But the excitement doesn't stop there as Monday's final day of the summer transfer window brought with it several exciting last-minute moves - scroll down to find out more on how deadline day panned out, as well as the latest Bundesliga news, build-up and reaction...
MATCHDAY 2 RESULTS
FC Augsburg 2-3 Borussia Dortmund (kick-off 20:30 CEST)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-2 Hertha Berlin
VfL Wolfsburg 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
SV Werder Bremen 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 1. FC Köln
Hamburger SV 0-3 SC Paderborn
FC Schalke 04 1-1 FC Bayern München (kick-off 18:30 CEST)
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 Hannover 96
SC Freiburg 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Monday 1 September
Julian Green has explained why he decided to join HSV on a season-long loan. "HSV is a great club with a long tradition," he wrote. "For me it's a chance to assert myself on a top level, gain experience and hopefully score many goals. I am looking forward to this year in Hamburg and hope to get much time on the pitch. The club had a hard season last year. And 2014/15 will be a challenge as well. But I am glad to accept this challenge together with my new teammates and will give my best from the very first!"
...that's right, Lewis Holtby has returned to the Bundesliga (from Tottenham Hotspur FC). There can't be a Bundesliga fan not looking forward to seeing his silky skills and eye for a pass regularly in Hamburg's Imtech Arena - Hamburg CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer is one of them, describing the 23-year-old as "an excellent passer". We've got the latest on the return of the former Mainz and Schalke attacking midfielder here.
Eintracht Frankfurt new boy Slobodan Medojevic (pictured, r.) watched his new side battle to a 2-2 draw with former employers VfL Wolfsburg. In an interview with kicker, he claimed that "a draw was a good result" for him. He's also added that he has known fellow new boy Makoto Hasebe "for a fair bit of time". His aim at Eintracht Frankfurt, he claims, is "to qualify for the UEFA Europa League", a competition in which the Eagles competed last season. here's an overview of Eintracht's dealings this summer .
18:00 CEST and the transfer window in Germany has closed
Hamburg have been busy...
...and not just in the transfer market - their Twitter feed has been used aplenty! They've taken to Twitter over the last few hours to confirm that new signing Julian Green will wear the number '37' on his back - the same he wears for parent club FC Bayern München. Then, they tweeted the news of loan deals for 18-year-old Jonathan Tah (as bundesliga.com brought to you earlier today) and Karim Demirbay. Tah joins Bundesliga 2 outfit Fortuna Düsseldorf for the season, while Demirbay heads to their promotion rivals 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Another man on his way out of the port city is Milan Badelj, who has joined ACF Fiorentina.
Although FC Bayern signed Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid CF on Friday, it was only earlier today that he was officially unveiled to the press in his new home, despite making his debut in the 1-1 draw at FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 2. "It's an honour to play for such a big club," the 32-year-old explained. "I've played in the Premier League and La Liga and now it's going to be a great challenge to fight for titles with Bayern. I need this pressure."
10 August 2013 in Augsburg was the last time Ilkay Gündogan pulled on a BVB shirt for a competitive fixture and following his side's 3-2 win over the Függerstädter this weekend, the 23-year-old was back in first-team training and delighted to be involved. "It was an incredible feeling. I haven't experienced any problems so far, haven't lost my touch and my movements came together," said the German international. "For a first outing it was optimal. Thumbs up!"
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung meanwhile lauded a "historic Bundesliga victory" for Paderborn, who picked up their first-ever top-flight win. "Whipping boys? Says who?" they continued, before quoting defender Patrick Ziegler as saying "now nobody will be underestimating us." The broadsheet went on to single out "the other promoted side", 1. FC Köln for praise, highlighting the fact that "they still haven't conceded" and "are even above FC Bayern in the table."
"Hamburg's suffering continues" said the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday morning following HSV's humbling at home to promoted side Paderborn. "Hamburg's fans had built up their hopes of a better future during the three months of summer - and then Paderborn arrived. 80 minutes against the newcomers were enough for the spirit of optimism to be washed away." Next up for Hamburg, who signed Julian Green on loan (see below), is a trip to coach Mirko Slomka's (pictured) former club Hannover on Matchday 3.
Goal of the Week
It's been a breathless day of transfers so far, so why not take a break and check out the nominees for Matchday 2 Goal of the Week? Take a look at the handful of scorchers in the video below and vote for your favourite on our Fanzone page. The winner will be announced on Tuesday.
