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2. Bundesliga:
One week to go preview

By Matias Bengolo   @scpaderbornen

One week to go until the start of the new 2. Bundesliga season as the first match kicks off on Friday 23rd July as Schalke and HSV battle away. Teams are ending their respective training camps and playing their final few test matches. Here is the 'week before' big preview for the 2021/22 Zweite Bundesliga.
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SV Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen and Markus Anfang bolster their defense as Lars Lukas Mai joins on loan from FC Bayern and Nicolai Rapp transfers to Bremen from Darmstadt. Anfang gets two players he coached from Darmstadt and look good for the first game against Hannover 96.

Preparation start: June 19th
Training camp : July 1st to 8th in Zell am Ziller, Austria
Test matches : June 27: Blau-Weiß Lohne 7: 0 , June 30: VfB Oldenburg 4: 0 , July 4: ZSKA Sofia 1: 0 , July 7: Zenit St. Petersburg 2: 2 , July 13: FC Oberneuland

Incomings: Lars Lukas Mai (FC Bayern Munich, loan), Nicolai Rapp (1. FC Union Berlin), Anthony Jung (Bröndby IF), Kyu-hyun Park (was previously on loan), Kebba Badjie (own U23), Johannes Eggestein (LASK, loan ends), Stefanos Kapino (SV Sandhausen, loan ends), Niklas Schmidt (VfL Osnabrück, loan ends), Thore Jacobsen (1. FC Magdeburg, loan ends),

Departures: Benjamin Goller (SV Darmstadt 98, loan) Yannik Engelhardt (SC Freiburg II, loan), Ole Käuper (SV Meppen), Milot Rashica (Norwich City), Luc Ihorst (Eintracht Braunschweig, loan), Davie Selke (Hertha BSC, Loan ends), Niklas Moisander (Malmö FF), Theodor Gebre Selassie (Slovan Liberec)

FC Schalke 04

Schalke have a blockbuster first match against Hamburger SV and Grammozis' side have looked solid in pre-season with two goalless draws facing Zenit and Shakhtar, they have lost key men in Sebastian Rudy and Suat Serder but all departures seem to be helping the Gelsenkirchen club in their financial crisis.

Preparation start: June 17th
Training camp : June 29th to July 10th in Mittersill, Austria
Test matches : June 23: PSV Wesel-Lackhausen 8: 0 , June 27: SF Hamborn 07 14: 0 , July 3: Zenit St. Petersburg 0: 0 , July 9: Shakhtar Donetsk 0: 0 , July 16 : Vitesse Arnhem

Incomings: Marius Bülter (1. FC Union Berlin), Marvin Pieringer (Sport-Club Freiburg, loan), Reinhold Ranftl (ASK Linz), Thomas Ouwejan (AZ Alkmaar), Marcin Kaminski (VfB Stuttgart), Victor Palsson (SV Darmstadt 98), Simon Terodde (Hamburger SV), Danny Latza (1. FSV Mainz 05), Markus Schubert (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Sebastian Rudy (TSG Hoffenheim, loan ends), Jonas Carls (Vitoria Guimaraes, loan ends), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool FC, loan ends), Rabbi Matondo (Stoke City, loan ends), Florian Flick (own U23), Rabbi Matondo (Stoke City, loan ends)

Departures: Ahmed Kutucu (Istanbul Basaksehir, was previously loaned to Heracles Almelo), Bernard Tekpetey (Ludogorets Razgrad), Sebastian Rudy (TSG Hoffenheim), Suat Serdar (Hertha BSC), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (unknown), Jonas Carls (SC Paderborn ), Weston McKennie (Juventus Turin, signed on after loan), William (VfL Wolfsburg, loan ends), Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal FC, loan ends), Nabil Bentaleb (contract end), Goncalo Paciencia (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Frederik Rönnow (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Kilian Ludewig (RB Salzburg, loan ends), Benjamin Stambouli (contract end), Bastian Oczipka (contract end), Alessandro Schöpf (contract end), Shkodran Mustafi (contract end)

Holstein Kiel

Kiel have lost three players to respective contract expiring and it is yet to be seen how new striker Jan-Feite Arp will fare after his struggled last few years and he will need to be firing. However, similar to last season Kiel are going to be exciting.

