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Rich 23rd Aug 2012 - 18:46

Bundesliga Opta Facts - Matchday 1

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Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen

  • On August 24 1963, Dortmund's Friedhelm Konietzka scored the first goal of the new Bundesliga format when he found the net in the first minute of his team's game at Bremen.
  • No team has beaten Dortmund as many times in the Bundesliga as Bremen (39 times). However Werder have won only one of their last eight duels with Borussia (two draws, five losses).
  • At home, Dortmund have won 26 of 44 BL games against Werder, losing only nine (with the latest loss coming in April 2007; 0-2). Since then, Dortmund have won all five home games vs Bremen, with a total of nine goals to one conceded.
  • As with last season, Bremen embarrassed themselves in the DFB-Pokal (national Cup) by bowing out against a 3rd league team. This time, Preußen Münster prevailed 4-2 a.e.t. (last season: 1-2 vs. Heidenheim).
  • Dortmund beat 4th league FC Oberneuland 3-0 in the DFB-Pokal, after losing 1-2 to Bayern in the Supercup. That loss was Dortmund's first competitive defeat since Dec 6th 2011 (2-3 vs Marseille in their last game in the CL group stage).
  • Borussia have lost none of their last 28 BL games (23 wins, five draws), setting a new record for a single season. Spanning the seasons, only Hamburger SV have gone longer without a defeat (36 games).
  • Bremen have won none of their last nine BL games (three draws, six losses). The last time Werder endured a negative run like this was between September 1995 and February 1996, when they went 12 games without a win.
  • The average age of Bremen's player roster (22.9 years) is the lowest in the league.
  • Forwards Claudio Pizarro and Markus Rosenberg had a hand in 69.4% of Bremen's goals 2011/12 - both players left the club in the summer.
  • Last season, Sebastian Kehl was the only regular starter who did not lose a single game in the Bundesliga (23 wins, four draws).
  • Werder Manager Thomas Schaaf has lost 12 of his 26 BL games vs Dortmund (10 wins, four draws) - the most against any team in the top flight for Bremen's coaching idol.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

  • Hoffenheim lost 0-4 at Berliner AK in the DFB-Pokal, becoming the Bundesliga team with the biggest defeat against a 4th league team in the history of the competition.
  • Hoffenheim have lost only one of their 11 competitive meetings (BL, 2nd league, DFB-Pokal) with Borussia (seven wins, three draws) - in the 2010/11 season Gladbach won 2-0 at home.
  • Borussia's BL record vs 1899 (an average of 0.6 points per game) is their second worst against any team - with the worst average (0.5 ppg vs Augsburg) coming from only two games against that opponent.
  • Gladbach‘s 1-2 home loss vs Hoffenheim was their only home defeat of 2011/12. Spanning the seasons, they have lost only one of their last 20 at home (12 wins, seven draws).
  • 1899 have lost their last three BL games of last season - only once have they lost four in a row (between December 2009 and January 2010). When including the latest loss in the DFB-Pokal, that negative run has already been equalled.
  • Against Kiev in the Champions League play-offs (1-3), Gladbach conceded three goals in a competitive game for the first time under manager Lucien Favre.
  • Gladbach conceded only 24 league goals last season, settting a new record in the club's BL history (the previous record had been 29 in 1969/70). Only Bayern Munich conceded fewer goals (22) in the competition.
  • Last season, only Bayern's average possession (64%) was higher than Gladbach's (55%).
  • Markus Babbel won only four of his 14 BL games as Hoffenheim manager (five draws, five losses). With a win percentage of only 28.6%, he is the club's worst manager in the top flight.
  • Marco Reus joined Dortmund for a reported transfer fee of €17.1m, becoming Gladbach's record transfer leaving the club. In return, Luuk de Jong (12m) and Granit Xhaka (8.5m) became the most expensive new signings in the club's history.
  • Hoffenheim Goalkeeper Tim Wiese may meet up against his successor as a backup in the national team, Marc-Andre ter Stegen. While ter Stegen had the best save percentage in the league last season (81%), Wiese only has the 9th best (70%).

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SC Freiburg - 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • Mainz have lost none of their last three BL meetings with Freiburg (two wins, one draw) and has the upper hand in the two teams‘overall BL record against each other (five wins, one draw, two losses). Freiburg's last win vs Mainz came in November 2010 at home (1-0).
  • Freiburg have never scored more than one goal in a BL game against Mainz, and have managed a total of only six goals in eight BL meetings. This average (0.75 goals per game) is Freiburg's joint worst goal scoring average in the top flight, equaling the number against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
  • Freiburg enter their 4th consecutive season in the top flight (just like from 1993 to 1997 and 1998 to 2002) since their last promotion in 2009. They have never been in the top flight for five seasons in a row - if they stay in the league after this season, they would set a new club record.
  • Since their promotion in 2009, Freiburg haven't recorded a win in their season openers (two draws, one loss) - their last opening day win came in the 2nd league in 2008 (2-1 vs 1860 Munich).
  • On the contrary, Mainz haven't lost any of their last six BL season openers (four wins, two draws) - their last opening day defeat came in the 2nd league in 2005 (0-1 at Köln). They did lose both of their openers away from home though.
  • Under manager Christian Streich (since December 2011), Freiburg haven't lost a BL home game (four wins, four draws). If they remain unbeaten against Mainz, they would equal their club record from 1994/95 (nine home games without a defeat).
  • Mainz have won none of their last three BL away games, and only one of their last 16 away from home (nine draws, six losses) - that win was 3-0 at Bremen in March 2012.
  • Mainz have been waiting for a league goal for 396 BL minutes now - another scoreless game would set a new negative record for the club.
  • With an average age of 26.1 years, mainz have the oldest roster of this season's Bundesliga teams.
  • The game at Freiburg will be Thomas Tuchel's 103rd as a BL manager, surpassing his famous predecessor Jürgen Klopp's mark of 102 and establishing a new record for the club.

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FC Augsburg - Fortuna Düsseldorf

  • Augsburg, who were promoted to the Bundesliga last season, and this season's newcomers Düsseldorf are facing each other for the first time in the top flight.
  • This game, and the game between newcomers Fürth and Bayern which is played out at the same time, will be fixtures 820 and 821 in the Bundesliga‘s 50-year history.
  • In the 2nd league, Augsburg won both of their home games Düsseldorf (2-0 in 2009/10 and 5-2 in 2010/11).
  • Augsburg have lost only one of their last 11 BL home games (six wins, four draws) - Stuttgart won 3-1 at Augsburg on matchday 30 of last season.
  • Last season Düsseldorf‘s Axel Bellinghausen and Nando Rafael wore Augsburg jerseys. Bellinghausen had a team-high six assists in 2011/12.
  • Augsburg's Markus Weinzierl, currently the youngest BL manager at 37, will make his debut in the top flight.
  • Augsburg is the only team with a new manager in the 2012/13 Bundesliga. Former manager Jos Luhukay is not the only departure - Manfred Paula replaced Andreas Rettig as the club's sport director.
  • Düsseldorf icon Andreas Lambertz will miss the game as he was suspended for two competitive games for being caught with a pyrotechnic flare in hand in the aftermath of the relegation game against Hertha BSC.
  • Andrej Voronin (145 BL games), Stefan Reisinger (72) and Nando Rafael (109) will add top flight experience to newcomers Düsseldorf's offensive unit.
  • Norbert Meier, Düsseldorf manager since 2008, guided the team back up into the 2nd league in 2009, and back to the Bundesliga in 2012.
  • Meier's last tenure in the top flight ended when he - as Duisburg manager - faked a head-butt being inflicted on him by opposition player Albert Streit. He was handed a 3-month occupational ban by the German FA, and sacked by his club.

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Hamburger SV - 1. FC Nürnberg

  • Nürnberg have won only two of their last 22 BL games against Hamburg (six draws, 14 losses) and have gone 11 games without a win at Hamburg (two draws, nine losses).
  • Nürnberg celebrated their last victory at Hamburg exactly 20 years ago to the day: On August 25 1992, Christian Wück scored the only goal of the game.
  • Hamburg and Nürnberg have met four times already on opening day, with Nürnberg winning none of those games (two draws, two losses). Those two defeats came at Hamburg, and both of them were clear losses (0-3 in 2005/06, 2-5 in 1993/94).
  • Hamburg vs Nürnberg is a meeting of two of the six BL teams who were eliminated in the first round of the DFB-Pokal - Hamburg lost 2-4 at 3rd league Karlsruhe, while Nürnberg lost 2-3 a.e.t. at 4th-league Havelse.
  • Last season was Hamburg's worst BL season ever, with only 36 points, a final ranking of 15th and a goal difference of -22.
  • Hamburg won only three BL home games in 2011/12 - another negative record for the club - including just one of their last nine at home (four draws, four losses).
  • On the contrary, Nürnberg won both of their last two away games last season and are now unbeaten in three BL away games.
  • In their last 15 BL games, Hamburg have failed to score more than one goal (11 overall) - they haven't had a negative run like this before in the top flight. The last time they scored two in a BL game was in January‘s 2-1 win at Hertha BSC.
  • In 2011/12, Nürnberg were excellent offensively from set-piece situations, scoring 42% of their goals this way (2nd best percentage in the league). They also conceded only 11 goals following set-piece situations (only three teams conceded fewer), while Hamburg conceded 26 - most in the league.
  • Hamburg‘s Dennis Diekmeier wore a Nürnberg jersey between January 2009 and the summer of 2010. During that time, the club was promoted back to the top flight, where Diekmeier played in 30 BL games for Nürnberg.
  • If Nürnberg‘s Almog Cohen plays at Hamburg, he will make his 50th BL appearance. Prior to this, the Israeli had already made his BL debut at Hamburg (in September 2010), as well as celebrating his first goal in the German top flight (in January 2011).

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SpVgg Greuther Fürth - FC Bayern München

  • In August 1994, Bayern suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in their DFB-Pokal history, being beaten by 3rd league Vesten¬bergsgreuth in the first round. Two years later, that club had merged with another to form the SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
  • Since 1994, there have been only two competitve games between the two clubs, both in the DFB-Pokal. In 1998/99, Bayern prevailed at Fürth in the 2nd round after a penalty shootout (4-3), while in 2009/10 they won 6-2 at home in the quarterfinals.
  • In the last four seasons, Bayern have recorded only one win on the opening day of a BL season (two draws, one loss). Last season they lost 0-1 at home to Gladbach, before taking off with six wins in a row and eight unbeaten games without shipping a single goal.
  • Bayern haven't lost on the opening day following a summer international tournament in 30 years, after the 1982 World Cup (0-1 at Bremen), since then they have won 10 and drawn four.
  • Fürth have won only one of their last six league games on opening day (two draws, three losses) - they beat Karlsruhe 4-1 in 2010/11.
  • Fürth-Bayern will see last season's best defensive unit in the 2nd league (27 goals conceded) face off against last season's best defensive unit in the Bundesliga (22).
  • Fürth are newcomers in the Bundesliga, and will be the 52nd team in history competing in the German top flight. They will be one of four teams from Bavaria in the top flight 2012/13 - there have never been as many before.
  • Bayern will not have to leave Bavaria for their first five league games of the season.
  • Fürth's Gerald Asamoah has appeared in 306 BL games, the 2nd most of all current players after Bayern‘s Claudio Pizarro (333).
  • Max Grün and Stephan Fürstner played for Bayern's youth teams. Grün wore a München jersey between 2002 and 2009, while Fürstner - who was also born at Munich -represented the club between 1998 and 2009.

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Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

  • Newly-promoted Frankfurt and Europa League participants Leverkusen will meet for the 55th time in the BL - Bayer have won four of their last six duels (one draw, one loss).
  • There has never been a scoreless draw in the BL between the teams - no other fixture has been played as often without at least one scoreless draw.
  • At home, Frankfurt have the better overall record in the teams‘ duels (14-9 wins). But Leverkusen have won seven of their last 10 games at Frankfurt (three losses).
  • Frankfurt suffered an embarrassing 0-3 defeat at 2nd league Aue in the DFB-Pokal, and have lost their last three competitive games without scoring a goal.
  • Bayer easily beat 3rd league Jena 4-0 in the DFB-Pokal and are yet to lose in seven competitive games under the new managerial team of Sascha Lewan¬dowski/Sami Hyypiä (five wins, two draws).
  • Frankfurt have gone seven BL games without a win (three draws, four losses), and have conceded at least one goal in their last nine BL games. On the other hand, they have scored only seven goals in their last 17 BL games.
  • Armin Veh has lost his last four BL games as a manager against Leverkusen. His last win against Bayer came in October 2007 as Stuttgart manager (1-0). Veh's overall BL record as a manager vs Bayer is three wins and nine losses.
  • Three former Bayer players are in Frankfurt's current roster: Pirmin Schwegler (46 BL games between 2006 and 2009), Constant Djakpa (nine in 2008/09) and Bastian Oczipka (nine in 2011/12), with the latter having joined Frankfurt this summer.
  • Djakpa will miss the meeting with his former club due to suspension - the Ivorian was sent off in a 2nd league game against 1860 München on matchday 33 of last season and will have to sit out three more games.
  • Lars Bender has scored two goals in just 63 minutes of BL play (in four games) against Frankfurt - among those was his first BL goal in November 2009.

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VfB Stuttgart - VfL Wolfsburg

  • Stuttgart - Wolfsburg was last played on the closing day of last season, with the home team winning 3-2. Back-to-back games spanning the seasons like this have happened in 2011 between Bremen and Lautern.
  • Wolfsburg‘s 5-2 win on April 8th 2000 was the Wolves‘ last win at Stuttgart - since then, Stuttgart have won nine and drawn three at home vs Wolfsburg.
  • Both teams held their nerves against 6th league teams in the first round of the DFB-Pokal - Stuttgart beat Falkensee-Finkenkrug 5-0, while Wolfsburg beat Schönberg by the same scoreline.
  • Stuttgart have lost only one of their last 12 BL games (0-2 vs Bayern, eight wins, three draws) and have gone seven home games in the league without a loss (six wins).
  • Last season, Stuttgart scored the most goals of all teams from set-piece situations (26).
  • In 2011/12, Wolfsburg conceded the most fouls of all teams (676) and had the worst passing accuracy (71%).
  • Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath managed Stuttgart between February 2001 and June 2004. In his tenure, Cacau came from Nürnberg and Mario Gomez made his first appearance as a professional player.
  • Last season, Felix Magath used 36 different players in league games, setting a new BL record.
  • 51% of Wolfsburg‘s 47 goals in 2011/12 were scored by Mario Mandzukic and Patrick Helmes (12 each). While the Croat has left the club and joined Bayern, Helmes may not play again in 2012 due to a torn ACL - just like Czech newcomer and EURO participant Vaclav Pilar.
  • New attacking options include Bas Dost, top goal scorer in last season's Eredivisie (32 goals in 34 games with his former club Heerenveen), Ivica Olic and Diego - these three players scored all five goals in the Cup win at Schönberg (Olic three).
  • Five players have left Stuttgart since last season (among them regulars Julian Schieber and Khalid Boulahrouz), while only two new players have joined the team (Tim Hoogland and Tunay Torun) - youngster Daniel Didavi has returned from loan (Nürnberg), but will be out for a while with an injury.

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Hannover 96 - FC Schalke 04

  • The last meeting between the two teams was on matchday 29 of last season - both had just been eliminated from the Europa League (quarterfinals). Schalke easily won 3-0 at home, securing a spot in this season's international competition early.
  • This fixture has been played 46 times in the German top flight, with no game ending in a scoreless draw. Schalke have won 23 games, Hannover 14 (nine draws).
  • Hannover were the only BL team to remain unbeaten at home last season (10 wins, seven draws) - the last teams to accomplish this feat were Dortmund and Wolfsburg, both in 2008/09.
  • Hannover are participants in international competition for the 2nd season in a row - something the club had never managed before.
  • If only the second halves of matches had counted, Schalke would have won 68 points last season and finished 2nd behind Bayern (71), and ahead of Dortmund (67). Looking at just the first half, however, Schalke wouldn't even have qualified for the Europa League (8th).
  • Hannover were the only BL team last season not to lose back-to-back games.
  • Last season, Schalke scored the most goals from corners (12) as well as the most headed goals (16).
  • Sergio da Silva Pinto made his first BL appearance in a Schalke jersey, under then-manager Huub Stevens (who is also current manager at Schalke). He was 18 years old when he played in his first game in September 1999, losing 2-3 at Leverkusen.
  • Szabolcs Huszti may meet the same opponent he faced in his last BL game - the 29-year-old Hungarian played his 81st BL game on January 31 2009 in a 1-0 home win over Schalke.
  • Hannover manager Mirko Slomka will meet his former club, where he was under contract for almost four years (2004-08). For both teams, he sports the best record of all managers in the clubs‘ respective BL histories: 1.48 ppg for Hannover, 1.85 for Schalke.

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