The 54th season of the German Bundesliga kicks off with a fixture full of tradition. In the opening match, reigning champions FC Bayern München play host to SV Werder Bremen on Friday, August 26 (20.30 CET, 18.30 GMT).
In other round one match-ups, last seasons runners-up Borussia Dortmund face their coach Thomas Tuchel’s former club in FSV Mainz 05, Borussia Mönchenladbach host Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a West German (Rheinland) derby, promoted SC Freiburg travel to the capital to face Hertha Berlin while also promoted and Red Bull backed RB Leipzig travel to face 1899 Hoffenheim, who are backed by the SAP founder Dietmar Hopp.
Meanwhile the 2.Bundesliga season starts a little earlier on Friday, August 5 (20.30 CET, 18.30 GMT) with the match between 1.FC Kaiserslautern and Hannover 96.
The exact kick-off times of the opening rounds of Bundesliga matches are set to be confirmed in the 28th calendar week (July 11-15) and in the 27th calendar week (July 4-8) for 2.Bundesliga fixtures.
BUNDESLIGA – Match Day 1
FC Bayern München vs. SV Werder Bremen
1.FC Köln – SV Darmstadt 98
Borussia Dortmund – 1.FSV Mainz 05
Hamburger SV – FC Ingolstadt 04
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – RB Leipzig
Borussia Mönchenladbach – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt – FC Schalke 04
Hertha BSC Berlin – SC Freiburg