Preparation start: June 23rd
Training camp : none
Test matches : July 2: Randers FC 1: 2 , July 10: Brondby IF 1: 1 , July 14: VfL Wolfsburg, July 17: Hallescher FC

Incomings: Jann-Fiete Arp (FC Bayern Munich, loan), Holmbert Aron Fridjonsson (Brescia Calcio), Marcel Benger (Borussia Mönchengladbach II), Makana Baku (Warta Posen, loan ends), Lion Lauberbach (FC Hansa Rostock, loan ends) , David Atanga (FC Admira Wacker Mödling, loan ends), Daniel Hanslik (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends), Philipp Sander (SC Verl, loan ends), Timon Weiner (1. FC Magdeburg, loan ends), Julian Korb ( clubless)

Departures: Jae-Sung Lee, Jannik Dehm, Janni Serri (out-of-contract), Dominik Reimann (FC Magdeburg)

Hamburger SV

HSV know they will have to travel to the Veltins-Arena on the first match of next season and new coach Tim Walter will be ready with his attractive style of play, but HSV will have to grit and grind wins this season to have a chance of promotion, Ludovit Reis from Barcelona is a great midfield capture for the Hamburg side and a good investment as a free transfer.

Preparation start: June 18th
Training camp : June 29th to July 7th in Grassau
Test matches : June 30: Wacker Innsbruck 1-0 , July 7: FC Augsburg 2-2 , August 12: Silkeborg IF 1-0

Incomings: Mikkel Kaufmann (loan, FC Copenhagen), Ludovit Reis (FC Barcelona), Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City), Miro Muheim (FC St. Gallen, loan), Jonas Meffert (Holstein Kiel), Sebastian Schonlau (SC Paderborn), Xavier Amaechi (Karlsruher SC, loan ends), David Bates (Cercle Brugge, loan ends), Aaron Opoku (SSV Jahn Regensburg, loan ends)

Departures: Khaled Narey (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Xavier Amaechi (Bolton Wanderers, loan), Rick van Drongelen (1. FC Union Berlin), Gideon Jung (contract termination), Sven Ulreich (FC Bayern Munich), Aaron Hunt (contract end), Simon Terodde (FC Schalke 04)

Fortuna Düsseldorf

Christian Preußer and Fortuna have had an arguably easy training start with the toughest Testspiel a loss to 3. Liga FC Würzburger Kickers but there is a quiet buzz within the 'Flingeraner' fans that they could be one of the underrated sides this season.

Preparation start : June 19th
Training camp : July 2nd to 9th in Bad Leonfelden, Austria
Test matches : June 23: TSV Meerbusch 11: 0 , June 26: SC 08 Schiefbahn 9: 0 , July 4: FC Würzburger Kickers 1: 2 , July 8: AEL Limassol 2: 2 , July 17: Oud- Heverlee Leuven

Incomings: Khaled Narey (Hamburger SV), Nicklas Shipnoski (1. FC Saabrücken), Felix Klaus (VfL Wolfsburg, signed on after loan), Jamil Siebert (own U19), Daniel Bunk (own U19)

Departures: Jean Zimmer (1. FC Kaiserslautern, previously loaned to Kaiserslautern), Alfredo Morales (New York City FC), Kevin Danso (FC Augsburg, loan ends), Luka Krajnc (Frosinone Calcio, loan ends), Brandon Borrello (SC Freiburg, loan ends), Kenan Karaman (end of contract), Gökhan Gül (end of contract), Anton Mitryushkin (end of contract)

Karlsruher SC

Karlsruhe are one of the clubs that were 'there or there about' last season and will need Philipp Hofmann to keep in form to win matches like they did last season. I personally think they will finish in mid-table but could surprise us all.

Preparation start: June 20th
Training camp : July 3rd to 12th in Neukirchen, Austria
Test matches : June 26: SGV Freiberg 2: 0 , June 30: Bahlinger SC 0: 0 , July 3: Viktoria Köln 5: 1 , July 7: FC Kufstein 4: 0 , July 11: Türkgücü Munich 0: 0 , July 11: Zenit St. Petersburg 1: 3 , July 17: 1. FC Saarbrücken

Incomings: Philip Heise (Norwich City, firmly signed after loan), Fabio Kaufmann (Eintracht Braunschweig), Lucas Cueto (Viktoria Köln), Leon Jensen (FSV Zwickau), Marvin Pourie (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends)

Departures: Luca Bolay (1. FC Nürnberg U21, loan, previously signed from their own youth), Dirk Carlson (FC Erzgebirge Aue), David Trivunic (FC Nöttingen), Bastian Allgeier (SSV Ulm, loan), Sven Kronemayer (Astoria Walldorf, Loan), David Pisot (contract end), Alexander Groiß (1. FC Saarbrücken), Babacar Gueye (contract end), Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City, loan ends), Xavier Amaechi (Hamburger SV, loan ends), Janis Hanek (contract end)

SV Darmstadt 98

Darmstadt have lost many of their players from last season and will need to regroup with new coach Torsten Lieberknecht and they are looking for new midfield players, two Swedes Gustav Berggren and Leo Bengtsson from BK Häcken are in their sights.

Torsten Lieberknecht replied to relevant media reports:

"We know them, but whether it is those that we actually favor, I'll leave it open."

Preparation start: June 19th
Training camp : July 4th to 9th in Herxheim-Hayna
Test matches : July 1: FC Swift Hesperingen 1-0 , July 9: SV Waldhof Mannheim 2-1 , July 15: VfB Stuttgart

Incomings: Luca Pfeiffer (FC Midtjylland, loan), Lasse Sobiech (1. FC Cologne), Benjamin Goller (SV Werder Bremen, loan), Steve Kroll (SpVgg Unterhaching), John Peter Sesay (own youth), Frank Ronstadt (FC Würzburger Kickers), Philipp Tietz (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Jannik Müller (Dunajska Streda), Morten Behrens (1. FC Magdeburg), Emir Karic (SCR Altach), Braydon Manu (Hallescher FC, loan ends), Leon Müller (RW Koblenz, Loan ends)

Departures: Mathias Wittek (unknown), Immanuel Höhn (SV Sandhausen), Victor Palsson (FC Schalke 04), Serdar Dursun (contract end), Carl Klaus (contract end), Florian Stritzel (contract end), Patrick Herrmann (contract end), Felix Platte ( SC Paderborn), Christian Clemens (contract end), Alexander Vogler (contract end), Seung-ho Paik (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC), Silas Zehnder (Viktoria Aschaffenburg), Samuele Campo (FC Basel, loan ends), Lars Lukas Mai (FC Bayern Munich, loan ends), Nicolai Rapp (1. FC Union Berlin, loan ends)

1. FC Heidenheim

Heidenheim finally managed to sign Tim Kleindienst for the fourth time and for the long term as Frank Schmidt's side will want a nice, relegation-free season.

Preparation start: June 23rd
Training camp : July 3rd to 11th in Aigen, Austria
Test matches : June 26: SC Austria Lustenau 5: 4 , June 30: SCR Altach 2: 0 , July 6: SV Ried 4: 2 , July 10: LASK Linz 0: 1 , July 17: TSG Hoffenheim

Incomings: Tim Siersleben (VfL Wolfsburg, loan), Tim Kleindienst (KAA Gent, firmly committed after loan), Patrick Schmidt (SV Sandhausen, loan ends), Gökalp Kilic (SSV Ulm, loan ends), Tim Seifert (own youth), Paul Tschernuth (own youth)

Departures: Jonas Brändle (SG Sonnenhof-Großaspach, previously awarded there) Diant Ramaj (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marc Schnatterer (SV Waldhof Mannheim), Maximilian Thiel (end of contract), Oliver Steurer (end of contract), Kevin Ibrahim (end of contract)

SC Paderborn 07

Paderborn have made eleven signings for the new season and Lukas Kwasniok has shown his tactical nuance as Paderborn have tried a three-at-the-back and also four in the friendlies. Kwasniok will have clever Eduard Schmidt in his backroom team, Paderborn will have the upper hand on many tactical battles but it is yet to be seen if the players are good enough to win enough matches to make a real promotion push.

Preparation start : June 19th
Training camp : July 5th to 10th in Hogesteeg, Netherlands
Test matches : June 26th: SC Verl 5-1 , July 3rd: Hannover 96 1-1 , July 4th Borussia Dortmund II 2-3 , July 7th: SV Meppen 5-1 , July 10th: Ajax Amsterdam 1:4 , July 17: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Incomings: Jasper van der Werff (RB Salzburg, loan) , Fabrice Hartmann (RB Leipzig, loan), Marcel Mehlem (Royale Union Saint-Gilloise), Jannis Heuer (VfL Wolfsburg II), Jonas Carls (FC Schalke 04), Chris Führich (Borussia Dortmund, was already on loan before), Felix Platte (Darmstadt 98), Marco Schuster (Waldhof Mannheim), Luca Marseiler (SpVgg Unterhaching), John Iredale (VfL Wolfsburg, II), Rifet Kapic (FC Sheriff, loan ends), Pascal Steinwender (VfB Lübeck, loan ends), Adrian Oeynhausen (RW Ahlen, loan ends) , Antony Evans (Crewe Alexandra, loan ends), Jesse Edem Tugbenyo (Sportfreunde Lotte, loan ends), Pascal Steinwender (VfB Lübeck, loan ends)

Departures: Dominik Bilogrevic (Wuppertaler SV, loan), Rifet Kapic (contract termination), Christopher Antwi-Adjei (VfL Bochum), Jayden Bennetts (contract end), Sebastian Schonlau (Hamburger SV), Chima Okoroji (SC Freiburg, loan ends), Svante Ingelsson (Udinese Calcio, loan ends), Chris Führich (Borussia Dortmund, loan ends), Aristote Nkaka (RSC Anderlecht, loan ends), Chadrac Akolo (SC Amiens, loan ends), Nicolas Bürgy (BSC Young Boys Bern, loan ends) , Sebastian Vasiliadis (end of contract), Marcel Heller (end of contract)

FC St. Pauli

St. Pauli's impressive second half of the season saw 'Kiezkicker' rise from relegation candidates to a comfortable mid-table team. The skill of Rodrigo Zalazar will be no more as the Uruguayan moves back to Eintracht Frankfurt, for coach Timo Schulz it will be about carrying on the late-season form and making St. Pauli a force again.

Preparation start: June 18th
Training camp : June 28th to July 6th in Herzlake
Test matches : June 26th: Hannover 96 2-0 , June 30th: Blau-Weiß Lohne 4-0 , July 10th: Odense Boldklub 2-2 , July 17th: Hertha BSC

Incomings: Etienne Amenyido (VfL Osnabrück) , Jakov Medic (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Lars Ritzka (SC Verl), Nikola Vasilj (Zorya Lugansk), Eric Smith (KAA Gent, firmly committed after loan), Kevin Lankford (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, Loan ends), Yi-young Park (Türkgücü Munich, loan ends), Jakub Bednarczyk (Zaglebie Lubin, loan ends)

Departures: Svend Brodersen (Yokohama FC), Ryo Miyaichi (Yokohama F. Marinos), Ersin Zehir (contract terminated, previously loaned to VfB Lübeck), Maximilian Franzke (1. FC Magdeburg, firmly signed after loan), Marvin Senger (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan), Florian Carstens (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, permanent change after loan), Leon Flach (Philadelphia Union), Daniel Buballa (contract end), Omar Marmoush (VfL Wolfsburg, loan ends), Dejan Stojanovic (FC Middlesbrough, loan ends ), Rodrigo Zalazar (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan ends), Tore Reginiussen (end of career)

1. FC Nürnberg

An average season for the Bavarian's saw the 36-year-old coach Robert Klauß take charge, the former striker led Nürnberg to 11th in the table with help from top-scorer Manuel Schäffler and central-midfielder Johannes Geis who ended up with seven assists.

