The DFL (German Football Leagues) is taking some time during the international break to take care of some administrative housekeeping, having announced on Tuesday the schedules for Bundesliga match days 8 through 15.
Additionally, the fixtures for the second round of the DFB Cup have also been released. 1. FC Köln’s trip to Weser Stadion to face former teammate Anthony Ujah and Werder Bremen is slotted for Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Of the eight newly scheduled 1. FC Köln Bundesliga games, five will take place in the traditional Saturday at 9:30 a.m. EST time slot. Köln also received one Friday and two Sunday kickoffs.
Both Sunday matches are in the early time slot (9:30 a.m. EST) and come on consecutive weekends. Köln will visit Gelsenkirchen to take on Schalke 04 on October 4 (match day 8) and host Hannover 96 a week later.
Köln’s first Friday road trip of the season will take them to Bundesliga newcomer SV Darmstadt 98 on November 27 (match day 14). The trip to Böllenfalltor, home of die Lilien, has been among the most-excitedly anticipated road trips of the season. The effzeh fans planning to make the 200 kilometer journey will now have the added challenge of it falling on a work day.
Darmstadt wird mir immer sympathischer. Drück denen die Daumen für den Aufstieg. Ihr seid willkommen. pic.twitter.com/Z54Llj2GCy
— Marcel (@Marcelinho1183) May 11, 2015
(Darmstadt fans celebrating their promotion with a banner claiming they are fresh out of competition and need a visit from 1. FC Köln.)
The closest match to the opening of the Karneval session (November 11 . . . i.e. 11/11) lands on November 7 (match day 12). It is an away game, but it won’t require too much travel, as the Billy Goats will just cross the Rhine River, drive past the drug factory, and drop in at BayArena to play Leverkusen. If there are going to be special Karneval-themed uniforms this year, this would be the most-likely game at which they’d make an appearance, but don’t rule out the Halloween (match day 11) tilt against TSG Hoffenheim as a chance to show the home fans the new merchandise.
Less likely would be that those special kits are brought out again on the other side of the break that follows the “derby” at Leverkusen, but because the November 21 (match day 13) opponent is against Karneval-club-aspirant FSV Mainz, their use could be reserved as a “Here is how it’s done in the real home of the Karneval” statement..
Then, what remains is a pair of Bavarian clubs.
FC Augsburg is the opposition for the December 5 (match day 15) game at Müngersdorfer.
And the Billy Goats will take their shot at downing the defending champion in their own building on October 24 (match day 10), with FC Bayern receiving our club at Allianz Arena just four days after their trip to London to deal with Arsenal in Champions League play.
That’s nine appointments with your television or computer screen, delivered to you in English for all your English-language, schedule-my-life-around-effzeh-game needs.