Bundesliga Preview: Part One

Posted on July 28, 2011

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Name: FC Kaiserslutern

Last season: 7th

Expectations: Mid-table/Survival

Star player: Christian Tiffert

One to watch: Konstantinos Fortounis

Summer business: IN – Olcay Sahan (free), Gil Vermouth (£700k), Richard Sukuta-Pasu (£200k), Itay Shechter (£2m), Konstantinos Fortounis (free) OUT – Srdjan Lakic, Danny Fuchs, Alan Stulin

Prediction: Mid-table

Name: FC Köln

Last season: 10th

Expectations: Mid-table

Star player: Lukas Podolski

One to watch: Adam Matuszczyk

Summer business: IN – Odise Roshi (free), Mato Jajalo (£2m), Sascha Riether (£2m) OUT – Fabrice Ehret, Michael Gardawski

Prediction: Mid-table/Bottom-half

Name: FC Nürnberg

Last season: 6th

Expectations: Mid-table

Star player: Tomas Pekhart

One to watch: Robert Mak

Summer business: IN – Manuel Zeitz (free), Wilson Kamavuaka (free), Philipp Klement (free), Timm Klose (£400k), Tomas Pekhart (£2m), Alexander Esswein (£200k), Markus Feulner OUT – Dario Vidosic, Timo Ochs, Pascal Bieler, Daniel Batz, Andreas Wolf, Marek Mintal, Ilkay Gundogan

Prediction: Bottom half/relegation battle

Name: FSV Mainz

Last season: 5th

Expectations: Mid-table/European Qualification

Star player: Nikolce Noveski

One to watch: Anthony Ujah

Summer business: IN – Zdenek Pospech (free), Yunus Malli (free), Deniz Yilmaz (free), Eric Choupo-Moting (free), Marcel Risse (£500k), Fabian Schonheim (£200k), Anthony Ujah (£2m) OUT – Miroslav Karhan, Martin Pieckenhagen, Zsolt Low, Jan Simak, Filip Trojan, Andre Schurrle, Christian Fuchs

Prediction: Mid-table

Name: Bayer Leverkusen

Last season: 2nd

Expectations: Champions League Qualification

Star player: Renato Augusto

One to watch: Andre Schurrle

Summer business: IN – Karim Bellarabi (free), Andre Schurrle (£8m), Omer Toparek (£3m), David Yelldell (£500k) OUT – Kevin Kampl, Marcel Risse, Burak Kaplan, Constant Djakpa, Arturo Vidal, Sami Hyppia

Prediction: Champions League/Europa League Qualification

Name: Borussia Dortmund

Last season: 1st (champions)

Expectations: Champions

Star player: Mario Gotze

One to watch: Moritz Leitner (click here)

Summer business: IN – Ivan Perisic (£5m), Ilkay Gundogan (£4m), Mustafa Amini (£300k), Chris Lowe (£200k) OUT – Dede, Nuri Sahin, Tamas Hajnal

Prediction: 2nd

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