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Dortmund look to start Tuchel era with Europa League qualifier

New Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, right, has already shown a possession-based style more patient than predecessor Jurgen Klopp's 'heavy metal' approach.

While other Bundesliga teams are still in the middle of preparing for their upcoming campaigns, the preseason is already over for Borussia Dortmund. Their first official match is on Thursday in Austria, where they will go up against Wolfsberger AC in the third round of Europa League qualification.

After seven years of Jurgen Klopp's reign at the helm, the focus is on their new coach. What will Thomas Tuchel come up with to ensure that BVB challenge again for the Champions League spots from the Bundesliga?

It...

 By Mark Lovell

Four straight Bundesliga titles a big challenge for Bayern

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arturo Vidal's move to Bayern Munich and the impact he will have at the Allianz Arena under Pep Guardiola.

Before opening the season on August 14, Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win an historic fourth straight Bundesliga title success. The record German champions won three consecutive titles in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. Given that Bayern have amassed Bundesliga 24 titles in only 52 attempts, perhaps it's an opportune time to ask why the Bavarian machine has found four in a row so elusive.

Bayern first sealed three in a row in the early 70's -- in the halcyon days of legends Paul Breitner,...

Pep Guardiola faces a pivotal season at Bayern Munich given his reputation

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola feels Bayern Munich have much to improve on despite defeating Valencia 4-1 in their recent friendly in Beijing.

Football managers think in terms of problems, solutions and results. You might get the odd philosophical musings and talk of "visions" thrown in for a bit of added mystique but, with the possible exception of Johan Cruyff, who has been able to convince half the world that his beautiful Netherlands were the "real" winners of the 1974 World Cup, even the most dogmatic of coaches are only employing tactics as a means to an end.

Take Pep Guardiola. He is the disciple of Cruyff and Cruyff's successor...

 By Michael Cox

Arturo Vidal could be Pep Guardiola's key signing at Bayern Munich

The ESPN FC crew discuss what Arturo Vidal would offer Bayern Munich's midfield should he join the German giants.

Of the many footballers changing clubs this summer, none are better than Arturo Vidal. The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Robin van Persie and Andrea Pirlo are revered but on the way down. Perhaps only Carlos Tevez rivals Vidal as a top-quality player making a big transfer this season.

The fact three of these players are leaving Juventus summarises what a huge rebuilding job Max Allegri faces over the next month. But the real intrigue comes from Vidal's transfer to Bayern Munich.

It's unusual...

Selling Arturo Vidal is good business by Juventus but how much will it hurt?

The ESPN FC panel assess Juventus' ability to rebound following the departures of Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez.

Arturo Vidal was the one that got away from Bayern. After announcing in March 2011 that Jupp Heynckes would be returning to the club for a third spell that summer, preparations were underway to build a team capable of wresting the Meisterschale back from Dortmund. Lured from Leverkusen, Heynckes wished to bring a player with him. That player, brought to Europe by Michael Reschke, Bayern's current technical director, was a young Vidal.

While an agreement was reached, he ultimately didn't join Bayern;...

Dortmund with work to do before early season Europa start

Will Liverpool sign Marco Reus? Will Louis van Gaal find trouble integrating the new players to his squad? All this and more on Extra Time!

Borussia Dortmund have completed their Asian tour and have arrived in Bad Ragaz, a little village in Switzerland to continue their season preparation.

Just less than two weeks are left for Thomas Tuchel to prepare his team until the season starts at the end of July with the first leg of the third qualification round of the Europa League. The early start to the season is shaping up to be heavy burden for the detail-oriented coach, who still has a long catalogue of issues that need to be fixed....