The 2010-11 German Bundesliga begins again Friday with a more than mouth watering fixture to start a season which promises to again be one of the most competitive in Europe. The league itself is set to receive added attention stemming from the success of the German national team and various Bundesliga based players at the 2010 World Cup. For new fans, the Bundesliga boasts some of the best football and crowds in all of Europe and remains the model in how to manage the financial aspects of football.
Bundesliga Champions from the past two years Bayern Munich (2009-10) and VFL Wolfsburg (2008-09) will meet at the Allianz Arena in Munich before a packed and anxious crowd to open up the new season. It looks to be business as usual for Bayern Munich who haven’t made any notable transfers besides ending Toni Kroos’ loan deal with Bayern Leverkusen. Wolfsburg begin anew under the tutelage of former England and FC Twente boss Steve McClaren. McClaren’s appointment at Wolfsburg marks the first time an English manager has taken the helm of a club in the Bundesliga and has seen his stock rise again after his success in the Eredivisie with Twente.
Bayern Munich are coming off an incredibly successful season under coach Louis van Gaal who after a slowish start systematically pulled the strings which in turn saw Munich win their 22nd German Championship, reach the final of the Champions League and capture their 15th DFB-Pokal. All previous variables say confidence is running high in Munich as another campaign approaches. World Cup standouts Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Thomas Müller (Germany), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and Mark van Bommel (Netherlands) all apply their trade with Munich and their star power coupled with the brilliant Franck Ribery will ensure another successful season for Bayern.
Wolfsburg finished last campaign in 8th after a slow start under the eye of Armin Veh who was eventually sacked in January. Although Wolfsburg languished domestically, die Wolfe enjoyed a successful European campaign having advanced all the way to the quarter finals of the Europa League before being eliminated by eventual finalists Fulham.
As of press time, Wolfsburg have been successful in swatting off Juventus and their pursuit in all things Edin Džeko related. The 24 year old Bosnian striker scored 29 goals in all competitions for Wolfsburg last season but has been pushing for a move to the Bianconeri since the beginning of the summer. Reports also suggest the want-away goal getter has already agreed to personal terms with Juve and is simply waiting on the two clubs to reach an agreement.