For the first time in what feels like forever, fans are preparing for the new Bundesliga season not knowing who will be crowned as champions in nine months time.
Bayern Munich will be looking to make it eight titles in a row when they kick off the new season against Hertha BSC on Friday, but Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are expected to be how on their tails throughout the campaign.
So with the new season just around the corner, here's everything you need to know about what looks set to be the most exciting Bundesliga season in years.
It's understandable why many are predicting Bayern Munich to make it eight in a row, especially after seeing how main rivals Dortmund threw away a massive lead at the top of the table last season to gift wrap the
✅ Ribery Goal in final appearance— 90min (@90min_Football) May 18, 2019
✅ Robben Goal in final appearance
They were pushed until the end, but Bayern have done it again!
There's a lot of excitement surrounding what the Black and Yellows can conjure up this season, with manager Lucien Favre entering his second year at the Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund have spent almost €130m in the transfer market, snapping up the likes of Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, as well as bringing Mats Hummels back to the club following his trophy-laden three-year spell at Bayern Munich.
Wieder in schwarz und gelb mit meiner alten 15 / Back in black and yellow and number 15 ! pic.twitter.com/MU5t3VBPiW— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) June 28, 2019
There's a strong feeling that Borussia Dortmund could have their best chance since the days of
They haven't offered a serious threat to the Bundesliga's duopoly just yet, but the 2019/20 season could see Leipzig - 10 years after they were formed - finally achieve their goal of securing silverware in Germany's top flight.
The Red Bull backed project are still among the most despised clubs in the Bundesliga and are widely seen as the
While some were tipping Leverkusen for a title challenge last season,
Just like RB Leipzig will be hopeful that they can enjoy a new manager bounce this season, Gladbach are heading into the new campaign with former FC Salzburg boss Marco Rose in the dugout at Borussia-Park.
They missed out on Champions League football by just three points last season, and so far
Far from a modern-day heavyweight in German football, Werder Bremen have actually lifted four Bundesliga titles and one as recently as 2004.
Fans in the north-west
Just not being involved in (another) relegation battle was somewhat of a success for Wolfsburg last season, but they actually went on to qualify for the Europa League group stages.
They've made very few changes to their first-team from last season, but new signings Xaver Schlager and Kevin Mbabu could help take manager
Coming back into the Bundesliga at the first time of asking,
With a story unlike most other teams, Paderborn were actually sitting at the top of the Bundesliga table as recently as September 2014. But they went on to suffer back-to-back relegations and even faced dropping into Germany's
Keep in mind Paderborn were about to be relegated to the Regionalliga (4th tier) in 2017 but escaped due to 1860‘s licence issues. Back to back promotions. Welcome back.— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) May 19, 2019
Urs Fischer's side bucked the trend of 2. Bundesliga sides rolling over in Germany's relegation play-off match and instead secured promotion on away goals, with opponents VfB Stuttgart dropping into the second division.
10 Notable Transfers
Ivan Perišić - Inter to Bayern Munich (loan).
Julian Brandt - Bayer Leverkusen to Borussia Dortmund (€25m).
Ademola Lookman - Everton to RB Leipzig (€18m).
Karim Demirbay - TSG Hoffenheim to Bayer Leverkusen (€32m).
Ethan Ampadu - Chelsea to RB Leipzig (loan).
Robert Skov - FC Copenhagen to TSG Hoffenheim (€9m).
Dejan Joveljić - Red Star Belgrade to Eintract Frankfurt (€4m).
Dodi Lukebakio - Watford to Hertha BSC (€20m).
Ozan Kabak - VfB Stuttgart to Schalke 04 (€15m).
Daishawn Redan - Chelsea to Hertha BSC (free transfer).
The Bundesliga is as big as it's ever been and it looks set to be one of the most exciting seasons in the competition's history, with at least three teams eyeing the league title while a handful of other sides battle it out for the remaining European places.
Although 17 out of the league's 18 managers have predicted Bayern Munich to win an eighth consecutive Meisterschale
Late to the party, but it's preview time for @90min_Football, so...— Ben • Carter (@ben_crtr) August 13, 2019
Champion: Borussia Dortmund
Top Four: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski
Most Assists: Jadon Sancho
Surprise Package: SV Werder Bremen
Best Transfer: Ozan Kabak (Schalke) https://t.co/NpC5V4QMtK