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Fixtures finalised through Xmas

Bayern will sign off for the annual mid-season break this year with two evening matches under floodlights, according to the finalised fixture schedule for Bundesliga Matchdays 12 to 17 released by the German Football League (DFL) on Thursday. Germany’s most successful club welcome SC Freiburg to the Allianz Arena at 8 pm on Tuesday 16 December on Bundesliga Matchday 16, before FCB round off the footballing year with the trip to FSV Mainz at 8.30 pm three days later. Prior to the final matches in the run-up to the holidays, all Bayern’s games from Matchday 12 onwards are on Saturdays. Click here for the updated fixture list.

No training on Thursday

Thursday was a chance for the FCB stars to relax, top up the batteries and prepare for the stern tasks ahead as boss Pep Guardiola rewarded his men for going top of the standings in the 4-0 win over SC Paderborn with a day off. However, Philipp Lahm and Co will be back at the Säbener Strasse facility on Friday to begin preparations for the away double-header against FC Köln on Saturday and CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.