Mixed results for title hopefuls

Schalke got their Bundesliga title bid off to the perfect start with a 3-0 win over Hanover. Die Königsblauen were 2-0 up after just seven minutes courtesy of goals from Marcelo Bordon and Kevin Kuranyi, who added a third after the hour mark.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen, bereft of star playmaker Diego, who is representing Brazil at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament, emerged from their visit to Arminia Bielefeld with a 2-2 draw. Wolfsburg, who have splashed out 25 million euros in the transfer market, beat newly-promoted Cologne 2-1.

Borsussia Dortmund came away from their trip to Bayer Leverkusen with a 3-2 success, the goals coming from Nelson Valdez, Florian Kringe and Neven Subotic. And Bundesliga newcomers Hoffenheim enjoyed their first game in the top flight, sweeping aside Energie Cottbus 3-1.

Sunday's programme pits Eintracht Frankfurt against Hertha Berlin, while Borussia Monchengladbach will host Stuttgart. On Friday, Jurgen Klinsmann's reign as Bayern Munich coach got off to a disappointing start with the injury-hit German champions being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hamburg.

"We've got a lot of work in front of us," said Klinsmann, who was missing Franck Ribery and Luca Toni. "Some players only started training very late (after UEFA EURO 2008)."