German Cup winners and Champions League participants Borussia Dortmund will commence their preparations for the 55th season of the Bundesliga on 7 July. Fans both at home and abroad will see the Black and Yellows – led by new head coach Peter Bosz – in action in eight pre-season friendlies, while other summer highlights include a training camp in Switzerland, the Super Cup final at Signal Iduna Park and the First Round of the DFB Cup.
Just four days after returning from their summer break, the Black and Yellows will travel to Rot-Weiss Essen on 11 July for their first friendly – a Ruhr classic that will give their many fans in the region the chance to experience BVB first-hand. Kick off at the Stadion an der Hafenstraße will be at 19:00 CET. The first acid tests will follow during the trip to Japan and China between 13 and 19 July: BVB will first lock horns with Japanese League Cup winners Urawa Reds at the Saitama Stadium near Tokyo on 15 July (12:10 CET), before taking on Italian giants AC Milan in Guangzhou on 18 July (13:20 CET).
After returning from Asia, Borussia will head back to the Ruhr, where they will travel away to neighbours VfL Bochum on 22 July. The kick-off for that match will be 18:00 CET.
Between 26 July and 2 August, BVB will continue their recent tradition of holding a training camp in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland), where they will play two friendlies: the first on 28 July (opponent, location and kick-off time still undecided) and one on 1 August in Altach (Austria) against Serie A outfit Atalanta.
On the evening of 4 August, BVB and their main sponsor Evonik will officially present the team for the 2017/18 campaign at Signal Iduna Park. The DFB Cup holders will return to the world's most beautiful stadium the following day, 5 August, for their first competitive match of the new season: Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich will be the opponents in the Super Cup final at 20:30 CET. As promised, the Black and Yellows replay their friendly against third-tier side Rot-Weiß Erfurt the following day, which was set to take place in the winter but was cancelled due to fog. Kick-off at the Steigerwaldstadion is 17:00 CET.
Between the First Round of the DFB Cup (10-14 August, most probably at Freiburg's stadium against Verbandsliga club Rielasingen-Arlen) and the Bundesliga restart on the weekend of 18-20 August, BVB will travel to their many fans and friends in Saxony to take on FSV Zwickau in another friendly. A date and time will not be set until the Cup fixtures have been scheduled by the DFB.
Tickets for all the friendlies will be available for purchase from the respective local organiser. The only exceptions will be the matches in Essen and Bochum. Details regarding ticket availability via BVB will follow shortly.