Robert Lewandowski will be looking to claim victory on the opening Matchday of a Bundesliga season for the 10th time. - © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski will be looking to claim victory on the opening Matchday of a Bundesliga season for the 10th time. - © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
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Matchday 1 records and stats from throughout history

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.

Bundesliga 2 champions Bochum will want to avoid the fate of over a third of promoted teams who were immediately relegated again. - Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

  • 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.

Gio Reyna (l.) and Erling Haaland (r.) will be looking to avoid adding to Borussia Dortmund's unwanted record of the most opening-day defeats of any Bundesliga team. - gettyimages

  • 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.