Cologne – It was the date fans in Leverkusen and Dortmund were waiting anxiously for – the day they discovered who their sides would have to beat to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League respectively.
All eyes were on Nyon, Switzerland, as Leverkusen were pitted again SS Lazio, while Dortmund were dealt a trip north to take on Norwegian outfit Odd Grenland.
Trip to Rome for Leverkusen
Roger Schmidt's men will travel to the Eternal City of Rome for their first big match of the 2015/16 season on 18 August in a meeting with Germany's all-time top goalscorer and FIFA World Cup winner Miroslav Klose.
The return and decisive leg will take place at the BayArena a week later, on 26 August, with Die Werkself hoping that will not be their last Champions League fixture of the season.
Translation: 'Exciting tie! It could certainly have been easier, but we've got to get through it together!'
Odd test for Dortmund
Meanwhile, Dortmund's reward for disposing of Wolfsberger AC 6-0 on aggregate was a two-legged test against Norwegian side Odd Grenland. They will travel to Norway on 20 August with the return at the Signal Iduna Park a week later – when perhaps a new record crowd for a Europa League qualifier will be set.