Elsewhere, Ja-Cheol Koo's last-gasp penalty earned 1. FSV Mainz a 2-2 draw at Bundesliga newcomers SC Paderborn. On Saturday, Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in Bundesliga history in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund, while on Friday, FC Bayern München made an ideal start to the 2014/15 Bundesliga season with a hard-fought 2-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg.
MATCHDAY 1 RESULTS:
FC Bayern München 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-0 FC Augsburg
Hannover 96 2-1 FC Schalke 04
Hertha Berlin 2-2 SV Werder Bremen
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 SC Freiburg
1. FC Köln 0-0 Hamburger SV
Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
SC Paderborn 07 2-2 1. FSV Mainz 05
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
bundesliga.com is keeping you bang up to date with all the latest news and reaction following an exciting opening weekend of the 2014/15 season.
Monday 25 August
Müller's rally challenge!
Thomas Müller scored the first goal of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season on Friday night, but is he better at a rally car when it comes to taking penalties? Check out the video below to find out...(Don't try this at home)
Records are there to be broken, so which players and coaches did just that this weekend in the Bundesliga? Check out our statistical overview of the Matchday 1 action for all the most important facts and figures you need to remember from the first exhilarating weekend of top-flight entertainment from Germany.
Mönchengladbach’s World Cup hero , who rescued the Foals a point at home to Stuttgart on Sunday, told bundesliga.com he was satisfied with the draw: “It feels like a win. That’s ok after playing three games over the last week. If we’d earned points for each of those matches we’d have seven, which isn’t bad.” As to his current fitness levels, he said: “At the moment I can only play for a half or for 60 minutes. In two weeks at the latest I’ll be back.”
Die Welt’s round-up of the weekend’s action went with the headline “the league of the world champions leaves you wanting to come back for more,” commenting that “the league...gained more gloss, charisma and attention thanks to the World Cup triumph,” and that it delivered “an important insight: teams that might appear to be favourites on paper are not necessarily so out on the pitch,” citing the defeats for both Dortmund and Schalke as examples.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ran with new VfB Stuttgart coach Armin Veh’s comment after his side’s 1-1 draw away to Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It’s a bit like going on a first date,” the 53-year-old said with a twinkle in his eye. “You never know what might come of it later on.” The paper went to say that “the coach, who was as popular at [former club] Frankfurt as he was in Stuttgart after winning the Bundesliga title, will need all of that charm at regular intervals to help VfB out of difficulties in future.”
That was the headline the Süddeutsche Zeitung sports section led with on Monday, referring to Karim Bellarabi’s record-breaking goal to put Bayer 04 Leverkusen in front away to Borussia Dortmund. “Borussia were left frustrated after a collective snooze at the start of the match,” they continued, before insisting Leverkusen deserved their victory thanks to “their willingness to run and aggression in the tackles: in short all the traits that have made Dortmund so strong.”
Road to recovery
Bayern München's Spain international Javi Martinez, meanwhile, is continuing his recovery from cruciate ligament damage suffered in the Supercup defeat to Dortmund:
Elias Kachunga's goal wasn't enough to earn Paderborn a debut Bundesliga victory on Sunday, but the 22-year-old nevertheless seemed a happy man following the 2-2 draw against Mainz 05 at the Benteler Arena:
One day's rest for BVB stars
Borussia Dortmund's players have been given a day off following their frustrating 2-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in their 2014/15 opener. "No training today. Preperation for [the upcoming game against] FC Augsburg will begin tomorrow morning," says this tweet:
Sunday 24 August
Just as it looked liked Borussia Mönchengladbach were going to start their season with a defeat in front of their own fans, up stepped substitute Christoph Kramer - the Foals' very own World Cup winner - to prod home the equaliser and send the home faithful inside the Borussia Park into raptures. Andre Hahn, who made his Bundesliga debut for Gladbach on Sunday, was delighted with the midfielder's telling stoppage-time contribution. Find out what he and the other players had to say here.
SC Paderborn were seconds away from starting their maiden Bundesliga campaign with a victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05, but a stoppage-time penalty from South Korea captain Ja-Cheol Koo salvaged a point for Kasper Hjulmand's charges at the Benteler-Arena. Though disappointed with the late equaliser, Paderborn star Elias Kachunga said the result proved they can compete in the Bundesliga. Click here for the players' post-match reaction.
"Football may last 90 minutes, but some players just don't hang around..."
So begins the YouTube video below, which counted down the fastest goals in the Bundesliga before Karim Bellarabi (pictured) gave Bayer 04 Leverkusen a dream start in yesterday's 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund - read what he said about his record-breaking goal here.
