With champions Bayern Munich looking to start their title defence in style, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig out to seize the throne and promoted sides keen to make a splash, the Bundesliga's opening Matchday is always a highlight of the German football calendar.
bundesliga.com looks into the history of the Bundesliga's opening weekend to see what trends you should have your eyes on in 2021/22...
- After their 8-0 thumping of Schalke on Matchday 1 of 2020/21, it probably comes as no surprise to learn that Bayern have the strongest opening-day record of all Bundesliga clubs, with an average of over 2.1 points per game.
- Bayern have also won a league-best 36 of their Matchday 1 fixtures, scored a record 133 goals and topped the opening-day table more than any other club (12 times). VfB Stuttgart are next, heading the overall post-Matchday 1 standings on seven occasions.
- Defending champions have won their Matchday 1 fixtures in 33 out of 58 seasons (D13, L12), scoring 131 goals and conceding 70 times.
Watch: Robert Lewandowski was among goals from the start against Schalke on Matchday 1 of last season
- The team that has finished Matchday 1 in second place has gone on to be relegated more times (seven) than winning the league (six times).
- The Matchday 1 leader has ended the season as champions on 12 occasions, and - statistically - has the best chance of doing so. The third-placed team has triumphed 10 times; only a team that was 11th, 15th or 18th has never gone on to win the title. A 17th-in-the-table team has done so three times, however.
- No champion has ever lost an official opening game, boasting a record of 15 wins and four draws and an aggregate score of 56-16.
- The last team to lose on Matchday 1 but go on to win the title was Borussia Dortmund in 2010/11. They were beaten 2-0 by Bayer Leverkusen.
- The only team to ever beat the defending champions on Matchday 1 and then go on to win the title themselves was Kaiserslautern in 1997/98. They got a 1-0 victory at Bayern as they became the only promoted team to ever win the Bundesliga.
- Bayern had suffered the heaviest opening-day defeat on record when they lost 6-0 away to Kickers Offenbach in 1974/75 (as champions), before beating Werder Bremen by the same scoreline in 2016/17. The Munich club then rewrote the record books in 2020/21 when they smashed Schalke 8-0.
- The heaviest opening-day home defeat for a champion was Nuremberg's 4-1 defeat at the hands of Aachen in 1968/69.
Watch: Xabi Alonso scored a veritable rocket as Bayern launched themselves into 2016/17
- A total of 146 teams have been relegated over the course of the past 58 Bundesliga seasons. Almost 23 percent of the teams in question began the season with a win; 55 percent avoided defeat.
- Fifty five of the 146 teams promoted to the Bundesliga since 1964 have suffered an immediate relegation to the second tier (38 per cent).
- Four teams that topped the Matchday 1 standings have been relegated: Hansa Rostock (1991/92), Karlsruhe (1997/98), Borussia Mönchengladbach (1998/99) and Arminia Bielefeld (2002/03).
- On the flip side, 77 teams that occupied a place in the bottom two after Matchday 1 avoided relegation come the end of the season. But 19 teams starting in the bottom two have gone down, while it's 31 teams sitting 16th, 17th or 18th.
- Bremen, the Bundesliga's longest-serving member, have featured in more Matchday 1 fixtures than any other club (57). Bayern (56) and Hamburg (55) are next on the list.
- Dortmund have suffered more Matchday 1 defeats than any other club (22).
- Bremen have conceded the highest number of Matchday 1 goals (93); Bayern have been involved in games with the most goals (187).
- The record number of Matchday 1 goals fell in 1986/87 (42). By contrast, 15 goals represents the lowest-scoring start to a season (2017/18).
- Klaus Fichtel, Eike Immel, Manfred Kaltz and Karl-Heinz Körbel share the record for most Matchday 1 appearances (17).
- Former Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was involved in a Bundesliga-best 11 Matchday 1 wins.
- A Bayern player has scored the first goal of a season a league-leading 16 times. Dortmund are next (eight players), followed by Duisburg (four).
- The average record attendance on Matchday 1 was set in 2011 - 51,344 - when Bayern, Dortmund and Hertha were all playing at home.
- Lewandowski has featured in more successive Matchday 1 wins than any player in Bundesliga history (eight from 2011 to 2018).
- Union Berlin are the only current Bundesliga team without a single Matchday 1 point to their name. Die Eisernen lost their debut outing in the German top flight 4-0 to Leipzig in 2019/20, followed by a 3-1 defeat at home to Augsburg in 2020/21.