From Augsburg to Wolfsburg, what can Germany’s top-flight groups anticipate this season?

The 2021-22 Bundesliga season concluded simply 80 days in the past, and quite a bit has occurred in that comparatively quick span of time. German soccer has loved a little bit of a vacation, gamers have come and gone, and golf equipment have toured the world over as they put together for the 2022-23 marketing campaign.

These preparations have a unique really feel in any respect 18 golf equipment in Germany’s first division. Returning giants of the German recreation like Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen will likely be figuring out how finest to keep away from a second relegation in three seasons, whereas headliners Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will likely be charting one of the best path ahead with out the league’s two finest gamers in recent times, as Robert Lewandowski left for Barcelona and Erling Haaland departed for Manchester Metropolis.

Because the English-language voice of the Bundesliga, Derek Rae is intimately aware of Germany’s historical past makers and up-and-comers alike, so who higher to stroll us by what all 18 groups within the nation’s high flight can anticipate within the 2022-23 season?

Leap to: Augsburg | Bayern | Bochum | Bremen | Cologne | Dortmund | Eintracht | Freiburg | Gladbach | Hertha | Hoffenheim | Leipzig | Leverkusen | Mainz | Schalke | Stuttgart | Union | Wolfsburg

Transfers in: Arne Maier (Hertha Berlin), Maximilian Bauer (Greuther Furth), Ermedin Demirovic (Freiburg), Elvis Rexhbecaj (Wolfsburg)
Transfers out: Jan Moravek (launched), Alfred Finnbogason (launched), Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg)
2021-22 end: 14th
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Reece Oxford
Will their supervisor final the season? No

Is that this the season when Augsburg lastly get relegated? It may be. Enrico Maassen is the brand new coach, and he is been charged with the duty of discovering an identification for this membership, and this has been the issue going again a variety of years. Markus Weinzierl, in his second spell answerable for the membership in 2021-22, could not reproduce the identification they solid within the first half of final decade.

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With out Gregoritsch — his objectives have been so necessary within the second half of final season — they might wrestle to seek out inspiration in entrance of objective. They’ve USMNT striker Ricardo Pepi, in fact, and his January signing was a giant story, however he didn’t make an impression and I am undecided he is going to have the ability to get into the staff in 2022-23.

Predicted end: seventeenth

Transfers in: Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague)
Transfers out: Lucas Alario (Eintracht Frankfurt), Julian Baumgartlinger (launched)
2021-22 end: third
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Patrik Schick
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Is that this the season for the membership unfairly dubbed “Neverkusen” to finish a silverware drought stretching again three a long time? I am not going to say it will likely be, but it surely’s secure to opine that Leverkusen have hardly ever seemed in higher form approaching a brand new marketing campaign.

By saying contract extensions for Schick and Florian Wirtz, Bayer 04 gave deceive the notion that they are only a high-profile steppingstone for presented younger gamers. Wirtz continues to be recovering from a torn cruciate ligament and can want all his time to be prepared for the World Cup. Nonetheless, the purpose is the highest gamers — Moussa Diaby included — stay on the membership.

There’s a stability about Leverkusen that’s admirable and that is a credit score to educate Gerardo Seoane, embarking on his second season with the Werksclub (the manufacturing unit membership). Seoane confirmed he can tweak his lineup and techniques in accordance with the size of the duty wanted, though the popular emphasis is on slick, eye-catching, attacking soccer.

Simon Rolfes, now sporting CEO in his personal proper having succeeded the retiring Rudi Voller, has one of the crucial spectacular scoring networks wherever and it reveals. Leverkusen have by no means seemed as properly ready to purpose excessive, though their DBF-Pokal exit by the hands of third-tier Elversberg on Saturday is a stumble out of the blocks they might’ve achieved with out.

Predicted end: 2nd

Bayern Munich

Transfers in: Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Mathys Tel (Rennes)
Transfers out: Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund), Marc Roca (Leeds United), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Omar Richards (Nottingham Forest), Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace)
2021-22 end: 1st
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Sadio Mane
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Whereas Julian Nagelsmann succeeded in guiding Bayern to a milestone tenth successive Meisterschale, it was the minimal requirement for Germany’s largest and strongest membership. The second half of the season particularly was lower than the requirements anticipated in Munich with the Champions League elimination at Villarreal’s fingers nonetheless a painful reminiscence.

