Bayern Munich will begin the defence of their Bundesliga title against Bayer Leverkusen without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The Germany stopper broke a bone in his left foot in April and subsequently missed the end of the season as Bayern were crowned champions for the 27th time.
Neuer had hoped to be fit for Friday night's season opener but Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti has decided to hold his captain back.
"We don't want to take any risks," Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference.
Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has joined Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata in giving part of his salary to charity.
Germany international Hummels, 28, will follow Mata in donating one percent of his wage -- around €75,000.
Earlier this month, Mata became the first footballer to join Common Goal, a collective fund that supports football charities around the world.
Mata also urged his fellow professionals to do the same, and it prompted Hummels to make the pledge after seeing...
Wins in the Confederations Cup and the U-21 Euros have shown that German football continues to get an awful lot of things right, especially when it comes to player development. But the Bundesliga has not been able to fully withstand the powerful wave of Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain money that has been sweeping the continent and has brought the relative lack of investment in the top flight -- €483 million, gross -- in new personnel into sharp focus.
It has divided Germans into...
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has criticised Douglas Costa over his demands for more money while at the Bundesliga champions.
After joining Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk for €30 million in 2015, Costa enjoyed a solid first season in Germany, scoring four and assisting in 14 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances under Pep Guardiola. He also scored the decisive penalty in the DFB Pokal final shootout against Borussia Dortmund as Bayern secured the double in Guardiola's final game in charge.