Ex-champs clash in Bundesliga
Former Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich clash this weekend after contrasting starts to the season. While Die Wölfe are on a high after making a winning start last weekend, fallen giants Bayern need to recover from an opening-day defeat when they face off at the VW-Arena.
"It would be crazy of me to say it is nothing special," said Wolfsburg's former Bayern midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic to the Munchner Merkur newspaper. "I spent nine years with the club and won numerous titles there."
Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath also has a memorable history with the Bavarians having led them to back-to-back league and cup doubles in 2005 and 2006. After only narrowly avoiding relegation with Wolfsburg last season, he is now trying to revive the club to what they were under him in 2009, when they won the title.
However, Bayern cannot afford to drop any more points as they bid to avoid a repeat of their poor start to last season which they were never able to recover from. "The important thing is that we get back on track," said their director of sport Christian Nerlinger. "I am convinced that the team will provide the right answer in Wolfsburg."
Another of Magath's former clubs, Stuttgart, made a flying start to the season with a 3-0 victory over Schalke last weekend and they will be looking to make it two wins from two when they travel to Bayern's conquerors Borussia Monchengladbach.
Defending champions Borussia Dortmund looked like they are once again going to be the team to beat this season when they swept Hamburg aside last Friday night. They travel to Hoffenheim, who are still reeling about a controversial goal which cost them a point against Hannover last weekend.
Hannover travel to Nuremberg at the start of one of the most important weeks in their recent history with the visit of Sevilla to the Niedersachsenstadion in the UEFA Europa League on the agenda next week while Mainz, who were also successful on the opening day of the season, but whose European campaign is already over, head to Freiburg.
Sunday's big match pits Bayer Leverkusen with Werder Bremen while Augsburg go in search of their first ever Bundesliga three points at Kaiserslautern. Finally, Schalke and Cologne both look to bounce back from opening day disappointments as they meet in a bottom-of-the-table clash at the Arena AufSchalke, and Hamburg host Hertha Berlin.