The fairy-tale is alive and well in the Bundesliga in 2016/17, with three rather unexpected gatecrashers knocking at defending champions FC Bayern München's door.
Tearing up the history books, RB Leipzig have got the entire football world talking thanks to an incredible nine-match unbeaten start to their debut Bundesliga campaign. Also hanging tough are unbowed TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, while a 1. FC Köln outfit fuelled by the goals of Europe's leading marksman Anthony Modeste complete an unfamiliar-looking top four.
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