Turning in the title fight: the competition challenges Bayern

Higher transfer fees, new rules and possibly more enthusiasm – the Bundesliga will start the new season on Friday after a 90-day summer break. In the opinion of many experts, the power relations that have prevailed for years could be shaken.

Now or never! In the Bundesliga, the hope of an era in the fight for the title grows. With all due respect to the success of FC Bayern with its last seven titles, the competition is not static before the start of the 57th season.

"I see five to six teams capable of resisting Bayern," commented Julian Nagelsmann. Similar to the new Leipzig coach, Michael Preetz expects closer distances. "It seems that Bayern's supremacy could be endangered again this season," Hertha's CEO told Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Not only was the tight result of the last title race, which decided to dominate Munich, which held a long-standing dominant position, with only two points distance from BVB, was perceived by many observers as an indication of Autocracy in decline. In addition, the weeks-long discussions over the stagnation of the Munich transfers have fueled the hopes of the pursuers to strengthen their competitiveness. Nevertheless, Bayern coach Niko Kovac did not hide his expectations before the opening match of the defending champion against Hertha BSC on Friday (8.30 pm): "We have enough confidence in we say that we want to be champions. "

The first competitor of the estate is the BVB. With the announcement of wanting to play the title, the turf club has ventured for the first time in years verbally since the cover. The smart transfer policy with early commitments from stars such as Mats Hummels, Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard is to help the team to more stability and mentality. "We hope to have improved without taking a lot of money," commented BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke on the club's balanced transfer balance.

In addition to Dortmund, Leipzig and Leverkusen were negotiated as part of a general inquiry conducted by the German press agency into the 18 coaches of the Bundesliga as potential competitors of Bayern. "I imagine that there is a surprise in the championship race and that it will be even tighter than last season," said Augsburg coach Martin Schmidt. .

The three main competitors expected of the Munich record champions have largely contributed to the fact that the Bundesliga had invested as much money as ever in new players. Just two weeks before the end of the transfer, the expenses of the 18 clubs are approaching 700 million euros. Thus, the previous record of the summer 2017 (about 650 million euros) is clearly exceeded.

The BVB, alone, has spent 130 million euros and therefore ranks so far even before Bayern (120 million euros), which however plans to make further acquisitions on Tuesday with the vice-champion Croatian world Ivan Perisic.

There were not only fluctuations in the frames. After all, seven out of 18 clubs have a new coach for the upcoming season. The names Nagelsmann (Leipzig), Marco Rose (Mönchengladbach), Oliver Glasner (Wolfsburg), Alfred Schreuder (Hoffenheim), Ante Covic (Hertha), David Wagner (Schalke) and Achim Beierlorzer (Cologne) raise great hopes in the respective clubs. . logged.

Also in the rules and on TV shows, players, coaches and spectators expect a lot of new things. After the most grotesquely different interpretation of the rules in hand games, even the board of the International Football Association (IFAB), which is not known for its desire for reform, proceeded to important changes. The clarifications made to the rule of handball aim to facilitate the decision making of the referees and the video assistants and to reduce the tedious debates. "Overall, more cases are now explicitly described and clearly clarified," said Lutz Wagner, DFB instructor.

More justice and less enthusiasm should also contribute to other changes. All players of the attacking team must respect a free kick at least one meter from the wall. The players exchanged must leave the field on the next line and can no longer contribute to the playing time. In case of kick off, the ball does not have to leave the penalty area. Coaches and caregivers are also affected. You can be punished unsportsmanlike with a yellow or red card.

For viewers, a new player comes into play. Because the DAZN streaming service takes over the Eurosport offer. He presents the 30 first division games on Friday, including the opening match. The package also includes five games on Sunday (1:30 pm), five on Monday (8:30 pm) and relegation games. The largest offer of games Erstliga continues to offer Sky subscription broadcaster. The market leader in salary transfers transfers, among other things, all Saturday matches (15.30 / 18.30) and 60 matches on Sunday (15.30 / 18.00).