz        15:30    SpVgg Fürth     vs     Bayern FC Augsburg     vs     F Düsseldorf Hamburg SV     vs     Nurnberg M’gladbach     vs     Hoffenheim
Shinji Kagawa is a United player.
Shinji Kagawa is a United player.

Saturday
SC Freiburg     vs     Mainz        15:30    SpVgg Fürth     vs     Bayern
FC Augsburg     vs     F Düsseldorf
Hamburg SV     vs     Nurnberg
M’gladbach     vs     Hoffenheim
Frankfurt     vs     Leverkusen    18:30    Stuttgart     vs     Wolfsburg    20:45   
Sunday
Hannover 96     vs     Schalke 04    17:30   

BERLIN - The Bundesliga is arguably the most open of Europe’s big five leagues, yet when it comes to the crunch this season looks likely to become another battle between Borussia Dortmund and an increasingly frustrated Bayern Munich.

Bayern, Germany’s biggest and brashest club, are still smarting after finishing second to Dortmund in the Bundesliga for the last two seasons, plus the German Cup last term.

Their frustration boiled over when club president Uli Hoeness made an outspoken attack on their rivals from the industrial Ruhr region in a television interview shortly after Dortmund won last year’s title.

“At the moment, what Dortmund have are players who are somewhat hungrier, but they have no world class players,” he said, adding they would have to do well at international level as well to earn his admiration.

For the second season in a row, Dortmund, who kicked off the championship at home to Werder Bremen on Friday, have sold a key member of their title-winning team.

Last time around, it was Nuri Sahin, who departed for Real Madrid and was shunted into the reserves, and now Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa has departed hoping his move to Manchester United turns out to be more fruitful.

Dortmund have, however, replaced Kagawa with Marco Reus - one of the Bundesliga’s hottest properties - from Borussia Moenchengladbach, indicating that they are once again up for the battle.

They also have playmaker Mario Goetze raring to go after an injury-plagued time last season.

 

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