- Reigning champions Bayern thrashed Bremen 6-0 in opener.
- New-look Dortmund beat Mainz.
- Gladbach face Leverkusen in top match.
The wait is over! This weekend finally sees the return of the Bundesliga. We'll keep you right up to date with all the latest news, right here...
21.30 - Ciao for now!
That's all from us today, but join us again tomorrow as we look ahead to Sunday's games and bring you more reaction from a thrilling Saturday in Germany's top flight.
21.12 - Schmidt rues defensive errors
"The goals we conceded came from mistakes at the back – that is very annoying. However, in football, goals win games. We got at least one too few today and that is why we lost. I don’t think that we played with too much risk. We played well in our first Bundesliga match. It is a shame that it didn’t pay off, because the players put in a lot to win."
20.56 - 'We absolutely deserved the win'
Andre Schubert: "We went the full distance against a really top team today and had the clear advantage in terms of chances on goal. Leverkusen play very quickly going forward and like to use the long ball. That is not always easy to defend against. On the other hand, we made three or four very good opportunities on goal during the match. For this reason, I believe that we absolutely deserved to win. I am extremely happy with how it went. The players have now played four matches in twelve days - we shouldn’t forget that."
20.50 - Gladbach sustained 'a lot of pressure from Bayer'
Christoph Kramer: "Leverkusen were very dangerous after scoring their equaliser, but we dealt with it well. We stood up to their pressing very well and we could have put a few more past Bernd Leno today. The conditions were very tough and it was a very intensive match with a lot of pressure from Bayer."
20.36 - Borussia ecstatic
FULL-TIME - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 2-1 LEVERKUSEN
Good win for Gladbach to start the season. Stay tuned for reaction...
84' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 2-1 LEVERKUSEN
Leverkusen were on terms for just five minutes. Thorgan Hazard's through ball finds Lars Stindl, who keeps his composure to beat Leno and put the Foals back in front! Just over five minutes remaining...
79' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 1-1 LEVERKUSEN
There's the equaliser! Yann Sommer did superbly to save Andreas Christensen's header, which was heading into his own net, but Joel Pohjanpalo is on hand to head home the rebound!
62' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 1-0 LEVERKUSEN
Time to shake things up, Roger! The Leverkusen coach brings on Julian Brandt and Admir Mehmedi for Kevin Volland and Hakan Calhanoglu, who haven't had the best of games this afternoon.
50' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 1-0 LEVERKUSEN
Almost a leveller for Leverkusen as Kevin Kampl strikes the foot of the post. Roger Schmidt's charges have started the second half brightly but they need to make the most of opportunities like that to get anything from this game.
HALF-TIME! - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 1-0 LEVERKUSEN
What a time to score! Gladbach have the lead, but there are still 45 minutes of football left to be played. What can Leverkusen muster up in the second half?
45+2' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 1-0 LEVERKUSEN
Andre Hahn now has three in three against Leverkusen. The former FC Augsburg man runs onto a long ball, keeps his composure and slides the ball past Bernd Leno. Borussia have the lead!
42' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 0-0 LEVERKUSEN
Best chance of the game so far goes to the visitors. Jonathan Tah gets on the end of a free-kick from the right and rattles the crossbar with a firm header. Yann Sommer was a very relieved man!
33' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 0-0 LEVERKUSEN
Still a very even contest at the BORUSSIA-Park. Moments after Lars Stindl's shot was blocked at one end, Karim Bellarabi stings the palms of Yann Sommer at the other. Still goalless with just over ten minutes to go until half time.
21' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 0-0 LEVERKUSEN
Fantastic double save from Bernd Leno! After a lightning-quick break, Raffael cuts inside and forces a smart stop out of Leverkusen's 'keeper. Leno then leaps to his feet to keep out Oscar Wendt's follow-up, taking the ball full in the face for his troubles. This game is beginning to open up!
15' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 0-0 LEVERKUSEN
Gladbach won this fixture 2-1 just over three months ago, with Andre Hahn scoring twice that day. The frontman hasn't seen much of the ball so far, though. Leverkusen defending resolutely.
8' - MÖNCHENGLADBACH 0-0 LEVERKUSEN
The hosts have started brightly at the BORUSSIA-Park. No chances to speak of as yet, but both sets of supporters are contributing to a spine-tingling atmosphere.
18.30 - KICK OFF
We're underway in the top match of the weekend. Both sides will be keen to strike an early blow against a local and Champions League rival. It should be a thriller!
18.15 - Tension rising
All eyes are on Christoph Kramer as the Mönchengladbach midfielder faces his former teammates at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a mouthwatering clash between two Champions League clubs.
FULL-TIMES IN THE AFTERNOON GAMES
Dortmund 2-1 Mainz
Frankfurt 1-0 Schalke
Köln 2-0 Darmstadt
Augsburg 0-2 Wolfsburg
Hamburg 1-1 Ingolstadt
90' - DORTMUND 2-1 MAINZ
Muto pulls one back in injury time! Can Mainz stage an incredible comeback?
Augsburg 0-2 Wolfsburg
Hamburg 1-1 Ingolstadt
88' - PENALTY TO DORTMUND
And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes no mistake! 2-0 and the points are staying in Dortmund. The race against Robert Lewandowski for top scorer is on!
89' - AUGSBURG 0-2 WOLFSBURG
Rodriguez wraps up all three points for the Wolves with a rocket free-kick.
79' - HAMBURG 1-1 INGOLSTADT
Out of nowhere! Cleber fails to clear Tobias Levels’ probing cross, allowing Lukas Hinterseer to undo Hamburg’s good work and bring Ingolstadt level!
70' - KÖLN 2-0 DARMSTADT
That little breather does wonders for Köln. Artjoms Rudnevs cuts inside from the right and lashes towards goal, with Anthony Modeste all alone in the six-yard box to divert the Latvia international striker’s effort into the back of the net. Mountain to climb for Darmstadt now!
67' - PENALTY TO FRANKFURT......
....And Alex Meier MISSES! How often do you see that??
67’ - 1. FC KÖLN 1-0 SV DARMSTADT 98
After that heavy downpour, the players return to the field of play at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne.
60' - BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-0 1. FSV MAINZ 05
The away side have continued to put Borussia under concerted pressure in the second half, and they should be level, but Christian Clemens has blazed over when clean through. BVB seem to have lost their grip on proceedings somewhat, hence the introduction of Julian Weigl for Gonzalo Castro.
59' - 1. FC KÖLN 1-0 SV DARMSTADT 98
Weather warnings were in place before the match and the referee duly leads the players off the pitch at the first flash of lightning. Both sets of fans still in fine voice.
16.37 - We're underway again
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16.20 - A bit of half-time reading
Read what legendary coach Ottmar Hitzfeld had to say about the new season in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com
16.17 - HALF-TIME
The Bundesliga is back with a bang! Here are the latest scores:
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Mainz
Hamburg 1-0 Ingolstadt
Köln 1-0 Darmstadt
Frankfurt 1-0 Schalke
Augsburg 0-1 Wolfsburg
34' - AUGSBURG 0-1 WOLFSBURG
Daniel Didavi scores on his debut to put the Wolves ahead!
30' - HAMBURG 1-0 INGOLSTADT
Hamburg take the lead at the Volksparkstadion! It’s route one stuff as HSV goalkeeper Rene Adler hoofs a ball up to USMNT star Bobby Wood - he still has it all to do, but the debutant striker shows a great first touch and some brute-like strength to hold off his man and squeeze a fine finish inside the near-post. US star Bobby Wood is off the mark on his Bundesliga debut! The man who last year scored more goals in a single season in professional football in Germany than any US player before him has made his mark in the top flight already!
16.00 - The heat is on
In sweltering temperatures across the country, water breaks are the latest trend in the Bundesliga. Well, along with all the goals of course...
16' - DORTMUND 1-0 MAINZ
The deadlock is broken and you guessed it: it's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that has the goal. New signing Andre Schürrle is the creator, Aubameyang nodding in the German's delightfully measured cross from six yards.
11' - FRANKFURT 1-0 SCHALKE
Alex Meier has given the home side the lead and Frankfurt have had another effort chalked off due to a foul in the build-up. Schalke are really on the ropes here!
10’ - 1. FC KÖLN 1-0 SV DARMSTADT 98
A bright start from Köln produces the first goal of the afternoon. Equal measures of of skill and good fortune play their part as Leonardo Bittencourt dances into the Darmstadt area, before sliding across for the unmarked Marcel Risse to stroke beyond Michael Esser.
15.40 - Ten minutes in
And already plenty of excitement everywhere. Köln have had three clear-cut chances already at home to Darmstadt. Ousmane Dembele has shown flashes of his brilliance for Dortmund but Mainz came closest with a Brosinski free-kick. And Frankfurt should have gone in front at home to Schalke.
15.30 - we’re underway!
Kick-off around the grounds that are absolutely bathed in sunshine and packed to the rafters! Don’t forget to check out our twitter channel too for updates
15.06 - Is your line-up ready?
Our resident specialists James "The Coach" Thorogood and Matt "The Expert" Howarth have picked their Official Fantasy Bundesliga teams. Have you yet? If not, get your skates on! If you need some inspiration check out James' team here and click here to read what Matt recommends.
14.38 - The line-ups are in
How will the teams line-up? Look no further...
14.18 - You wait for ages...
...then two come along at once! Mainz have also arrived in Dortmund ahead of what promises to be a very good game of football. Both Dortmund and Mainz learnt their fate in Europe earlier in the week and both will be confident of progressing in the Champions League and Europa League respectively.
14.09 - Ingolstadt on board
After a successful first-ever campaign in the Bundesliga, FC Ingolstadt 04 are keen to avoid the dreaded "second-season syndrome". The Schanzer make the long trip north to Hamburg on the opening weekend, confident of getting off to a good start.
13.37 - Schalke warming up
It's baking here in Germany today, but one team in particular are looking to keep a cool head. With a new coach in Markus Weinzierl and an exciting new signing in Breel Embolo, FC Schalke 04 head to Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend keen to hit the ground running against a side who only avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last term. And the Royal Blues are already gettin gto know the lie of the land in Germany's financial capital...
13.00 - Anticipation rising in Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have a new all-star cast for the 2016/17 season with plenty of new faces likely to be on show in their league opener against Mainz. Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele, Sebastian Rode, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Schürrle all in the frame to get Dortmund's title challenge off on the right foot when the black-and-yellows host Mainz on Saturday. Mario Götze will miss the match, but for Schürrle and coach Thomas Tuchel, it’s a reunion against the club where both made their name…
12.20 - Recap
FC Bayern Munchen kicked off the defence of their Bundesliga title with an emphatic 6-0 win over SV Werder Bremen that included a hat-trick for striker Robert Lewandowski. The players were suitably delighted with the perfect start to the season.
12.00 - Welcome back to the Bundesliga
There was a flurry of goals on the opening night of the new Bundesliga season as reigning champions FC Bayern München trashed Werder Bremen 6-0 at the Allianz Arena. And with a whole host of intriguing fixtures on Saturday, Matchday 1 promises even more thrills and spills. The new-look Borussia Dortmund kick off their campaign at home to coach Thomas Tuchel’s former club 1. FSV Mainz 05, while Champions League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen do battle in the evenings top match. Elsewhere, Markus Weinzierl makes his debut as coach of FC Schalke 04 with a tricky away trip to Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Köln welcome SV Darmstadt 98 and there are two North v South battles as Hamburger SV host FC Ingolstadt 04 and FC Augsburg take on VfL Wolfsburg.
Stay with us for an exciting opening weekend!