Preparation start: June 21st
Training camp : July 3rd to 10th in Naz-Sciaves, Italy
Test matches : June 26: FSV Zwickau 5: 1 , July 3: FC Wacker Innsbruck 3: 1 , July 10: FK Krasnodar 0: 0

Incomings: Kilian Fischer (Türkgücü Munich), Lino Tempelmann (SC Freiburg, loan), Florian Hübner (1. FC Union Berlin), Mats Möller Daehli (KRC Genk, firmly signed after loan), Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town), Taylan Duman (Borussia Dortmund II), Lukas Schleimer (1. FC Saarbrücken, loan ends)

Departures: Hanno Behrens (end of contract), Lukas Mühl (end of contract), Georg Margreitter (end of contract), Andreas Lukse (end of contract), Iuri Medeiros (SC Braga, firmly signed after loan), Dominik Steczyk (Piast Gliwice, firmly signed after loan), Christian Früchtl (FC Bayern Munich, loan ends), Sarpreet Sing (FC Bayern Munich, loan ends)

FC Erzgebirge Aue

Aue really have a wildcard coach for the new season as Aliaksei Shpilevski may be a great acquisition for 'Veilchen' or could be the first manager sacked in the season. Nevertheless, Aue will be one of the teams that may be in a relegation battle or could surprise everyone and be a solid mid-table side.

FCE president Helge Leonhardt was quoted on the new appointment:

"Despite his young age, Aliaksei is already very experienced and has worked in various positions in various youth training centers as a responsible coach in the Bundesliga. After several intensive discussions, we were able to determine that he fully identified with the values ​​of our association. We also reached agreement on the approach to the strategic development of our professional team."

Preparation start: June 17th
Training camp : none
Test matches : July 1: Eintracht Bamberg 5: 0 , July 3: SpVgg Greuther Fürth U23 3: 0 and VfB Auerbach 4: 1 , July 6: VfL Wolfsburg 1: 2 , July 10: 1. FC Magdeburg 1: 2

Incomings: Dirk Carlson (Karlsruher SC), Nicolas Kühn (FC Bayern Munich II, loan), Soufiane Messeguem (VfL Wolfsburg II), Ramzi Ferjani (FC Nitra), Anthony Barylla (1. FC Saabrücken)

Departures: Pascal Testroet (SV Sandhausen), Florian Krüger (DSC Arminia Bielefeld), Steve Breitkreuz (SSV Jahn Regensburg), Calogero Rizzuto (end of contract), Louis Samson (end of contract), Kevin Harr (end of contract)

Hannover 96

Hannover has a new captain: Marcel Franke will lead the Lower Saxony team on the field in the coming season. The 28-year-old replaces Dominik Kaiser.

Here's what Franke said:

"Of course I am honored to be the captain of Hannover 96," said Franke. "I am happy to take on responsibility. I am definitely not planning to do anything big differently, but will continue to try to lead the way with performance. Otherwise it is clear: Everyone who belongs to the team council will be involved. We will all be together have responsibility."

