By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun’s Mainz 05 and Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah’s Werder Bremen face tough games in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga opening day fixtures.
The fixtures released on Wednesday show that Ujah’s Bremen will kick off their campaign away to champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Friday, 26 August, 2016.
On the same day, Balogun and Mainz will be guests to Dortmund who finished second behind Bayern Munich.
Ahead of the opening day fixtures, Bayern have won the last 11 league meetings against Bremen.
Also, Bremen have suffered more defeats (49) and conceded more goals (194) against Bayern than against any other German club.
And on their part, Mainz have never beaten Dortmund at the Signa Iduna Parkin the Bundesliga.
Mainz finished sixth while Bremen ended in 13th in the final league table last season.
Bundesliga 2016-17 opening day fixtures:
Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund v Mainz
Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha Berlin v Freiburg
Cologne v Darmstadt
Hamburg v Ingolstadt
Augsburg v Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim v RB Leipzig
Eintracht Frankfurt v Schalke