There is a mouth-watering treat in store before the 2016/17 Bundesliga season kicks off as Germany's top two clubs, Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München, meet in the Supercup 2016 on Sunday 14 August (20:30CEST/18:30GMT) at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Ancelotti's competitive debut
Pitting the league champions against the DFB Cup winners – or runners-up in the case of one team achieving a domestic double as Bayern did in 2015/16 – this will be the fourth time the sides will contest the Supercup since its reintroduction in 2010. Bayern won 2-1 in 2012, while BVB took the honours on home turf in 2013 (4-2) and 2014 (2-0). bundesliga.com outlines three further subplots that promise to give the game an extra edge.
On 20 December 2015, Bayern announced Carlo Ancelotti would be taking over as head coach from the 2016/17 season onwards. The Italian tactician succeeds Pep Guardiola, who opted to swap Bavaria for Manchester City FC. It will be a real baptism of fire for Ancelotti, who begins his tenure with a Klassiker.
BVB head coach Thomas Tuchel has had a busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in Raphaël Guerreiro, Emre Mor, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele, Mikel Merino and Sebastian Rode (click here for the transfer overview). Of the newcomers only Rode has any experience of what the Supercup is like, while it will also be a first for two of the club's most successful signings of last year: Julian Weigl and Roman Bürki.