After their topsy-turvy 2-2 opening-day draw with Hertha Berlin, SV Werder Bremen's official Twitter account confirmed that, due to knocks, none of Eljero Elia (muscular), Clemens Fritz (back) and Santiago Garcia (ankle - pictured) were able to train this morning. Although they also confirmed that their involvement for next week's encounter with TSG Hoffenheim wasn't in danger, coach Robin Dutt will nonetheless want the trio back as quickly as possible.
Elia (muskuläre Probleme), Fritz (Rückenprobleme) und García (Sprunggelenk) waren heute nicht auf dem Platz. #svwhof wohl nicht in Gefahr!— SV Werder Bremen (@werderbremen) August 24, 2014
As if Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Hannover was not bad enough for FC Schalke 04, they woke up on Sunday morning to even more shattering news: 21-year-old defender Sead Kolasinac has been ruled out for approximately six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligaments during Saturday's defeat.
You can find out what Stefan Kießling, Bernd Leno and Sebastian Kehl made of Saturday evening's headline-grabbing game here, or catch up on reaction to Hannover's 2-1 win over Schalke and the goalless draw between 1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV by clicking on the results in red here.
So Karim Bellarabi's lightning strike for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in their win over Borussia Dortmund is what everybody is talking about this Sunday morning. Remember, it was the fastest ever goal in Bundesliga history. We've pulled together the top ten quick goals in Germany's top flight in this gallery, while the below video, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel, has clips of those quick-fire strikes.
Amid this weekend's first round of Bundesliga action, the draw for the second round of the DFB Cup took place on Saturday evening. With five top-flight sides falling at the first hurdle, there was plenty of lower-league representation, but that did not prevent the balls from being unkind to Hamburger SV and FC Bayern München, who were drawn together in the standout fixture. Find out more by .
Saturday 23 August
Well, nobody - not even Karim Bellarabi - could have imagined Leverkusen would score inside the first ten seconds of their match at the Signal Iduna Park. Talk about the perfect start... Don't forget, there are two more top-flight games to look forward to this weekend, with Paderborn hosting Mainz and Gladbach up against Stuttgart. The latter is also being broadcast live on Bundesliga radio. Make sure you tune in. Ciao for now!
BVB: Langerak - Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Durm - Kehl, Jojic - Aubameyang, Reus, Mkhitaryan - Immobile #bvbb04— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 23, 2014
Marco Reus has contributed to eight goals in his last eight matches against Leverkusen (four goals, four assists). pic.twitter.com/bgL51sUWUp— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 23, 2014
Robert Lewandowski was happy with the three points on his Bundesliga debut for FC Bayern München, but rued his luck after missing several chances to score. "We had a lot of opportunities,” said the Polish frontman after Friday's 2-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg. “It would have been good to hit the net today, but luck wasn’t on my side. I hope I can do better next time."
Also in action on home soil this afternoon are 1899 Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt. Markus Gisdol's entertainers face FC Augsburg, the Bundesliga's capital club lock horns with SV Werder Breman and Thomas Schaaf marks his return to the Bundesliga against SC Freiburg. Click here to read our handy round-up preview.
Matchday! #bscsvw— Felix Kroos (@felixkroos18) August 23, 2014
How about a word for Bayern's Holger Badstuber? Against Wolfsburg, the 25-year-old made his first appearance since damaging cruciate knee ligaments against Dortmund in December 2012, an astonishing 629 days prior to last night's encounter. "It was just great to play again, and at home. A sensational feeling," he said at full time. Glad to have you back, Holger!
The HDI Arena plays host to a tasty encounter indeed this afternoon, with a new-look Hannover hosting Champions League regulars Schalke. The Reds have invested in two players of real attacking quality in Joselu and Hiroshi Kiyotake (pictured), both of whom could make their 96 debuts today. The Royal Blues, meanwhile, have an embarrassing DFB Cup exit at third-tier SG Dynamo Dresden to get out of their system.
After all the anticipation, the first game of the season has been and gone and for those that thought Bayern were vulnerable in light of so many injuries, the Bavarians remain the team to beat. Arjen Robben (pictured) and Thomas Müller got the goals that saw them past Wolfsburg on Friday night, and if you missed the game, here's a pictorial reminder of what happened in the Allianz Arena.
Friday 22 August
It may have been a close shave for the 2013/14 champions, but FC Bayern held on to claim a hard-fought, but but fully deserved, win against Wolfsburg. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben were on target for Pep Guardiola's troops, with Ivica Olic netting a spectacular consolation for the Wolves, who have failed to beat Bayern in Munich in 21 attempts. There's always next season...
