After a busy summer of international football, the raw excitement of the Bundesliga returns on 26 August when the 2016/17 season begins.
History tells us that the season's opening weekend usually throws up some drama, but which matches or moments have been the most memorable? To get you in the mood for the new campaign, bundesliga.com looks back at some opening-day shocks.
Offenbach bring Bayern down to earth
On 24 August 1974, fans all over Germany were left rubbing their eyes and scratching their heads after Kickers Offenbach produced one of the greatest ever shocks in Bundesliga history to condemn reigning champions FC Bayern München to defeat on Matchday 1. Not only did Bayern lose, Gerd Müller and Franz Beckenbauer et al were also embarrassed, skulking back to Bavaria to the tune of a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Otto Rehhagel's team.
Aces and eights
Eight goals have been scored in the opening game on Matchday 1 in the Bundesliga on three occasions. Hertha Berlin's 5-3 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1970/71 was the first to break that mark, followed by a 6-2 victory for Bayern against Bayer 04 Leverkusen 11 seasons later. The last match to produce eight goals was in 1986/87, when SV Werder Bremen defeated 1. FC Nürnberg 5-3.
Fischer's four goals not enough
If you manage to net four times on the season's opening day, you could be forgiven for thinking your chances of finishing as the league's top goalscorer that term were pretty good. FC Schalke 04's Klaus Fischer remains the only man to have hit four goals on the opening weekend, doing so in a 5-1 win over Hannover 96 in 1971. Yet at the end of the campaign he was pipped to the Torjägerkanone award by FC Bayern's Gerd Müller. To be fair, Fischer's 22 goals were a long way off troubling the 40 plundered by Bayern's 'Bomber der Nation'.
Six of the best
Hertha Berlin's return to the Bundesliga in 2013/14 came after the capital club romped to the Bundesliga 2 title in May, and in August they picked up where they left off. Eintracht Frankfurt were the visitors to the Olympiastadion, but they were comprehensively dispatched 6-1 by a vibrant Hertha side, who remain the only newly-promoted club to score six goals on Matchday 1.
On the opening day of the 1999/00 season, Kaiserslautern's home game with Borussia Dortmund turned into a full-blooded affair to say the least. Referee Bernd Heynemann showed no fewer than nine yellow cards - and one red to BVB's Sergej Barbarez. Never before or since has a match on the season's first day produced so many bookings.