McClaren facing tough baptism
Steve McClaren will face a baptism of fire on the opening weekend of the new Bundesliga season with his Wolfsburg side scheduled to travel to defending champions Bayern Munich.
McClaren, who led Twente to the Eredivisie crown last term before making the switch to the Volkswagen Arena, will lead his side out at the imposing Allianz Arena on Friday 20 August. Bayern also landed the DFB-Pokal last season as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League final where they lost to Inter Milan, then under Jose Mourinho.
Elsewhere on the opening weekend, 2009/10 runners-up Schalke go to Hamburg while fellow Champions League qualifiers Werder Bremen visit Hoffenheim. Borussia Dortmund meet Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz host Stuttgart and Hannover take on Eintracht Frankfurt.
Last season's 2.Bundesliga champions Kaiserslautern face a trip to Cologne while fellow new-boys St Pauli go to Freiburg. Nurnberg, who beat Augsburg in a play-off to retain their place in the top flight, visit Borussia Monchengladbach.