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• Eleven Dortmund players were on senior duty during the international break: Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, İlkay Gündoğan (Germany), Neven Subotić (Serbia), Jakub Błaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski, Łukasz Piszczek (Poland), Ivan Perišić (Croatia) and Mitchell Langerak (Australia).
• Götze scored Germany's opener in a 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on 7 September. Four days later Reus broke the deadlock in a 2-1 victory over Austria.
• Błaszczykowski converted penalties in Poland's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro (2-2, 7 September) and Moldova (2-0, 11 September).
• Perišić scored Croatia's goal in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Belgium on 11 September.
• Moritz Leitner scored in Germany's UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Belarus (3-0) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (4-4). Germany will face Switzerland in next month's play-offs.
Marco Reus (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Julian Schieber (VfB Stuttgart)
Leonardo Bittencourt (FC Energie Cottbus)
Oliver Kirch (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United FC)
Lucas Barrios (Guangzhou Evergrande FC)
Florian Kringe (FC St Pauli)
Antônio da Silva (MSV Duisburg)
Marco Stiepermann (FC Energie Cottbus)
Johannes Focher (SK Sturm Graz)
Dimitar Rangelov (FC Luzern)
Daniel Ginczek (FC St Pauli, loan)
Julian Koch (MSV Duisburg, loan)
Lasse Sobiech (SpVgg Greuther Fürth, loan)
• Dortmund started their German Cup defence with a 3-0 victory at fifth division side FC Oberneuland on 18 August. They face second-tier VfR Aalen in the second round on 30 October.
• Dortmund lost 2-1 to FC Bayern München in the German Super Cup on 12 August.
• Błaszczykowski, Hummels, Felipe Santana, Patrick Owomoyela and Langerak signed new deals this summer.
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• Seven Ajax players were on senior duty during the international break: Ricardo van Rhijn (Netherlands), Toby Alderweireld (Belgium), Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schøne (Denmark), Niklas Moisander (Finland), Miralem Sulejmani (Serbia) and Thulani Serero (South Africa).
• Moisander captained Finland in their 1-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat by France on 7 September and the 1-0 friendly win against the Czech Republic four days later.
• Van Rhijn, who made his international debut in August, played in the Oranje's qualifying wins against Turkey (2-0) and Hungary (4-1).
• Miralem Sulejmani came off the bench to complete the scoring in Serbia's 6-1 qualifying triumph over Wales.
Lasse Schøne (NEC Nijmegen)
Ilan Boccara (Paris Saint-Germain FC)
Tobias Sana (IFK Göteborg)
Niklas Moisander (AZ Alkmaar)
Christian Poulsen (Évian Thonon Gaillard FC)
Ryan Babel (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
Daniel Hoesen (Fulham FC)
Lucas Andersen (Aalborg BK)*
*not in UEFA Champions League squad
Florian Jozefzoon (RKC Waalwijk)
Nicolás Lodeiro (Botafogo FR)
Dmitri Bulykin (FC Twente)
Ismaïl Aissati (Antalyaspor)
Rodney Sneijder (RKC Waalwijk)
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Mounir El Hamdaoui (ACF Fiorentina)
Marco Bizot (FC Groningen)
Dario Cvitanić (OGC Nice)
Aras Özbiliz (FC Kuban Krasnodar)
Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United FC)
Theo Janssen (Vitesse)
Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain FC)
Geoffrey Castillion (Heracles Almelo, loan)
Bruno Silva (retired)
André Ooijer (retired)
Jeroen Verhoeven (released)
• Kolbeinn Sigthórsson is expected to miss the entire group stage after aggravating a shoulder injury in August.
• Marc Overmars, a UEFA Champions League winner with Ajax in 1995, was appointed director of football in July.
• Siem de Jong has been appointed Ajax captain following Vertonghen's departure to Tottenham.
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