The long wait is almost over, with only two days to go until the eagerly-anticipated BunDucksLiga 2016 competition gets underway.

The Regional Qualifying rounds start on Monday 18 January, paving the way for the Grand Final two days later.

To w(h)et your appetite, here’s how the contestants have been getting on in preparation…

Last year's champion, Hertha Berlin's Zecke, has been putting in the hard yards at the club's winter training camp in Turkey in an effort to defend his crown...

And in case you need reminding, here's what went on in the 2015 final:

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Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of this year's competition with a look at our 'Making Of' picture gallery.

Anticipation building

Meanwhile, fans across the globe are on tenterhooks as the big race approaches...