The Bundesliga may be perhaps best known for the unpredictability of its teams, and although in the past couple of years, FC Schalke have fared well in the Bundesliga, their status among the top 4 isn’t necessarily cemented. They have not made any significant signings this window besides bringing in youth talent Leon Goretzka, but also have not lost any main players during the summer. The constant speculation surrounding Huntelaar has subsided after signing an extended contract in January. Their main competition for a Champions League spot, Bayer Leverkusen, have seen their star player Schurrle depart for greener pastures and have brought in Korean international Son Heung-Min as his replacement. While the Korean has proven himself in the Bundesliga and his tricky wing play can accompany Kiessling up front, Schurrle will be a tough loss for Leverkusen to stomach, leaving Sami Hyypia hoping for another big signing before the window closes.
Fallen giants Werder Bremen have struggled in the past couple of seasons and will be entering their first season in more than a decade without club legend and former manager Thomas Schaaf. The club appointed Robin Dutt, who has previously overseen operations at Bayer Leverkusen and SC Freiburg. He will have big shoes to fill with a squad that has lost their main attraction in Kevin De Bruyne. Besides making Nils Petersen’s loan spell from Bayern Munich permanent, the club has failed to make any substantial movements in the transfer window and will find it hard to compete for Europe this season. Players like Elia and Akpala have failed to impress after their much hyped transfers to Werder and their employers will be hoping that they can find some new inspiration in their second season at the club.
Last season’s surprise package, Eintracht Frankfurt, will want to continue improving their form, which saw them clinch a Europa League place after having been promoted the same year. Their talisman and captain, Pirmin Schwegler, has decided to stay in Frankfurt for the season, despite heavy interests from clubs around the Bundesliga. This means Frankfurt will likely start the new season with the same players with which they ended last season, and for a team that overachieved, that can only mean a good thing.
This season will also see Hertha BSC Berlin rejoin the Bundesliga after having been relegated controversially in 2012 against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Berlin has been struggling to maintain their stay in the top flight and have been bouncing between the two divisions. Berlin won the 2. Bundesliga by a healthy margin and will have to continue their streak in order to avoid a third relegation in 5 years. The other promoted team, Eintracht Braunschweig, have found their way back into the Bundesliga after a lengthy absence, which saw them toil away in the country’s Regionalliga. The team will have a hard time staying up and most likely will end up getting relegated this season.