Frankfurt/Munich - Just 45 days after the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign drew to a close, the countdown to the new season has begun after the fixture list for the new Bundesliga season was confirmed by the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH in Frankfurt.

Champions FC Bayern München will host VfL Wolfsburg in the season opener, while Borussia Dortmund welcome Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04 travel to Hannover 96.

Elsewhere, newly-promoted sides 1. FC Köln start at home to Hamburger SV and SC Paderborn welcome 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Bundesliga Matchday 1 fixtures


FC Bayern München - VfL Wolfsburg (Friday 22 August 18:30 GMT / 20:30 CEST)
Borussia Dortmund - Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Borussia Mönchengladbach - VfB Stuttgart
1899 Hoffenheim - FC Augsburg
Hannover 96 - FC Schalke 04
Hertha Berlin - Werder Bremen
Eintracht Frankfurt - SC Freiburg
1. FC Köln - Hamburger SV
SC Paderborn - 1. FSV Mainz 05

View the full Bundesliga fixture list (in German), including for the other 33 matchdays of the 2014/15 season here.

Bundesliga 2 Matchday 1 fixtures


Fortuna Düsseldorf - Eintracht Braunschweig (Friday 1 August 18:30 GMT / 20:30 CEST)
1. FC Nürnberg - FC Erzgebirge Aue
1. FC Kaiserslautern - TSV 1860 München
Karlsruher SC - 1. FC Union Berlin
FC St. Pauli - FC Ingolstadt
VfL Bochum - Greuther Fürth
1. FC Heidenheim - FSV Frankfurt
RB Leipzig - VfR Aalen
SV Darmstadt - SV Sandhausen

View the full Bundesliga 2 fixture list (in German), including for the other 33 matchdays of the 2014/15 season here.

As it happened...

Stuttgart begin their season away at Mönchengladbach and captain has already earmarked the game as something of a revenge mission after the Foals denied VfB a win in the final minute of their last meeting back in April. "It's a great game to start us off," said the 28-year-old. "Last season we came very close to beating them, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Felix Magath, who won the Bundesliga title as a player with Hamburg, also coached both Bayern and Wolfsburg to the title, and he is anticipating a mouthwatering encounter. "One club has a huge tradition and the other is striving and investing to get amongst the top teams. Wolfsburg will always be amongst the top few clubs in the country in the future, but we'll see in this game just how far they've come."

Bayern defeated Wolfsburg 6-1 in their last meeting in March, but midfielder (r.) is certainly not taking the Reds' opening game lightly. "They're a team that have really developed well in the last few years," said the man currently on international duty with Germany at the FIFA World Cup. "They've invested in good players and have a lot of quality. They will be up there competing next season and it'll be a tough match," said the man currently on international duty with Germany at the FIFA World Cup."

Eintracht Braunschweig, relegated from the top flight in May, will kick off the upcoming Bundesliga 2 campaign with a trip to Fortuna Düsseldorf, while 1. FC Nürnberg, also relegated, host FC Erzgebirge Aue. The new Bundesliga 2 season will commence on Friday, 1 August, three weeks before the top flight and the DFL Supercup (14 August).

The first Revierderby of the season will be played at the Veltins Arena on Matchday 6, with Dortmund then travelling to Munich four games later for 2014/15's first Klassiker against FC Bayern. Die Schwarzgelben will have good memories of both fixtures last season following their respective 3-1 and 3-0 victories

So there we have it: Bayern will host VfL Wolfsburg, while 2013/14 runners-up Borussia Dortmund host Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach entertain VfB Stuttgart. The final UEFA Champions League participant FC Schalke 04 travel to Hannover 96 and new boys SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln face 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hamburger SV respectively. Some tasty encounters there!

Underway!

Proceedings have begun in Frankfurt as the DFL's Chief Operating Officer Andreas Rettig presents the background to the preparation and confirmation of the Bundesliga's schedule. "FC Bayern München will, as the tradition goes, be kicking the season off after having such a great year in 2013/14. They deserve the role."

After a brief film, the identity of Bayern's opponents is revealed and it's.....VfL Wolfsburg. The match will be played on Friday, 22 August at 18:30 GMT / 20:30 CEST.

Deciding the Bundesliga fixture list is a complex process. A total of 306 matches have to be scheduled, taking into account three weeks in the season when games will also be play midweek, and all alongside accommodating other competitions, such as the DFB Cup, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League, as well as international games. Think that's easy? Think again.

The last time a defending champion was beaten in their opening game was back in July 2001, when FC Bayern travelled to Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Reds had won the UEFA Champions League, as well as the Bundesliga, the previous year, but were downed by a single Arie van Lent (r.) goal at the old Bökelsbergstadion, the Foals' home until 2004. The game was also the last time that the champions were drawn to play away in their first game.

So the first question is which team will be travelling to Munich on Friday 22 August? Will it be one of the new boys 1. FC Köln or SC Paderborn? Or the top flight's most senior pupil - present in all 51 seasons of the Bundesliga's campaigns to date - Hamburg? One thing to remember is that the favourites don't always have it their own way. In the 50 Eröffnungsspiele involving the winners from the previous year, only 26 have been won by the reigning champions, with 12 draws and 12 defeats. Almost evens, then.

...that no reigning champion has ever been defeated in the season's opening game since it has been played on a Friday evening? The previous season's winner has prevailed in nine of the 12 matches, with three draws. The last time the defending champions failed to win was in 2008/09, when Hamburger SV left the Allianz Arena with a 2-2 draw against Bayern, then coached by current USA boss Jürgen Klinsmann.

As has been the tradition for the last 12 years in the Bundesliga, the opening game of the season will see the current champions - in this case FC Bayern - host one of the league's other 17 teams on a Friday evening. In 2013/14, the Reds entertained historical rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach and began win a 3-1 win in Pep Guardiola's first league game in charge, thanks to a goal from Dutch superstar Arjen Robben.

So to confirm, today sees the publishing of the fixture list for each of the 34 weekends of the coming 2014/15 season, the 52nd Bundesliga campaign. However, kick-off times for only the opening weekend - between 22 and 24 August - will be confirmed. The opening match will be broadcast throughout the globe. Click here for a list of broadcasters in your territory.