Friday date for first cup meeting

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Another Friday appointment for FC Bayern: not only will the German record champions contest their first two Bundesliga fixtures on a Friday evening, but also their first DFB Cup encounter. On Thursday morning the German FA (DFB) announced that the cup holders travel to face fourth-division FC Carl Zeiss Jena on 19 August at 20.45 CET.

kicker rankings: FCB trio rated world class

After the EURO 2016 authoritative football weekly kicker has published its traditional rankings of German football, and the Bavarians dominate them once again. Manuel Neuer is rated 'world class' as netminder, as are Jérôme Boateng and new FCB signing Mats Hummels in the centre-back category. Javi Martínez finished fourth, rated 'international class', Bayern starlet Joshua Kimmich came in 11th in the next-best ranking.

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