The transfers have been coming in thick and fast so far on Monday, with Mainz particularly active. Fresh from announcing Jonas Hofmann's loan move (see below), the 05ers have now also secured the services of (left) from Bayer Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Hertha Berlin have resigned Norwegian international midfielder (right) from Hamburg.
Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder has gone on loan to Mainz for the season. The 22-year-old has no doubt that he will return to BVB though: "Dortmund are very close to my heart. I'm not done there yet." Check out your side's transfer activity with our club-by-club overview here.
With the clock ticking down on the transfer window, FC Bayern have finalised deals with two up-and-coming attacking prospects. On Sunday they signed Sinan Kurt from league rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach and on Monday morning agreed to loan to Hamburg for the rest of the season. You can read more about it here.
For a round-up of the best of the weekend's action, look no further than our comprehensive highlights video to get you up to speed. You can also flick through the best images of Matchday 2 in our XXL picture gallery here.
Sunday 31 August
Sunday's lack of goals meant the weekend ended somewhat meekly, as Gladbach and Freiburg also failed to register, with the former yet to find the net this season. Admir Mehmedi had the game's best chance in the second half, but the Swiss international wastefully struck a penalty over the crossbar. You can read the full report here.
Let's get some reaction from the Coface Arena following that 0-0 draw between Hannover and Mainz. Ron-Robert Zieler was frank in his assessment of the game, calling the contest "one that we would have lost last season", while Mainz's Nico Bungert was happy with a clean sheet after shipping two goals at Paderborn last week. Head here for the post-match reaction.
Result! 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hannover 96 has finished goalless. Click here for the full report from Sunday's game at the Coface Arena.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest transfer stories of the current window: Shinji Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester United FC on a four-year contract. The Japanese international attacking midfielder, who played for BVB for two seasons between 2010 and 2012, scoring 21 goals in 49 league appearances, finalised his return to die Schwarz-Gelben on Sunday and is set to make his debut for the club at home to SC Freiburg on Matchday 3.
A reminder that you can listen to today's late game - SC Freiburg vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach - live on Bundesliga radio. The Foals kicked off their campaign with a last-gasp 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart, thanks to Christoph Kramer's equaliser. Freiburg meanwhile were beaten at 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt. Both these sides will be desperate to record their first three points of the season this afternoon.
There were plenty of other thrilling encounters across the country on Saturday. Promoted new-boys SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln recorded their first wins of the new season at Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart respectively. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw at SV Werder Bremen despite Roberto Firmino's (pictured) first-half strike. You can read our round-up report of Saturday's top-flight action right here.
Live now! Remember you can follow today's Bundesliga 2 action via our live ticker. Eintracht Braunschweig are taking on VfL Bochum, struggling TSV 1860 Munich play host to SV Darmstadt and SV Sandhausen are up against FC Ingolstadt.
Xabi Alonso was thrown straight into FC Bayern München's starting line-up at the Veltins-Arena on Saturday evening, and the experienced former Spain international excelled in the heart of the Bavarians' midfield against the Royal Blues. Head over here to find out exactly what the former Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC star made of his maiden Bundesliga appearance.
Karim Bellarabi hit the headlines once again on Matchday 2 after scoring a superb volley in Bayer Leverkusen's victory over Hertha Berlin. The former Eintracht Braunschweig loanee, who scored the Bundesliga's fastest ever goal last weekend, gave his reaction to die Werkself's impressive early-season form and his perfectly-executed goal against the capital club. Click on the link above to find out exactly what he had to say!
Hertha Berlin have completed the signing of Ivorian international forward Salomon Kalou from Ligue 1 outfit LOSC Lille. The 29-year-old former Chelsea FC Star has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and could not hide his delight at joining the capital club. "After my time in England and France, I'm really excited for a new challenge with Hertha in the Bundesliga," he explained. "The club were really keen to have me on board, and I had some excellent conversations with those in charge."
After picking up a creditable 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon, Eintracht Frankfurt were hit by the news that striker Nelson Valdez is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Paraguayan only recently joined the Eagles on a two-year contract, but the injury is set to keep the 30-year-old out for the remainder of the calender year and leave Thomas Schaaf's side short in the striking department.
