It's been a big year for soccer in Germany — between the nation team's run to the World Cup semifinal, and Bayern Munich's defeat in the Champions League final against Inter Milan, there are plenty of positives ahead of the opening weekend of the 2010-11 Bundesliga campaign. Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg open the season this afternoon (2:30 p.m., ESPN3.com).
Defending champions Bayern will look to stake a claim on a second straight league title, attempting to fight off the valiant attempts of teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg, to name just a few.
Some of the Bundesliga's brightest talents will look to continue a rise to prominence this year. Bayern's Thomas Mueller, the Young Player and Golden Boot winner at the World Cup, should play a starring role for the Bavarian club, while Dutch winger Eljero Elia is another rising talent to watch out for, playing on the wing for Hamburger SV.
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