European football powerhouse Bayern Munich will take aim at their third consecutive Bundesliga title, attempt to defend their DFB Cup and look to avenge their disappointing Champions League exit over the course of the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
The Bavarians steamrolled through the Bundesliga in 13-14, winning 29 of 34 matches en route to finishing 19 points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund. Bayern's ridiculous plus-71 goal differential also stood out.
With their path to glory in 14-15 having been revealed, via Bundesliga.com, let's take a look at the club's upcoming fixtures.
|Bayern Munich 2014-15 Bundesliga Fixtures|
|Aug. 22||Wolfsburg (h)|
|Aug. 29-31||Schalke (a)|
|Sept. 12-14||Stuttgart (h)|
|Sept. 19-21||Hamburg (a)|
|Sept. 23-24||SC Paderborn (h)|
|Sept. 26-28||Cologne (a)|
|Oct. 3-5||Hannover 96 (h)|
|Oct. 17-19||Werder Bremen (h)|
|Oct. 24-26||Borussia Monchengladbach (a)|
|Oct. 31-Nov. 2||Borussia Dortmund (h)|
|Nov. 7-9||Eintracht Frankfurt (a)|
|Nov. 21-23||Hoffenheim (h)|
|Nov. 28-30||Hertha Berlin (a)|
|Dec. 5-7||Bayer Leverkusen (h)|
|Dec. 12-14||Augsburg (a)|
|Dec. 16-17||Freiburg (h)|
|Dec. 19-21||Mainz (a)|
|Jan. 30-Feb. 1||Wolfsburg (a)|
|Feb. 3-4||Schalke (h)|
|Feb. 6-8||Stuttgart (a)|
|Feb. 13-15||Hamburg (h)|
|Feb. 20-22||Paderborn (a)|
|Feb. 27-Mar. 1||Cologne (h)|
|Mar. 6-8||Hannover 96 (a)|
|Mar. 13-15||Werder Bremen (a)|
|Mar. 20-22||Borussia Monchengladbach (h)|
|Apr. 4-5||Borussia Dortmund (a)|
|Apr. 10-12||Eintracht Frankfurt (h)|
|Apr. 17-19||Hoffenheim (a)|
|Apr. 24-26||Hertha Berlin (h)|
|May 2-3||Bayer Leverkusen (a)|
|May 8-10||Augsburg (h)|
|May 16||Freiburg (a)|
|May 23||Mainz (h)|
Led by dynamic forward talents Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben, who scored 24 goals and provided 17 assists between them in the league last season, Pep Guardiola's squad will once again be favourites to win multiple titles in 14-15. Add Robert Lewandowski into the mix and one of the world's best offensive line-ups takes shape.
Opta Sports on Twitter notes Robben's eye-popping statistics since arriving in Munich in 2009:
Claudio Pizarro, who inked a contract extension in May, is one of many players to express optimism heading into the new season, per Bundesliga.com:
I'm very proud to be able to play for FC Bayern again next year, there's no better club in the world for me. We've got an incredible squad and we have a lot of fun together. We're really going to challenge again next season.
Bayern are expected to be the class of Germany once again in 14-15, but they're likely to face resistance from other top-tier clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, which each finished in the top four this past season.
Prior to the Bavarians' back-to-back titles, Dortmund had won two straight, and Leverkusen were Bundesliga runners-up as recently as 10-11.
Those two clubs are sure to be Bayern's biggest obstacles this coming season, although it would be a huge shock if either managed to snatch the trophy away from the champions.
In addition to playing well against the league's top sides, Bayern will be motivated in matchups with FC Augsburg and TSG Hoffenheim. Neither club fared particularly well in the Bundesliga last year, but Augsburg snapped Bayern's 53-match unbeaten league run in April, and Hoffenheim rallied from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 3-3 draw inside the Allianz Arena a month prior.
Bayern will also be motivated to experience Champions League jubilation again next season. The 12-13 European Cup winners were embarrassed by Real Madrid in the semi-finals last April—losing 5-0 on aggregate—and will look to return to the knockout stage and secure their sixth Champions League title in club history in 2015.
The key to winning more titles and bouncing back in European Cup competition this coming season will be Bayern's ability to match their endless possession with a clinical streak. The Bavarians let in just 23 goals in 34 league matches last season and scored 94 over that time, averaging nearly three goals per match.
However, they were guilty at times of keeping the ball at the sacrifice of posing a genuine threat to the opposition, so Guardiola's squad will need to adapt and become explosive going forward in the big matches if they are to reclaim their spot as Europe's best.
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