It’s almost time for the new Bundesliga season to get going.
Bayern Munich, who sealed the 2020/21 title with three games to spare, have now won the Bundesliga nine seasons in a row, and its their thirtieth title since the league was founded.
Expect 34 matchdays this season, starting with an evening fixture between Borussia Monchengladbach and reigning champions Bayern Munich on Friday, August 13 at Borussia-Park. Again, the Bundesliga website has a comprehensive fixtures.
The traditional early season DFL Supercup game takes place on Tuesday, August 17 at Signal Iduna Park (which you may also know as BVB Stadion Dortmund or Westfalenstadion). Here, 2020/21 league winners Bayern Munich will play DFB-Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund (the closest competition in English football would be the FA Community Shield).
The season is scheduled to wrap up on May 14, 2022 as things currently stand.
Before the Bundesliga pauses for its winter break on December 19, there will be three international breaks: the first coming after Matchday 3, the second after Matchday 7 and the third between Matchdays 11 and 12.
Other key dates for the diary are the first round of the DFB Cup on 6-9 August, the second round on 26/27 October and just the one Englische Woche – or midweek round of matches – Matchday 16 on 14/15 December. Matchday 18 gets underway on 7 January 2022, with the season coming to its conclusion on 14 May, followed a week later by the DFB Cup final in Berlin and the play-off between the Bundesliga’s 16th-placed team and the side third in Bundesliga 2 on 19 and 23 May.