Nagelsmann did not tinker a lot with the formulation bequeathed to him by Hansi Flick however anticipate tactical modifications this season, particularly because the post-Lewandowski years start. In Mane, Bayern have signed a real world star whose flexibility — he can play large or simply off the entrance — will enchantment to his coach. Nagelsmann cannot complain about beforehand maligned sporting chief Hasan Salihamidzic, who has had his finest summer time ever, bringing in not simply Mane but in addition De Ligt, Gravenberch, Mazraoui and the precocious Tel.

But questions nonetheless abound. Can De Ligt, as soon as he will get his health up, be the organisational chief Bayern have lacked on the again? How does Nagelsmann get the gifted Jamal Musiala into the staff? Will Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry present that their second-half-of-the-campaign slumps represented a mere aberration?

Predicted end: 1st



Alphonso Davies seems to be ahead to having Sadio Mane on his aspect after going through off with him within the Champions League.

Transfers in: Kevin Stoger (Mainz), Philipp Forster (Stuttgart)
Transfers out: Jurgen Locadia (launched), Milos Pantovic (Union Berlin), Maxim Leitsch (Mainz), Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton), Sebastian Polter (Schalke)
2021-22 end: thirteenth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Kevin Stoger
Will their supervisor final the season? No

Final season, upon their return to the Bundesliga, Bochum scaled spectacular heights. This season, it should be troublesome to match that trajectory.

They’ve misplaced Bella-Kotchap to Southampton, they’ve misplaced Leitsch to Mainz — two of one of the best examples of progress for Bochum youth — Polter to Schalke and Pantovic has gone to Union, in order that they’re actually going to must piece issues collectively. They’re fairly properly bedded in, although, they usually have an excellent coach in Thomas Reis.

This will likely be a battle towards the drop for Bochum. They’re going to do properly to keep away from ending within the backside two locations.

Predicted end: 18th

Borussia Dortmund

Transfers in: Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Nico Schlotterbeck (Freiburg), Karim Adeyemi (FC Salzburg), Salih Ozcan (Cologne), Sebastien Haller (West Ham United)
Transfers out: Erling Haaland (Manchester Metropolis), Dan-Axel Zagadou (launched), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Roman Burki (St. Louis Metropolis FC), Steffen Tigges (Cologne)
2021-22 end: 2nd
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Jude Bellingham
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

This seems like 2019 in Dortmund. Three years in the past, after a seemingly spectacular summer time of switch enterprise, all of us questioned if the Schwarzgelben have been prepared to use strain to Bayern. They really made an excellent fist of it early on, earlier than falling away.

Give credit score to new sporting CEO Sebastian Kehl, who has addressed a lot of the membership’s wants. The defence has had a glass jaw for too lengthy, however the signings of Schlotterbeck from Freiburg and Sule from Bayern fall within the genuinely thrilling class. Now not is there a necessity for Mats Hummels to tackle the world whereas all of it falls aside round him. Hummels could not even begin recurrently relying on the formation.



Kasey Keller and Sebastian Salazar debate Borussia Dortmund’s expectations for Gio Reyna.

Adeyemi, whereas not Haaland in type or but substance, has a dynamic high quality that can endear him to the BVB devoted. Haller sadly should first give attention to his restoration after present process surgical procedure to take away a tumor from his testicle, and everybody in German soccer needs him properly.

Edin Terzic returns for his second spell as coach, this time on a everlasting foundation, and it simply feels proper. I nonetheless fear a bit in regards to the full-back or wing-back positions. Raphael Guerreiro, particularly, suffered an unanticipated downturn final time period.

United States worldwide Giovanni Reyna will likely be an necessary a part of the plans as soon as wholesome once more, however Dortmund will not rush him. Bellingham in the meantime has been put in as “third captain,” which tells you all the pieces in regards to the Englishman’s pervasive affect at simply 19.

