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DFL to publish league schedule on 29 June

Which club will the German record champions take on in the 2016/17 Bundesliga opener? This is one of the most exciting questions for Bayern fans during the summer break, and the German Football League (DFL) will provide an answer on 29 June, when it releases the fixture schedules for the top flight and Bundesliga 2. One thing is certain: the reigning champions will contest the opener on home turf on 26 August at 20.30 CET. The Bundesliga 2 season starts three weeks earlier on 5 August.

Birthday serenade for Götze, dress rehearsal for Germany

A musical moment for the Germany national team on the last day of the training camp in Ascona. On Friday the German players sang a birthday serenade for Mario Götze, who turned 24. Subsequently the world champions prepared for their dress rehearsal for the upcoming Euro 2016, a friendly against Hungary in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday at 18.00 CET. Head coach Joachim Löw is likely to predominantly field those players who will take on Ukraine in the first group match in Lille. FCB pros Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller, who took a breather in last week's 3-1 defeat to Slovakia, will probably make an appearance against Euro participants Hungary.