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Bundesliga restart

FCB's recent record on opening day

Friday is the day when FCB fans look out their replica shirts, dust down their flags and oil their tonsils ready to sing their heroes’ praises. After a break of almost three months, the Bundesliga action resumes with the official opening match at the Allianz Arena between champions Bayern and last season’s eighth-placed team Borussia Mönchengladbach. It is the fifth time the pair have met on Matchday 1, most recently two years ago.

However, Munich fans do not hold particularly positive memories of 7 August 2011. Home side FCB dominated throughout but still lost 1-0, as visitors Gladbach converted practically their only chance of the match on 62 minutes while Munich were careless with a string of good openings. However, Jupp Heynckes’ side moved on from that disappointment and won their next six league fixtures, although at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, Borussia Dortmund took the championship honours.