Predicted end: third

Transfers in: Oscar Fraulo (FC Midtjylland), Ko Itakura (Manchester Metropolis)
Transfers out: Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Breel Embolo (AS Monaco)
2021-22 end: tenth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Lars Stindl
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

There’s appreciable change afoot in North Rhine-Westphalia, and it is best exemplified within the dugout. In has come Daniel Farke, previously of Norwich Metropolis, who will emphasise possession soccer, which is a seismic shift in philosophy from the path the membership had been heading the previous three years underneath first Marco Rose after which Adi Hutter. Adapting to Farke’s ideas won’t be one thing achieved in a single day.

On the pitch, gone are Ginter and Embolo, two pillars of the membership in current seasons. The membership have managed to maintain maintain of Yann Sommer, although, and persuading the goalkeeper to remain put is the sort of stability that will likely be invaluable as Gladbach chart this new course underneath Farke.

From an American perspective, Joe Scally is not prone to begin recurrently, however he seems to be to be first reserve at right-back and right-wing-back, so he’ll have to stay affected person and look forward to his alternatives. That is one thing of a change from final season, when he made 33 appearances with first alternative Stefan Lainer lacking appreciable time with an ankle fracture.

Predicted end: twelfth

Transfers in: Luca Kilian (Mainz), Steffen Tigges (Borussia Dortmund), Sargis Adamyan (Hoffenheim)
Transfers out: Salih Ozcan (Borussia Dortmund)
2021-22 end: seventh
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Anthony Modeste
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Cologne, as a metropolis, lives on emotion and a perpetual sense of dreaming extra than simply about wherever else in Germany. They discovered the perfect coach for Effzeh final season, and Steffen Baumgart obtained his gamers to go the additional mile. One of the memorable photos was Jan Thielmann’s lung-bursting run again and subsequent sort out contained in the field on Reyna towards Dortmund. It was celebrated fairly like a objective.

Cologne, regardless of a looming Europa Convention League marketing campaign, have needed to be modest of their acquisitions out of monetary necessity. Tigges and Adamyan are low(ish)-cost additions who may look good in the suitable surroundings.

Being dumped out of the DFB-Pokal on Saturday by Jahn Regensburg, leaders of the two. Bundesliga within the early days of the 2022-23 marketing campaign, illustrates how tall of a process Cologne face this season.

Predicted end: ninth

Transfers in: Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen), Faride Alidou (Hamburg), Buta (Royal Antwerp), Mario Gotze (PSV Eindhoven), Jens Hauge (Milan), Kristijan Jakic (Dinamo Zagreb), Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes), Jerome Onguene (FC Salzburg), Hrvoje Smolcic (Rijeka)
Transfers out: Aymen Barkok (Mainz), Danny da Costa (Mainz), Stefan Ilsanker (Genoa), Dominik Kohr (Mainz), Martin Pecar (Austria Vienna), Rodrigo Zalazar (Schalke), Steven Zuber (AEK Athens)
2021-22 end: eleventh
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Kevin Trapp
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

There are some questions hovering over the Europa League winners. The most important surrounds the way forward for 29-year-old winger Filip Kostic, who could or might not be with the membership come the shut of the switch window. Nobody is kind of sure whether or not he desires to remain or go; if he does depart, he will likely be very troublesome to exchange.

With or with out Kostic, I like the way in which they’ve retooled the squad, with Gotze particularly and likewise Muani from Nantes. Frankfurt had hassle towards groups located in a low block final season, significantly at house, and these additions will assist fight these kinds of techniques.

It is going to be troublesome for Die Adler with the burden of Champions League soccer this season — it might not essentially be a burden, however it will likely be a problem — however I feel the prospects are good. I anticipate them to be within the higher echelon of groups in 2022-23.

Predicted end: sixth

Transfers in: Matthias Ginter (free agent), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (St. Pauli), Ritsu Doan (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Gregoritsch (Augsburg)
Transfers out: Janik Haberer (Union Berlin), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Ermedin Demirovic (Augsburg)
2021-22 end: sixth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Vincenzo Grifo
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Most are aware of Freiburg supervisor Christian Streich, however what number of have heard of Jochen Saier and Klemens Hartenbach? Properly, they’re each bit as necessary to the unbelievable against-the-odds success story of the likeable Breisgau membership. Saier and Hartenbach make all the important thing off-the-pitch choices, and what a productive summer time it has been for the Pokal runners-up. To be trustworthy, I can not fairly imagine it.

