'GOAL! The Bundesliga Magazine' is the DFL's weekly TV programme, offering a global audience a unique perspective on Germany's top flight throughout the season. We have in-depth previews of the upcoming league action, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes reports, the best goals from the weekend and much more besides.
Among the highlights in this week's edition of 'GOAL! The Bundesliga Magazine' are:
Bayern have set plenty of records over the years and this weekend go in search of yet another. No team has ever opened a Bundesliga season with eight wins on the bounce, but Jupp Heynckes' side can do just that with victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday. The comfortable 2-0 home win against 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 7 brought them level with their current run set in 1995/96, which was subsequently matched by 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2001/02 and 1. FSV Mainz 05 two years ago. Now, Bayern have the chance to reclaim their mantle.
Local pride is at stake, meanwhile, in the Ruhr District classic, the Revierderby, between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04. There's no derby quite like it in the Bundesliga, and the champions will be hoping the 80,000-strong crowd at the Signal Iduna Park can spur them to victory in their battle to close the gap on league leaders Bayern. Schalke, too, have lofty ambitions, with Champions League qualification the bare minimum for the Gelsenkirchen-based club this season.
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...the Royal Blues' Jermaine Jones. The Frankfurt-born midfielder, who turns 31 next month, is prospering in his role as one of the senior figures in Huub Stevens' fresh-faced Schalke outfit, and will once again have a pivotal role to play against Dortmund on Saturday, assuming he returns from international duty with the USA unscathed.
After three years playing in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg, Szabolcs Huszti is back in the Bundesliga with his former club Hannover 96 - and how. The majestic Magyar marked his return in style on Matchday 2, chipping in with four assists in the 4-0 drubbing of VfL Wolfsburg and followed that up with the winner against Werder Bremen, before laying on a further three goals in the victory over FC Nuremberg on Matchday 5.