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Bayern begin season vs. Wolfsburg

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will begin the defence of their title against Wolfsburg after the fixtures for the 2014-15 Bundesliga season were announced.

The Wolves -- 2009 champions -- pay the Allianz Arena a visit on Friday, Aug. 22 to start the 52nd season of Germany's top flight.

Bayern have won the title in each of the past two seasons with Borussia Dortmund triumphing in the two previous years.

Dortmund will once again be expected to be Bayern's biggest rival next season, but they have to negotiate a tricky opening against Bayer Leverkusen, who finished fourth last season.

Third-placed Schalke travel to Hannover with Borussia Monchengladbach, who finished sixth last season behind Wolfsburg, hosting Stuttgart.

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