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Owen added to Blades staff

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Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:53:00

Pep Guardiola will make his competitive debut as Bayern Munich manager on July 27, when they face Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.

The reigning Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal holders will then kick off their Bundesliga season on Friday August 9 with a home match against Borussia Monchengladbach in a repeat of the final-day clash from last season, when outgoing manager Jupp Heynckes bid his emotional farewell to German football.

Dortmund begin their campaign with a trip to Augsburg while the two promoted teams both have home games with Eintracht Braunschweig, who are back in the Bundesliga after an absence of 28 years, welcoming Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin hosting Eintracht Frankfurt.

The other fixtures on the opening weekend see Hannover take on Wolfsburg in the Lower Saxony derby, Hamburg travel to Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen host Freiburg, Hoffenheim welcome Nurnberg and Stuttgart make the trip to Mainz.

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.

Weir, 43, who replaced Danny Wilson as Blades boss 11 days ago, has appointed Owen, 32, a former player with Wrexham, as his assistant manager of performance.

"Adam is one of the most respected men in his specialist field and I'm delighted that he's taken up the offer to join us here at Bramall Lane," Weir told the club's official website.

"With pre-season almost upon us it was imperative to get Adam in as quickly as possible to organise at this vital time."

Owen, who specialises in football-specific conditioning and injury prevention techniques, hopes to be one of the first coaches in Europe to obtain both the UEFA Pro Licence and PhD in Football Science.

"I've had seven fantastic years at Rangers and turned down other opportunities to work elsewhere to join David here at Sheffield United," said the Welshman.

"This is a big progression for me to come into a club the size of this as an assistant manager. The aim is, alongside David, to make sure we develop the club's on and off pitch processes."

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