Robert Lewandowski (l.) and Julian Weigl (r.) will be on opposing sides in Sunday's Supercup between FC Bayern and Dortmund. - © © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein
Robert Lewandowski (l.) and Julian Weigl (r.) will be on opposing sides in Sunday's Supercup between FC Bayern and Dortmund. - © © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein
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The Supercup: a storied history

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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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.

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.

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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.

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