Initially, Ginter has returned house, and securing such a seasoned defender cushions the blow of dropping Schlotterbeck. The additions of Doan (a giant success with Arminia Bielefeld a few seasons in the past) and Kofi-Kyereh (12 objectives for St. Pauli within the 2. Bundesliga final time period) look proper. Then what a coup it was to land Gregoritsch, with out whom Augsburg would have struggled to remain up.

The previous guard stays on board, too: Christian Gunter, Grifo along with his particular deliveries, Nicolas Hofler. Anticipate Freiburg to fly into the 2022-23 season.

Predicted end: fifth

Transfers in: Filip Uremovic (Rubin Kazan), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Wilfried Kanga (Younger Boys)
Transfers out: Niklas Stark (Werder Bremen), Arne Maier (Augsburg), Jordan Torunarigha (KAA Gent)
2021-22 end: sixteenth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Oliver Christensen
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

I obtained to cowl the Hertha story up shut, commentating on the relegation playoff last towards Hamburg, in Hamburg, they usually did it. That is the primary factor, and it means they are often considerably assured coming into this marketing campaign realizing that when the chips have been down, they delivered.

They’ve a brand new coach in Sandro Schwarz after Felix Magath stored them within the division by way of the playoff, and Schwarz could have his fingerprints on this staff. There will likely be plenty of operating, defending from the entrance and making an attempt to play brave soccer.

They do have a giant plus within the set-piece deliveries offered by Marvin Plattenhardt, and that is one thing they will construct on as soon as once more. I like their goalkeeper, the 23-year-old Christensen, who’s going to get his likelihood from the outset. And I feel Kenny will likely be an excellent addition at right-back. The seek for an efficient striker goes on, although, and also you get the sensation that this squad-building train by sporting director Fredi Bobic will go proper right down to the wire.

I feel Hertha will likely be extra comfy this season. The management displayed by Dedryck Boyata within the relegation playoff helped salvage final season, and that kind of high quality will go a good distance this time period, too.

Predicted end: thirteenth

Transfers in: Ozan Kabak (Schalke), Grischa Promel (Union Berlin)
Transfers out: Mijat Gacinovic (AEK Athens), Joao Klauss (St. Louis Metropolis FC), Sargis Adamyan (Cologne), Kostas Stafylidis (Bochum), David Raum (RB Leipzig)
2021-22 end: ninth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Andrej Kramaric
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

The Kraichgau area is famously calm however Hoffenheim’s chaotic ending to final season nonetheless takes some believing. Frankly, given their squad energy, they need to be in Europe and never with out good trigger was coach Sebastian Hoeness relieved of his duties. Former Schalke and Hannover boss Andre Breitenreiter returns to the Bundesliga after a title-winning cease in Switzerland with Zurich as his successor.

Hoffenheim have been one thing of a expertise manufacturing unit in current instances, and anticipate to lose promising gamers reminiscent of Raum. However with Kramaric and the spectacular Georginio Rutter main the assault, search for a way more constant displaying and a push for the highest six.

Predicted end: seventh

Transfers in: Angelo Fulgini (Angers), Maxim Leitsch (Bochum), Marcus Ingvartsen (Union Berlin), Delano Burgzorg (Heracles Almelo), Dominik Kohr (Eintracht Frankfurt), Anthony Caci (Strasbourg), Danny da Costa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Aymen Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Transfers out: Moussa Niakhate (Nottingham Forest), Jeremiah St. Juste (Sporting CP), Luca Kilian (Cologne), Kevin Stoger (free agent)
2021-22 end: eighth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Jonathan Burkardt
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Final season was perplexing for Mainz followers attributable to an odd disparity between house and away type. Once you gather 35 factors in entrance of your personal public, you may anticipate European soccer, however a depressing 11 factors on their travels meant the Rheinhessen aspect missed out on the prize.

Mainz’s major summer time enterprise has concerned shifting on from star defenders Niakhate and St. Juste for large cash whereas dropping Jean-Paul Boetius, whose contract was up. They’ve carried out properly to get a advantageous younger defender in Leitsch, a poster boy for the Bochum youth system, however the true intrigue surrounds the injection of dynamism they hope to get from new attacking midfielder Fulgini. Mainz are already properly arrange in assault with the complementary partnership of Burkardt and Karim Onisiwo.

Predicted end: tenth

Transfers in: Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg), Janis Blaswich (Heracles Almelo), David Raum (Hoffenheim)
Transfers out: Tyler Adams (Leeds United), Brian Brobbey (Ajax), Nordi Mukiele (Paris Saint-Germain), Eric Martel (Cologne)
2021-22 end: 4th
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Christopher Nkunku
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

A lot to the reduction of everybody related with Leipzig, they not want to listen to from folks like me that they’ve but to win a significant trophy. Domenico Tedesco’s aspect laid these ghosts to relaxation with a stirring fight-back in Could to win the DFB-Pokal last on penalties towards Freiburg and, they hope, lay down a marker for extra success in years forward.

Tedesco wasn’t a part of the unique plan final summer time, which noticed Jesse Marsch put in with a mandate to rediscover Leipzig’s Gegenpressing roots. Rapidly everybody — not least CEO Oliver Mintzlaff — realised that RBL had moved on to a extra full ball-possession type underneath Marsch’s predecessor, a sure Julian Nagelsmann. So after a torrid run of outcomes by Leipzig’s requirements, Marsch needed to go and in got here Tedesco to supply a extra becoming tactical method.

Tedesco has managed to get one of the best out of the magnificent Nkunku, and Mintzlaff and his workers carried out heroics to increase the Frenchman’s keep.

The squad had worn a bloated search for some time and one thing actually needed to give in midfield. That somebody ended up being Adams, who has been reunited along with his mentor Marsch at Leeds United. Leipzig will contemplate the inflow of €23 million together with add-ons nice enterprise for a participant who had develop into peripheral underneath Tedesco.

By getting the driving Schlager from Wolfsburg for €12m, Leipzig have achieved properly for themselves. The actual coup, although, is the addition of Raum from Hoffenheim.

Final summer time’s signings have been a mix of hits and misses. A success was the promising defender Mohamed Simakan, whereas Andre Silva usually struggled in his first season. Behind Silva within the pecking order, Yussuf Poulsen’s unlucky abductor damage means maybe a second likelihood for Alexander Sorloth as a backup striker.

Predicted end: 4th

Schalke 04

Transfers in: Thomas Ouwejan (AZ Alkmaar), Rodrigo Zalazar, Sebastian Polter (Bochum), Florent Mollet (Montpellier), Cedric Brunner (Arminia Bielefeld), Leo Greiml (Speedy Vienna), Maya Yoshida (Southampton)
Transfers out: Ozan Kabak (Hoffenheim), Rabbi Matondo (Rangers)
2021-22 end: 1st (2. Bundesliga)
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Maya Yoshida
Will their supervisor final the season? No

Schalke actually are the good unknowns going into this marketing campaign. I say that as a result of the turnover of personnel has been immense.

The appointment of supervisor Frank Kramer seems unusual on its floor. He was the coach answerable for Bielefeld till the latter a part of final season, when the membership decided that he can be unable to maintain them within the Bundesliga and made a change. That he is been given the keys to Schalke, then, is a curious choice.

They went into their coaching camp with 30 gamers, and that can should be pared down, and it has been a case of making an attempt to maneuver on gamers with appreciable wages and recruit signees who match throughout the new monetary mannequin a bit extra. We’re actually not going to know what they appear to be till the season begins, the primary recreation away to Cologne.

So, it will likely be a season of making an attempt to consolidate and ensuring they do not go down once more, as a result of their final Bundesliga marketing campaign in 2020-21 was a disaster. Schalke will want extra time to remain up, however they may simply do it.

Predicted end: fifteenth

Transfers in: Josha Vagnoman (Hamburg), Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal), Juan Jose Perea
Transfers out: Pablo Maffeo (Mallorca), Philipp Forster (Bochum), Orel Mangala (Nottingham Forest)
2021-22 end: fifteenth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Konstantinos Mavropanos
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

The travails of Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart final season have been surprising. I assumed they’d end a lot greater than they did, however they confirmed spirit on the finish of the marketing campaign to get themselves out of an in depth shave — they have been very almost within the relegation playoff.

