The financial situation in Germany is pretty good, meaning that every team in the Bundesliga spent quite a few Euros on bringing in new talent, although mostly from within Germany. Most notably, obviously, were Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, probably up for another two horse title race in the 2012-2013 season.
Dortmund’s biggest capture this summer was Marco Reus from Borussia Monchengladbach, already scoring on the opening weekend against Werder Bremen. He was purhcased for €17.5 million million. Oliver Kirch, a 30 year old midfielder, arrived from Kaiserslautern; Julian Schieber, a 23 year old striker, joined from Stuttgart; Leonardo Bittencourt, an 18 year old midfielder arrived from Cottbus.
Dante, the 28 year old centre back who played for Monchengladbach these past three seasons arrived for $4.7 million. Mario Mandžukić came from Wolfsburg after an impressive Euro tournament and scoring 20 goals in 56 matches for the club over the last two seasons; Xherdan Shaqiri, the 20 year old Swiss from FC Basel, hoping he’s more than just potential; Veteran striker making his return to Bayern from Werder Bremen, Claudio Pizarro; Goalkeeper Tom Starke from Hoffenheim; 18 year old Mitchell Weiser from FC Koln.
After spending half of last season on loan with Schalke, Nigerian Chinedu Obasi joined from Hoffenheim; Tranquillo Barnetta, the 27 year old Swiss winger came over from Leverkusen after 8 seasons with his former club; Roman Neustädter, a 24 year old defensive midfielder from Monchengladbach.
Luuk de Jong arrived from Twente after scoring 25 goals last season in the Netherlands; 23 year old defender Álvaro Domínguez arrived from Atletico Madrid; 21 year old German striker Peniel Mlapa arrived from Hoffenheim; Granit Xhaka, a 19 year old Swiss midfielder, already with 7 caps for the national side, was signed for €8.5 million million from FC Basel.
Junior Fernandes arrived from Universidad de Chile for €3 million; 23 year old Philipp Wollscheid of Nuremberg.
Tunay Torun, a 22 year old Turkish striker arrived from Hertha Berlin; Tim Hoogland joined from Schalke on loan.
Szabolcs Huszti, a 29 year old Hungarian midfielder arrived from Zenit; Hiroki Sakai, a 22 year old Japanese right back came over from Kashiwa Reysol; Felipe, a 24 year old Brazilian centre back joined from Standard Liege; Adrian Nikci, a 22 year old Swiss midfielder joined from FC Zurich.
Fagner, a 23 year old Brazilian right back arrived from Sao Paulo; Ivica Olić arrived from Bayern Munich after three seasons with the club, hardly playing during his last two years; Václav Pilař, who impressed many during the Euro with the Czech Republic, joined from Hradec Králové; Bas Dost, the top scorer of the Dutch league last season with 32 goals for Heerenveen; Kevin Pannewitz, a 20 year old midfielder coming from Rostock; Emanuel Pogatetz, the Austrian defender joining from Hannover; Brazilian Naldo joining from Werder Bremen after 7 seasons there.
Kevin De Bruyne joined on loan from Chelsea; Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who already spent last season with Bremen on loan came over from AC Milan; Nils Petersen came over on loan from Bayern Munich; Johannes Wurtz joined from Saarbrucken; Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti, a 26 year old Congolese centre back joined from Fortuna Dusseldorf; goalkeeper Raphael Wolf joined from Kapfenberger; Theodor Gebre Selassie came over from Slovan Liberec in the Czech Republic; Eljero Elia joined from Juventus after never really finding himself with the Italian champions.
Timo Gebhart, 23 year old midfielder from Stuttgart; Hiroshi Kiyotake, a 22 year old Japanese attacking midfielder arriving from Osaka; Sebastian Polter arriving on loan from Wolfsburg; Marcos Antônio, a 29 year old Brazilian defender joining from Rapid Bucharest.
A lot of incoming (and outgoing) names – 30 year old goalkeeper Tim Wiese from Werder Bremen; 19 year old Serbian midfielder Filip Malbašić from FK Rad; Eren Derdiyok, the 24 year old striker from Leverkusen; Chris, a 34 year old Brazilian from Wolfsburg; Matthieu Delpierre, a 31 year old French centre back joining from Stuttgart; Joselu, a 22 year old Spanish striker arriving from Real Madrid; Stephan Schröck, a 26 year old right back arriving from Greuther Furth; Takashi Usami, a 20 year old Japanese midfielder, coming on loan from Gamba Osaka.
Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, a 21 year old Norweigan international joined from Stabæk; Ezequiel, a 21 year old tiny winger joined from Betis on loan; 24 year old forward Max Kruse came from St. Pauli; Marco Terrazzino came from Karlsruher.
Chinedu Ede, a 25 year old midfielder joined from Union Berlin; Júnior Díaz, a 28 year old Costa Rican player arrived from Wislaw Krakow.
Estonian Ragnar Klavan joined from AZ; Milan Petržela, a 29 year old Czech winger came from Viktoria Plzen; Jan Morávek, another Czech player, arrived from Schalke; Midfielder Andreas Ottl joined from Hertha; Zimbabwean Knowledge Musona joined on loan from Hoffenheiim; Ronny Philp joined from SSV Jahn Regensburg; Defensive midfielder Kevin Vogt joined from Bochum; Aristide Bancé from Burkina Faso joined from Al-Ahli Dubai.
Goalkeeper Rene Adler joined from Leverkusen after six seasons with Bayer; Latvian striker Artjoms Rudņevs joined from Lech Poznan, scoring 33 goals in two seasons for the Polish club; Austrian veteran Paul Scharner joined from West Brom in England.
Danish Tobias Pilegaard Mikkelsen, a 25 year old winger coming from FC Nordsjælland; Wolfgang Hesl, a goalkeeper coming from Dresden; Athanasios Petsos, a 21 year old defensive midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen; Lasse Sobiech, arriving on loan from Dortmund; 18 year old Baba Rahman of Ghana arriving from Asante Kotoko F.C.; 23 year old Hungarian winger Zoltán Stieber signed from Mainz; Goalkeeper Issa Ndoye of Senegal arriving from Volyn Lutsk; Baye Djiby Fall, another Senegalese footballer, joining from Lokeren.
Vadim Demidov, a 25 year old Norwegian centre back, joining from Real Sociedad; Stefan Aigner, coming from 1860 Munich; Stefano Celozzi, joining from Stuttgart; Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp coming from Kaiserslautern; Bastian Oczipka arriving from Leverkusen; Martin Lanig, joining from FC Koln; Canadian Olivier Occéan joining from Greuther Furth; Takashi Inui of Japan, joining from Bochum.
Leon Balogun from Werder Bremen; Nando Rafael, a 28 year old Angolan striker coming from Augsburg; Axel Bellinghausen, also coming from Augsburg; Bruno Soares, a Brazilian defender coming from Duisburg; Ivan Paurević, coming from Dortmund’s reserves team; Ronny Garbuschewki, signed from Chemnitzer FC; Tobias Levels, coming on loan from Monchengladbach; Lebanese Dani Schahin coming from Greuther Furth; Cha Du-Ri from Celtic; Stefan Reisinger coming from Freiburg; Andriy Voronin coming on loan from Dynamo Moscow; Bastian Müller coming from the Bayern Munich reserves team.