FC Bayern will officially open the 2016/17 domestic league campaign at home to Werder Bremen, the German Football League (DFL) revealed on Wednesday at the long-awaited official announcement of the match schedule for the 54th Bundesliga season. The opening match in Munich takes place on Friday 26 August at 20:30 CET.
New Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti will make his away debut against FC Schalke on 9 to 11 September before enjoying home advantage twice in a row against FC Ingolstadt on 16 to 18 September and Hertha Berlin on 20 or 21 September. The cracker away to runners-up Borussia Dortmund will be staged on Matchday 11 on 18 to 20 November.
The Munich men will contest their last match of the year at home against RB Leipzig on 20 to 21 December. The fans will also be able to support the Reds at the Allianz Arena in their last Bundesliga match of the season: Bayern take on SC Freiburg on Matchday 34 on 20 May 2017.
At the present time, only few fixtures are finalised. As always, the other games are definitely scheduled in the course of the season, mainly taking into account Champions League and Europa League commitments. The German Football League (DFL) will shortly announce the exact dates for the first few fixtures.
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What is a bitter disappointment for Robert Lewandowski is a reason to celebrate for Renato Sanches. Poland fell 5-3 on penalties to Portugal in the EURO 2016 quarter-finals on Thursday. After 120 minutes without spectacular highlights the scoreline had been 1-1.
“It hurts. We lost against a team that perhaps had more possession, but not more chances. It’s very disappointing,” said Poland captain Lewandowski, visibly sad. “We haven’t lost a match in the tournament and now we’re out. Our opponents haven’t won a match and are through to the semi-finals.”
Poland and the FCB striker made a perfect start in Marseille. Lewy netted after only 100 seconds, handing his side an early lead. His first goal in the tournament was the second-fastest in the history of European championships.
Sanches ‘Man of the Match’
Portugal levelled it up after the half-hour. Sanches, who officially became a Bayern pro on Friday, crowned his first starting appearance in the EURO with his first goal for Portugal. He left Poland keeper Lukasz Fabianski no chance with his deflected, left-footed drive from the edge of the box. At 18 years and 317 days Sanches is the third-youngest scorer in EURO history and the youngest to score in the knockout stage.
“I’m very happy. It’s a wonderful moment for the team and for me,” commented the midfielder, who was voted Man of the Match for tirelessly supplying impetus. “He’s a wonderful player and turned in a great display,” praised Portugal head coach Fernando Santos: “He’s still developing. He’ll be an even better player in the future.”
Without a single victory in the tournament after 90 minutes, Portugal are through to the last four after Sanches and all his team-mates scored from the spot whereas keeper Rui Patricio saved Jakub Blaszczykowski’s penalty. “That’s no luck. It’s the result of a lot of hard work. You earn your luck that way. Now we’re in for an enormous challenge in the semi-finals. We’ve taken another step towards our goal,” explained Sanches.
Portugal take on Wales or Belgium in the last four on Wednesday. Poland, who have made it to the Euro quarter-finals for the first time in their history, sign off, but “it was a historical performance for Polish football nonetheless,” said Lewandowski.
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