Munich - 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 latest league encounters and much more besides.
Coming up in this week's show...
The Oktoberfest Munich's annual beer festival may have already begun, but the only thing FC Bayern München will be thirsting for next Saturday afternoon will be three more points towards the defence of their Bundesliga title, this time against VfL Wolfsburg. Pep Guardiola's Bayern joined Dortmund at the top of the table on points and goal difference courtesy of a thumping 4-0 win at Schalke on Matchday 6, their great domestic rivals now edging first place only by dint of having scored three more.
The Wolves arrive at the Allianz Arena on the back of a narrow win against Hoffenheim which maintained a 100 percent record on home turf, in stark contrast to their three defeats on the road so far. One man in their ranks will inevitably find himself in the spotlight if selected: Brazilian holding midfield ace Luiz Gustavo, who of course swapped Munich for Wolfsburg only a matter of weeks ago.
Hans Sarpei meets...
Born in Ghana, brought up in Cologne, Hans Sarpei went on to enjoy a distinguished top-flight career above all with VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, before joining Schalke 04 in 2010 after a successful World Cup finals showing with Ghana in South Africa. Since calling time on his playing career in 2012, Sarpei has been busy carving out a new media career and is currently working towards a coaching badge as well.
The popular former defender has also found the time to meet up with a few Bundesliga familiars for GOAL! and first up this week is Bayer Leverkusen frontman Sidney Sam, one of the absolute form players of the season's opening half-dozen matches with four goals and as many assists to his name already.
The Oktoberfest, or 'Wiesn' as it's affectionately known, was first held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, with a programme of horse racing as the original centrepiece. In the 200 years since, the Oktoberfest has established itself as a beer festival and funfair unlike any other on the planet.
Last year, well over six million visitors all-told flooded the Theresienwiese - named after the aforementioned princess and abbreviated in the local dialect to ‘die Wiesn.’ As well as being a global tourist magnet, the event is of course a mainstay of the Bavarian cultural calendar. So whether you're watching from afar or maybe even planning a visit yourself, we've put together an Oktoberfest A-Z to help you navigate your way through it.