It is that time of year again, when floorboards creak, witches cackle and cobwebs hang from every doorway.
The Bundesliga has had its fair share of horror stories over the course of 52 seasons and to mark Halloween this year, bundesliga.com highlights some of the worst...
Own goals galore
Manfred Kaltz and former 1. FSV Mainz 05 defender Nikolce Noveski (pictured, r.) jointly hold the record for scoring the most own goals in Bundesliga history (six each).
No way through
In 2003, VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand became a nightmarish figure for strikers across the top-flight, going 884 consecutive minutes (almost ten matches!) without conceding a goal. That unbeaten streak remains a Bundesliga record to this day.
When it comes to scoring goals, former 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hannover 96 defender Markus Schuler is the unluckiest man in Bundesliga history. He failed to find the net in 182 top-flight games. Of the players currently active, Hamburger SV’s Dennis Diekmeier leads the way – he has played 145 Bundesliga games without ever scoring.
Former FC Bayern München and Bayer 04 Leverkuen midfielder Michael Ballack (pictured, r.) no doubt also has bad memories of netting an own goal: on Matchday 34 of the 1999/2000 season, his 21st minute own goal for Leverkusen in Unterhaching paved the way for a 2-0 defeat – which meant the Werkself lost the title race to FC Bayern München!
In 2012/13, Greuther Fürth became the first club in Bundesliga history to go an entire season without winning a home game. In 1965/66, meanwhile, Tasmania Berlin embarked on a winless run that stretched to 33 competitive matches.
Former SC Freiburg striker Alexander Iashvili no doubt still has nightmares about playing against Bayern. He lined up against them in 11 matches – and lost every time.
Bremen firing blanks
On Matchday 8 of the 2014/15 campaign, SV Werder Bremen achieved unwanted notoriety after failing to register a single shot on goal over the entire 90 minutes in a 6-0 defeat away to Bayern. That was the first time such a ‘feat’ has been recorded since data collection began in 1992/93.
Former VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund striker Diego Klimowicz (pictured, l.) could have been forgiven for shrinking away in fear every time one of his matches was refereed by Lutz Wagner. The Spaniard was sent off a total of four times in 213 Bundesliga appearances – and it was Wagner who showed him the red card on each occasion!
Between 30 November 1963 and 23 January 1965, Borussia Dortmund missed seven successive penalties. That had never happened before - and has never happened again since.
Former Hamburg and 1. FC Nürnberg goalkeeper Rudi Kargus was a bogey man for all penalty takers during his playing days. The custodian saved more spot-kicks (23) than anyone else in Bundesliga history.