After using a 2008-2009 season thread throughout all of the 2009-2010 season, it seems appropriate to finally create a thread that is up to date. Furthermore, the return of the Werkself to the training ground means that it's officially time to start anticipating the start of the Bundesliga! After an exciting season (with an admittedly disappointing finish) at the BayArena, changes have been made. Most notably, Michael Ballack has returned to the club, prompting Rudi Voller to say, "We were just lacking something and I think that Michael is that." Hopefully he's right, because optimism runs high that we can challenge for silverware in all three of our competitions this season -- League, Cup, and Europa League. Perhaps Ballack will be the player to push us over the top. However, Ballack isn't the only new player to find his way to the BayArena. Hanno Balitsch (Hannover 96), Jens Hegeler (return from loan), Kevin Kampl (Bayer II), Marcel Risse (return from loan), Sidney Sam (Kaiserslautern) and Domagoj Vida (Osijek) will all be playing for Leverkusen this season. Their presence is much welcomed, especially with the departure of Toni Kroos back to Bayern Munich. Hopefully these players will be able to mesh well with the likes of Kiessling, Derdiyok, Renato Augusto, Barnetta, Rolfes, Adler, etc. and form a great team. I'm ready for the season to start!