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Friday kick-off for Bundesliga restart clash

The first match of the second half of this Bundesliga season will kick off at 8.30 pm on the evening of Friday 24 January 2014 with FC Bayern away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, the German Football League (DFL) announced on Thursday. The record-holding champions’ new footballing year starts off with a demanding first week. The Wednesday after the opening match (29 January, at 8 pm) Bayern are scheduled for a rearranged fixture against VfB Stuttgart, and on the following Sunday (2 February, 5.30 pm) they will be at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. The next matches against Nürnberg (8 February) and SC Freiburg (15 February) will take place on Saturdays at 3.30 pm. Click here for the full fixture schedule. 

HSV without Adler and Ilicevic

Hamburg SV will be without their number one player in Saturday's match away to Munich. "René Adler won't be able to play due to his ankle injury," HSV coach Bert van Marwijk said on Thursday. Adler sustained the injury the weekend before during his club’s 1-0 home defeat to FC Augsburg. Van Marwijk plans to name Jaroslav Drobny as the stand-in for the 28-year-old first-choice goalkeeper. "He made a good impression in training," explained the coach. The north Germans will also be missing Croat player Ivo Ilicevic, absent due to what Van Marwijk described as "a tragedy in the family".

New Allianz service at the Arena

Winter is coming - and Allianz has thought up something special to reduce waiting times in front of the Arena. Bayern's partner will open the new Allianz Family Entrance for families with children, senior citizens, women and wheelchair users as of the home match against Hamburg, giving them faster and easier access to the stadium. They will also offer the Allianz Shuttle Service, transport from Stadion Fröttmanning underground station to the stadium entrance and back via E-car, to senior citizens, families with children, and persons with reduced mobility. This fantastic service will be available from two hours before the start of the match to one hour after the end of the match.

FCB hits the one million fan mark on Google+

On Wednesday morning FC Bayern hit the milestone one million mark on Google+. One year ago, in December 2013, Germany’s most successful club set up their own fan page - and the rest is history! Within an incredibly short time the FCB page became the most popular German site on Google+. Fans can enjoy the latest posts on FCB's training and matches, as well as current news and events at the club. It is also a regular hangout for the treble-winners’ players and other leading personalities. Check it out at: