Cologne – The first title of the season will be awarded on Saturday, as VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern München contest the Supercup.
Here are five things you need to know heading into the fixture that marks the start of the 2015/16 season…
1. Wolfsburg make it a dozen
VfL Wolfsburg are the 12th club to participate in the Supercup. Bayern, on the other hand, are set to be involved for the ninth time, making them the record participants ahead of Borussia Dortmund (seven), SV Werder Bremen (four), 1. FC Kaiserslautern (three) and FC Schalke 04 (two). VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach have all made one appearance.
2. Wolfsburg's fortress
Bayern won the title last season with a ten-point advantage over Wolfsburg, but the Wolves were better on home turf. In front of their own fans, Wolfsburg were the only team not to lose a single match. Meanwhile, Bayern's fans had to witness two defeats. That's no bad omen for Wolfsburg, considering the Supercup takes place in their Volkswagen Arena fortress.
3. Bogey team
Wolfsburg have lost more Bundesliga matches against Bayern (27 defeats), and conceded more goals (78), than against any other opponent. Their first defeat in the Bundesliga was also inflicted on them by the Bavarians (5-2 on Matchday 3 of the 1997/98 season). Furthermore, the Wolves have failed to score against Bayern in 36 of their meetings, which is another negative record for the Lower Saxony side, as is their ten defeats at home.
4. No half measures
When Bayern have lost in Wolfsburg – and that has only happened on three of their 18 visits – then it has always been dramatic. In the last 13 years, Bayern have only conceded five goals in a Bundesliga match on one occasion – in the 5-1 reverse in Wolfsburg in 2008/09. At the start of the second half of last season, Wolfsburg dealt Bayern a 4-1 defeat, putting as many goals past them in 90 minutes as the Bavarians had conceded over the course of their first 17 matches.
5. The specialists
Wolfsburg's André Schürrle has a particularly good record against Bayern. The winger won four of his seven games against Bayern with former clubs 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Team-mate Naldo has also finished up on the winning side four times against Bayern, but he needed 16 matches for that (two draws, ten defeats). As for Bayern, they have Thomas Müller , who has won nine out of 11 games against Wolfsburg (one draw, one defeat), scoring six goals in the process.