• Dortmund host Bayern in Supercup on 14 August 2016.
  • This year's match will be the 17th official fixture of the competition.
  • BVB have won their last two Supercup meetings against Bayern.

There is an early season treat in store on Sunday 14 August as Borussia Dortmund host Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München in the 2016 Supercup (kick-off 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).

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To get you in the mood, takes a detailed look at the Bundesliga calendar’s traditional curtain-raiser…

The first of many

In any given season, a German side can theoretically win three national (Supercup, Bundesliga and DFB Cup) and three international titles (European Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and either the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League) - the Supercup being the first on the agenda. Bayern lifted five of the six crowns on offer three years ago, losing the 2013 Supercup to Borussia Dortmund in Pep Guardiola’s first competitive outing as head coach.

Then Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl lifts the Supercup trophy aloft in 2014 - the last BVB won the title.

Potted past

The tournament began life under the auspices of the German FA (DFB) in 1987, with Bundesliga champions Bayern beating DFB Cup winners Hamburger SV 2-1 in Frankfurt to lift the inaugural trophy. It ran in its original form for a further nine years before a 14-year hiatus ensued. When the Supercup, now organised by the DFL, returned in 2010, Bayern beat league runners-up FC Schalke 04 2-0. Either Bayern or Dortmund - or both - have contested the trophy in all but one of the five seasons since.

While the 2016 Supercup will be Bayern's fifth consecutive appearance in the fixture, they have not won it since 2012.

Bad omen for Bayern?

Bayern may have made more Supercup appearances than any other side (nine so far), but they have also suffered more defeats in the showpiece event, too (five). Dortmund and 1. FC Kaiserslautern have both finished runners-up on two previous occasions.

Watch: Wolfsburg beat Bayern in the 2015 Supercup:

Advantage Dortmund?

Since 2011, when it was decided that the DFB Cup winners/Bundesliga runners-up would host the event, the home side has always gone on to lift the trophy. Can they continue the trend? Wherever you are in the world, you'll be able to tune in and find out with the Supercup set to be broadcast live in almost 200 countries.

Worth its weight in silver and gold

The Supercup trophy has a height of 53 centimetres and weighs little more than six kilograms. It comprises a silver ball held by two symbolic arms - a silver one that represents the Meisterschale and a gold one for the DFB Cup. It is insured for €40,000.

Who will get their hands on the Supercup trohpy this year? © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

King Otto

The Bundesliga’s record coach Otto Rehhagel (832 games) has also contested more Supercups than any of his fellow strategists past or present, leading SV Werder Bremen there on four occasions, and Kaiserslautern once. Yet regardless of who is in the dugout, goals are guaranteed: there have been 51 so far in 16 Supercups - making an average of 3.2 per game.

Legendary Bundesliga coach Otto Rehhagel (pictured) has been on the touchline at five Supercups. © gettyimages / Simon Hofmann

East meets West

1991 witnessed a Supercup with a difference, with two semi-finals reflecting the imminent formalisation of German reunification. Kaiserslautern, champions of the Federal Republic, beat East German double winners FC Hansa Rostock 2-1 away, while DFB Cup winners Bremen got the better of Eisenhüttenstädter FC Stahl, beaten finalists in the soon-to-be-dissolved German Democratic Republic's last cup final. The two West German sides then went head-to-head in Hanover, with . It was the curtain-raiser to a season in which the East's top two sides, Rostock and Dynamo Dresden, were integrated into a temporarily expanded 20-club Bundesliga.

Watch: Highlights of the 1991 Supercup final:

Top scorer

Bayern winger Arjen Robben is the competition's joint top scorer on three goals (tied with Jürgen Wegmann, formerly of Bayern and Dortmund). As Robben is currently unfit, team-mate Thomas Müller could pull level if he finds the net this time. Alongside fellow Bayern colleagues Philipp Lahm and Robert Lewandowski, Müller could also make a tournament-leading sixth Supercup appearance.

Arjen Robben (r.) fires Bayern ahead in the 2015 Supercup, but Wolfsburg came back to win it on penalties. © gettyimages / Dennis Grombkowski

Spot-kick lottery

Five of the 16 finals to date have been decided by way of a penalty shoot-out. Bremen and Dortmund edged past Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Kaiserslautern respectively in 1992 and 1996, with both games still tied after 120 minutes. The modern-version of the Supercup has meanwhile dispensed with extra-time, heading straight for the spot after the regulation 90 minutes. VfL Wolfsburg lifted the trophy last year after beating Bayern in a shootout.

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels saves Xabi Alonso's spot-kick in the penalty shootout in 2015. © gettyimages / Dennis Grombkowski

Rocking atmosphere

As has been the case with every edition since 2010, the 17th instalment of the Supercup is a sell-out. Over 80,000 fans are expected to pass through the turnstiles at Dortmund's SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, with over a quarter of those filling up the world famous 'Yellow Wall'.

Watch: Take a virtual look around BVB's home in the video below: