Bundesliga begins

Bundesliga begins
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The 2011/2012 Bundesliga season begins on Friday when champions Borussia Dortmund kick start their title defence.

The festivities of their title winning celebrations now a distant memory.

The Westphalians, who lifted the trophy for the first time since 2003, open up their 2012 account with a home game against Hamburg.

But coach Juergen Klopp will have to start the new campaign without his top goalscorer from the last two seasons, Lucas Barrios, after the Paraguay striker

was ruled out for five to six weeks with an injury sustained in last months copa America final.

Bayern Munich finished a disappointing third last season and the Bavarians will be eager to regain the title they lost to Dortmund last term.

A host of fresh blood has been injected into the club notably Germany number one Manuel Neuer.

This fan said ‘‘Manuel Neuer is one of the best if not the best goal keeper in the world and that is a huge boost for Bayern.”

Jupp Heynckes has also returned to Bayern replacing Louis Van Gaal at the helm.

“The team of coaches around Jupp Heynckes has done a perfect job over the years in Leverkusen as well as before that. And they will bring Bayern back to form.’‘

Bayern have a few injury concerns ahead of their opener against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery may once again miss the start as both men are nursing ankle injuries.

Elsewhere last season’s runners up Bayer Leverkusen travel to Mainz on Sunday.

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