It is Christmas come early for Bundesliga fans as bundesliga.com looks back at some of the best moments of the Hinrunde, the first half of the season. After you have seen our selection, tell us about your favourite moment of the 2015/16 campaign to date via our Twitter account: @Bundesliga_EN #BL2015
The Matchday 8 encounter between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund was expected to be close, a heavyweight contest at the Allianz Arena between the league-leading reigning champions and their closest, most serious challenger, just four points adrift. Ninety minutes later, the gap was seven points, and the gulf between the two teams as gaping as the 5-1 scoreline following one of the most devastatingly ruthless displays Bayern have ever produced.
The fans had barely taken their seats at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena on Matchday 2 when the majority were back up on their feet in celebration, as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland seized on a loose pass to finish past Manuel Neuer with just nine seconds on the clock. It was the joint-fastest goal* in the 52-year history of the Bundesliga, although Bayern would have the last laugh after edging a 2-1 victory.
*Both men's goals were timed at 9 seconds, which is why the record is shared as only whole seconds are considered when timing the speed of goals scored. However, Volland's effort crossed the line a matter of milliseconds - 0.3 to be precise - before that of Karim Bellarabi, which was scored against BVB on Matchday 1 of the 2014/15 season.
Claudio Pizarro could hardly have enjoyed a more satisfying debut after signing for SV Werder Bremen for a third spell in his long and illustrious career. The 37-year-old came off the bench at Hoffenheim and set up Anthony Ujah with a sumptuous pass to make it 2-1 to the Green-Whites in injury time.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez required a few matches to fully find his feet in the Bundesliga, but he has since become one of the division's most feared goalscorers. On Matchday 13, he made history by becoming the first Mexican to score a Bundesliga brace, before going one better by grabbing a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Borussia Mönchengladbach, his tally to 16 in his last 12 appearance.