Still going strong
On Matchday 18, 1. FC Nuremberg make their 1,000th Bundesliga appearance.
As a founder member of the Bundesliga, Nuremberg were there from the start: 24 August 1963, to be precise, when they debuted against none other than Saturday's opponents, Hertha BSC Berlin
Up until the mid-1980s, FCN were the record German champions, even if only one of their nine titles to date is a product of the Bundesliga era...
...namely the one they won in 1967-68, when a team including the likes off Heinz Strehl, Franz Brungs and Ferdinand Wenauer beat Werder Bremen to the championship plate
The following season, they pulled off the remarkable feat of being relegated as champions. Coach Max Merkel, who had radically restructured the squad, took his leave in March 1969
Nuremberg have employed 40 coaches since the national league was formed - Hans Meyer, in charge from 2005 to 2008 - was one of the most successful...
...leading the Franconian club to victory in the DFB Cup, their last major title to date
Not that they stayed there long - in the 2008-09 promotion/relegation play-off, Isaac Boakye (l.) and Co. dismantled Energie Cottbus to take Nuremberg straight back up...
...much to the delight of their fans, who have been packing into the 48,548-capacity easyCredit Stadion to cheer on their heroes in the top flight ever since
FC Nuremberg institution Michael A. Roth was club president from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1994 to 2009
Marek "The Phantom" Mintal (l.), nominally a midfielder, won the Bundesliga top scorer cannon with 24 goals for 1. FC Nuremberg in 2004-2005. It was the Slovak international's first season in the Bundesliga
After racking up 180 league appearances, Mintal took his leave of FCN last summer - "One of us, for ever", as this fan tribute put it
1,205 points and 1,305 goals is the current Bundesliga balance for 1. FC Nuremberg: the home crowd will naturally enough be hoping for an incremental addition to those totals in the 1,000th top-flight outing