Since the 2002/03 campaign the DFL has ensured the Bundesliga season has always begun with an official opening encounter, hosted by the reigning German
Kicking off the 2002/03 season, Borussia Dortmund entertained Hertha BSC at the Westfalenstadion.
A fast and furious opening period saw Bart Goor (r., against Evanilson) get the visitors off to
In the 2003/04 season Eintracht Frankfurt travelled to Munich’s Olympic Stadium for the opening game of the campaign against FC Bayern Munich.
Come the final whistle the record titleholders had clinched a convincing 3-1 win against the Eagles.
The opening fixture of 2004/05 saw SV Werder Bremen take on FC Schalke 04. Here, Ludovic Magnin and Ailton battle for possession.
The start of the encounter at Bremen’s Weserstadion was delayed
Once the match eventually got underway it was a tightly-contested affair,
What a way to kick-off the season! The opening game of 2005/06
Valerien Ismael (l.) and Co got their season underway against Borussia
In fitting fashion it was Bayern who emerged victorious as goals from Owen Hargreaves and two from Dutch hit man Roy Makaay
The Allianz Arena was the season-opening venue the following year as well, with
The opening game of the season always includes a spectacular pre-game programme and
Out on the pitch it was Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) and Roy Makaay who got the fans on their feet, each
VfB Stuttgart welcomed FC Schalke 04 to the Mercedes-Benz Arena for the inaugural encounter of the 2007/08 Bundesliga season.
Given the significance attached to the opening season fixture, neither side wanted to give much away in opening exchanges.
An intense encounter ultimately opened up, but both sides had to settle for a point apiece in the end on the back of a 2-2 draw.
In the 2008/09 season FC Bayern Munich once again hosted the Bundesliga
The encounter with the Red Shorts also marked the Bundesliga debut of FC Bayern head coach Jürgen Klinsmann
Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) and Piotr Trochowski both got on the score sheet
VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart went head-to-head in the opening fixture of the 2009/10 campaign
The defending champions from Lower Saxony and Brazilian striker Grafite
VfL Wolfsburg also played their part in kicking-off the 2010/11 campaign against FC Bayern. After Thomas Müller
The contest was heading towards a draw until Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) stepped up in the 90th minute
League Association president Dr. Reinhard Rauball officially opened the 2011/12 season
Man of the match was Dortmund’s Kevin Großkreutz (r., against Dennis Diekmeier). The midfielder
After successfully defending their title, Dortmund once again got to host the season
The two sides served up a thrilling contest that did Germany’s top-flight justice. New signings
…and Reus even got on the score sheet on his Bundesliga BVB debut, with Mario Götze edging
On August 9, 2013 the Bundesliga opener returned to the Allianz Arena as Bayern
... and it was the Reds that prevailed in spite of a missed penalty from Thomas Müller (r.), a 3-1 win setting them on the road to an eventual 23rd Bundesliga title