Cologne - "We never win if we score first," is a common complaint among football fans across the globe, and although the opposite as been proven true on countless occasions, such phrases have become accepted as truisms in the game.

In an effort to separate myth from reality, bundesliga.com has delved into the statistics of yesteryear, going all the way back to the league's birth in 1963, and discovered some interesting truths. Part 1 takes a look at whether the term 'home advantage' has any basis in fact…