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 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg to restart Bundesliga in sombre fashion

Bayern Munich are looking to accelerate into a 14 point lead at the top of the table when they resume their Bundesliga campaign against Wolfsburg on Friday.
The funeral of Belgium under-21 international and Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda, who died in a car crash last week at the age of 20, took place in Brussels on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben believes his team are ready to continue their quest for a third straight Bundesliga title.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes a lack of confidence is behind his club's Bundesliga downfall.

An end to that elongated SIX-week hibernation also known as the Bundesliga winter break looms Friday with runaway league leaders Bayern Munich facing second-placed VfL Wolfsburg.

The same two sides met in August in the opening joust of the Bundesliga's 52nd season on a balmy late summer's evening in Munich. Amid much pomp and circumstance, Bayern broke out the bunting to welcome home their freshly-crowned World Cup winning heroes.

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During a glitzy ceremony, complete with national anthem and much-deserved...

 By Uli Hesse

Ten memorable Bundesliga post-winter-break match-days

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben believes his team are ready to continue their quest for a third straight Bundesliga title.

After 40 days, German league football finally resumes normal service on Friday. Here are 10 memorable end-of-winter-break Bundesliga matchdays:

1. Jan. 11, 1964: Even the mighty can fall

Subconsciously, fans, writers and probably even players in Germany believe that everybody is dealt a new hand during the winter break. No matter how terrible or how terrific you were in the first half of the season, it can all change once the league restarts after the turn of the year.

That's nonsense. The...

Relegation-threatened Borussia Dortmund must be wary of history

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes a lack of confidence is behind his club's Bundesliga downfall.

"Unprecedented" is the adjective football journalists like to use when a team's results don't fit existing patterns or firmly established narratives. We know of super powers, new powers, thwarted contenders, also-rans and minnows but not super powers who turn into minnows in the course of a few months. 

Borussia Dortmund's slide down the table to within a single goal of bottom spot in the first half of the season has been such an unprecedented, otherworldly outlier; a "black swan" event", to...

Kampl and Reus give Borussia Dortmund fans reasons to be cheerful

Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund are currently in the Bundesliga relegation zone after losing 10 of their first 17 games.

With the return of the Bundesliga just over a week away, there are signs for Borussia Dortmund that a turnaround seems imminent, although only when they visit Bayer Leverkusen on Jan. 31 will we truly know.

The black and yellows have managed to steadily improve in their winter break friendlies, winning 1-0 vs. Sion, Steaua Bucharest and Utrecht.

Of course their rotten luck has not stopped. In the second game of the year Sebastian Kehl's shoulder was separated after an awkward collision with Mats...

 By Mark Lovell

Best of the British at Bayern Munich: Owen Hargreaves

Owen Hargreaves' career was cut short through injury but he is still fondly remembered by Bayern Munich.

With the Bundesliga's winter hibernation finally drawing to a close, our Bayern Munich "Best of British" trilogy also concludes this week with a look at England's Owen Hargreaves.

Yes, it's England's and not Canada's Owen Hargreaves. It's still a moot point for many Canadians as "Hargo" was born and bred in Calgary to an English father and a Welsh mother.

He was desperate to carve out a career in Europe and impressed Bayern as a raw Calgary high school kid on trial in 1997. He was talented enough...

 By Uli Hesse

Borussia Dortmund's transfer history in January is reason for cheer

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein does not believe Mats Hummels will be leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United this January with his side currently sitting in the cellar of the Bundesliga.
Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc may not like the winter window, but his side landed Kevin Kampl.

Last week, we ended our look at the history of German players at Inter with Matthias Sammer's tail-between-legs move from Lombardy back to the Bundesliga in January 1993.

The team which rescued him from his ill-fated Italian adventure was Borussia Dortmund. His old club, VfB Stuttgart, were also interested but couldn't afford the transfer sum. Dortmund paid Inter 8.5 million Deutsche marks (roughly 4.25 million euros) for Sammer, which was not just a club record at the time but a Bundesliga record.