After Borussia Dortmund's nail-biting win at FC Augsburg on Friday and yesterday's draw between Schalke and Bayern, one more Bundesliga clash is being broadcast live on Bundesliga radio this weekend. Freiburg's clash with Gladbach is on the air from 15:30 GMT/17:30 CEST this evening. If today's match at the MAGE SOLAR Stadion is anything like the other two, we could have another thriller in store.
Good morning and welcome back to bundesliga.com's coverage of Matchday 2. Today, we've got a veritable footballing feast in store for you: There's a Japanese head-to-head in Mainz at 15.30 CEST and then a mouthwatering clash between Borussia Mönchengladbach and SC Freiburg to round off your Sunday of Bundesliga action. So grab the remote, keep hitting the refresh button, and don't forget to wish Pepe Reina a Happy Birthday!
Saturday 30 August
Here's a final reminder this evening to catch up with the action from Germany's top flight on Sunday. Up first it's 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hannover 96 at the Coface Arena, followed by Borussia Mönchengladbach's trip to SC Freiburg. You can follow the latter on Bundesliga radio and watch both matches live via one of the league's many international broadcasters, a list of which you can find here. After another thrilling day of action, hasta manana.
It was a good result for our team, but we are happy even though we had many chances to decide the game. pic.twitter.com/AW6QmcGCNV— Anderson Oliveira (@Andersonbamba5) August 30, 2014
In the evening game, Schalke produced a display that belied their poor start to the season to take a point off the reigning champions FC Bayern. "It was a big improvement and we gave it everything," said the hosts' World Cup winning midfielder Julian Draxler. Head here for the rest of the post-match reaction from the Veltins Arena.
VfL Wolfsburg midfielder expressed his "disappointment" after the Wolves were held to a draw at home to Frankfurt, leaving them with just one point to show from their first two league games. Read the full article here.
What a day.. First win and first goal today.. Thanks to our traveling fans. Nice weekend to you all.… http://t.co/4DJoljOP9t— Anthony Ujah (@ujah_9) August 30, 2014
Less than 20 minutes until Saturday's 15:30 CEST kick-offs get underway around the country. You can follow all today's matches via our live ticker and on Twitter. We'll be back later on with reaction to today's six Bundesliga encounters. Bis später!
VfL Wolfsburg will be looking to put last Friday's defeat to FC Bayern München behind them when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Volkswagen Arena. The Wolves left the Allianz Arena with nothing to show for their troubles, despite a spirited performance against the champions. Frankfurt meanwhile recorded a narrow 1-0 win over SC Freiburg thanks to Haris Seferovic’s first-half goal. Can the Eagles produce a similar performance this afternoon?
Two of the Bundesliga's biggest Japanese stars go head-to-head at the Coface Arena on Sunday afternoon, as Shinji Okazaki's 1. FSV Mainz 05 host Hiroshi Kiyotake's Hannover 96. Okazaki (pictured) picked up where he left off last season with a goal at SC Paderborn on Matchday 1, while midfielder Kiyotake will be hoping to help his new team-mates continue their fine start to the campaign following the Reds' 2-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 last weekend. Head over here for our preview.
BVB duo Marco Reus and Sebastian Kehl both know there is plenty of room for improvement for die Schwarz-Gelben after Friday's win over Augsburg. Despite sailing into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Reus, Sokratis and Ramos, Dortmund were perhaps lucky to leave the SGL Arena with all three points. Click on the above link to find out what Reus and Kehl had to say following the narrow win.
Roger Schmidt could hardly have wished for a better start to life as Bayer 04 Leverkusen boss last weekend. Today, his Werkself side welcome Hertha Berlin to the BayArena, who surrendered a two-goal advantage to draw with SV Werder Bremen last time out. You can follow the match live via our ticker from 15:30 CEST. Can Bayer continue their fine start to the campaign, or will the capital club pull off a shock this afternoon?
Borussia Dortmund had not lost any of their previous 14 Friday evening matches in the Bundesliga, and their Matchday 2 clash with Augsburg was no different. Goals from Marco Reus, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Adrian Ramos (pictured) gave Jürgen Klopp's charges a comfortable lead at the SGL Arena, before Raul Bobadilla and Tim Matuvz reduced the arrears in the final ten minutes. BVB held on though to record their first points of the season and provide the perfect response to last weekend's defeat.
