For all the animosity and acrimony, Revierderby warriors FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund actually have a lot in common - a love of football for starters. One distinguishing feature between them, though, is their colours. Dortmund, known as die Schwarz-Gelben, typically play in yellow and black and Schalke, die Königsblauen, in royal blue. But did you know that when BVB started out on the road to greatness, five years after Schalke in 1909, they used to wear blue and white stripes? Talk about a lack of originality. It’s just as well the European Union’s Copyright Directive wasn't around…
New 1. FC Nürnberg head coach Gertjan Verbeek sinks his teeth into the Bundesliga’s 51st anniversary cake for the first time against VfB Stuttgart tonight, looking to mastermind der Club's first three-point haul of the campaign. To help his cause, the Dutchman will hope for a strong performance between the posts from goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer who, on the eve of his 250th Bundesliga appearance, won’t have forgotten his rotten luck in Swabia, where he conceded a handsome 41 goals in 23 top-flight outings whilst on Stuttgart's books in 2007/08.
FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could prove Pep Guardiola's lucky charm on Matchday 10. The Germany international shotstopper has come up against capital club Hertha Berlin nine times in the Bundesliga without tasting defeat and conceding just once. The scorer? Tunisian defender Sofian Chahed from the penalty spot.
And in other news, Wolfgang Niersbach has been re-elected President of the German Football Association (DFB). The 62-year-old was the only candidate at the DFB's 41st congress on Friday, with 259 delegates unanimously voting in favour of a new three-year term with Niersbach at the helm. "It's nice to feel the full support of the state, regional and league associations," he enthused. "For me it's recognition of my work and encouragement to continue." Niersbach joined the federation’s media department in 1988, became vice president of the 2006 FIFA World Cup organising committee and general secretary of the federation in October 2007, before replacing Theo Zwanzinger as President in March 2012.
Check out the stars of this season's Revierderby, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.