Dortmund - So there we have it: the first between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München has come and gone and it's Dortmund that take the spoils, winning the 2014 DFL Supercup in the process after a 2-0 win at the Signal Iduna Park.

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Wednesday 13 August

A rather malleable looking starting line-up from Pep Guardiola and possible a 3-5-2 formation, with at the heart of defence. It was a ploy that worked brilliantly in the DFB Cup final against BVB in May, when Bayern ran out 2-0 winners after extra time. It's a bit of a , but it might just make all the difference at Signal Iduna Park this evening. The Spanish international has, by the way, spent pretty much the entire pre-season campaign playing the Libero role.

German Footballer of the Year Manuel Neuer is set to be immortalised in the form of a waxwork model at Madame Tussauds in Berlin. A team of experts will study the World Cup-winning custodian's features and dimensions, before beginning work on a four-month project in London. The 28-year-old will be in good company in the German capital alongside existing life-size models of goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn, fellow World Cup winner Mesut Özil and USA head coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

FC Bayern captain wasn't the first footballer to get his hands on the FIFA World Cup, but he was the first to raise the current Supercup - organised by the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga for the last four years - in 2010. The trophy itself stands at 53 centimetres high, is topped with a 19 centimetre-diameter ball and is part-silver to represent the Bundesliga title and part-gold to represent the DFB Cup. It is insured for €40,000.

...and new signings on both sides are set to feature. We're likely to see all three of Dortmund's new strikers at some point tonight, Adrian Ramos, Ciro Immobile and Dong-Won Ji. They've been brought in because the man leading the line for the opposition is , formerly of BVB. The Pole, rated by many as the best striker in the world, scored 74 goals in 131 appearances for Borussia, yet now makes his debut for Dortmund's fiercest rivals, Bayern, at the ground he called home for four years.

...until kick-off and excitement is building in Dortmund, where the Supercup was also held last year. If you can't quite remember the particulars, fear not, as we've got the highlights from a thrilling BVB victory here. That win brought the sides level on four Supercups each, so along with all the other fascinating subplots, whoever lifts the trophy tonight will be one better off than their fierce rivals. What a way to start the season.

Pouring rain couldn't stop Germany's Footballer of the Year, Manuel Neuer, completing some extra training exercises in Munich last night before the club's flight north to Dortmund."To be honest, I'm buzzing," he told "I'm so ambitious and want to keep winning, we've had enough of a holiday now." Neuer is expected to start in goal for the Bavarians, as coach Pep Guardiola confirmed yesterday that new signing Pepe Reina hasn't trained enough to be considered. Neuer, Germany's FIFA World cup winning keeper, was full of praise for Reina. "We get on really well," he said. "I can brush up my English, too!"

Borussia Dortmund have been using their entire pre-season to build for this game against Bayern, and here's a sneaky look behind the scenes of the preparations of Jürgen Klopp and Co. Intriguingly, Klopp could field any of his three new strikers (Ciro Immobile, Adrian Ramos, Dong-Won Ji) tonight, having kept mum on his likely line-up. However, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are almost certain to miss out, as the pair only returned to training on Monday, but with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in sparkling form, Schwarz-Gelb fans need not fear.

First up, some team news: FC Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is doubtful for this evening's clash at Signal-Iduna Park. Schweinsteiger, who played a pivotal role in Germany's World Cup victory earlier this summer, picked up a knock in Bayern's friendly defeat against the MLS All-Stars last week and took no part in the record titleholders' final training session ahead of their trip to Dortmund. Pep Guardiola is already without Franck Ribery and Rafinha for Wednesday's encounter.

It's not long now, folks, until the 2014 Supercup gets under way at the sold-out Signal Iduna Park. The question is: will it be hosts and holders Borussia Dortmund or 2013/14 double winners FC Bayern München with their hands on the prize come full time? We'll be back tomorrow as the pre-match festivities crank into gear ahead of the hotly anticipated Supercup Klassiker. Until then, why not have a read of our freshly assembled match preview. Bis morgen!

As well as Franck Ribery (knee) and new signing Pepe Reina, Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola will definitely be without for tomorrow's trip to Dortmund. The Brazilian enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2013/14, but now faces a lengthy lay-off after tearing ligaments in his left ankle on Saturday afternoon. "I'd been going really well in pre-season, but then this happens," lamented the 28-year-old right-back. "I'm very disappointed."

The 2014 Supercup might be a sell-out, but that doesn't mean you at home have to miss the action. Wednesday's toothsome pre-season appetiser between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München will be broadcast live on from 17:00 BST/18:00 CEST, bringing you that little bit closer to the latest edition of Germany's star-studded Klassiker. Be sure to tune in!

