Preview: Podolski aims to continue World Cup form

Preview: Podolski aims to continue World Cup form
By Reuters

17/08/2010 at 20:01Updated 17/08/2010 at 20:29

Team-by-team guide ahead of the new season. We look at the teams finishing in positions 13-16 last season and the newly promoted sides.

Cologne (13th, 38 points)

Cologne will hope striker Lukas Podolski's excellent World Cup can inspire him at club level as well. Podolski was a huge disappointment last season when he earned a reputation for having a poor work rate, managing only two Bundesliga goals following his move from Bayern Munich.

A revived Podolski could help Cologne improve on their mid-table finish.

In: Konstantinos Giannoulis (Iraklis Saloniki), Alexandru Ionita (Rapid Bucharest), Wilfried Sanou (Urawa Red Diamonds, return from loan), Martin Lanig (VfB Stuttgart), Christopher Buchtmann (Fulham), Mato Jajalo (Siena), Andrezinho (Vitoria Guimaraes)

Out: Maniche (Sporting Lisbon), Zoran Tosic (Manchester United, returns after loan), Thomas Kessler (St Pauli, on loan), Michael Gardawski (VfB Stuttgart, on loan)

Freiburg (14th, 35 points)

Finished 14th last season, their first back in the top flight after four seasons in the second division. Coach Robin Dutt will be taking charge for his fourth season in a row, having replaced Volke Finke who was at the helm for 16 years.

In: Jan Rosenthal (Hanover 96), Zvonko Pamic (Bayer Leverkusen, on loan), Maximilian Nicu (Hertha Berlin)

Out: Michael Langer (FSV Frankfurt), Mohamadou Issidrou (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Eke Uzoma (TSV Munich)

Hanover 96 (15th, 33 points)

Just survived the drop last season, which was overshadowed by the suicide of goalkeeper Robert Enke. The team has produced a string of mid-table finishes since their Bundesliga return in 2002/03, never finishing higher than eighth or lower than 15th.

In: Moritz Stoppelkamp (Rot-Weiss Oberhausen), Lars Stindl (Karlsruhe), Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough)

Out: Jan Rosenthal (Freiburg), Jiri Stajner (Slovan Liberec), Jan Durica (Lokomotiv Moscow, returns after loan), Hanno Balitsch (Bayer Leverkusen)

Nuremberg (16th, 31 points)

Survived by the skin of their teeth last season, finishing 16th and coming through a relegation playoff. They owe much to striker Alberto Bunjaku who was top scorer with 13 goals.

In: Timmy Simons (PSV Eindhoven), Jens Hegeler (Bayer Leverkusen), Rubin Rafael Okotie (Austria Vienna), Christoph Sauter (Mainz 05), Matthew Spiranovic (Urawa Red Diamonds, returns from loan), Robert Mak (Manchester City), Per Nilsso (Hoffenheim)

Out: Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Hamburg SV, returns after loan), Mickael Tavares (Hamburg SV, returns after loan), Breno (Bayern Munich, returns after loan), Andreas Ottl (Bayern Munich, returns after loan), Marcel Risse (Bayer Leverkusen, returns after loan), Jaouhar Mnari (FSV Frankfurt), Dennis Diekmeier (Hamburg SV)

Kaiserslautern (promoted, second division champions)

The four-times champions are back in the top flight after four long seasons in the second division, where at one stage they narrowly escaped dropping to the third.

In: Erwin Hoffer (Napoli, on loan), Ilian Micanski (Zaglebie Lubin), Oliver Kirch (Arminia Bielefeld), Chadli Amri (Mainz 05), Ivo Ilicevic (VfL Bochum), Jan Moravek (FC Schalke 04, on loan), Jan Simunek (VfL Wolfsburg), Clemens Walch (VfB Stuttgart)

Out: Erik Jendrisek (Schalke 04), Sidney Sam (Hamburg SV, returns after loan), Georges Mandjeck (VfB Stuttgart, returns after loan), Markus Steinhoefer (Eintracht Frankfurt, returns after loan), Ivo Ilicevic (VfL Bochum, returns after loan)

St Pauli (promoted)

Back in the top flight for the first time since 2001-02, the team who are based a stone's throw from Hamburg's red light district may not stay up long but should brighten things up. St Pauli, long been defined by the alternative fan scene that grew up among punks and left-wing supporters, are based at the ramshackle Milentor and use the pirate flag as their symbol.

In: Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04), Fin Bartels (Hansa Rostock), Moritz Volz (Fulham), Thomas Kessler (Cologne, on loan), Carlos Zambrano (Schalke 04)

Out: Thomas Meggle (retired)

Tomorrow we look at the teams who finished seven to 12 last season including Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg.