The 55th Bundesliga season commences on 18 August and if the past 54 seasons are anything to go by, excitement is a given. History also shows us that surprises can be lurking around the corner as early as the opening weekend, with quite a few lines being fluffed when the curtain goes up for the first time.
bundesliga.com takes a look back down the years at some of the seasons which have started with a bang.
Despite being the club who have picked up the most points on the opening weekend of the season (averaging 2.1), Bayern Munich did not make such a good start to the 1974/75 season. They went into the campaign as the defending champions, the European Cup winners and with a host of freshly-crowned World Cup winners, such as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller and Sepp Maier. A trip to Offenbacher Kickers should have been a walk in the park, yet it was anything but.
It was not the only time Bayern were beaten by a promoted team on the opening day of the season, though. In 1997, Kaiserslautern came away from Munich with a 1-0 win which, as it transpired, was no fluke. The Red Devils marched to the title that season, ahead of Bayern, becoming the first and only team to win the Bundesliga in their first year following promotion.