Bundesliga

Bayern open against 'Gladbach

BAYERN GETS GUARDIOLA
Pep Guardiola will make his Bundesliga debut vs. Borussia Monchengladbach on August 9
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)

Bayern Munich will open its Bundesliga title defense at home against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Aug. 9, when new coach Pep Guardiola makes his German league bow.

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Guardiola will make his competitive debut as Bayern manager on July 27 as the reigning Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal holders face Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.

Other highlights for the opening weekend of the 51st Bundesliga season include Borussia Dortmund at Augsburg, Schalke's game at home to Hamburger SV, and Freiburg's visit to Bayer Leverkusen.

Hannover hosts Wolfsburg, Nuremberg visits Hoffenheim and Mainz plays Stuttgart.

Eintracht Braunschweig and Hertha Berlin celebrate their return to the top flight with home games against Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt, respectively.

The fixtures were announced on Friday. Only Bayern vs. Gladbach was scheduled, with the other games' kickoff times and playing days (Saturday or Sunday) to be determined next month.

The winter break will begin on December 23 with action restarting on the weekend of January 24 and the season will end on Saturday May 10.

Dortmund and Bayern will go head to head in a potentially crucial end-of-season clash at the Allianz Arena in round 30 while the Champions League finalists meet in Dortmund on the weekend of November 22.

The DFB Pokal final will take place on May 17.

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