This season, sporting director Sven Mislintat has already shipped out Mangala to Nottingham Forest; will he discover new properties for Borna Sosa and Sasa Kalajdzic? You’d have thought that a number of months in the past, however the market does not look like proper for both in the mean time — that may change, in fact. And one is stronger with the opposite, Kalajdzic making use of the end to Sosa’s deliveries.

Finally, Matarazzo has summed it up: they want early factors on the board, one thing they did not get final time period. If they will do this, I feel they will, and may, keep away from relegation comfortably this time spherical.

Predicted end: 14th

Transfers in: Jordan Pefok (Younger Boys), Jamie Leweling (Greuther Furth), Morten Thorsby (Sampdoria), Danilho Doekhi (Vitesse Arnhem), Janik Haberer (Freiburg), Paul Seguin (Greuther Furth), Milos Pantovic (Bochum), Tim Skarke (Darmstadt)
Transfers out: Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest), Marcus Ingvartsen (Mainz), Grischa Promel (Hoffenheim)
2021-22 end: fifth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Worse
Key participant: Sheraldo Becker
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

I have to confess that Union preserve confounding me. Final summer time, I predicted a difficult marketing campaign for them primarily based on an onerous fixture record together with a tilt at European soccer. Then, when a sag after Christmas seemed doubtless following the departure of Max Kruse to Wolfsburg, the Unioner nonetheless managed to discover a option to strike gold. The actual fact is that sporting director Oliver Ruhnert is likely one of the finest within the recreation and Union could not ask for a extra becoming coach than the earthy Urs Fischer.

Fifth place in all probability represents the peak of Union’s ambitions given the energy of final time period’s high 4, however can that be repeated if Ruhnert retains signing gems? He has turned to free brokers like Doekhi, Haberer, Pantovic and Skarke to make the squad extra versatile.

The important thing acquisition, although, is that of U.S. striker Pefok. (There was appreciable backwards and forwards over the participant’s title in recent times, however “Jordan Siebatcheu” is how the 26-year-old has chosen to check with himself within the German-speaking world.) The strain will likely be on instantly as Siebatcheu should fill the boots of Awoniyi, who joined Nottingham Forest in the summertime.

Predicted end: eleventh

Werder Bremen

Transfers in: Jens Stage (FC Copenhagen), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin), Oliver Burke (Sheffield United), Mitchell Weiser (Bayer Leverkusen)
Transfers out: Maik Nawrocki (Legia Warsaw), Jan-Niklas Beste (Heidenheim), Omer Toprak (free agent)
2021-22 end: 2nd (2. Bundesliga)
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Niklas Stark
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Werder Bremen’s first precedence will likely be to remain up. To their credit score, they solely stayed within the 2. Bundesliga for one time period, however that one marketing campaign ruined a 40-year streak in Germany’s first division.

In Ole Werner, they’ve an excellent coach who believes in fundamentals, primarily lining up his staff in a 3-5-2 formation. It isn’t going to be a staff chock filled with stars — though Niclas Fullkrug does have that high quality in him — however largely this aspect will likely be in regards to the collective.

The 2022-23 season seems to be to be an uphill wrestle for Bremen, however one they will tackle. I see them staying within the Bundesliga.

Predicted end: sixteenth

Transfers in: Jakub Kaminski (Lech Poznan), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Bartol Franjic (Dinamo Zagreb), Patrick Wimmer (Arminia Bielefeld)
Transfers out: Xaver Schlager, Kevin Mbabu (Fulham), Elvis Rexhbecaj (Augsburg), John Brooks (free agent)
2021-22 end: twelfth
Will they be higher or worse this yr? Higher
Key participant: Maximilian Arnold
Will their supervisor final the season? Sure

Wolfsburg, fairly merely, must be higher than they have been final season. Nico Kovac has are available to take over from Florian Kohfeldt, who underachieved final time period after a beautiful begin however was by no means in a position to get his staff to hit the required heights on a constant foundation.

Kovac desires his staff to play a better line, to place opponents underneath extra strain, to be much less reactive, so as to add a little bit of an edge, and I feel they will do this with additions reminiscent of Wimmer from Arminia Bielefeld. It stands to cause that with the squad they’ve, then, that Wolfsburg must be within the high half and pushing for Europe.

Predicted end: eighth