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First workout at FCB for Douglas Costa

He looks good in red! Early on Friday evening, Douglas Costa completed his first training session at the Säbener Strasse as an FC Bayern player. Pep Guardiola briefly introduced the newcomer prior to the day’s second squad workout, to the applause of the Brazilian’s new team-mates. Costa, who joins the Reds from Shakhtar Donetsk, will be officially unveiled at Saturday’s Allianz FC Bayern Team Presentation. Jérôme Boateng was also back out on the practice ground for the first time since his vacation. The World Cup winner turned in a few gentle laps of the facility.

Rode returns, Robben takes a break

Sebastian Rode has been obliged to take it easy this week due to a bruised ankle, but the  midfielder completed the full squad programme on Friday. Arjen Robben, who used Thursday’s day off for a voluntary extra session, sat out the team workout and will restrict himself to fitness work over the next few days. “I’m basically in very good shape, but I was out injured for a long time before the summer break. I have to be sensible and spread the burden. I’m working my way back gently. Once we get to the important games in the Supercup, DFB Cup and the Bundesliga, I need to be properly fit,” Robben informed

Strieder switches to Utrecht

Rico Strieder has joined FC Utrecht. The midfielder spent 12 years at FCB, appearing at every youth level for the club and captaining the reserves, although injury restricted him to only eight Regional League outings last term. However, Strieder still made his first-team debut on 2 May this year in the away meeting with Leverkusen. “Rico wanted to seize his chance. He’s always been very loyal, we wish him all the best and we’ll keep an eye on how he his career unfolds,” said junior team sporting director Heiko Vogel. Strieder will play for a familiar coach at Utrecht as former Bayern reserves boss Erik ten Hag recently took the helm at the Dutch first division club.

Germany v Italy at the Allianz Arena

A treat awaits football fans in Munich on 29 March 2016 in the build-up to EURO 2016 in France when world champions Germany face four-time World Cup winners Italy in a friendly at the Allianz Arena. The teams have met 32 times in all with Germany winning seven, drawing ten and losing 15. The prestige duel takes place in Munich for the first time.