Bundesliga Preview: Part Three

Posted on July 28, 2011

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Name: Hertha BSC

Last Season: 1st (promoted)

Expectations: Survival

Star player: Raffael

One to watch: Fabian Lustenberger

Summer business: IN – Tunay Torun (free), Thomas Kraft (free), Andreas Ottl (free), Maik Franz (free), Peter Niemeyer (£500k) OUT – Lennart Hartmann, Sascha Bigalke, Valeri Domovchiyski

Prediction: Relegation battle

Name: SC Freiburg

Last Season: 9th

Expectations: Mid-table

Star player: Papiss Demba Cisse

One to watch: Garra Dembele

Summer business: IN – Beg Ferati (free), Daniel Batz (free), Garra Dembele (£2m) OUT – Jonathan Jager, Tommy Bechmann, Simon Pouplin, Omer Topak

Prediction: Relegation

Name: TSG Hoffenheim

Last Season: 11th

Expectations: Mid-table/European Qualification

Star player: Gylfi Sigurdsson

One to watch: Roberto Firmino (click here)

Summer business: IN – Sven Schipplock (free), Koen Casteels (£500k), Fabian Johnson (£500k), Michael Gregoritsch (£150k), Knowledge Musona (£1m) OUT – Ramazan Ozcan

Prediction: Bottom half/Relegation battle

Name: VfB Stuttgart

Last Season: 12th

Expectations: Mid-table/European Qualification

Star player: Martin Harnik

One to watch: William Kvist

Summer business: IN – Ibrahima Traore (free), William Kvist (£3m), Maza (£1.5m), Tamas Hajnal (£1m) OUT – Elson, Christian Trasch, Ciprian Marica

Prediction: Mid-table

Name: VfL Wolfsburg

Last Season: 15th

Expectations: Mid-table/European Qualification

Star player: Srdjan Lakic

One to watch: Christian Trasch

Summer business: IN – Srdjan Lakic (free), Hasan Salihamidzic (free), Christian Trasch (£9m), Patrick Ochs (£3m), Marco Russ (£2m), Mateusz Klich (£1m) OUT – Karim Ziani, Fabian Johnson, Grafite, Sascha Riether

Prediction: Europa League

Name: SV Werder Bremen

Last Season: 13th

Expectations: Mid-table/European Qualification

Star player: Marko Marin

One to watch: Mehmet Ekici (click here)

Summer business: IN – Andreas Wolf (free), Aleksandar Stevanovic (free), Lukas Schmitz (£500k), Mehmet Ekici (£5m), Tom Trybull (£200k) OUT – Dominik Schmidt, Jurica Vranjes, Petri Pasanen, Daniel Jensen, Samuel, Torsten Frings, Niklas Andersen, Timo Perthel, Peter Niemeyer

Prediction: Top half/Mid-table

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