The revenants rule on Matchday 20 with three star names - Arturo Vidal, Julian Draxler and Adrian Ramos - paying old haunts a visit.
The heavyweight Bundesliga trio are the three familiar faces dressed in unfamiliar costume on Carnival weekend, as they go back to where it all began.
Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), midfielder. Age: 22
Julian Draxler has already made 132 Bundesliga appearances and scaled the ultimate of heights in football by winning the FIFA World Cup, yet he is only 22. That is not so surprising when one considers that he was the youngest-ever Bundesliga debutant for FC Schalke 04. At the age of 17 years and 116 days, the boy from Gladbeck earned his first Royal Blue stripes. He spent 14 years in Gelsenkirchen before making the first switch of his fledgling career and moving to VfL Wolfsburg, immediately after facing the Wolves on Matchday 3.
On Saturday, Draxler returns to the VELTINS Arena to face the club for whom he appeared 170 times and scored 30 goals in all competitions, and he might not expect a red carpet to be rolled out for him. "It's going to be pretty sizzling for him," predicted Schalke midfielder Johannes Geis. "Just like with Manuel Neuer, I reckon a few fans are going to be quite angry." Neuer knows what that means, and he suggested Draxler should "just take one or two touches, that way the fans won't have time to whistle." There should be no such ill-feeling at all, according to Schalke coach Andre Breitenreiter. "Julian is a Schalke lad," he said. For 90 minutes on Saturday, some 60,000 blue-clad fans will not see it quite that way.
Arturo Vidal (Bayern München), midfielder. Age: 28
Had Bayer 04 Leverkusen not taken a gamble on an unknown Chilean midfielder playing for Colo-Colo in 2007, Arturo Vidal's career may not have taken the path it has. "Leverkusen still have a prominent place in my heart," said a grateful Vidal prior to the Matchday 3 meeting with his former club at the Allianz Arena. "When I was living in Italy, I followed every single one of Leverkusen's games, but now I must defend Bayern's colours."
The 28-year-old midfielder's gratitude towards his former club will make way for his characteristic warrior-like qualities when he makes his first return to the BayArena since leaving in 2011 this weekend. "I am 100 per cent ready to give everything for my team and for the rest of the season, which is very important to all of us," wrote 'King Arthur' on Twitter this week. That comment sums Vidal up in a nutshell, eliciting the committed player he is today, thanks to his four formative years in Leverkusen.
Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund), forward. Age: 30
Crossing the Atlantic in pursuit of the Bundesliga dream is also what brought Adrian Ramos to Germany, and it was Hertha Berlin who spotted the Colombian's talent in 2009. It was clear from the moment he scored his first goal for the Old Lady just three minutes after coming on as a substitute against VfB Stuttgart in November 2009 that he was a player with the ability to make an impact.
Ramos scored 32 goals in 92 appearances for Hertha, including 16 in the 2013/14 season which ultimately saw him picked up by his current employers. 'Adriancho' returns to the Olympiastadion on Saturday, grateful for the opportunity Hertha gave him, but eager to keep his current side on course for the Champions League.