We'll be back tomorrow with more updates ahead of Saturday's games. By for now!
Here we go...
Don't forget you can listen to FC Bayern München's season opener against VfL Wolfsburg live on Bundesliga radio. Alternatively, you can follow the action via bundesliga.com's ticker by clicking on the fixture on our livebar. We'll be back later with reaction from the 2014/15 season's opening clash!
Bayer 04 Leverkusen right-back Giulio Donati has been called up by Italy head coach Antonio Conte for the Azzurri's upcoming international friendlies. Donati, who joined Leverkusen from Internazionale Milano at the beginning of last season, made 23 appearances in all competitions in his debut season with die Werkself.
Hannover 96 have completed the signing of Olympique Lyonnais striker Jimmy Briand on a one-year deal. The French striker, who spent four years at the Ligue 1 giants, scoring 22 goals in 110 appearances in all competitions, could feature in die Roten's season opener against FC Schalke 04 on Saturday. Click for bundesliga.com's exclusive preview of the HDI Arena encounter.
A stroll down memory lane...
Croatian international Ivica Olic is another man to have played for both teams, and at the tender age of 34, will be called upon to lead the Wolves' attack in the Allianz Arena, where he hopes his side can play to their potential. "We need a good performance.They have quality and depth in every position, and they're the favourites at home. We need to take our chances when they come," he told bundesliga.com.
One man who'll take a keen interest this evening is Hassan 'Brazzo' Salihamidzic, who represented both Bayern and Wolfsburg, and he believes the away side are in with a decent chance of causing an option. "If Wolfsburg have a chance to get at Bayern, it's now, right at the start of the season," said the six-time Bundesliga winner to bundesliga.com. "Bayern are still my favourites, but now is the best time to play them."
Matchday! First game of the season vs Bayern Munchen. Predictions? pic.twitter.com/UeUzbb6EhO— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) August 22, 2014
SC Freiburg have announced that Roman Bürki (pictured) has won the race for the place between the Black Forest club's sticks, beating off fellow new signing Sebastian Mielitz's challenge. "It was a very difficult decision, both have been doing well lately,“ admitted head coach Christian Streich. Switzerland goalkeeper Bürki faces his first Bundesliga test on Saturday when Freiburg travel to Eintracht Frankfurt for their opening game of the 2014/15 campaign.
Do you remember...?
Schalke and Hannover served up a nine-goal thriller when they met back in 2013...
Not only will this week's action be broadcast by TV networks across the world, bur three games will also be available live on the internet via the Bundesliga radio.Tune in this weekend to catch coverage of Bayern-Wolfsburg, Dortmund-Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach-Stuttgart, if you can't watch them on TV, that is..
Both Bayern and Wolfsburg are missing a host of important names for this evening's encounter. Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger all miss out with injury, with Jerome Boateng suspended, while the Wolves are without Ivan Perisic and possibly Luiz Gustavo and keeper Diego Benaglio. Holger Badstuber could be set for his first league appearance in almost two years, while Aaron Hunt and Nicklas Bentnder could make their Bundesliga debuts for the visitors.
To get you in the mood, here's a selection of the best goals scored on Matchday 1 down the years, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
Meanwhile, from Hamburg to Munich, Bundesliga stars have been stepping up their preparations ahead of the opening day of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season this week. Many of them have found time to participate in the latest craze that has taken social media by storm recently - the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of the ALS Association, which helps treat paralysis. Manuel Neuer, Marco Reus and Kevin-Prince Boateng are just three top-flight stars to have taken part.
As is the tradition in Germany's top flight, the season kicks off at the home of the champions. FC Bayern won the Bundesliga title in record time last season, but can they match that achievement this term? Standing in their way are a Wolfsburg side with a terrible recent record in Munich (19 losses, 1 draw from their last 20 visits) but possessing quality in abundance. Check out the match preview here.
Good morning... On my way to training and preparing for Saturday's game against Werder Bremen #Bundesliga— John Heitinga (@Johnheitinga) August 22, 2014
It's been a long, hot summer. Germany conquered the football world by winning the FIFA World Cup and the U-19 UEFA European Championship, but now domestic football is back and the 52nd Bundesliga campaign set to begin. Bayern-Wolfsburg and Dortmund-Leverkusen appear to be the standout games, but there will be drama across the country this weekend. Here's a statistical preview of the all nine Matchday 1 encounters.