Cologne – Remarkable statistics, extraordinary oddities and historic facts – here are ten things that you really need to know about Matchday 1 of the 2015/16 season.
1) No chance against the champions
The official opening fixture to the Bundesliga season took place on Friday night for the 14th time, and for the 14th time the defending champions were not beaten. In fact, in each of the last seven years, the current titleholders have always won – since FC Bayern were held at home by Friday's sacrificial lambs Hamburg in 2008/09.
2) Bayern at their 43-year best
Bayern sent Hamburg packing with a 5-0 scoreline which was their best opening day win since the 1972/73 season. Back then, they also registered a 5-0 win against Oberhausen, who went on to end the season bottom of the league while Bayern were crowned champions by 11 points ahead of 1. FC Köln.
3) Droughts over for Schalke
A 3-0 win at SV Werder Bremen was doubly satisfying for FC Schalke 04. Not only did it mean they had won their very first away game in 2015, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was able to end his personal drought of 1,272 minutes without a goal.
4) Augsburg seeing red
In FC Augsburg's last four Bundesliga games, there have been a total of seven red cards. Raul Bobadilla and Roy Beerens were both given their marching orders in Hertha Berlin's 1-0 win in Bavaria on another feisty day.
5) Kießling catches Hrubesch
Stefan Kießling and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored on the opening day of the season for the fourth year running, with the pair setting a new Bundesliga record. But that was not all: Kießling moved level with Horst Hrubesch in the overall Bundesliga scoring charts with his 136th strike.
6) Debuts to remember…and forget
Hannover's Charlison Benschop needed just one touch of the ball to open his Bundesliga account against Darmstadt, whose captain Aytac Sulu might have wished the earth had gobbled him up after he marked his Bundesliga debut with an own goal. He became the ninth player to suffer such an ignominious fate.
7) Following in Hoffenheim's footsteps
Lukas Hinterseer ensured FC Ingolstadt 04 made a winning start to their first ever Bundesliga season with a 1-0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05. In doing so, the Bavarians became the first club since TSG 1899 Hoffenheim seven years ago to triumph on their top-flight bow.
8) Dortmund's rediscovered efficiency
Last season, Borussia Dortmund needed 12 shots to score a single goal, but against Borussia Mönchengladbach they found the back of the net with almost every fourth shot on goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the star of the show with his first brace for BVB at the brimming Signal Iduna Park.
9) Heads above
Both VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt scored their first goals of the season with their heads. It was hardly surprising since both clubs had the best records last season for headed goals (13 each). Wolfsburg managed to secure a narrow 2-1 victory over the Eagles on Sunday afternoon.
10) New faces
In their 3-1 win over Stuttgart, 1. FC Köln were able to win their opening league fixture – be it in the Bundesliga or Bundesliga 2 – for the first time since 2007, and they did it with a side which bore little resemblance with the one which ended last season. Coach Peter Stöger sent no fewer than five new Billy Goats into action – more than ever before at the start of a new campaign.