The Bundesliga returns to FOX Sports activities this weekend. Bayern Munich takes goal at a document fifth straight title whereas principal rivals Dortmund and Leverkusen have stocked up on expertise this summer time, prepared to offer chase. A number of People are additionally gearing up for giant seasons with their golf equipment. This is a take a look at 17 gamers to maintain your eye on in Germany this season.
For those who take a look at Reus’ medical file, you may assume he was an Arsenal participant. After lacking forty three video games for Dortmund during the last three years, in addition to the Euros and the final World Cup for Germany, can the Rolls Reus lastly keep out of the store? If he can, Reus might salvage what’s left of his prime years of his profession and assist Dortmund make a critical run at Bayern. Photograph: Alexandre Simoes
Lewandowski turned the primary Bundesliga participant in 39 years to crack the 30-objective mark final season, and he’ll as soon as once more bear the scoring load for the 4-time defending champions. As the one confirmed No. 9 on the roster, Bayern can’t afford Lewandowksi to go down with an damage or fall right into a droop. Don’t anticipate the latter to occur. Photograph: Boris Streubel
Gomez loved a profession renaissance at Besiktas and made probably the most of his second probability with the German nationwide group on the Euros this summer time. Now he joins a Wolfsburg staff that desperately wanted a prime striker after dropping Max Kruse and Andre Schurrle to Bundesliga rivals. After a disappointing eightth-place end final season, the Wolves want Gomez to be successful. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann
After scoring 26 objectives in forty video games throughout all competitions, it’ll be actually robust for Chicharito to trump his debut season with Leverkusen, however he’s obtained an opportunity to. The membership surrounded Hernandez with much more expertise this summer time, and will he keep wholesome – like, not falling down the steps at his residence – anticipate one other huge yr from the Mexico star. Photograph: Mika Volkmann
Hamburg have been a multitude for the previous couple of seasons now, and an anemic offense was the most important cause why. Enter Wooden, whose 17 objectives final season for Energie Cottbus have been good for third-most within the 2. Bundesliga and earned him a transfer as much as the primary division. The rising U.S. nationwide group star ought to see lots of time this season and should have even supplanted Pierre-Michel Lasogga because the starter this summer time. Photograph: Joachim Sielski
Tabbed as one of the crucial thrilling prospects in Germany a summer time in the past, Dahoud didn’t disappoint, tallying 5 objectives and 9 assists in his first full season with the senior squad. Gladbach reportedly rejected gives from each Liverpool and PSG for the 20-yr-previous this summer time, however the Foals gained’t have the ability to maintain Dahoud perpetually. Watch him within the Bundesliga when you can. Photograph: Christian Verheyen
Götze’s expertise has by no means been questioned, however since becoming a member of Bayern three years in the past little has gone proper for him at membership degree. Dortmund will hope Götze’s return rekindles a number of the magic that helped them win two Bundesliga titles collectively, however he first has to show deserving of filling the playmaker position left by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Right here’s what we do know: No Bundesliga participant might be extra scrutinized and over-analyzed this season than Götze. Photograph: Alexandre Simoes
After a sluggish begin to his Bayern profession, Vidal arguably turned the membership’s most essential participant after the winter break, persistently enjoying at his greatest within the largest video games. On a group filled with talent gamers, the Chilean’s tenacity and impeccable work fee continues to make him invaluable when Bayern face groups able to matching their very own sensible assault. Photograph: Half Size/Sascha Steinbach
How a lot does “The Hunter” have left within the tank? That figures to be the important thing query at Schalke. Although he didn’t present indicators of slowing down final yr, Huntelaar is now 33 and a striker’s manufacturing often falls off considerably as they attain their mid-30s. Photograph: VCG
Say hey to Chicharito’s new associate in crime in Leverkusen. The Werkself spent a membership-document €20 million for the versatile 23-yr-previous attacker, who scored 33 objectives in 4 seasons with Hoffenheim. How nicely the 2 forwards gel will play an enormous half in figuring out if Leverkusen can keep nearer to Bayern and Dortmund this season. Photograph: Christof Koepsel
The united statesinternational arrived at Bremen with excessive hopes however missed virtually the whole season to a critical hip damage, scoring simply 2 objectives in 6 video games earlier than hitting the shelf in late September. The prolonged layoff made Johannsson virtually an afterthought, however after dropping Anthony Ujah in the summertime and Claudio Pizarro now 37 (he can’t hold doing this ceaselessly, proper? Proper??), Bremen will hope for an enormous bounce-again season. Photograph: ullstein bild
Draxler made it abundantly clear he needed to go away Wolfsburg this summer time, and when the membership refused, the 22-yr-previous claimed a promise had been damaged. The entire episode might threaten to have an effect on him negatively, however the feeling right here is Draxler ought to use it as motivation and pressure a switch subsequent summer time with a a lot greater season than his final (5 objectives, 5 assists). Photograph: Half Size/Matthias Kern
Of Dortmund’s eight signings this summer time, the underrated Rode might transform crucial. Rode couldn’t crack into Bayern’s first staff, however was one among Germany’s most promising defensive midfielders when he arrived. Now tasked with changing Ilkay Gundogan, Rode already confirmed what he can do with a prime efficiency in Dortmund’s Tremendous Cup loss to Bayern. Photograph: Oliver Hardt
Costa exploded onto the scene final season, making forty three appearances throughout all competitions, tallying 7 objectives and 12 assists. The Brazilian winger terrorized Bundesliga full backs and figures to be relied upon closely once more this yr with the well being of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery continually in limbo. Photograph: AFP_B183A/TOBIAS SCHWARZ
Brooks might have been the USA’ greatest participant on the Copa America Centenario and was a key member of a Hertha group that simply missed out on an automated berth within the Europa League final season. Hertha misplaced within the qualification spherical this month, however one thing good is beginning to develop within the German capital. Brooks is an enormous a part of that. Photograph: AFP_AB4SZ/JOHN MACDOUGALL
Schalke may have watched Germany’s Olympic performances with glee as Meyer was one of many instrumental members of the silver-medal winners, even scoring the equalizer within the last. Meyer, who turns 21 subsequent month, has already been a starter at Schalke for nearly three full seasons. With Leroy Sane gone, anticipate the highlight to fall on him extra frequently. Photograph: Zhong Zhi
The dynamic 21-yr-previous from Guinea turned down Arsenal to signal with the Bundesliga debutants after being named Participant of the Season in Austria with Salzburg. A goalscoring field-to-field midfielder who calls Yaya Toure his idol, Keita has massive aspirations for the longer term identical to his new membership, and this season must be each of their coming-out events. Photograph: Matej Divizna
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