On the eve of the new season,
SC Freiburg finished fifth last season - their third highest finish in their history. They had ended
Newly-promoted Eintracht Frankfurt remained in the higher reaches of the league throughout last season, eventually finishing sixth - their first top-six finish in 19 years
Borussia Mönchengladbach ended the 2011/12 season in fourth position. It was the Foals' best finish since
It was Hannover 96 who finished fourth in 2010/11 - the Niedersachsen outfit's highest ever Bundesliga finish
FSV Mainz also enjoyed their best ever season in 2010/11, finishing one place behind Hannover in fifth and qualifying for Europe for the first time in their history
After finishing tenth in 2008/09, Werder Bremen and Mesut Özil (r.) shot up the league the following season, taking everyone by surprise by finishing third
Incredibly, VfL Wolfsburg finished the 2008/09 season as champions. Never before had a
Hertha Berlin finished three places behind Wolfsburg in fourth. The Old Lady had only finished tenth the previous season
Wolfsburg were accustomed to springing the odd surprise after finishing fifth and qualifying for the UEFA Cup in 2007/08
After finishing ninth the season before, VfB Stuttgart did the unthinkable by clinching the Bundesliga title in 2006/07
A Hamburger SV side including Daniel van Buyten (back) ended the 2005/06 in third spot - the Dinosaur's best finish in 13 years
Capital city side Hertha climbed from twelfth in 2002/03 to fourth the following season, securing themselves a place in Europe in the process
VfL Bochum finished fourth in 2003/04, qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the second time in seven years.
Will Freiburg be able to repeat last season's heroics, or will they buckle under the combined pressures of Bundesliga and Europa League?
Werder Bremen will be looking to improve on a disappointing 2012/13 when they only just staved off relegation...
...while Braunschweig and Berlin will be hoping to emulate Eintracht Frankfurt and qualify for Europe next season. Stranger things have happened!