Munich - With bottom three incumbents Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig all vying for a place in the relegation play-offs, the final matchday of the 2013/14 season promises to be one of the most thrilling yet.

Before that little issue is resolved, looks back on some of the most dramatic final-day escapes in the German top flight's recent history...

17th-placed 1899 Hoffenheim looked destined to go down last season, trailing both FC Augsburg and Fortuna Düsseldorf by two points ahead of their Matchday 34 trip to Dortmund. However, Markus Gisdol’s men managed to overturn a 1-0 deficit with 13 minutes still to play thanks to Sejad Salihovic’s (2nd l.) brace, while simultaneously benefitting from Düsseldorf’s defeat away to Hannover 96, before a play-off win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern eventually saw them safe.

A year earlier, 1. FC Köln were made to suffer for their poor end-of-the-season form. Not once in the bottom two before the final weekend, the Billy Goats' 4-1 loss at home to champions FC Bayern München presented Hertha Berlin with the chance to move into 16th and keep their chances of staying up alive. Although the capital club beat Hoffenheim 3-1 at home, staying in the Bundesliga wasn’t meant to be for Änis Ben-Hatira (c.) and Co., who were then downed by Düsseldorf in the play-offs.

1. FC Kaiserslautern were in dire need of a win against immediate rivals VfL Wolfsburg when the two sides went head-to-head on the final weekend of the 2005/06 campaign, and the Red Devils looked on course for Bundesliga safety after Halil Altintop gave the visitors the lead. (l.) destroyed all FCK’s hopes shortly after the stroke of the hour with his first Bundesliga goal, however, as both sides settled for a draw that sent Kaiserslautern down.

Jan-Aage Fjörtoft was Eintracht Frankfurt’s hero in possibly the most dramatic of all relegation escapes on the final day of the 1998/99 campaign. Rivals Nürnberg had a seemingly comfortable three-point as well as five-goal advantage over the Hessians going into the final matchday, but after they were beaten 2-1 by SC Freiburg, the Eagles knew a victory with a four-goal swing against Kaiserslautern would be enough for them to stay afloat. With the score poised at 1-1, Jörg Berger’s men scored four in the final 20 minutes, with Fjörtoft tipping the balance in their favour late on.

Rudi Völler (l.) consoling Andreas Brehme during a TV interview may well be one of the most memorable moments in German football. Brehme and Kaiserslautern were in need of three points at rivals Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the final weekend to stay in the league, but were denied a famous win by Bayer 04's Markus Münch in an eventual 1-1 draw. The Red Devils were on the rebound soon after, however, writing their very own success story by first securing immediate promotion and then winning the Bundesliga crown a year later.