Robert Lewandowski's grabbing a lot of the pre-match column inches, but if can do a number on his old team-mate, it might well be the Greek's name across the back pages on Thursday morning. There are, of course, a long line of tantalising head-to-heads set to add to the flavour of the Supercup, so why not get bang up to speed with where the game everyone's talking about could be won and lost by taking a look at our key battles gallery.

Jürgen Klopp has recruited three new faces to compensate for the loss of last season's leading Bundesliga marksman, including former Hertha Berlin striker Adrian Ramos. The Colombian scored four fewer league goals in 2013/14 (16; 20), but did trump Lewandowski in a couple of other departments. The 26-year-old fired his old club into a 1-0 lead on seven occasions compared to his strike predecessor's three and also won a higher percentage of aerial challenges (52.6%; 45.9%).

Pep Guardiola's also been taking up his new No9 . "He's got it all," the Catalan enthused. "He's quick, strong on the ball and is a big personality." The Polish striker will return to his former stomping ground 88 days after waving a fond farewell to the Signal Iduna Park faithful on the last day of the 2013/14 campaign. He hit the 20-goal mark in each of his last three seasons at BVB, and kick-starts his Bayern career with a Bundesliga strike rate of 74 goals in 131 outings.

One of just two trophies yet to adorn his FC Bayern München trophy cabinet, Pep Guardiola isn't taking the Supercup lightly. "A final is no pre-season friendly - you play these games to win," said the Spaniard at his pre-match press conference. However, it appears the 43-year-old is facing a selection headache as the majority of his first-team squad, with the exception of "eight or nine players", are lacking match fitness.

Jürgen Klopp was quick to point out how the burden of having so many recognised international stars has effected the pre-season schedule for both sides. “It brings together two teams who have most had to deal with the aftermath of the World Cup,” said Klopp. Unsurprising given that 13 of Joachim Löw's 23-man squad now play for either Bayern or BVB, not that it'll make a difference on Wednesday with Klopp claiming that "the many friendships forged between Germany players at the World Cup won't matter" - sentiments shared by Manuel Neuer.

Speaking at today's FC Bayern press conference, the safe pair of hands that played a significant role in the record titleholders treble-winning campaign of 2012 and domestic double the following year, not to mention Germany's World Cup triumph, Manuel Neuer reiterated his "hunger and ambition". But actions speak louder than words for the world's best shot-stopper, who put in an extra shift with new keeper Pepe Reina on Monday afternoon: "It's fun to train with him."

Last night, Holger Badstuber (pictured, right) turned the pre-match Twitter stakes FC Bayern's way with an impassioned call to arms. The defender will be hoping to make his first competitive appearance since December 2012, having featured intermittently throughout pre-season after overcoming a cruciate ligament injury.

The Supercup has one of the most fascinating histories of any German footballing competition - and has seen some of the best goals. If you're in doubt, just check out last season's thriller between Dortmund and Bayern here. It is, however, a relatively new competition, only having been up for grabs sporadically since 1987. If you want to find out more, and you really should, then click to read's answer to your question.

Rumours emerged last night of Bayern's star midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, suffering a setback in his recovery from the knee injury which ruled him out of the end of last season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The young Spaniard, however, quickly took to social media to inform his followers that there has been no such thing and that he's working as hard as ever to be fit for the new season.

Over in the Dortmund camp Jürgen Klopp has likewise had plenty to say about the boys from Bavaria. "Bayern are the best team in the world and we really want to win it," he affirmed. These games are always special. The Supercup means a lot and we're taking it very seriously. A lot of friendships were made at the World Cup, but they'll all count for nothing in the Supercup." He did, however, go on to say "there'll be hugs" for last term's top Bundesliga scorer Lewandowksi.

Ever since the curtain came down on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, anticipation has been building by the day for the Bundesliga's traditional pre-season opener. As many as 11 of Germany's World Cup-winning stars could feature on Wednesday, with a further two semi-finalists also in contention. One of those, , insists Bayern will be "treating the game like a final", adding, "Dortmund have a great team so we'll not be taking the game lightly."

It's the third time in as many seasons that BVB and Bayern will contest the Supercup. Die Münchner were victorious in 2012, but it was Dortmund who stole the show a year later at Signal Iduna Park. The Ruhr club's iconic stadium once again provides the backdrop for Wednesday's rerun, with both sides locked on four Supercup crowns apiece. To add to the intrigue, returns to his former haunt for the first time in the red of Bayern after four years on the books at BVB.