Preparation start: June 21st
Training camp : July 5th to 10th in Rotenburg
Test matches : June 26: FC St. Pauli 0: 2 , June 30: Viktoria Berlin 1: 0 , July 3: SC Paderborn 1: 1 , July 10: DSC Arminia Bielefeld 0: 1 , July 14: Hertha BSC, July 17th: 1. FC Magdeburg

Incomings: Sebastian Kerk (VfL Osnabrück), Sebastian Stolze (Jahn Regensburg), Sebastian Ernst (SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Ron-Robert Zieler (1. FC Köln, loan ends), Leo Weinkauf (MSV Duisburg, loan ends), Tim Walbrecht (SV Wehen Wiesbaden, loan ends)

Departures: Timo Hübers (1. FC Cologne), Michael Esser (VfL Bochum), Genki Haraguchi (1. FC Union Berlin), Josip Elez (end of contract), Niklas Tarnat (end of contract), Marlon Sündermann (end of contract), Michael Ratajczak (end of career ), Kingsley Schindler (1. FC Köln, loan ends), Jaka Bijol (CSKA Moscow, loan ends)

SSV Jahn Regensburg

Scott Kennedy will be missing for the start of the season as he is away with Canada for the Gold Cup and Schalke's Matthew Hoppe is also away with the US. Regensburg also have a new prospect, Bayern has loaned Sarpreet Singh to Jahn.

"Sarpreet has already familiarized himself with the demands of the 2nd division [at 1. FC Nürnberg]," Bayern's head of youth development Jochen Sauer noted in a statement, "Now he should continue to develop in a sustainable fashion at this level in order to take the next step."

Preparation start: June 20th
Training camp : June 28th to July 2nd in Bad Gögging
Test matches : June 26: Blau-Weiß Linz 4: 0 , July 3: SpVgg Bayreuth 4: 0 , July 9: SV Ried 2: 0 , July 10: FC Wacker Innsbruck 2: 2 , July 16: Slovan Liberec, July 17th: Türkgücü Munich

Incomings: Sarpreet Singh (FC Bayern Munich, loan), Carlo Boukhalfa (Sport-Club Freiburg, loan), Steve Breitkreuz (FC Erzgebirge Aue), Leon Guwara (FC Utrecht), Konrad Faber (SC Freiburg II), Thorsten Kirschbaum (VVV Venlo), Aygün Yilderim (SC Verl)

Departures: Markus Palionis (end of career), Federico Palacios (Viktoria Köln, was previously loaned to MSV Duisburg), Alexander Weidinger (SpVgg Unterhaching, loan), Tom Baack (SC Verl, loan), Albion Vrenezi (end of contract), Jan-Marc Schneider (End of contract), Sebastian Stolze (Hannover 96), Oliver Hein (end of career), Aaron Opoku (Hamburger SV, loan ends)

SV Sandhausen

Sandhausen stayed above the water and out of the relegation-playoffs by a single point last season and the pivotal 2-0 win at home to Regensburg kept them afloat. They are starting to strengthen and the signature of Pascal Testroet from Aue will be a big help for Sandhausen's relegation survival hopes.

Preparation start: June 19th
Training camp : July 4th to 11th in Tyrol, Austria
Test matches : June 26: FC Würzburger Kickers 2: 1 , June 30: 1. FC Kaiserslautern 0: 4 , July 6: FC Botosani 1: 0 , July 10: WSG Swarovski Tirol 1: 3 , July 17: Eintracht Frankfurt

Incomings: Pascal Testroet (FC Erzgebirge Aue), Chima Okoroji (SC Freiburg), Bashkim Ajdini (VfL Osnabrück), Oumar Diakhite (Eintracht Braunschweig), Immanuel Höhn (SV Darmstadt 98), Arne Sicker (MSV Duisburg), Gianluca Gaudino (Young Boys Bern), Carlo Sickinger (1. FC Kaiserslautern), Cebio Soukou (Arminia Bielefeld), Patrick Drewes (VfL Bochum), Christian Kinsombi (KFC Uerdingen), Anas Ouahim (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan ends)

Departures: Gerrit Nauber (Go Agead Eagles Deventer), Kevin Behrens (1. FC Union Berlin), Emanuel Taffertshofer (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Robin Scheu (1. FC Saarbrücken), Stefanos Kapino (SV Werder Bremen, loan ends), Patrick Schmidt (1. FC Heidenheim, loan ends), Nikolas Nartey (VfB Stuttgart, loan ends), Diego Contento, Sören Dieckmann, Besar Halimi, Philipp Heerwagen, Philipp Klingmann, Ivan Paurevic, Alexander Rossipal, Robin Scheu, Nikos Zografakis (all contracts end)

SG Dynamo Dresden

Dynamo Dresden have bolstered their defense by signing Barnsley's Sollbauer. The 31-year-old signs for the East German club on a two-year contract until summer 2023.

