Cologne - Be it in the stands or out on the hallowed turf, the first half of the 2014/15 Bundesliga campaign has served up its fair share of Oscar-worthy moments. has unwrapped ten of the best of them...

Fans had not long taken their seats at the Signal Iduna Park on Matchday 1 when Bayer 04 Leverkusen's stuck away the opening goal against Borussia Dortmund. Nine seconds was the official time: a 120-second improvement on the previous best-mark shared by Giovane Elber, Ulf Kirsten and Paul Freier - and a new Bundesliga record. Bayer 04 ran out 2-1 winners.

Heading into Matchday 11 on the back of a five-match losing streak in the league, Dortmund knew they were going to need all the luck they could get at home to high-flying Borussia Mönchengladbach. They got it - World Cup-winning midfielder Christoph Kramer deciding the contest with an unfathomable 40-yard lob over his own goalkeeper.

Not even the most optimistic minnow-championing apostle gave Bundesliga first-timers SC Paderborn 07 a prayer at the start of the campaign. Andre Breitenreiter's buccaneering troop ended the Hinrunde in mid-table, but not before spending a week at the top, four points clear of defending champions FC Bayern München no less, after Matchday 4.

League leaders Bayern secured a record fourth-consecutive Herbstmeisterschaft with three games of the Hinrunde still to play. Pep Guardiola's side go into the winter break having not lost a single game in 2014/15 whilst scoring an incredible 41 goals and conceding an unbelievably frugal four at the other end.

How about this for ebb and flow: 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-3, 3-3, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5. A Martin Harnik (c.) brace helped settle one of the most enthralling fixtures in Bundesliga history away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 9, with the latter's coach Thomas Schaaf aptly summing up events at a dumbfounded Commerzbank Arena saying: "Football's just great."

When Hannover 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler went up for a corner in the dying stages of Matchday 4's trip to Paderborn, no one could have anticipated what was going to happen next. A headed clearance found the chest of (c.), who took one touch on the edge of his own box and fired towards the empty net. The longest-range strike in the Bundesliga's history was his.

It's strange to think this is only FC Augsburg's fourth season in the Bundesliga. After two hairy bedding-in years, their third campaign at Germany's top table yielded a supposedly once-in-a-lifetime eighth-placed finish, but Markus Weinzierl's side have torn up the script in 2014/15, rising as high as third and rounding out the first half of the season in sixth.

Hamburger SV's 1-0 win at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 10 was a feisty affair´indeed, with referee Florian Meyer dishing out a season-high nine yellow cards at the Imtech Arena. The hosts also committed a lofty 50 fouls, the highest number of infringements in a single Bundesliga game for over two-and-a-half years.

Relations between FC Bayern and SC Freiburg, meanwhile, were nowhere near as frosty on Matchday 16. The southern duo weighed in with just eight fouls between them at the Allianz Arena; the lowest number of impediments to have been recorded since the league began collecting data in 1992. Bayern won the game 2-0.

Dortmund fans already have a reputation like no other in world football, yet the manner in which they got behind their heroes during the Hinrunde was something else. After suffering ten defeats from 17 league outings, BVB will spend the winter break in the automatic relegation places, but the Schwarz-Gelben enthusiasts remain at the very top of the tree.