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
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
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
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.