This has been one of the worst seasons for Bundesliga clubs in the Champions League. It looks like only one German club will advance to the knockout stage. Why are they underperforming in Europe?
The 2018-19 Bundesliga fixture list has been released. Reigning champions Bayern Munich play host to fellow UEFA Champions League participants Hoffenheim in the opening encounter on August 24.
After months of highs, lows and hard work, one match could decide Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim's fate, as the two duel for a Champions League spot. Lower down, Hamburg and Wolfsburg are out to avoid the drop.
Borussia Dortmund made it hard for themselves but have qualified for the Champions League — just. A complete overhaul is in order, but they could do worse than look to Hoffenheim and Julian Nagelsmann for inspiration.
On Sunday, tiny Croatia face off against France in the FIFA World Cup final in Moscow. It is an especially surprising feat, given the country's football scene has been mired in scandal for years.
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