Bundesliga Schedule 2016-17: Official List of Fixtures for New Season

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2016

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Bayern Munich will begin their campaign to win a fifth Bundesliga title in a row at home against Werder Bremen on Aug. 26. 

The full fixture list for the new German top flight was revealed on Wednesday, and Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund—who finished 10 points behind Bayern in second last term—will open up with a clash against Mainz.

Carlo Ancelotti has replaced Pep Guardiola as manager at the Allianz Arena and will look to get off to a winning start on the opening weekend, not least as it is often a good omen for the season, per the Bundesliga:

Here is the full fixture list for Matchday 1 of the 2016-17 season, via German football writer Daniel Pinder, with the entire schedule available via the Bundesliga's official website:

Read on for some of the key early matches to catch in the Bundesliga in what should be an exciting season.

Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen (Aug. 26)

Much has already changed at Bayern ahead of the new season, and summer has barely even started.

Not only has Ancelotti come in—Guardiola headed to Manchester City after winning three consecutive Bundesliga titles but no Champions League—but Bayern have also already confirmed two major new signings.

Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN        (Photo cred
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They have snapped up 18-year-old Portuguese sensation Renato Sanches for €35 million (£27.5 million) from Benfica, as well as German centre-back Mats Hummels from arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund.

It will be interesting to see how they are set up in their opener against Werder.

For football writer Archie Rhind-Tutt the result seems fairly inevitable, with Bayern set to face the 13th-placed side from last term:

However, history is in favour of Werder getting a result, per Opta:

Ancelotti has not managed since he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of the 2014-15 season.

He has a stunning cup record, having won three Champions Leagues, but his record managing clubs to domestic league success is less impressive.

In more than 20 years of management at top clubs such as Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real, the Italian has overseen just three league title wins, a fact that discounts him from being one of the "best coaches in history," per ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney.

At Bayern, winning the Bundesliga is the least that is expected. But it will not be so easy with Dortmund on the up under Tuchel and the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Wolfsburg all more than capable outfits.

Ancelotti's opening league game in charge of Bayern against Werder should be an interesting indicator of how the German giants will fare under their new boss this season.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich (Nov. 18-20)

Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund  and 1 FC Cologne, in Dortmund, western Germany, on May 14, 2016. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ / RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DF
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While there are some top-quality sides in the Bundesliga, the only one likely to genuinely contend with Bayern for the title is Dortmund, and the two sides meet for the first time in the 2016-17 term on Matchday 11 at Signal Iduna Park.

Over the past seven seasons, the title has been shared between the two clubs, with BVB winning in consecutive years under former manager Jurgen Klopp in 2011 and 2012.

During Klopp's final season at Signal Iduna Park in 2014-15, they struggled to a seventh-place finish but bounced back admirably under Tuchel last term.

They have endured a major upheaval in terms of key personnel since the end of last season, losing not only Hummels but also Ilkay Gundogan.

Per Sky Sports' Andy Burton, they may also lose Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United. It would be a major blow for the Armenian to leave as well, considering how impressive he was last season, per football pundit Bolarinwa Olajide:

But Dortmund have a history of losing their top players, and they always seem to be competitive anyway.

The biggest test of how they have adapted in the 2016-17 season will be in their first meeting with Bayern in November.

Equally, it will be a key fixture in deciding how the title race pans out. A victory for Dortmund would lay down a marker that they are still more than capable of competing with the mighty Bayern, while a defeat could be devastating.

Always a fixture to get the heart pumping, with new players and a new Bayern manager involved, the story will be as interesting as ever in the coming season between Germany's two biggest clubs.

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