RB Leipzig begin life as the 55th member of the Bundesliga when they bring Matchday 1 to a conclusion with their trip to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Sunday evening (kick-off 17:30CEST/15:30GMT).
The Bundesliga welcomes its 55th new member this weekend with Leipzig at the top table for the first time, although the Easterners are not lacking Bundesliga experience in their ranks. Timo Werner has joined from VfB Stuttgart, which was also the formative club of Rani Khedira. The Swabian connection also links Leipzig's sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who led the club to promotion as head coach last season before appointing Ralph Hasenhüttl as his replacement.
Plenty of parallels have been drawn between Leipzig's rise to the top league and Hoffenheim's own ascent, which culminated in promotion to the Bundesliga in 2008. They have yet to crown their stay in the top flight with European qualification and many are asking whether this might be the season, with the youngest coach in the league Julian Nagelsmann now many months the wiser coming into the new campaign.
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Kaderabek, Süle, B. Hübner, Ochs - Vogt - Rupp, Rudy - Uth, Kramaric - Wagner
Head coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Leipzig: Gulacsi - Schmitz, Orban, Compper, Halstenberg - D. Kaiser, Demme - Sabitzer, Forsberg - Selke, Y. Poulsen
Head coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl