Bayern Munich are out to defend their Bundesliga title for an incredible eighth season in a row in 2019/20. Starting at home to Hertha Berlin and ending away to Wolfsburg, huge fixtures and pivotal moments in the 10 months in-between will shape another classic campaign.
bundesliga.com highlights the key fixtures and dates in Bayern’s 2019/20 season…
As is tradition for the defending champions, Bayern kick off the new season - at home to Hertha.
Title rivals Borussia Dortmund don't visit the Allianz Arena until the second week of November on Matchday 11, but before even contemplating the visit of the 2018/19 runners-up, the record champions will have two testing road trips to Schalke on Matchday 2, and RB Leipzig a fortnight later.
Watch: Bayern defeated BVB 5-0 at home last season!
A trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach comes just before the end of the first half of the season, while Bayern’s final Bundesliga game of 2019 will be at the Allianz Arena, against Wolfsburg.
Last season's corresponding fixture was a key turning point in Bayern’s title quest. The 6-0 drubbing of a then in-form Wolves side sent out a serious message to the rest of the league, and came towards the end of a run of six straight wins.
Watch: Robert Lewandowski made another piece of history against Wolfsburg last season
MD21: RB Leipzig (home)
MD26: Union Berlin (away)
MD28: Borussia Dortmund (away)
MD30: Bayer Leverkusen (away)
MD31: Borussia Mönchengladbach (home)
MD34: Wolfsburg (away)
With the fixtures reversed in the second half of the season, Bayern will be facing even more difficult away games.
After hosting Leipzig in Munich, the record champions will play at Bundesliga newcomers Union Berlin. Bayern’s first trip to the intimate Stadion An der Alten Försterei will take place on Matchday 26, between 13-16 March 2020.
The journey to former East Berlin is the first of three tough matches on the road for Niko Kovac and his side. The second Klassiker of the season follows on Matchday 28, when Bayern will be looking for vengeance after their 3-2 defeat at the Signal Iduna Park last year.
And two weeks later, Bayern will be in Leverkusen to face Peter Bosz’s enterprising ensemble – another fixture that ended in defeat for the eventual champions in 2018/19.
Unlike last season when Bayern were able to clinch the title at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day, celebrations will take place at Wolfsburg's Volkswagen Arena, should the boys in red need a win to decide the Meisterschale in their favour on the final day once again...