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.

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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.

Otto Rehhagel guided Kaiserslautern to an opening day win over Bayern which proved to be no fluke. © gettyimages / Bongarts

Bayern ended Matchday 1 at the very bottom of the Bundesliga for the first and only time in their history, returning to Munich with their tails between their legs after a 6-0 defeat. It took the record champions 42 years to iron out that result with a 6-0 win of their own at the start of the 2016/17 season against Werder Bremen, ensuring they are the only club to win and lose on opening night by such a margin.

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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.

Rostock celebrated a 4-0 win on the opening day of the 1991/92 season, but they were relegated nine months later © gettyimages / Bongarts

Another promoted team put a cat among the pigeons on the opening day of the 2013 season, with Hertha Berlin marking their return to the top table with a 6-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The Old Lady became the first promoted team to score six on the opening day of the season, although as Hansa Rostock will be able to tell them, a comfortable opening win does not necessarily equate to an easy season.

In 1991, they beat Nürnberg 4-0, but that enters the record books only as the biggest opening day win by a side who would eventually be relegated that season. Hansa were even top of the table after Matchday 7 before their plummet commenced.

Meanwhile, Stefan Kießling and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar made quite a habit of finding their scoring boots in time for the new season: both scored on the opening day of the season in four consecutive campaigns, with nobody else as consistently quick on the draw.

The 2014/15 season was just nine seconds old when Karim Bellarabi slotted in this swift strike. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin

Speaking of speed, Karim Bellarabi took just nine seconds of the 2014/15 season to open his and Bayer Leverkusen's account with what remains the quickest goal in Bundesliga history, together with Kevin Volland, who managed an equally quick goal, albeit on Matchday 2 of the 2015/16 campaign.

Perhaps one of the most bizarre opening fixtures in Bundesliga history came in 2004/05, when defending champions Bremen hosted Schalke. A power cut at the Weser Stadium, caused by a burnt high-tension cable, led to the fixture being delayed by 65 minutes. When the opening goal finally came from Nelson Valdez in the 84th minute, the clock had already reached 23:15 local time, making it the latest Bundesliga goal in history. The night was still young for Bremen fans, though, as they celebrated a 1-0 win.

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