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Bayern Munich Opens Against Wolfsburg; the Rest of the 2014/15 Fixture List

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Here's Bayern's full 54 match schedule, along with soft stretches, tough stretches, and other tasty tidbits

Adam Pretty

The 2014/15 campaign will kick off on August 22 with VfL Wolfsburg traveling to Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich, the top of the 34 match fixture list the Bundesliga released on Tuesday.

The previous season might have been a disappointing follow-up campaign to the best season to Bayern's history, but the fixture list was spaced out in a friendly way. The new season will be in the wake of the World Cup, causing the fixture list to be shifted up two weeks, compacting both halves of Bayern's Bundesliga season.

Here is the full fixture list, along with the possible dates for DFB Pokal and Champions League matches:

Match (Competition and Opponent) Date
Final @ Borussia Dortmund Dortmund August 13, 2014
Germany Round 1 vs. SC Preußen Münster SC Preußen 06 Münster August 15-18, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 1 vs. VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg August 22, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 2 @ FC Schalke 04 Schalke August 29-31, 2014
***FIFA International Break*** September 3-8. 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 3 vs. VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart September 12-14, 2014
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1 September 16-17, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 4 @ Hamburger SV Hamburg September 19-21, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 5 vs. SC Paderborn 07 SC Paderborn 07 September 23-24, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 6 @ 1. FC Köln 1. FC Köln September 26-28, 2014
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 2 Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 7 vs. Hannover 96 Hannover October 3-5, 2014
***FIFA International Break*** October 11-14, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 8  vs. SV Werder Bremen Bremen October 17-19, 2014
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 3 October 21-22, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 9 @ Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach October 24-26, 2014
Germany Round of 32 October 28-29, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 10 vs. Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 4 November 4-5, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 11 @ Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt November 7-9, 2014
***FIFA International Break*** November 14-18
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 12 vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Hoffenheim November 21-23, 2014
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 5 November 25-26, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 13 @ Hertha Berliner SC Hertha November 28-30, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 14 vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen Leverkusen December 5-7, 2014
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 6 December 9-10, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 15 @ FC Augsburg Augsburg December 12-14, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 16 vs. SC Freiburg Freiburg December 16-17, 2014
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 17 @ 1. FSV Mainz 05 Mainz December 19-21, 2014
WINTERPAUSE
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 18 @ VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 19 vs. FC Schalke 04 Schalke February 3-4, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 20 @ VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart February 6-8, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 21 vs. Hamburger SV Hamburg February 13-15, 2015
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 (Leg 1) February 17-25 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 22 @ SC Paderborn 07 SC Paderborn 07 February 20-22, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 23 vs. 1. FC Köln 1. FC Köln Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015
Germany Round of 16 March 3-4, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 24 @ Hannover 96 Hannover March 6-8, 2015
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 (Leg 2) March 10-18, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 25  @ SV Werder Bremen Bremen March 13-15, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 26 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach March 20-22, 2015
***FIFA International Break*** March 29, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 27 @ Borussia Dortmund Dortmund April 4-5, 2015
Germany Quarterfinal April 7-8
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 28 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt April 10-12, 2015
UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal (Leg 1) April 14-15, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 29 @ TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Hoffenheim April 17-19, 2015
UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal (Leg 2) April 21-22, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 30 vs. Hertha Berliner SC Hertha April 24-26, 2015
Germany Semifinal April 28-29, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 31 @ Bayer 04 Leverkusen Leverkusen May 2-3, 2015
UEFA Champions League Semifinal May 5-6, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 32 vs. FC Augsburg Augsburg May 8-10, 2015
UEFA Champions League Semifinal May 12-13, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 33 @ SC Freiburg Freiburg May 16, 2015
Logo DFL © Foto: Bongarts/GettyImages Matchday 34 vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05 Mainz May 23, 2015
Germany Final May 30, 2015
UEFA Champions League Final June 6, 2015

Fixture list as according to bundesliga.de. Eventual schedule is subject to change.
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and UEFA.com

Fixating Fixture

Bundesliga Matchday 10 vs. Borussia Dortmund
October 31-November 2, 2014 – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Nowadays, whenever a Bayern fan pulls out the Bundesliga fixture list, the natural temptation is to look for the Dortmund fixture, a regular league match that has turned into a world showcase of Germany's best.

Of the two league matches against Dortmund, the Hinrunde fixture will be sandwiched between two other competitions: the DFB Pokal and the UEFA Champions League. This case was the same in April, when Dortmund defeated Bayern in Allianz Arena 0-3. That said, the 3-0 victory in Signa Iduna Park last year fueled Bayern's drive to their 24th championship, and this Hinrunde match could very well do the same.

Bayern will have a new weapon this time around, usurping Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund on a free transfer. Dortmund will have to watch one of their stars suit up in red instead of yellow, and unlike Götze, Lewandowski will have a greater chance of coming out of the tunnel opposite his former teammates.

The two will once again bless the world with a Klassiker, and at the midpoint of the Hinrunde, it will be a Wendepunkt that will shake the Bundesliga table again.

Toughest Stretch

vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, @ Hertha Berliner SC, vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, @ FC Augsburg

The transfer market has yet to settle the annual Bundesliga turnover, but all four of these teams were gunning for European spots a year ago. Bayern struggled with Hoffenheim last season, and if they are able to retain the likes of Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland, it will once again be a strong attacking side. Bayer 04 Leverkusen has been a tough out as well, and Hertha Berliner SC and FC Augsburg are developing into solid young teams. Going into the winter break, a strong performance could put Bayern into a very strong position.

Softest Stretch

vs. Hamburger SV, @ SC Paderborn 07, vs. 1. FC Köln

Over the past two seasons, a promoted side has opened the season on a terrific run to maintain their Bundesliga standing. At the moment, Paderborn and Köln do not look to be sides with that kind of potential. Hamburger SV has many adjustments to make to avoid relegation for the second consecutive year, still with many holes in its defense and many attacking options on the wrong side of 30. With potentially the Champions League Round of 16 on the docket at the beginning of the Rückrunde, a soft stretch in February will be exactly what Bayern need to recommence their 2014/15 campaign.

Tasty Tidbits

  • With the condensed schedule, one would think that there would be more weeks throughout the season with midweek matches. That is not the case, however, as Bayern have the same amount of free midweeks, six, as they did a season ago. What the shifted schedule has done is push the DFB Pokal Round of 16 into March rather than December, making the spring months of the season packed with matches.
  • Of the players that participate in for their countries as well, all of the European ones will be trying to qualify for the UEFA European Championships. Qualification comprised a major portion of last season as well, and many players returned to Bayern with an unfortunate knock that limited their squad availability. A club always takes on a risk when players leave to play for their countries, but sufficient squad depth should quell some of those fears.