Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his Bundesliga bow earlier this season, in a 2-1 win against Eintracht Braunschweig, and was hugely impressed with the
Familiar he might be now, but back when he made his debut against 1. FC Köln in 2011, Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen was less recognisable.
FC Schalke 04's Benedikt Höwedes had a rather different experience in October 2007: "After my UEFA Champions League debut I was the happiest man in the world, so to lose 2-0 at home to Karlsruher SC on my first Bundesliga outing was a bit of a comedown". He did remember that the famed Royal-Blues' support was "amazing"
Hertha Berlin's John-Anthony Brooks experienced contrasting fortunes when 2013/14 kicked off. "It was a dream," he said of his debut, "we beat Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1," and he managed to hit the net. Indeed, it was doubly special for the youngster: "It came a few days after my USA debut under Jürgen Klinsmann; there was nothing better"
Gonzalo Castro also cut a youthful figure on his 2005 debut. "I came on for Andriy Voronin in the 79th minute," he recalled. Despite Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 3-0 win over Hannover 96, there was one sour note for the then-17-year-old. "No-one wanted to swap shirts with me, I ended up giving it to my dad," he joked
Hannover 96's Ron-Robert Zieler made his Bundesliga debut in January 2011 a 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. "The coach Mirko Slomka told me the morning before the game and the entire thing was totally unforgettable. I'm glad he had the courage to follow his convictions." A wise decision it was, Zieler now has 82 appearances
Another goalkeeper who enjoyed a successful first day at the office was Borussia Dortmund's Mitchell Langerak (c.). "We beat FC Bayern München 3-1 and to this day it remains the most amazing feeling. I managed to make a couple of saves even though I wasn't that busy. The most important thing was what the victory meant though"
It was over ten years ago since Alexander Meier (now of Eintracht Frankfurt) underwent his Bundesliga initiation, in a 4-0 local derby defeat
FC Augsburg and Netherlands defender Paul Verhaegh's Bundesliga entrance on Matchday 1 of the 2011/12 campaign was special for both him and the club. "My debut was the same day as the club's, we drew 2-2 at SC Freiburg and even though we didn't manage to win it was still a great feeling. I'll never forget the atmosphere"
Now a Bundesliga veteran, but everyone has to start somewhere. Emmanuel Pogatetz's entrance into Germany's elite league came with Hannover 96 in 2010, "We eventually beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1, and I played the whole game from centre-half," he recalled, "it was great to begin my Bundesliga career with a win"