Cologne - The season may only be nine matchdays old, but that has not stopped FC Bayern München from adding their illustrious name to the great Bundesliga annals on more than one occasion in 2015/16.
bundesliga.com takes a good look at the defending champions' ever-expanding collection of milestones and best-marks...
After losing the Supercup on penalties to VfL Wolfsburg, Bayern started their title defence in blistering fashion. Medhi Benatia, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller (2) and new boy Douglas Costa grabbed the goals in a five-star display against Hamburger SV as the 24-time Bundesliga champions chalked up the highest opening day victory on record.
Bayern made it two wins from two after coming from a goal down to beat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Lewandowski netted a last-gasp winner after Müller had scored from close range, but the game will be forever be remembered for the joint-fastest goal in Bundesliga history. Kevin Volland's ninth-second effort is unsurprisingly the fastest goal Bayern have ever conceded.
On to a more positive record: by following up Matchday 3's 3-0 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen with a much tighter 2-1 success at home to Bavarian neighbours FC Augsburg, Bayern celebrated four successive wins to start the season for the first time under Pep Guardiola.
No two teams had ever opened a season with five Bundesliga wins from as many games, until Bayern and Borussia Dortmund put three past SV Darmstadt 98 and Leverkusen respectively on Matchday 5.
The term 'record-breaking goalscorer' took on a whole new meaning in Bayern's resounding 5-1 win at home to Wolfsburg. Introduced as a half-time substitute, Lewandowski netted no less then five goals in the space of nine blistering minutes. In doing so, the Poland international became the first substitute to score more than three goals in the history of the German top flight, the 14th player to notch five goals in a match and the proud record holder of the fastest three-, four- and five-goal salvos since the Bundesliga's inception.
The records continued to tumble as Lewandowski grabbed a brace against Mainz to become the fastest foreigner in Bundesliga history to break the 100-goal mark (on his 168th appearance) and draw level with Gerd Müller (1977/78 and 1968/69) as the only other player to have scored ten times after seven matches.
Lewandowski bagged another brace as Bayern equalled their own Bundesliga record of eight wins to start the season (2012/13) courtesy of a thumping 5-1 win over Dortmund. Gerd Müller (1968/69) and Christian Müller (1964/65) are the only other players to have posted double figures after eight matchdays, but no team has ever enjoyed a seven-point advantage over the second-placed club in the standings at the self-same stage.
In beating SV Werder Bremen, Bayern became the first team in the Bundesliga’s 52-year history to win their opening nine games of the season. Müller's first-half strike again proved quite the omen for the Bundesliga leaders, who have won all 43 Bundesliga games in which the 26-year-old has found the net. A dominant team showing also yielded another season best-mark for most touches in a single game: 1017.
Up for grabs
- Bayern are vying to become the first team to win four Bundesliga titles in a row.
- Pep Guardiola could become the first Bundesliga coach to win three Bundesliga titles in his first three seasons at the helm.
- Bayern are again looking to become the first Bundesliga team to go an entire season unbeaten.
- Bayern's class of 1971/72 hold the record for most goals in a single season (101). With 29 after nine matches, however, the projection for Lewandowski and Co. reads an eye-watering 108.