The Bundesliga is already working on the schedule for the 2012-13 season. The first big challenge for German clubs is the Liebherr German Cup 2012-13 that will be held in Stuttgart again on December 29th and 30th.
Saarbrucken is the title holder of the German Cup and hopes to repeat success in this edition. In the last edition, Bastian Steger and Co. overcame Borussia Dusseldorf by 3:1 in quarterfinals. Then they stood victorious over Adrian Crisan's Werder Bremen by 3:2. In the final match, Saarbrucken emerged successfully over Aleksandar Karakasevic's Pluderhausen by 3:1. In the second semifinal, Pluderhausen posted a surprising victory over Fulda-Maberzell.
Bastian Steger vs Thomas Keinath Joao Monteiro vs Aleksandar Karakasevic Bojan Tokic vs Phillip Floritz Bastian Steger vs Aleksandar Karakasevic
The reigning champion won't hav ean easy job this time because other German clubs such as Ochsenhausen, Frickenhausen and Werder Bremen have reinforced their team with top players. Ochsenhausen kept Tiago Monteiro and Kirill skachkov for the next season and added the former Olympic champion Ryu Seungmin. Frickenhausen let Kenji Matsudaira go but reached an agreement with Japanese stars Koki Niwa and Kenta Matsudaira. On the other hand, Werder Bremen secured Romania's Adrian Crisan for another season and brough Chuang Chih Yuan to the club.
Saarbrucken can forget Borussia Dusseldorf that beat it in the Bundesliga final recently. Timo Boll and Co, showed that they are in great shape and gave no chance to Steger, Monteiro and Tokic in the final.
However, we cannot speculate about the next German cup champion yet, so we just have to wait and see what happens in the first rounds of the Bundesliga.
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