On Friday at 3.30 pm at the Allianz Arena Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim will be on the pitch for the first match of the German championship 2018-19. Once again, the European tournament starts with the promise that the Bavarians will show their superiority in the field, confirm the status of favorites and win the dispute again.
The biggest holder of 27 titles, and the current sixth Bundesliga champion, the Munich team has a new function on the bench. After the passages of the experienced Louis Van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarian club is led by the Croatian Niko Kovac, only 46 years old, but collected passages for his national team and the Frankfurt club in which he won the German Cup last season.
In the field the Bayern occupation did not undergo major changes. The highlight of the German club's transfer window was due to the sale of Arturo Vidal to Barcelona, in a negotiation of around 20 million euros (about R $ 86 million at that time).
Regarding reinforcements, the period of new appointments was timid for Bavaria. Alphonso Davies, only 18, has defined Munich as his destination after he surprised the MLS (American Football League) with his good performance and status of promise. Besides him, Leon Goretzka, Renato Sanches and Serge Gnabry (the last two recurring loans) were other young players who joined the team.
Borussia is reformulated to try to return to the golden age
With only 55 points in fourth place (behind Bayern, Schalke and Hoffenheim) in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund "made the mistake" and made changes to the technical and casting committee to resume their golden age. The yellow and black team was the last to interrupt Bayern's victorious cycle: they were two-time champions in 2011 and 2012.
For this, the board of the club hired the Swiss coach Lucien Favre as coach. The captain, who came to work with Marco Reus in Borussia Mönchengladbach, made a good campaign last season and led the Nice of French football.
The changes were great on the field. Abdou Diallo (Mainz), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) and Axel Witsel (TJ Quanjian) are the main names of the 11 reinforcements hired by the team. As far as the outings are concerned, Borussia must feel the eclipse of the Greek defender Sokratis, midfielder Gonzalo Castro and striker Michy Batshuayi, loaned by Chelsea to Valencia.
Vice last season Schalke the Brazilian Naldo as one of the top leaders
Schalke 04 made a good campaign in the Bundesliga 2017-18 and finished second with 18 wins, nine draw and seven losses. Under the command of the young Italian Domenico Tedesco, only 32 years old, the German team has a Brazilian leadership in his team.
It is the defender Naldo, 35, who has been in Gelsenkirchen for two years. His trajectory in German football "does not come from yesterday": in 2005 he left the youth and beat Werder Bremen, where he stayed until 2012, when he signed with Wolfsburg, his previous club.
To repeat last season, Schalke spent about 37 million euros on the transfer window and was reinforced with nine players. However, the team suffered significant losses, such as those of Max Meyer (now in Crystal Palace) and Howedes (Lokomotiv Moscow).
Hoffenheim, Red Bull Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen are looking for the honor
Besides the three mentioned teams, three other teams also have a real chance of a respectable position in this edition of the German championship. Hoffenheim, led by the young Julian Nagelsmann, only 31 years old, finished third in the last edition of the tournament and promises to repeat the surprising campaign again. However, Nagelsmann has an expiry date to leave the team after having signed with RB Leipzig and promised to run the club from the season 2019-20.
Leipzig is also dependent on good performances on the field of their two best talents to squeeze a berth in European competitions. The Swedish Emil Forsberg and the German striker Timo Werner are respectively 26 and 22 and are the bets of the Ralf Rangnick team.
Finally, Bayer Leverkusen, a tradition team in Germany and holder of the fifth place in 2017-18, also believes in the talent of their young stars to achieve bigger goals this time. Paulinho, former Vasco, is the name to be observed by the large teams and divisions around the world.