Friday 29 August
Marco Reus revealed it was 'pure joy' to find the net in Borussia Dortmund's victory at FC Augsburg on Friday evening, and so it should be! BVB kicked off the Matchday 2 action with a 3-2 victory at the SGL Arena to give Jürgen Klopp's charges their first points of the season. There's plenty more action still to come this weekend of course, including FC Bayern München’s trip to FC Schalke 04 tomorrow evening. Make sure you join us then. Ciao for now!
Matchday 2 gets underway in earnest on Saturday afternoon as SV Werder Bremen host 1899 Hoffenheim, SC Paderborn travel to Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart face 1. FC Köln. Get yourself over here for our round-up preview of the three encounters. I promise you, Matchday 2 has some proper crackers in store...
There are also three Bundesliga 2 matches being played tonight. League leaders Rasenballsport Leipzig travel to FSV Frankfurt, 1. FC Kaiserslautern are at VfR Aalen, and struggling 1. FC Nürnberg are up against 1. FC Union Berlin. All games kick off at 18:30 CEST and you can follow the action live via our ticker!
Spanish Under-21 winger Jairo has joined 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a four-year contract. Jairo, who started out at Real Racing Club before joining Sevilla in June 2013, is looking forward to proving his mettle in Germany's top flight. "I'm delighted to join the club and have the opportunity to show what I can do in the Bundesliga," said the 21-year-old after putting pen to paper on Friday afternoon.
Following last Friday's narrow loss to reigning champions FC Bayern München, VfL Wolfsburg will be confident of picking up their first points of the season at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 2. The Eagles, however, are unlikely to go down without a fight against the Wolves, having got their own league campaign off to a promising start at home to SC Freiburg. Head over here for our exclusive preview of Saturday's clash at the Commerzbank Arena.
Don't forget, three games are being broadcast live on Bundesliga radio this weekend. First up tonight is Borussia Dortmund's trip to FC Augsburg, which kicks off at 18:30 GMT/20:30 CEST. Saturday's late match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern München, as well as Sunday's late kick-off between SC Freiburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach - who stormed into the UEFA Europa League group stages last night - are also being broadcast live. Make sure you join us!
Having already bagged nine goals in all competitions this season, Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling goes into Saturday’s clash with Hertha Berlin on top of his game. Moreover, the 30-year-old goalgetter has scored four in his last three encounters with the capital club, including two during the 2013/14 league campaign. Hertha coach Jos Luhukay will be hoping former BVB striker Julian Schieber, who scored twice on his league debut for the club, can pick up where he left off on Matchday 1.
It's all happening today... The draw for the Europa League group stage has just been announced, throwing up some tricky ties for Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg, but first here's news on the Germany squad to face Argentina and Scotland in the upcoming international break. As many as 18 members of the triumphant World Cup-winning group have been retained, including Mario Götze, scorer of the final's winning goal, while Marco Reus is also in. Here's the ...
Obviously, with the month of August still upon us, the transfer window is still open and some big moves are still to be done. What might prove to be the biggest is the arrival of Spanish World Cup-winning midfielder Xabi Alonso to FC Bayern, which the Bavarian club confirmed a few moments ago. The 32-year-old agreed terms on Friday night and becomes the second new arrival at the Allianz in the space of a few days, after Medhi Benatia joined on Wednesday.
Over in Leverkusen, meanwhile, things could hardly be going better for Bayer 04 and new coach Roger Schmidt (pictured). The 47-year-old has won four games out of four in charge of the Werkself so far, including away at Dortmund and against FC Kobnhavn in the Champions League play-offs. This week it's Hertha's turn to stop Stefan Kießling (nine goals in four matches) and Co.
Dortmund's rivals Schalke are in something of a rut just a week into the new season. Dumped out of the DFB Cup and beaten in Hanover last week, Jens Keller's men are in need of a pick-me-up, although that won't be easy against an FC Bayern side that has beaten them in the teams' last seven meetings. Can the Royal Blues buck the trend?
Aubameyang's celebrations have turned him into a crowd favourite at BVB. Find out more below, via the official Bundesliga YouTube channel.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has fond memories of the SGL Arena. BVB's very own 'Spiderman' bagged a hat-trick on this ground on his Bundesliga debut last season. Can he repeat that feat this evening?
Come and dip your feet in - the Bundesliga water's lovely and warm! Dortmund and Augsburg are first up this evening, two sides that currently prop up the league table after respective opening-day defeats. BVB need a win to kickstart their title push, while their Bavarian hosts are in need of points to get what could be a season of struggle up and running. Here's our match preview to wet your willing whistles.