Professionals | 22/06/2021

Friendlies arranged

Pre-season plans

1. FC Köln will begin preparations for the 2021-22 season under new head coach, Steffen Baumgart on 5th July 2021. 11 days later, the FC players and staff will head to Donaueschingen again for another training camp.

At the moment, the FC players are still resting up after an intensive season. On 5th July, training will get underway once more. After the play-off win against Holstein Kiel and the successful survival bid, head coach Steffen Baumgart and his team are preparing for another season of Bundesliga football.

The FC players have their first friendly against Fortuna Köln on 9th July. Under the current circumstances, fans will be allowed to watch the game in Südstadion. Tickets can be purchased here. One day later, FC will take on MSV Duisburg at the Zebras’ training centre.

From 16th to 25th July, FC make their way to Donaueschingen for the third year in a row. Steffen Baumgart and the team will then go into the usual training camp and make the most of the superb conditions in Baden-Württemberg. There will also be two friendlies during the training camp. The first will take place against FC Schaffhausen (18th July, 17:00 CEST), and the second will see FC take on SV Elversberg (24th July, 16:00 CEST). Both will be in Bad Dürrheim.

The final pre-season friendly will take place after the trainign camp as FC travel to the Netherlands to face Eerste Divisie outfit, Almere City. Steffen Baumgart’s first competitive game as head coach will follow a week later, as the first round of the DFB-Pokal rolls around (6th-9th August).

An overview of the pre-season plans

5th July: Return to training
9th July: Friendly against Fortuna Köln | Südstadion | 18:00 CEST
10th July: Friendly against MSV Duisburg | Duisburg Training Centre | 17:00 CEST
16th-25th July: Training camp | Donaueschingen
18th July: Friendly against FC Schaffhausen | Bad Dürrheim | 17:00 CEST
24th July: Friendly against SV Elversberg | Bad Dürrheim | 16:00 CEST
TBA: Friendly against Almere City | Yanmar Stadion, Almere
6th-9th August: DFB-Pokal First Round
13th-15th August: Bundesliga Matchday 1

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