Preparation start: June 19th
Training camp : July 1st to 9th in Heilbad Heiligenstadt
Test matches : June 26: Hertha BSC II 3: 1 , June 30: FK Jablonec 3: 1 , July 3: Eintracht Braunschweig 1: 0 , July 17: 1. FC Union Berlin

Incomings: Michael Sollbauer (FC Barnsley), Brandon Borello (SC Freiburg), Michael Akoto (1. FSV Mainz 05 II), Luca Herrmann (SC Freiburg II), Jong-Min Seo (Eintracht Frankfurt, U19), Morris Schröte r ( FSV Zwickau), Simon Gollnack (Usti nad Labem, loan ended), Phil Harres, Jonas Kühn (own U19)

Departures: Vasil Kusej (unknown, previously loaned to Usti nad Labem), Leroy Kwadwo (MSV Duisburg), Julius Kade (1. FC Union Berlin), Jonathan Meier (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan ended), Marvin Stefaniak (VfL Wolfsburg , Loan ended), Leroy Kwadwo, Niklas Kreuzer, Marco Hartmann, Stefan Kiefer, Maximilian Großer (all contracts end)

FC Hansa Rostock

Hansa made Twitter storm after a Streli Mamba double downed new Champions League participants VfL Wolfsburg in a Testspiel. Mamba will be a big asset to the Rostock' teams chances of survival and his goals will be really needed.

Preparation start : June 17th
Training camp: July 5th to 10th in Brandenburg
Test matches: June 23: MSV Pampow 10: 0 , June 26: FC Anker Wismar 3: 0 , June 30: Berliner AK 9: 1 , July 3: FSV Luckenwalde 3: 1 , July 7: Viktoria Berlin 4 : July 3 , July 10: VfL Wolfsburg, July 17: Eintracht Braunschweig

Incomings: Kevin Schumacher (TSV Havelse), Svante Ingelsson (Udinese Calcio), Ridge Munsy (FC Würzburger Kickers), Streli Mamba (Kairat Almaty, loan) , Hanno Behrens (1. FC Nürnberg), Michel Ulrich (Berliner AK, loan ended ), Theo Martens (own U19)

Departures: Oliver Daedlow (TSV Havelse, loan), Luca Horn (FSV Zwickau, loan), Paul Wiese (Virginia Cavs, previously loaned to Bonner SC), Lion Lauterbach (Holstein Kiel, loan ended), Max Reinthaler, Nils Butzen, Korbinian Vollmann, Erik Engelhardt, Philip Türpitz (all contract ends)

FC Ingolstadt 04

Ingolstadt did it the hard way in the relegation-playoffs for the third consecutive season, but this time they were successful with a 4-3 aggregate win over VfL Osnabrück. They return back to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time since 2018/19.

Incomings: Yassin Ben Balla (MSV Duisburg), Jan Hendrik Marx (SV Waldhof Mannheim), Maximilian Wolfram (FSV Zwickau, loan ended)

Departures: Robin Krausse (unknown), Caiuby (unknown)

As for the relegated sides, 3 are out as Würzburger Kickers and Eintracht Braunschweig are down in their first season back and VfL Osnabrück make way for Ingolstadt.

The 2. Bundesliga is set for possibly the best season the league has ever witnessed. Big names Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen join Hamburger SV to try get themselves back to the big-time again. Reminder: only two clubs are promoted automatically and there is absolutely no guarantee that the big clubs will dominate. You can follow the 2. Bundesliga on Bulinews as there will be weekly columns on the site. Bulinews is the perfect place to keep up-to-date with Germany's second division.

All transfer data found from the Official 2. Bundesliga website.

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